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Mardi Gras Zulu-ology

“Zulu is coming!” Few words create the magic and excitement that cry does on Mardi Gras day. Carnival is all about fun, and the Zulus have been creating some of […]

Pete Fountain: Home Boy

Pete Fountain is, to many, the quintessential New Orleans jazz musician. He personifies the funky, spunky spirit of the city and struts it best during his “Half-Fast” stroll on Carnival […]

Southern-Baked Drama at Southern Repertory Theater

Greed. Lust. Racism. Tormented genius and simmering small town hypocrisy. Just a few of the ingredients that make up rich, sometimes sorrowful, always sexually-charged Southern-baked drama. Those with a taste […]

Rounder Records: Louisiana Sounds

Amidst the cavalcade of corporate clones that typify the record business, Rounder Records has carved a distinctive niche as a unique, diverse and successful independent outfit. Rounder’s rich catalog includes […]

Ear to the Ground: The Return of Fred LeBlanc and Cowboy Mouth

1981. A maniacal musical force is introduced to New Orleans in the form of 17-year-old drummer Fred LeBlanc. Guitarist Paul Sanchez recalls LeBlanc’s audition with the Backbeats: “Fred was like […]

Kerry Boutte: Cajun King of Mulate’s

Kerry Boutte is a most unlikely-looking Cajun. He looks like a refugee from L.A. with his ponytail and hipster threads. His restaurants and his apartment are adorned with avant garde […]

Cajunized: Cajun Comes to Town

Most New Orleanians consider Laplace the end of the Big Easy and the beginning of the place where the Yat accent dies and a coon-ass accent kicks in. But true […]

NewsBeat December 1990

New Orleans puts on one of her most beautiful faces during the holiday Season: just take a stroll down Canal Street and into the French Quarter to enjoy the lights […]

Jazz Brunches

Is there any other U.S. city that brings to mind both fine music and good food as this city does? New Orleans and jazz are synonymous. New Orleans and food […]

Art: Robert Cary Tannen REPROspective

Robert Tannen is a hard guy to get a read on, at least in terms of most people’s expectations. A sculptor, architect and urban transportation planner, he purposely takes an […]