Author Archives: Alex Haase

Generationals’ Heza Release Tours Stops at Maison Tonight

Tonight (June 21), New Orleans-based indie outfit the Generationals are taking its colorful, cool pop stylings to the Maison for the next stop on the band’s Heza release tour. Released in April, Heza builds on the lush allure and clever quips the group displayed on last year’s under-the-radar, three-song gem Lucky Numbers. Given the Generationals [...]

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A Stradivarius At The Civic Theatre

The American Italian Cultural Center of New Orleans is presenting a rare opportunity on Friday, June 21 at the Civic Theatre to hear the unmatched sound of a “Grand Stradivarius” violin, played by soloist Matteo Fedeli. There are only five or six “Grand Stradivarius” violins in existence, making it the rarest of instruments. Fedeli will [...]

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Puerto Rican Heavy Rockers, Message to Venus Hit New Orleans – Win Tickets

Think back to a time when rock music was dominated by acts like Tool, Hoobastank, Nickelback, and Linkin Park. Mash them up together and you get the Puerto Rican hard rockers Message To Venus, who are bringing their heavy, melodic sound uptown on June 26 at the Hangar, sharing the bill with New Jersey’s Dead [...]

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Homegrown: Local Indie Outfits Kick Out the Jams

Houston, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Mobile, Pensacola and Jacksonville are just some of the cities in the southern circuit that lie on the I-10 and surround New Orleans. This stretch of road is quite valuable to the local indie rock and roll community — a scene that’s growing larger each year, and pushed heavily by young [...]

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Milk and Cookies: Johnny and Deborah Vidacovich’s Special Recipe

In a town that thrives on old traditions, there’s one tradition at the Maple Leaf Bar that is somewhat unorthodox, yet brings the community together in multiple ways: “milk and cookies.” Every Thursday, during the Trio’s break time, drummer Johnny Vidacovich’s wife, Deborah, files through the crowd and hands each person a homemade cookie. Aside [...]

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YouTube du Jour: The Bucktown All-Stars

After playing hundreds of weddings over the last two decades, rather than celebrating the happiness of others, the Bucktown All-Stars will finally be able to celebrate themselves for a change. For the group’s 20th anniversary, the popular cover band will be performing at Rock ‘n’ Bowl on Saturday, July 14, starting at 8:30 p.m. For [...]

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The Revivalists Kick Off the Road to Voodoo at One Eyed Jacks

As Bud-Light hats and wristbands were strewn about the audience at One Eyed Jacks Friday, the countdown to the Voodoo Experience had officially begun, and the Revivalists were there to kick off the party. The show was the first of a series of “Road to Voodoo” concerts that will be held in coming months to [...]

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Ronell Johnson to Replace Ben Jaffe as Preservation Hall Jazz Band Sousaphonist

There comes a time when a man has to step away from what he loves, shifting his focus to another thing that he loves. This man is sousaphonist Ben Jaffe, who in the summer will step down from his position as sousaphone player in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to dedicate his time to staying [...]

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Charmaine Neville Benefit at Westwego Farmer’s Market Sunday Features Dr. John, Others

[UPDATE: Those who can't attend can send money to Charmaine Neville via PayPal to this address:] Recently, there was news of Sheryl Crow failing to recall the lyrics to her hit songs, which led doctors to the discovery of a benign brain tumor, but there’s a similar story surfacing that hits much closer to [...]

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James Singleton & Illuminasti Friends at Cafe Istanbul: Improvisation Is A Religion

Outside of the St. John Will-I-Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church, there aren’t many houses of worship to experience jazz in a spiritual way. But on Sunday, June 10, Café Istanbul could have made the case that it’s a sanctuary for New Orleans musicians, with bassist James Singleton as its prophet, and his Illuminasti Friends as [...]

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