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Times-Picayune Plans to Cut Staff and Publication Days

I had thoughts on the twilight of American Idol based on Ann Powers’ excellent analysis, but the news about changes at The Times-Picayune jumps in front. According to Gambit, The […]

Gathering of the Tribe

Jan Ramsey kicked a hornets’ nest when she raised the issue of accessibility at Jazz Fest for those with disabilities. The conversation that followed in the comments on her post […]

How Disneylanding Happens

Today’s Times-Picayune has a story by Jaquetta White on the revisions for the planned downtown taxing zone—an area from the river to Claiborne Avenue, and from the Pontchartrain Expressway to […]

Jazz Fest Sunday: Preservation Hall, Foo Fighters, Asleep at the Wheel

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has spent the last few years establishing itself more than just the flag bearer for one stream of New Orleans music. Starting with the inclusion […]

Jazz Fest Saturday: Bombino, Steve Earle, MyNameIsJohnMichael

When Rob Cambre and Quint Davis agree on something, the world is coming to an end or it’s something special. In the case of Bombino from Niger, it was one […]

Jazz Fest Friday: Mystikal, Theresa Andersson, Feufollet & Ani DiFranco

Friday at Jazz Fest was a good day for a lot of interesting music, even though little that I saw was wholly successful. Yvette Landry’s honky tonk and western swing […]

Jazz Fest Thursday: Ladies First

I haven’t done the math, but it sure looked like Locals Thursday was Ladies Thursday. It was great to see two of the three main stages headlined by women—Esperanza Spalding’s […]

Royal Teeth Now With Dangerbird Records + Win A Jazz Fest Ticket From MyNameIsJohnMichael

Royal Teeth have signed to Dangerbird Records (Silversun Pickups, Boots Electric, Fitz and the Tantrums), and their song “Wild” has been featured in a Buick commercial. Here’s “Wild,” available for […]

Jazz Fest Weekend One: Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Seun Kuti and More

Technical difficulties prevented my daily Jazz Fest report online this weekend. Here’s the weekend in one lengthy post. Thanks for your patience.   Friday Saturday’s Times-Picayune included a photo from […]

Jazz Fest First-Timers Take Note

One of our readers, “Coach,” wrote us with his Jazz Fest guide for first-timers. Here it is. If you’ve got additions or other ideas that Coach may have missed, let […]