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Anniversary Celebration: 30 Years of Rock ’n’ Bowl with John Blancher

When John Blancher took over Mid-City Lanes in late 1988, it was a decrepit bowling alley with little promise. He turned it into Rock ’n’ Bowl, which now resides near […]

SOUNDCHECK: Five Questions with Mark Caesar

Mark Caesar is a New Orleans comedian whose career stretches back well over a decade. He’s also a two-term war veteran whose comedy video “Shit New Orleans Girls Say” has […]

Dear New Orleans: Visual artist Ceaux Young pens stories without words

Underneath the bridge where Claiborne Avenue meets Orleans Avenue, a mural devoted to New Orleans footwork electrifies what is otherwise a drab piece of urban infrastructure along the Claiborne corridor. […]

SOUNDCHECK: Five Questions with M.A.Q. of “Supreme Beings”

M.A.Q. is a champion of New Orleans hip-hop, though he has mostly relegated himself to realms below the radar. After nurturing seeds sowed as a podcast producer, artist manager and […]

Derrick Freeman and James Martin are shaping the soul of future brass band music

“The Levels” is the newest song in Soul Brass Band’s repertoire. Written by the band’s founder, Derrick “Smoker” Freeman, it’s a harbinger of his plans for a new album. “It’ll […]

Power Players: Nayo Jones Raises Standards in Jazz

Nayo Jones is a vocalist who frequently performs with Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, and appears on their 2015 album I’m So New Orleans. She performed at the 2018 […]

Diving In: Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge sets the bar

Nestled on an unassuming block in East Carrollton, Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge is a dive bar which has managed to withstand the impact of storms, gentrification and craft […]

Traversing the Map: Corey “Passport P” Peyton raps with global ambition

“I’m looking at life through a wider frame,” Corey “Passport P” Peyton says in the intro track of his new solo rap project, Global Ambition, out May 11. It’s a […]

Five Questions with MidCitizen Entertainment Co-founder Reid Martin

Simple Play Presents’ artist-management team of Reid Martin, Tavia Osbey and Max Bonanno has announced the launch of a new firm, MidCitizen Entertainment. With a roster including Big Freedia, Tank […]

Partners-N-Crime: 25 years of bouncing beyond expectations

Last November, New Orleans rap progenitors Partners-N-Crime (comprised of Michael “Mr. Meana” Patterson and Walter “Kango Slim” Williams) toasted to their 25th anniversary with a concert at the Joy Theater […]