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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 […]

Second to None: Dancing Man 504 leads the way

An eight-year-old boy fell in love with movement near the intersection of Orleans and Claiborne, where he watched Mardi Gras Indians parade by, chanting the stories of generations. The little […]

My Music: Don Flamingo

“When I was a kid, my mama gave me a dollar and told me to go buy whatever I wanted. So I went and bought candy. When I got back […]

Barking All Over: Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival

With a career spanning more than seven decades, banjo virtuoso Danny Barker mentored generations of New Orleans musicians and is the namesake for the fourth annual Danny Barker Banjo and […]

Tricky Repertoire: The Soul Rebels step out of the box

Since the late 1990s, the Soul Rebels brass band has forged its own brand of New Orleans music. The eight-piece outfit may look like a traditional brass band, but the […]