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MY MUSIC with Gregg Martinez

“We’re all just heartbroken—GG Shinn died yesterday and we’re going to bury him Monday. He was my hero. I just left [Lafayette Music] where I picked up his trumpet, which […]

Ted Hefko and the Thousandaires, Gas Station Guru (Onager Records)

A veteran of the New Orleans music scene since he hopped on a Greyhound bus bound for the Crescent City from his native Wisconsin at age 18, Ted Hefko hits […]

Back to School: CR Gruver opens the area’s first School of Rock

There’s little doubt that the 2003 film School of Rock starring Jack Black was a smash success at the box office and a pop-culture landmark. But who knew that Black’s […]

My Music With Alex Pian (Greazy Alice)

“Some people write third-person lyrics that are stories about other things. What I write is all relatively personal to me. I give my best effort to make first-person observations about […]

Billy Iuso & the Restless Natives, Home by the Sea (Independent)

Of the seemingly infinite list of local talents somehow excluded from Jazz Fest’s regular roster of Louisiana musicians invited to play the Fair Grounds, guitar shredder Billy Iuso and his […]

Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Songs in the Key of Funk, Volume 1 (Album Review)

The heavyweight champion of rocking, brassy NOLA funk, “Big” Sam Williams years ago shed the type of pounds that inspired his nickname and replaced them with those of chiseled muscle. […]

Five Questions with Danny Clinch, Music Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker

What is your connection to New Orleans music? Several years before Katrina, my wife and I were invited down to Jazz Fest. We had the time of our lives, as […]

Fest Focus: Jon Roniger and the Good for Nothin’ Band

FRIDAY, APRIL 27—LAGNIAPPE STAGE, 11:30 A.M.   Persistence looks to finally pay off for Jon Roniger this Jazz Fest. The New Orleans native makes his debut at the Fair Grounds […]

San Francisco-based musician and promoter Mitch Stein feels at home in New Orleans

Mitch Stein scored his first success as a live-music promoter decades ago by booking New Orleans’ first family of funk, the Neville Brothers. While attending Syracuse University in the early […]

My Music with Mykia Jovan

“I’ve been playing on Frenchmen for about eight years now. I have a residency at the Blue Nile, which started off as a duo for jazz happy hour and has […]