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Dave Bartholomew Memorial

    The day after the massive funeral and second line for Dr. John, even as WWOZ was continuing its unprecedented marathon of Dr. John programming, the radio station broke […]

The Rolling Stones from the Inside Out: A conversation with Bernard Fowler

When the Rolling Stones come into town for the group’s No Filter tour, fans will be cheering original members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts. There might even be […]

In Memoriam: Spencer Bohren (1950 – 2019)

You had to be there. Spencer Bohren’s extensive catalog of recordings present him in all his strengths as a singer-songwriter, a guitarist who knew how to frame a song and […]

A Second Chance: Why New Orleans matters to the Stones

The year was 1979. The place was the Venue, a well-appointed nightclub near London’s Victoria Station. The packed house cheered as the lanky figure of Charlie Watts stood up behind […]

Waiting on Mac

When I learned that Dr. John passed away, I went into a state of shock. Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack Jr. had been ill for some time and had stopped performing, […]

Tales of LAND & SEA: You’re in good hands with Anders Osborne

Buddha and the Blues is not just an album title. It’s a road map that charts the difficult path Anders Osborne has negotiated since his arrival in New Orleans more than 30 […]

Funk on Da Table, Live at Tipitina’s (Coastline)

June Yamagishi is the most celebrated electric guitarist in Japanese music history. His move to New Orleans in search of a higher level of musical enlightenment was something like British […]

Alex Chilton, From Memphis to New Orleans (Bar None)

Celebrity history is filled with people who are victims of their own success. Rock and roll history has produced a curious corollary: musicians who fall victim to their own legends. […]

Tom McDermott, Tom McDermott Meets Scott Joplin (Arbors Records)

In the early 1970s, ragtime jazz was considered about as cool as Mantovani. Marvin Hamlisch, whose interpretation of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” reached number one on the Billboard charts, was […]

Fest Focus: Monk Boudreaux

Sunday April 28, Jazz & Heritage Stage, 3 p.m. Friday May 3, Acura Stage (Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars), 2:05 p.m. Sunday May 5, Cultural Exchange Pavilion (The Boudreaux Family […]