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Secret Agent Man: Johnny Rivers’ Funky Go-go Rock

Growing up in Baton Rouge, Johnny Rivers baptized himself in the Southland’s blues, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll. He later became one of the best-selling recording artists to […]

Johnette Downing and Scott Billington’s swamp romp

When Johnette Downing and Scott Billington married, they each gained a partner in life and music. But Downing, an award-winning children’s entertainer, still plays her kids-captivating solo shows at schools, […]

Slightly Risqué, But Never Vulgar: Maria Muldaur’s tribute to Blue Lu Barker

Mac Rebennack, a.k.a. Dr. John, first introduced Maria Muldaur to the frisky, risqué songs of New Orleans’ Blue Lu Barker. During sessions for the self-titled debut album that features Muldaur’s […]

Bringing New Flavors to the Gumbo: Winter Circle Productions

The BUKU Music + Art Project, the swarm of nighttime shows, plus Bassik, the electronic dance music series that’s been throbbing in New Orleans since 2010—all are brought to this […]

George Benson talks back

George Benson never dreamed he’d record a tribute to Fats Domino and Chuck Berry. A jazz musician and vocalist who became a major pop star in the ’70s, Benson fetes […]

Fest Focus: Carl LeBlanc

Saturday, April 13, 1:30p Dow Chemical Stage From Sun Ra’s cosmic explorations to Preservation Hall’s traditional New Orleans jazz, Carl LeBlanc travels the sonic universe. He’s a jazz guitarist, a […]

Fest Focus: Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band

Saturday, April 13, 12p Dow Chemical Stage   Tommy Sancton makes his annual pilgrimage to his native New Orleans. Most of the year, the traditional jazz clarinetist, journalist and bestselling […]

Fest Focus: James Rivers Movement

Sunday, April 14, 5p The Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel   This year is the fiftieth anniversary of James Rivers’ career as a crowd-pleasing front man. A remarkably […]

NOLA Gypsy Jazz: Mike Harvey could not live without performing

After 12 years of gigs and two albums, gypsy jazz band the Courtyard Kings became Mike Harvey’s Hot Club. Of course, the Quintet of the Hot Club of France—that 1930s […]

Ready, Set, Go! Galactic makes its French Quarter Festival debut

It’s been a long time coming. Galactic, the New Orleans funk-rock-jazz band that plays 100 tour dates a year, is finally making its French Quarter Festival debut. “We’ve talked to […]