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PBS’ American Epic debuts in May

American Epic, a three-part music documentary series debuting May 16 on PBS, traces the music industry’s early–twentieth century quest to find and record blues and gospel performers in the South, […]

Herb Alpert talks back

Herb Alpert, the trumpet-playing leader of the Tijuana Brass and co-founder of the enormously successful A&M Records, makes his New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival debut on May 4. In […]

Fest Focus: Gregg Martinez

FRIDAY, MAY 5—FAIS DO-DO STAGE, 1:20 P.M. Gregg Martinez, the powerhouse swamp pop vocalist from Cajun country, inspires audiences through his big, emotional performances of classic soul and rhythm-and-blues. “I’m […]

The Gumbo Thing: PJ Morton takes on the Buddy Bolden spirit and keeps innovating.

PJ MORTON: FRIDAY, MAY 5—CONGO SQUARE STAGE, 3:30 P.M. MAROON 5: SATURDAY, APRIL 29—ACURA STAGE, 5:15 P.M.   New Orleans native PJ Morton never thought he’d live in his hometown […]

Robert Mugge, “New Orleans Music in Exile” (Mug Shot Productions)

Robert Mugge’s 2006 documentary, New Orleans Music in Exile, serves as a time capsule for the shell-shocked months after Hurricane Katrina. Originally broadcast in May 2006 by Starz and Starz […]

Ann Wilson talks back

In the 1970s, hard rock music was a boys’ club. Girls weren’t supposed to rock. But Ann and Nancy Wilson, two talented, determined sisters from Seattle, smashed the stereotype. The […]

My Music: Casey Wayne McAllister

“My father was a songwriter and a guitarist. He and his friends played these huge jam sessions. Their music was all acoustic, but it ran from western swing to bluegrass […]

Back to Basics: Mike Zito is himself again

Guitar, bass, drums and the blues. It’s back to basics for Mike Zito. He’s returned to the riff-fueled blues-rock that inspired him to make music in the first place. It’s […]

Mahalia Jackson, Moving On Up a Little Higher (Shanachie)

By the time Mahalia Jackson signed with Columbia Records in 1954, the New Orleans native had been a gospel star for six years. 44 years after her death, she’s still […]

Charlie Wooton: Hard Groove

Restlessly creative bassist Charlie Wooton keeps rows of candles burning. Along with former Neville Brothers drummer “Mean” Willie Green, Wooton lays the groove down for the New Orleans Suspects. He […]