Author Archives: Justin Cheney

J.R. Fields and Blackfire Revelation

“I’m basically a ’70s blues rocker,” says J.R. Fields while closing his Truck Stop Clothing Co. for the night. “Anything that took blues and made it ultra-heavy and loud as hell—that’s what I dig.” Fields’ personal preferences are on display on the self-titled Blackfire Revelation LP, recently released on his Southern Reconstruction label. Initially written [...]

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Blackfire Burns Again

It’s a Friday afternoon and J. R. Fields is preparing to close Truck Stop Clothing Co. for the night. Fields owns and operates the store on Magazine Street, where he has created a southern blues rock atmosphere. Vintage denim, leather, boots, trucker caps and belt buckles are scattered throughout, all complemented by a Kegerator tucked [...]

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Record Raid Brings Vinyl Sellers + More to Downtown

On Saturday, July 23, the New Orleans Record raid will return for its Summer installment. This time around the Raid will be held in the Marigny at both the Hi-Ho Lounge and Siberia. Twenty-something vendors, made up of public and private sellers from various locations across the country, will gather to trade and sell second-hand [...]

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Jack Mannequin’s Back at the House of Blues

Andrew McMahon, must have known something about the future when in 2004 he named his side project Jack’s Mannequin. Created as an outlet for songs deemed too personal to play with his primary project, Something Corporate. McMahon’s new band emerged from a song he had previously written titled “Dear Jack” about a friend coping with [...]

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All-Ages Venue “The Cypress” Opening in Metairie

This Saturday, June 25, a new venue in an old space is opening up its doors in Metairie as one of the only all-ages music clubs that New Orleans has to offer. The Cypress, formerly known as the Highground and Cypress Hall, is re-opening as a “multi-genre music venue that will play host to local [...]

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NOLA Summer Jam: The Sampler

Last June, the first-ever NOLA Summer Jam hip-hop festival was held in Washington Square Park. This year, the festival’s chief coordinator and organizer, Lawrence Parker (owner of Traffic Boutique clothing shop and the Supreme Street music group), is making the event even bigger and better than the last time around. “The first year is always [...]

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