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Andrew Duhon

Andrew Duhon Returns to the French Quarter Fest Songwriter Stage

Andrew Duhon doesn’t know if any of his new songs will be ready for the French Quarter Fest audience when he plays on Saturday, April 12. His songs don’t usually solidify until he starts to play them, which can make debuting new music much scarier than it would otherwise be. “I’ve got 80 percent written [...]

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Chris Mulé Stretches Out his Solo Sound With the Perpetrators

Chris Mulé really gets around. In the past decade, the Honey Island Swamp Band guitarist, singer, and songwriter has played with everyone from Eric Lindell to Lynn Drury, Sol Fiya, and Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove. On Saturday, April 12, French Quarter Fest audiences can expect to see a more mellow side of Mulé as he [...]

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Nigel Hall Plays His New Neighborhood at French Quarter Fest

Spirited keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall, a Washington, D.C native, lived in Harlem before heading south and finally making his home in New Orleans in November 2013. Hall is a soul ’n’ funk man who’s a perfect fit for this city—he’s musically diverse, allowing him to mix it up with any number of artists. Enthusiastic [...]

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Baby Bee: From the Walking Dead to French Quarter Fest

Fans of smash-hit AMC show “The Walking Dead” have already heard Baby Bee, a pair of Houma brothers making their French Quarter Festival (FQF) debut on Sunday, April 13. In season three, their “Love Bug” plays over the din of men battling each other and toothless zombies in a post-apocalyptic hybrid of pro wrestling and [...]

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(Photo Illustration by: Elsa Hahne)

French Quarter Festival 2014 A to Z Guide

Are you ready for French Quarter Fest 2014? We are! We put together a comprehensive list of every artist on every stage. Take a look below at who will be playing where and when they will take the stage.   Artists A-Z A | B | C | D | E | F | G [...]

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The Real PS: Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes Tours With Paul Simon and Sting

One Sunday afternoon, a few months after my CD Island Man came out, I turned on my National Park Service cell phone—unusual because it was my day off—and a few seconds later, the phone rang and a soft voice said, “Hello, I’m trying to reach Sunpie. This is Paul Simon.” I thought it was a [...]

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(Photo by: Elsa Hahne)

Soulful Collaborations: South Louisiana Musicians Team Up for Success

Put south Louisiana musicians together in impromptu jams and the Grammy Awards may break out. Such was the case two years ago, when Wilson Savoy of the Pine Leaf Boys invited Cajun accordion kings Wayne Toups and Steve Riley to his birthday party in Breaux Bridge. A year later, Toups was in Los Angeles accepting [...]

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(Photo by: Geralyn Thomassee)

Sweet Maegan: Fiddler Al Berard’s Legacy Lives On

“The greatest thing about us is that we love each other so much, there are no egos,” Maegan Berard says about the mostly acoustic trio she shares with older sister Laura Huval and first cousin Calli Guidry. “We have gotten to the point where we know how to communicate with each other.” They’ve been getting [...]

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All For Harold: Jazz Journalists Honor Jazz Hero Harold Battiste

Harold Battiste has been named a “Jazz Hero” by the New Orleans chapter of the Jazz Journalists Association and will be honored on April 30, International Jazz Day, at the Louisiana Music Factory at 4 p.m. and then again at 6:30 p.m. before a free concert led by his protégé Jesse McBride and the New [...]

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Photo OP: Hanging Around in the French Quarter

Photographer Sébastien Chaillot snapped these pictures wandering around the French Quarter. He captured some of the sites you can see on almost any sunny day in the Quarter, from bands in the street to second line parades. “Walking around the French Quarter is like traveling from one melody to another. Sometimes the melody is moving, [...]

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