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Creating Something Beautiful: Professor Longhair’s House is Restored

Professor Longhair’s newly renovated house on Terpsichore Street was officially unveiled to the public on Feb. 21. Fess’ daughter Pat Byrd tearfully cut the gold ribbon across the front door as the Stooges Brass Band filled the air with her late father’s music. This “Fesstoration” was a joint effort between by Project Homecoming, the Tipitina’s [...]

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It’s Five Somewhere With Lena Prima

As the youngest daughter of Louis Prima, Lena Prima has been immersed in the dual doctrines of music and New Orleans for as long as she can remember. An accomplished musician in her own right, she will perform for the fourth consecutive year at the 2014 French Quarter Fest. You returned to New Orleans in [...]

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Talking About Music at the New Orleans International Music Colloquium

The history and heritage of New Orleans music will be discussed during the French Quarter Festival at the annual series of presentations, panels and interviews at the New Orleans International Music Colloquium. Everything takes place at the Cabildo, 701 Chartres Street, free and open to the public. Highlights include Dr. Thomas Jacobsen discussing his new [...]

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For a FEU Dollars More: Feufollet Turns to Indiegogo

Feufollet needs your help to deliver their record to the masses: Though named after a mythical fire, Feufollet is really about water or, more specifically, swimming against the current. At a time when smoky bars contained Cajun music, Feufollet’s early teen and pre-pre-teen members played on monkey bars. As Cajun music rubbed shoulders with roots [...]

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My Music: Jerry Jumonville

I’m an Uptown boy. I grew in the Carrollton area near St. Charles; I guess we call it Riverbend now. My daddy owned a hobby shop on Freret Street by Napoleon. The year between junior high and high school, during my summer vacation, I got my mother to borrow a saxophone from one of her [...]

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Nate Donmoyer, Passion Pit, photo, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

Bandaloo Music Community to Launch in New Orleans in March 2014

Boasting “Connect, collaborate, create music” as its mantra, Bandaloo is a new national model for exploring music through community that will launch in New Orleans the last weekend in March. “Beyond the city’s deep pools of eager, diverse musical talents, New Orleans is an obvious choice to begin Bandaloo’s high-minded concept. Music and community are [...]

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Music and Friends: Roxie Watson

Roxie Watson is a five-piece string band that blends gorgeous vocal harmonies and stellar songs. The group formed in 2007 as a just-for-kicks opportunity for long-time friends Beth Wheeler “BWhee,” Lenny Lasater, Linda Bolley, Sonia Tetlow and Beck Shaw. Tetlow says, “I guess the main thing about this band is that it didn’t start out [...]

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Buku Music + Arts Project, photo, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

Beacons of the Scene: Preservation Hall Launches Pres Hall Brass

The latest development in Preservation Hall’s kinetic drive to update itself comes in the form of Pres Hall Brass, a relatively new ensemble created with the city’s thriving brass band culture in mind. Featuring the staple talents of bass drummer Tanio Hingle, snare drummer Kerry “Fat Man” Hunter and trumpeter Will Smith, plus a rotating [...]

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Nas, press photo, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

Nas to Perform Illmatic in Its Entirety at BUKU Music + Art Project

On April 15, 1994, Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, a 20-year-old lyricist from New York’s Queensbridge projects, released his debut album, Illmatic. It quickly proved to be a hip-hop game-changer, helping to resurrect a floundering New York rap scene and inspiring decades of complex rhymes about street life. This spring, Nas marks the 20th anniversary [...]

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Marc Stone, Josh Paxton and Freddie Staehle’s New Groove

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and WWOZ DJ Marc Stone has been working as a duo with keyboardist Josh Paxton in recent years. After a chance meeting with legendary New Orleans drummer Freddie Staehle last month, the three musicians found a simpatico groove and will be the featured Saturday night band at Buffa’s starting in March. “It was [...]

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