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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Launches Catapult Fund

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Jazz Fest’s non-profit arm, looks to expand and enhance its tradition of locally awarded community-partnership grants with two new initiatives that foster new funding opportunities and business-development training for area arts educators and arts entrepreneurs. The broad umbrella of “arts entrepreneurs” covers small businesses and sole proprietorships working [...]

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Tales of the Cocktail, OffBeat Magazine, July 2014

Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Stirs up a Good Time

Do you need a good drink? That’s one thing this year’s edition of Tales of the Cocktail has in spades. The annual event will take over bars, clubs, restaurants, and pretty much every drinking establishment in the French Quarter and downtown area from July 16-20. If you’re a bartender, if you own a bar, or [...]

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Top Selling Albums During Jazz Fest 2014

LOUISIANA MUSIC FACTORY 1. Rebirth Brass Band: Move Your Body (Basin Street) 2. Eric Lindell and Co.: Indian Summer (Ind.) 3. Glen David Andrews: Redemption (Louisiana Red Hot Records) 4. Trombone Shorty: Say That To Say This (Verve) 5. Stanton Moore: Conversations (Royal Potato Family) 6. John Mooney: Son & Moon (Fatback) 7. Aurora Nealand [...]

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Tomatoes, OffBeat Magazine, June 2014

Get Ready for the French Market’s 28th Annual Creole Tomato Festival

The two-day, two-stage French Market 28th Annual Creole Tomato Festival is held in the French Market, between Dumaine Street and Barracks Street on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8. The festival has expanded its activities and kicks off with a “first bite” (50 Creole tomatoes will be given out for free) followed by a [...]

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Tom McDermott, photo, Stephane Peniguel, OffBeat Magazine, June 2014

Tom McDermott Writes Music for Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick”

In 1900—decades before the advent of antibiotics and blood banks—surgery was still an evolving, experimental field defined by high mortality rates and less-than-scientific forays into the unknown. Hence the tagline for Steven Soderbergh’s forthcoming hospital drama, “The Knick”: “Surgery wasn’t always science.” Set in downtown New York at the turn of the century, the 10-episode [...]

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WYES Beer Tasting

Beer Tastings on Tap

This month, WYES hosts two fundraisers, a private beer sampling and an international beer-tasting event, that together offer an excellent opportunity to taste some of the best new brews as well as support the local public-broadcasting station. Both take place at Mardi Gras World; the sixth-annual Private Beer Sampling is on Friday, June 13 (7-10 p.m.) [...]

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David Doucet, photo, David Simpson, OffBeat Magazine, June 2014

It’s Five Somewhere: David Doucet of BeauSoleil

Since BeauSoleil formed in the 1970s, the band has released scores of albums. How does the group continue to dig deep creatively while also remaining true to the traditions of Cajun and zydeco? It really just depends on what strikes us as we’re looking for songs to work up. Everyone in the band listens to [...]

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Prospect.3 Gets Ready for Now

Prospect.3: Notes for Now, the third incarnation of the international contemporary-art biennial founded by Dan Cameron in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and curated by Franklin Sirmans, will feature the work of 61 artists from around the world and music will be a big part of the exhibition. Prospect.3 will run from October 25 through [...]

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Mario Abney, OffBeat Magazine, June 2014

My Music: Mario Abney

“My compositions, in everything I do, I try to deal with me, in terms of my musical experiences in a way that embodies that way I grew up as a musician along with my cultural experiences. I learned to play in church in Chicago. Playing trumpet in church allowed me the ability to express myself. [...]

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A Fitting Tribute to Dr. John at the Saenger Theater

Dr. John didn’t go to Jazz Fest this year, but Jazz Fest came to him. Many of the festival’s key players participated in a gala tribute to Dr. John (with top prices going at $500 per seat) at the Saenger Theater, an event shepherded by Blue Note president Don Was, who served as musical director [...]

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