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Rebirth Brass Band Signs With Basin Street Records

Basin Street Records announced today that the Rebirth Brass Band has signed with the label, and will be releasing their first Basin Street album early next year. It won’t be […]

Irma Thomas Recognized on NPR

National Public Radio has been celebrating “50 Great Voices,” and last night they named Irma Thomas one of them. Among the tributes to Thomas is this from Allen Toussaint: “The […]

YouTube du Jour: Meschiya Lake

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_SMk42zcfI[/youtube] Today’s video provides a tip jar’s-eye view of Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns playing “Everybody Loves My Baby” live on Royal Street. They perform tonight at the […]

Dear New Orleans: A Musical Thank You Note

“I have a very low tolerance for hippie bullshit,” says Tim Quirk. “There’s nothing more blind than a do-gooder that is just doing it for their ego or to relieve […]

YouTube du Jour: Hurricane Katrina

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up1z_jpR7Cc[/youtube] Tonight, Witness: Katrina airs at 7 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. The show collects harrowing videotape shot before, during and after Hurricane Katrina – footage that still seems […]

Donna’s Bar & Grill Closes

The last mainstay of live local music on North Rampart Street has closed its doors. Donna’s Bar & Grill, which has been the home of brass bands for almost 20 […]

YouTube du Jour: Mario Abney Quintet

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9RAkRIvU_0[/youtube] Tonight, the Mario Abney Quintet plays Snug Harbor. Here’s Abney in the jazz mecca Kettering, Ohio playing “Blessed” in what appears to be one of the least atmospheric gigs […]

St. Anna’s Up for Pepsi Grant

St. Anna’s Medical Mission (SAMM) is now a semi-finalist for a $50,000 Pepsi “Do Good for the Gulf” grant, a grant created to help Louisiana coastal communities affected by the […]

Spike Lee Documentary Premiere: Photo Slideshow

At the Mahalia Jackson Theatre on Tuesday, August 17, Spike Lee premiered If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise, his new documentary about the five years of rebuilding […]

Lee Debuts “God …” in New Orleans

“We’re not really part of the United States,” WWL’s Garland Robinette says. “We’re like a rich Haiti.” That feeling of alienation is an undercurrent that runs through Spike Lee’s new […]