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Tropical Isle Returns Thursday Night

A year after a four-alarm fire ripped through the building, the Tropical Isle at the corner of Toulouse and Bourbon is re-opening tonight with a renewed commitment to live music […]

Essence Music Festival, Friday 2010: Photo Gallery

The big news on Friday, the first night of the 2010 Essence Music Festival, was Janet Jackson’s only show of the year—and the extravaganza of S&M choreography that highlighted it. […]

YouTube du Jour: Don Vappie

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZmzp_Xg1lA[/youtube] Don Vappie plays tonight at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta. Here’s Vappie in a video package assembled by the Jazz Ascona festival, which takes place yearly […]

Essence Music Festival Welcomes its Queen

For three minutes during her set at Essence Fest last night, Mary J. Blige stood on stage holding her microphone out to the crowd and didn’t say a word. No, […]

Essence Music Festival: Keys Stumbles, Knight Soars

24 hours after the Essence Fest crowd sat in anticipation of Janet Jackson’s appearance, a packed Superdome waited (and waited, and waited) patiently to see what Alicia Keys and her […]

Essence Music Fest: Janet’s Night

Let’s get the formalities out of the way. Monica opened the main stage at the Louisiana Superdome with a show full of her hits, showing why, at one point in […]

Rooney and the Value of Brevity

“I’m shoo shoo shakin’, sh-shakin’, I’m shoo shoo shakin’, sh-shakin’,” Robert Schwartzman sings, flicking his brown bangs while he leans into the microphone. He and his bandmates rock out in […]

Marsalis Family Named NEA Jazz Masters

The Marsalis Family – Ellis, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason – are the first family  to be named en masse Jazz Masters by the NEA. They’re the first family to receive […]

YouTube du Jour: Essence Music Festival

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XOY7lsBVpo[/youtube] In her only concert this year, Janet Jackson headlines the opening night of the Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome. Since the festival’s inception, Frankie Beverly and Maze […]

Sneak Peak at the Essence Festival Main Stage

[UPDATE] Friday night, the Essence Music Festival opens in the Louisiana Superdome. Janet Jackson in her only performance of the year, Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige will headline the […]