Tag Archives: Erykah Badu

Photos: 2014 Essence Music Festival

By all accounts, the 2014 Essence Music Festival was a smashing success. From Prince’s headlining set on July 4 (during which Trombone Shorty came out to jam) to Lionel Richie closing things out on July 6, there were great performances lined up back to back in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Photographer Pompo Bresciani was there [...]

BUKU Fest Preview: Exclusive Q&A with Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner

Multi-genre bass virtuoso Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner take the stage at the BUKU Music + Art Project 2014 this weekend. Here is an exclusive Q&A with the dynamic young bass player covering his influences, his experience playing in New Orleans, and his musical version of the apocalypse. Why the bass? How did you journey to the [...]

Janelle Monae Stakes Out Her Turf
In New Orleans

Janelle Monae came to New Orleans over the weekend, and quite literally staked out her turf. As she explained Friday night (August 23) in a listening party for fans and media, she wrote much of the new album The Electric Lady in her backyard in Atlanta, and was inspired by the feel of Georgia grass [...]

Jazz Fest by Nite 2013: Black Angels and Erykah Badu with Mos Def + Hot 8 Ticket Contest!

Now, we all know that Jazz Fest during the day is an experience like none other in the world, but what New Orleanians and longtime Jazz Fest veterans will tell you is that Jazz Fest by Night is often where the most intimate, ethereal musical memories are made – inside the smaller independent New Orleans [...]

All-New Orleans Cast Hosts New Play, “Badu-Izms” This Weekend

More than just a tribute show, “Badu-iZms” is a musical revue built around the music and mystique of Erykah Badu. Playwright and local New Orleanian, Pamela Davis-Noland wrote the piece, which actually debuted its prelude at the 2010 New Orleans Fringe Festival, and recruited cast members including Stylist B, Iris P, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, and [...]

Robert Glasper

“Miles would have done this in ’95,” says pianist Robert Glasper of his current album, the crossover smash, Black Radio. Much like the late, brazen jazz icon, Glasper’s own visionary compositions challenge contemporary notions of genre and connect with fans far removed from jazz’s preordained establishment. The album, its title a reference to the fail-safe [...]

Trombone Shorty, Erykah Badu and Preservation Hall Undergo Re:Generation

The RE:GENERATION music project examines the history of different music through the eyes of five contemporary electronic producer/DJs. For the project, Mark Ronson, DJ Premier, the Crystal Method, Pretty Lights and Skrillex each take a specific musical style, and one they’re not usually known for, and explore it by writing and recording a brand new [...]

YouTube du Jour: Zigaboo Modeliste with Erykah Badu, Mark Ronson Dap-Kings

Last night, Meters drummer Zigabooo Modeliste performed on the Late Show with David Letterman with Erykah Badu, Mark Ronson, and members of the Dap-Kings. The group is part of Re:Generation, which pairs producers with musicians across genres as a documentary project. The group recorded the song played last night, “A La Modeliste,” with Mos Def [...]

YouTube du Jour: Re:Generation

Last summer, producer Mark Ronson came to town to record “A La Modeliste” with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, the Dap-Kings and drummer Zigaboo Modeliste. The track is part of the Re:Generation project, which paired producers with live musicians to create cross-genre collaborations. DJ Premier worked with NAS and the Berklee Symphony Orchestra, for [...]

Zigaboo, Trombone Shorty Help Re:Generation

Recently, Preservation Hall played host to a late night show with producer Mark Ronson, Zigaboo Modeliste, Erykah Badu, Trombone Shorty and members of the Dap-Kings. The occasion was the wrap of the recording session for Ronson’s part of the Re:Generation project, which features DJs collaborating with high-profile musicians to make a track in a given [...]