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Rain, Rain, Go Away

It’s been raining for a week. Take a deep breath. Hold. Release slowly. Just over a week left for Jazz Fest. It’s imminent… The Jazz Fest staff just moved out […]

The Cube, Squared

This is what I’m starting call the week of “the cube”: on Wednesday the Jazz Fest announced its stage schedules, and on Wednesday, the French Quarter Festival put out their […]

What I Loved and Hated About Jazz Fest

Okay, Festival Productions people: don’t go nuts on me here. I’m not dissing the Jazz Fest this year. It was one of the better ones in memory: the lineup was […]

French Quarter Fest Awaits

It’s hard to believe that French Quarter Fest is once again upon us, and, as usual, the weather appears to be sterling. Starting today is the 31st annual French Quarter […]

Italians Named Joseph

I’m married to a  Italian, no excuse me, a Sicilian, named Joseph. Now the upcoming week is important because less than a week from now, we’ll be celebrating St. Joseph’s […]

Weird Covers, Slidin’ Things & Other French Quarter Fest Delights

After a weekend of stage-hopping at the French Quarter Fest, a few quick shots and impressions: I wasn’t familiar with Bag of Donuts’ brand of insanity so I’ll just say […]

More Than Just Festivals and Sports

This afternoon I was lucky enough to be able to leave the office and trek out to the Fair Grounds to take care of a little business. Oh what a […]

Festival Season Kicks Off Early

One thing I can say about the sports impacting New Orleans: we have hosted more major sports events than any other city in the US.  That means tourist dollars. Even […]

Howlin’ Wolf and Beating That Drum Continually

I read a piece about the music market on the North Shore today, about how tough it is to attract a decent crowd to a music club. There’s just not […]

The Festivals Are Over, Now Get Back to Work!

French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest 2010 have come and gone, and some surprising trends have emerged. For years and years, Jazz Fest measured its success by its attendance. There […]