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Stephanie Jordan: Respect, Maturity and Verve

Stephanie Jordan assembled a top-notch group of long-time collaborators to record her debut album. The vocalist hand-picked such notables as pianist and arranger Mike Esnault, saxophonist Roderick Paulin, bassist Chris Severin and numerous members of her family including her father, saxophonist Edward “Kidd” Jordan, brothers Marlon and Kent Jordan on trumpet and flute respectively and [...]

DJ Spinderella: Push It

UPDATED Along with the Superlounges, New & Next, and main stage inside the Superdome, this year’s Essence Festival offers up the Block Party in Champions Square. Emceed by the “Original Human Beat Box,” Doug E. Fresh, the free shows include a Saturday set from Deidra Muriel Roper a.k.a. Spinderella. As the DJ for the groundbreaking [...]

2-4-1: The Creole Tomato Festival and Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

It’s always better when you share. The Creole Tomato Festival and Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival know this lesson well, as they return to the French Market and Old U.S. Mint to share a weekend of live music, local tomato-inspired cuisine, and artisan booths. On Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., festival-goers [...]

Sonny Landreth

Sonny Landreth is in Cleveland to start touring in support of his new album, Elemental Journey. It often takes a few gigs for his band to click on all cylinders, but he didn’t get warm-up time after the release of his first instrumental album. “We had two of our favorite gigs of the year, Festival [...]

Chuck Brown on the Birth of Go-Go

[Updated] Wednesday, Chuck Brown, the godfather of go-go, passed away. Here’s an interview I conducted with him in 2009 in advance of his appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. We started by talking about his most recent album at the time, We’re About the Business.   Why did you decide to record [...]

Nick Lowe Looks Back Because He Can

In the Summer 1982, Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds toured independent of each other for the first time in years. Rockpile had come apart following the release of 1980’s Seconds of Pleasure. The difference between their shows was instructive as Edmunds played as if he were the curator of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum, careful [...]

Seun Kuti

In Louisiana, the pressures of carrying on a parent’s musical legacy are well known. Ivan and Ian Neville, the Marsalis brothers and numerous Cajun artists have worked hard to match their historic pedigrees. But there’s even more pressure when your father is Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the Nigerian creator of Afrobeat—a mix of funk, jazz, and [...]

The Bo-Keys’ R&B Is Classic, Not Retro: Interview with Scott Bomar

The Alabama Shakes were playing One Eyed Jacks to a crowd so thick that late arrivers like myself bumped into a wall of backs about three steps into the showroom. As a result, I listened to the show from the front bar through the open doors (the band’s charisma and soul held up despite the [...]

DJ Quickie Mart: Becoming Gypsyphonic Disko

“It sticks to a world bounce format.” Quickie Mart [Martin Arceneaux] is talking about Gypsyphonic Disko‘s new release, NOLAphonic, Volume Two, which is out now (hear individual tracks here). It’s his project with Galactic’s Ben Ellman, merging bounce primarily with klezmer and Eastern European music. They released volume one in 2010, followed that Christmas by [...]

Roddie Romero and Eric Adcock

2007’s La Louisianne Sessions put Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars on the map. The ambitious album earned them a Grammy nomination as it honored the musical styles that met in Lafayette—Hub City—Cajun, zydeco, blues, rock and swamp pop, each treated as a living thing and not the last, revivalist vestiges of days of [...]