Tag Archives: Marcia Ball

Photos: Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest 2014

Music is perhaps New Orleans’ best known export, and New Jersey residents took perfect advantage of that for the 25th anniversary of Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest, held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in New Jersey from May 30 through June 1. New Orleans staples the Funky Meters, Bonerama, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and [...]

YLC’s Wednesday at the Square 2014 Kicks off This Week

The annual Wednesday at the Square concert series in Lafayette Square kicks off this week with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Moon Hooch. The 12 week series is put on by the Young Leadership Council and features a wide range of musical acts, food from New Orleans restaurants, and an arts and crafts section. Each [...]

2013 Blues Awards Nominees Announced

Several Louisiana artists are inlcuded in the annual Blues Awards that are awarded each year by the Blues Foundation.  The Blues Foundation  produces the annual Blues Music Awards, which will be presented this year at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday, May 8, 2014. The Blues Music Awards, now in their [...]

Previewing Davell Crawford’s Legends Series at Little Gem Saloon

“I’ve known Irma my entire life—actually since before I was born,” declares pianist/vocalist Davell Crawford, purposely exaggerating he and Irma Thomas’ life-long relationship. Humorously, Thomas, reiterates his view, saying, “Yes, I’ve been knowing his family and him before he was a piece out of the pie.” Considering the two artists’ affinity with one another, it [...]

Living Blues Salutes New Orleans

If you’re heading to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art or d.b.a. tonight (April 8), you can catch the man whose portrait graces the cover of this month’s Living Blues magazine: Longtime local favorite Little Freddie King (yes, he’s playing both places!). He’s the star of an issue devoted to “down home New Orleans blues,” [...]

14th Annual Wednesday at the Square Lineup Announced

The lineup for the Young Leadership Council’s 14th annual Wednesday at the Square concert series has been announced, and it’s shaping up to be a first-rate affair. The Young Leadership Council (YLC) and New Orleans City Council President Stacy Head revealed the talent roster this afternoon at Mike’s on the Avenue, where musical guest Dave Jordan made [...]

Trombone Shorty, VOW All-Stars and More Play Hogs For the Cause

Last spring, Hogs for the Cause emerged as an event with a serious talent lineup and a pork cook-off. When it returns to City Park (dubbed City Pork for the day) on March 24, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will headline a music lineup that includes the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, Marcia Ball, the [...]

The Top Ten Selling Albums During Jazz Fest at Louisiana Music Factory

1. Tab Benoit: Medicine (Telarc) 2. Galactic: The Other Side of Midnight: Live in New Orleans (Anti-) 3. Johnny Sansone: The Lord is Waiting and the Devil is Too (ShortStack) 4. Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars: Box of Pictures (Independent) 5. Kermit Ruffins: Happy Talk (Basin Street) 6. Marcia Ball: Roadside Attractions (Alligator) 7. Rebirth [...]

Radiators Rule Second Weekend of Fest

I truly enjoyed my first Jazz Fest weekend. The highlights were, of course, the weather being so wonderful throughout. My favorite day was Saturday, though. When I got to the Fest, I was hot and thirsty, so I immediately headed to the WWOZ Mango Freeze booth near the Fais Do Do Stage, picked up my freeze, [...]

Marcia Ball, Roadside Attractions (Alligator Records)

Marcia Ball’s new record is a tribute to her consistency. It shows off what she does best, swinging uptempo grooves, boogie dance numbers, and a fantastic variety of piano playing from Chicago-style blues, driving barrelhouse tunes, and Professor Longhair-esque keyboard runs such as on “We Fell Hard.” Ball pulls off the piano playing with such [...]