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The New King of Jazz Fest: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews Rules

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE: SUNDAY, MAY 7—ACURA STAGE, 5:35 P.M.   Over the past half-century the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has defined what it means to be […]

Aaron Neville: From the Calliope to the Farm

Environmentally and culturally, New Orleans’ Calliope Projects stood a long way from a 12-acre farm in New York State. Yet Aaron Neville, 76, who, from the age of one until […]

Pretty Lights: Looking Back From the Future

It’s New Year’s Eve and thousands of young people have gathered at New Orleans’ Mardi Gras World Ballroom for a dazzling display that rivals any fireworks from Times Square to […]

Naughty Professor: All On a Naughty Gras Day

In some ways New Orleans has a reputation for being a tough nut for outsiders to crack. Considering our reaction to the influx of transplants in recent years, it would […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music: Johnny Vidacovich

I’m just a lucky so and so.” Johnny Vidacovich considers himself a lucky guy. Touchstones of the brilliant drummer’s serendipitous musical journey include his life-changing acceptance into St. Aloysius High […]

Little Drummer Boy: Cowboy Mouth’s Fred LeBlanc celebrates being alive

If you caught Cowboy Mouth at the 2015 Jazz Fest, you saw one of the best moments of Fred LeBlanc’s life. With the band preceding Jimmy Buffett at the Acura […]

Mutemath: The Ongoing Evolutionary Experiment

Dwarfed by skyscrapers and distracting glittering billboards while surrounded by throngs of international tourists in the middle of New York’s Times Square, drummer Darren King of Mutemath experienced a profound, […]

Sarah Quintana: Eternity in the Interval

In the last few years, several locally-based musical artists have forged ahead in somewhat new and unconventional ways to gain not only a national, but an international audience. Aurora Nealand, […]

Luke Winslow-King: No More Crying Today

For songwriter Luke Winslow-­King, 2014­-2015 was the kind of year that nobody would ever want to live through. Never much of an outlaw type, he spent a few weeks in […]

The Last of the Sixth Ward: Treme Brass Band’s Benny Jones Sr. is what New Orleans is all about

Benny Jones Sr. no longer lives in his beloved Treme neighborhood, where he grew up with the sound of brass band music and the ring of Mardi Gras Indian tambourines […]