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A Lasting Legacy: Scott Aiges and his wife Lisanne are leaving New Orleans for Denver

Scott Aiges, the first “official” Times-Picayune music writer; band manager; entrepreneur; organizer of multiple events around the city; former director of the New Orleans Music Office; and most currently an […]

The Rolling Stones American Tour in 1981 set a record that would stand for 33 years

It’s the Summer of ’81 and Keith Richards, attired in a black bomber jacket, black t-shirt, black jeans and blue suede boots, strides into the rural Massachusetts recording studio basement—Long […]

Essence: The Party with a Purpose

Essence Fest holds many vivid and very individual memories for those who’ve attended the fest, as well as those who’ve performed. There was Aretha Franklin’s stunning appearance at the first […]

Sheila E. talks back

Sheila E. was just five years old when she took to the stage for the first time to accompany her father, the famed Latin percussionist Pete Escovedo and his band […]

Natural Appeal: Marc Morial remembers the birth of Essence Festival

“The festival has exceeded my wildest imagination,” exclaims Marc Morial of the 25th anniversary of the Essence Festival. Morial, who is currently the President of the National Urban League, was […]

Deanie’s Seafood: old-school New Orleans in the best way

The roots of Deanie’s Seafood go back to 1961, when John and Alma “Deanie” Livacari opened the first seafood market in Bucktown, located where the 17th Street Canal today intersects […]

Relentless Dreamers: Water Seed’s quest to excel

Monday is Water Seed rehearsal day at Lou Hill’s house—every Monday at 11:30 a.m. The strictly observed regimen is just one example of the New Orleans funk-pop band’s quest to […]

The Royal Affair: Alan White of Yes has played drums with rock royalty

Archetypal prog-rock band Yes traversed North America last year on its fiftieth anniversary tour. Yes is bringing its time signature-shifting, riff-packed, melodic and majestic repertoire to American stages again this […]

The Rolling Stones from the Inside Out: A conversation with Bernard Fowler

When the Rolling Stones come into town for the group’s No Filter tour, fans will be cheering original members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts. There might even be […]

In Memoriam: Spencer Bohren (1950 – 2019)

You had to be there. Spencer Bohren’s extensive catalog of recordings present him in all his strengths as a singer-songwriter, a guitarist who knew how to frame a song and […]