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Dr. John: New Orleans’ Favorite Physician

If you haven’t been able to locate the elusive “Dr. Feel Good,” look no further. When you hear the pounding, driving, thumping, gutsy sounds erupting from the keyboard with New […]

Jazz Fest Update: River Tent Revealed

This year, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival marks its 20th anniversary as one of the world’s great musical events. The Fest is probably one of the outstanding bargains […]

Spotlight: March Features More Than Its Share of Music and a Streetcar Named Desire

Spring in New Orleans heralds anticipation of several annual events: the Jazz Fest, Spring Fiesta and the Crescent City Classic. But a newly created music contest for up-and-coming local musicians […]

Tipitina’s: The Legend Lives On

When you enter the door at Tipitina’s night club, you immediately view the first visible shrine to one of New Orleans’ musical patron saints, Henry Roeland Byrd, the one and […]

The Symphony Returns

In the 1970s, a festival organizer came to explore New Orleans as the site of a dance, drama, opera and classical music festival. The response he received, says Tulane University […]

Charmaine Neville

“Wheee!” grinned a delighted new fan, marveling at the beautiful bundle of human sound and motion. “You make me tired just looking at you.” Charmaine Anita Neville is a multi-talented, […]

Jazz Festing

In the spring of 1970, something great happened in New Orleans: musical history was made. Four stages, a gospel tent and a few food and crafts booths were set up […]


If you had to pick one day out of the year to be in New Orleans, the obvious choice is Fat Tuesday, better known as Mardi Gras Day. That presumes, […]

Snug Harbor: Jazz Haven

Five years ago New Orleans music was booming. Oil was flush, collaborations between musicians and various artists blossomed, and the town was pitched for a world’s fair whose promoters promised […]

Masks: The Soul of Mardi Gras

No American city is more hospitable to those reptilian souls who wish to shed their old skin and try a new one. New Orleans is an international capital of transformations…and […]