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Get to Know Your “Certified” Emcees

New Orleans may be the birthplace of jazz, but rap and hip-hop are our city’s most popular mainstream musical exports. Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Mystikal, Master P, Mannie Fresh, B.G., Jay […]

Folse, Tramonto Plan a R’evolution

“How do you want to spend the next 30 years of your cooking career?” Long-time Chicagoan Chef Rick Tramonto asked himself that question recently after an established career of excellence […]

First Annual Latin Jazz Festival Saturday, August 28

The first annual New Orleans Latin Jazz Fest is going to be held on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The concert is being put on by a Latin cultural […]

YouTube du Jour: Mark Weliky

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvHO1bXghkU&feature=player_embedded#![/youtube] Here’s the speed of the Internet in action. Jazz guitarist Mark Weliky played Bacchanal last night; here’s footage from the show, and he’ll play tonight at 6 at Il […]

Rebirth Brass Band Signs With Basin Street Records

Basin Street Records announced today that the Rebirth Brass Band has signed with the label, and will be releasing their first Basin Street album early next year. It won’t be […]

Irma Thomas Recognized on NPR

National Public Radio has been celebrating “50 Great Voices,” and last night they named Irma Thomas one of them. Among the tributes to Thomas is this from Allen Toussaint: “The […]

YouTube du Jour: Meschiya Lake

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_SMk42zcfI[/youtube] Today’s video provides a tip jar’s-eye view of Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns playing “Everybody Loves My Baby” live on Royal Street. They perform tonight at the […]

Dear New Orleans: A Musical Thank You Note

“I have a very low tolerance for hippie bullshit,” says Tim Quirk. “There’s nothing more blind than a do-gooder that is just doing it for their ego or to relieve […]

YouTube du Jour: Hurricane Katrina

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up1z_jpR7Cc[/youtube] Tonight, Witness: Katrina airs at 7 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. The show collects harrowing videotape shot before, during and after Hurricane Katrina – footage that still seems […]

Donna’s Bar & Grill Closes

The last mainstay of live local music on North Rampart Street has closed its doors. Donna’s Bar & Grill, which has been the home of brass bands for almost 20 […]