The Civic Theatre added more artists to its 2014 lineup: First up, singer-songwriter Neko Case will perform 8 p.m. Jan. 27. In September, Case released her first studio album in four years, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, on Anti- Records. Case — known for her folk- and country-inspired pop compositions and as a member of Canadian rock outfit The New Pornographers — headlines with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. (Read Gambit's 2013 interview with Thao Nguyen here.) Tickets to that show are $30.
Stalwart folk and country singer-songwriter John Prine will perform two nights, 8 p.m. May 9-10. Nashville storytelling singer-songwriter Brandy Clark opens. Tickets are $65-$90.
Tickets for both shows go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22.
I stared at Nick Cave for a few minutes, and then he burped. He was on the other side of my computer Nov. 14 answering questions, live, in an expectedly tense video conference with writers promoting his forthcoming 2014 North American tour, which stops in New Orleans in July.
Cave's sprawling career, whether as post-punk poet or waxed-mustache devil's carnival showman, has successfully avoided genre pigeon-holing and now exists sort of outside of everything. His most consistent works are with The Bad Seeds, whose upcoming live album Live from KCRW (out Nov. 29) follows this year's well-received studio album, Push the Sky Away.
The band offered live album tracks "The Mercy Seat" and "Mermaids" to alt-weekly papers — grab them here. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will perform at the Mahalia Jackson Theater July 21, 2014. A 24-hour ticket pre-sale opens 10 a.m. on Nov. 20 on his website, and general sales open 10 a.m. Nov. 22.
Before the questions came firing at him with the speed of a racing snail, Cave asked an assistant off-camera how his hair looked (jet black and slicked way back, as usual). He sat against a backdrop of his album cover and wore a striped blue shirt and a black jacket while sipping a tea cup.
Here's what followed.
Following more than a year's worth of meetings, reports and legislative battles around a new plan for New Orleans' "noise ordinance," the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MACCNO) hosts a panel discussion and one-stop Q&A with sound experts and musicians to fill in the knowledge gaps over the legislation. The "Science of Sound" panel is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at Cafe Istanbul inside the New Orleans Healing Center. Admission is free.
New Orleans City Council is helping redraft the city's decades-old noise ordinance based one recommendations made by sound expert David Woolworth in his 100-page assessment of sound in New Orleans. District C New Orleans City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer — who represents the entertainment-heavy French Quarter and Marigny — is leading the City Council's efforts. But there have been other recommendations, made by businesses and small neighborhood groups, as well as suggestions offered by the music community and its supporters. Read more about the city's "noise" legislation in Gambit.
Tonight's panel will address conflicting points made by disparate groups and the largely abstract, science-based reports that inform City Council's pending legislation. From MACCNO's announcement:
Does bass rattling from a passing car actually affect your health or building stability? Can you prevent sound issues in your home by just closing your window? Will vacuum cleaners and leaf blowers find themselves forever banned from the French Quarter under new regulations? The time has come to answer these questions with real world examples!
Lost in the rhetorical din over the sound ordinance is the actual science behind measuring sound and what decibel levels mean to performers, audiences, and others. By making these abstract concepts more real and applicable to the actual environment of New Orleans, MaCCNO hopes to further the discussion around the sound ordinance and find practical, viable solutions that preserves the culture of this city and allows all citizens to reside and thrive in our historical neighborhoods.
Woolworth will join the panel, as well as members of Young Fellaz Brass Band and FireBug and others.
"Folks that are planning to head out to the Holy Name of Jesus Gator Fest this weekend are in store for some nice weather! Friday evening will be cool and breezy, with temps falling into the 50s. Make sure to grab a jacket. Saturday and Sunday look very pleasant with afternoon highs in the 70s and a small chance for showers on Sunday. Get out and enjoy yourself some Gator Fest!"
Following its world premiere at the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival, local filmmaker Jessy Williamson's documentary A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas premieres Thursday, Nov. 7 on WYES-TV.
The film follows dozens of stories from the landmark music venue, which opened in 1970 and hosted countless rock 'n' roll legends, including opening night acts the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac as well as Bob Marley, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan and dozens others. It also was the venue where The Doors performed for the last time with Jim Morrison. The Allman Brothers were the "house band," performing at the venue no less than twice a month in its early years. The Talking Heads headlined the venue's final gig in 1982. (Read the Gambit cover story looking back at the venue as it approached its 40th anniversary.)
The Warehouse was founded by Bill Johnston, a New Orleans native who wanted to replicate the experience of New York's Fillmore East in his hometown. His Warehouse became a go-to venue for touring acts throughout the '70s. Johnston, who is interviewed extensively in the film, died earlier this year.
The film follows the venue's rocky early days and the offbeat characters in its pot-heavy scene, with anecdotes from roadies, staff members, popular 'zine In Your Ear founders, and frequent sideman Deacon John Moore.
A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas airs 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and 9 p.m. Nov. 28.
The 2013 Voodoo Experience, its 15th, was my ninth. At my first, in 2002, I naively collected "Stop Bitching, Start a Revolution" bumper stickers from the Zendick faithful before bobbing my head to 311 (for what would be one of five 311 shows I attended in a hilariously small time frame, which I'm only now comfortable sharing). In 2003, DJ Z Trip made me briefly consider blowing my carwash earnings on a turntable. In 2004, I impatiently waited for my friend's mom to give us a ride as I heard the Beastie Boys in the distance. I never saw the Beastie Boys, and I never will. I blame my friend's mom.
I paused to listen to Smashing Pumpkins play "1979" from my 1996 Toyota Camry while trying to get it unstuck from the neutral ground and lost a pair of socks in the mud getting lost while walking to Justice. I've recapped some of the highlights from the last several Voodoo Fests for Gambit.
I'm in a demographic of Voodoo attendees who have attended the festival from their early teens through their late 20s. This year's performers New Found Glory and Alkaline Trio have been performing for as long as many of today's Voodoo's attendees have been alive. New Found Glory blasted The Cure before it went on stage, and Alkaline Trio teased its audience with Bauhaus. The Cure closed out the festival, and a guy next to me in a Bauhaus T-shirt looked like he was at the best show ever. I entered a Twilight Zone episode. The one where the guy finds out he's been living inside the music festival the whole time.
The energy inside the New Orleans Arena was a first. On the historic opening night of the New Orleans Pelicans first-ever season, an atypically packed house — decked out in navy blue and red outfits or brand new (and minutes-old) jerseys and ball caps — reached unheard sound levels for a New Orleans basketball team, practically threw themselves onto the court after big shots and bad calls, and at the game's climax for a potential buzzer beater to send the thing into OT, when prompted to get loud — first the men, then women, then kids, then everyone — exploded into an affirming "Holy shit, we have a basketball team" 10-second scream.
Who prompted the crowd? Just one dude, standing at center court. Pierre the Pelican, introduced to fans just an hour before with the fanfare of a John Wall intro, and 45 minutes after dancing alongside the senior dance team, and another 20 after shooting a T-shirt gun and mugging for fan photos.
Nobody should be surprised mascots are goofy. They're cartoons. They're clowns. They rally, dance, pose for pictures — none of this should be news to anyone who has watched any sport in the last 5 million years.
Fantastic! In my neighborhood! Yum.
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