Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The lists: New Orleans music in 2014

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Hurray for the Riff Raff. - JOSHUA SHOEMAKER
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff.

This week, Gambit looks back at 2014 in our annual year in review issue. I looked at a few of the big stories from New Orleans' year in music. Below, find a playlist of 25 of my favorite songs from New Orleans artists in 2014 and a look at some of the year's best albums — and who to look for in 2015.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A$AP Rocky, Bassnectar, Run the Jewels, TV on the Radio and others performing at Buku 2015

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Run the Jewels. - WINDISH
  • Run the Jewels.

For its fourth annual event, the Buku Music + Art Project — returning to Mardi Gras World in March 2015 — features dozens of hip-hop, electronic and indie rock acts, with art performances and other events sprinkled throughout the two-day festival.

Today, the fest announced its initial lineup of performers and headliners, including acclaimed rap duo Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike), South African rave-rap outfit Die Antwoord, and rappers A$AP Rocky, Bobby Shmurda, Boosie Badazz and up-and-coming New Orleans MC Pell. Electronic and dance acts include Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun and Flosstradamus.

Also on the list: Brooklyn's TV on the Radio, who released its first album since 2011 with November's Seeds, and Buku veterans Passion Pit.

Buku is March 13-14. Tickets go on sale 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19. The full list of initial artists — revealed in a teaser video — is below the jump. Watch the teaser below.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Solomon family and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation announce $2 million gift to NOCCA

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Emeril Lagasse and Gary Solomon, Jr. at a press conference held today at the NOCCA Forum building. - JEANIE RIESS
  • Emeril Lagasse and Gary Solomon, Jr. at a press conference held today at the NOCCA Forum building.

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and today one of its alumni, partnering with the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, gave the school a hearty gift to say congratulations. Gary Solomon Jr., with the support of the Solomon family, teamed up with Lagasse to grant $2 million to the new NOCCA Forum building, which will house an expanded culinary arts program and a full-day academic curriculum.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween costumes at 2014 Voodoo Fest

Posted By on Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 12:21 AM


Halloween landed on a Friday, which in New Orleans means Halloween fell on the first day of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park. Look below for some of the costuming highlights from festgoers, from pizza and sriracha to homemade Hey Arnold! to those inflatable arm wavy things outside car dealerships.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This Is NOLA showcase returns Nov. 14

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Tank & the Bangas perform at the second installment of the This Is NOLA series on Nov. 14.
  • Tank & the Bangas perform at the second installment of the This Is NOLA series on Nov. 14.

Following its popular debut
 on Oct. 17 with headliner Hurray for the Riff Raff, the monthly event series This Is NOLA returns Nov. 14 with Crash (from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros), Tank & the Bangas, DJ Quickie Mart and Bent Denim, with art from DOPEciety, cocktails by Adrienne Miller, and food from Dirty Dishes and Cluck Truck food trucks. The event is free, but a $15 ticket guarantees entry. You can RSVP here.

The series, presented by Winter Circle Productions and hosted by The Joy Theater, aims to present the city's "progressive side." The November event begins 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. It will return Dec. 12.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Y@ Speak: it's a sign

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

In this week's Y@ Speak, everything is a sign: that burning mattress smell, the smoke coming from bronze Benson, literal signs, and children playing beer pong. What does it all mean? Ebola, probably.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Live Oak Cafe focuses on emerging musicians

Posted By on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Nyce performed at Live Oak last week - COURTESY LIVE OAK CAFE
  • Courtesy Live Oak Cafe
  • Nyce performed at Live Oak last week

The breakfast/lunch spot Live Oak Cafe (8140 Oak St., 504-265-0050; www.liveoaknola.com) is putting a new emphasis on its daily music offerings and providing a space for emerging and familiar musicians to spread their wings.

“(Our music booker is) determined to have as much variety in here as possible,” says Clare Leavy, chef/co-owner of Live Oak Cafe, which opened in January. “We try to have a different genre every day, and it’s really interesting. The focus is on emerging artists that most people haven’t heard about yet.”

The diversity in music genres melds with Live Oak’s customer base, which ranges from young families to college students to neighborhood regulars and tourists attracted to the bourgeoning restaurant, entertainment and retail scene on Oak Street. Leavy and her partners decided to take the music schedule in a different direction after pianist Charles Farmer, who had performed daily for eight years at Live Oak and its predecessor Oak Street Cafe, retired.

“We did it for the idea of it, really,” Leavy says of changing up the music schedule. “New Orleans is all about music and should be a playground for musicians to play whatever kind of music they want to play — bring whatever they have to the table.”

There will be regular appearances by musicians such as Sarah McCoy, who is scheduled to play once a month; and Katarina Boudreaux, who plays Mondays and Tuesdays for the next month; as well as some musicians who play regularly in clubs around town, such as Dave Easley (Nov. 2) and Norbert Slama (Oct. 25). For a daily schedule, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Live Oak, which offers home cooking with Creole and Cajun influences, plans other updates, starting with expanding the cafe with a new kitchen and doubling the size of the dining room. The restaurant will close in December, and Leavy says the construction timeline calls for the restaurant to reopen in time for Carnival — with the possible addition of dinner service.

The cafe is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Watch the first episode of Phil Anselmo's comedy webseries Metal Grasshopper

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Phil Anselmo. - ESTEVAN ROMERA
  • Phil Anselmo.

"Why I'm doing this, I will never, ever know."

There ends the first episode of Metal Grasshopper, as metal sensei Phil Anselmo begrudgingly drives a pickup truck with shirtless, pale comedian Dave Hill riding in the back, throwing his fists in the air in triumph.

"Mr. Miyagi is Phil Anselmo, and the Karate Kid is Dave Hill, and it's not karate it's heavy metal," explained Chris Lee, who co-created the comedy webseries with Hill. "You got a comedian and heavy metal rockstar: who's going to be the funny guy? ... Through Phil's force of personality, and he's just insanely funny, he's like, 'I'm going to do whatever I want.' We're like, 'Well, f—k it. We're not going to fight funny. He's great.'"

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Free Christmas opera Oct. 7

Posted By on Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM


The International Youth Fellowship’s (IYF) New Orleans chapter is hosting a performance of the Christmas Cantata, an opera-like re-enactment of Christians’ traditional Christmas story, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the UNO Lakefront Arena. Admission is free. Call 504-2 08-2911 or visit www.graciaschoir.com to g et free tickets.


In the musical, the story of Jesus Christ’s birth is told through music, elaborate sets and costumes and includes a version of Handel’s MESSIAH, performed by the award-winning Gracias Choir. The choir has performed internationally, and this year earned grand prizes at the Concorso Corale Internazionale in Italy and the Montreux Choral Festival in Switzerland.

This is the fourth time the choir will perform in New Orleans.


Inho Choi, IYF New Orleans regional director, says IYF volunteers are personally delivering thousands of invitations with tickets to homes across New Orleans in an effort to bring Gracias Christmas Cantata to a wider audience. IYF presented the production at the Saenger Theatre last year, but opted for UNO Lakefront Arena for the 2014 show in order to accommodate a larger audience.

The choir’s 2014 U.S. tour includes 20 cities.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Y@ Speak

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

We're back to our regularly scheduled programming, and I'm wearing a Gore-Tex jacket, Ugg boots and five layers of flannel while sipping on pumpkin ale and a PSL from a dual Camelbak. The "fall weather" has turned New Orleans into a Han Solo cosplay convention while the New Orleans Saints deflate like a sad balloon, NCIS: New Orleans makes K-Ville look like a Ken Burns documentary, One Direction cancels everyone else, and I found out I live somewhere between "gentrification" and "scary place." All that and more in the return of Y@ Speak. (Thanks for your patience; I was out of town last week.)

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