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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Avett Brothers cancel Saenger show due to flu

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 12:43 PM


The Avett Brothers
, who were set to play the Saenger Theater March 30, have canceled the show due to influenza. According to a letter written by Seth Avett and released by the theater, the show will be rescheduled and tickets will be honored for the new dates. Purchasers also have the option of getting a refund:
It is with our sincerest apologies that I write to inform you of the following: Scott has the flu. We would love nothing more than to be in Louisiana and Texas over these next few days to play and sing with you, but he is down for the count. We know a lot of you have made great efforts to be at these shows, and we are truly sympathetic to any inconvenience this unfortunate change of plans causes you. We will do our very best to reschedule these performances and will give you further details as soon as we can. Please hold on to your tickets, as they will be honored for the new dates. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled shows, refunds will be issued at point of purchase. If you purchased through Songkick during our fan pre-sale, you will receive an email with further information.
Peace and love to you all, and thank you kindly for your time, consideration, and understanding...
See you soon.
-Seth Avett
Location Details Saenger Theatre
Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 287-0351

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Premiere: listen to Vox and the Hound's album Aloha Shores

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:15 AM


Vox and the Hound looked to Sergio Leone scores and spaghetti Westerns as its cinematic mantra for 2012's breakthrough Courage. But for its 2017 followup Aloha Shores, out March 31, the New Orleans born-and-bred rock band embraced '80s horror scores and cornball action movies. "Everything was like, 'What can the keyboards do?'" says singer Leo DeJesus. "'Before we do that, can we do that on a keyboard?'"

DeJesus tends to think of songs cinematically. On Aloha Shores, his flair for theatrical vocal lines meets squiggly keyboards, soft synths and punchy bass riffs, from the disjointed funk of Talking Heads ("WoЯn") to a Champagne-toasted Steely Dan impression on "Aloha Sures (Sous Shuf)."

"We always had a tendency to do what [drummer Eric Rogers] calls a 'sideways Christmas tree' — starts small and ends up big," DeJesus says. See album opener "Recapitated," which veers into its prog-rock centerpiece with surround-sound harmonies, then blasts right back to its earworm chorus.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jazz Fest cubes and full schedule to be announced March 28

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:01 PM

Stevie Wonder performs at Jazz Fest. - SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Stevie Wonder performs at Jazz Fest.
The cubes! The cubes!

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced today that the fest's full schedule — aka "the cubes" — would be released March 28,

That should give Festheads plenty of time to plot their schedules in order to see (or avoid) Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, and the rest of the headliners, as well as local acts, book signings, musical discussions and, of course, crawfish bread runs.
Location Details Fair Grounds Race Course
1751 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
(504) 948-1285
Wedding, Party & Reception Venues

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Harrah's blames New Orleans nonsmoking laws for drop in local revenue

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 6:58 PM

  • Harrah's New Orleans.

The smoking ban in New Orleans has driven Harrah’s customers away.

That was the argument March 21 from Caesar’s Entertainment, the global casino enterprise that owns Harrah’s New Orleans Casino & Hotel. Representatives testified to the state’s Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force a $70 million loss in gaming revenues since the parish implemented the ban two years ago.

Company president and CEO Mark Frissora, company South regional president Dan Real and task force chairman Ronnie Jones all acknowledged the correlation.

But 24 hours later, Cynthia Hallett, the president and CEO for Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, called those accusations “baseless.”

Real said Tuesday he does not expect the parish to repeal the ban, nor is the company actively lobbying against it. And Caesar’s Entertainment executive vice president of public affairs and communications Richard Broome said the company accepts the smoking ban.

“We don’t want to dwell on the smoking ban,” Broome said. “But it has had an impact on revenue. That’s incontestable.”

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Gambit TV: Entertainment picks March 24-26

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Music critic and tacoficionado Noah Bonaparte Pais makes a stop at WWL-TV to share weekend picks: another exciting series at the Music Box Village, a new documentary about house ball culture and more.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Second Line Sunday and Uptown Super Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 8:53 PM

Uptown Super Sunday, St. Joseph’s Night


Single Men SAPC Second Line Parade

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This Sunday is the second of five annual events featuring Mardi Gras Indians that happen each year in New Orleans: Mardi Gras Day, Super Sunday Uptown, St. Joseph’s Night, Super Sunday Downtown and Super Sunday Westbank. On Sunday, March 19, Black Mardi Gras Indians from all parts of New Orleans will come together along with the city’s top brass bands and several social aid and pleasure clubs in an incredible show of unity and artistry to be followed by a festival full of live music, food, children's activities, and more.

Coincidentally, Uptown Super Sunday falls on St. Joseph’s Day this year. Sunday night around sunset, Indians from both Uptown and Downtown tribes will return to the streets dressed in their finery to roam their neighborhood followed by admiring fans and followers. They can usually be spotted at Second and Dryades streets uptown and around St. Bernard Ave. and N. Claiborne Ave. downtown. Westbank Super Sunday and Downtown Super Sunday will follow in the coming months this Spring, dates to be announced as they are made available.

And finally, the Single Men’s Social Aid and Pleasure Club are having their annual parade Uptown Sunday as well, rolling in the general vicinity as the Indians around Central City. The Stooges Brass Band will be providing music for this four hour second line happening 2p.m.-6 p.m.

Routes and other details for Super Sunday and the Single Men’s second line listed below:

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The unbearable litness of Buku?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM


Time doesn’t exist inside the float den. It’s always loud, always dark, and it’s only worth checking your phone to see what time the next set starts, though it doesn’t really matter, because you probably aren’t going anywhere. There’s a guy in multi-colored all-over-print spandex pants and Magic Eye cape, another in an Asian conical hat and fitted sweatpants and carrying a white walking stick, and everyone else is bouncing around in Nike Flyknit sneakers and oversized T-shirts. I keep seeing a tie-dye shirt with Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life, but I think it’s the same person. I’ve definitely seen a zebra cosplayer wearing no pants at all with her bare-chested boyfriend covered in silver glitter several times. Three people in homemade deadmau5 heads haven’t stopped posing for photos. A string of green lights collapses on the crowd like a fountain of water from a lawn sprinkler.

The Buku Music + Art Project’s lineup and precisely executed Vibe™ is anchored explicitly in an eclectic pop culture of that second. Nearly half of 2016’s XXL Freshmen. Some minor viral hitmaker. Non-EDM artists that fit into the chill matrix. But the festival is moored in the reliable, ticket-selling partytime of dance music. Buku is simultaneously a snapshot of whatever is happening in left-of-center pop music and a constant rave, as if nobody left the night before, or had instantly reappeared from last year as if they never left, still just a pulsing mass of neon tank tops and your friend who had to sit down for a minute.

The night before, someone jumped into the Mississippi River. The eternal dance party continued.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Second line Sunday: Keep-N-It Real parade

Posted By on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Keep N It Real second line
  • Keep N It Real second line


1 p.m.-5 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017

Theme: This Club On Fire

(route details below)

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Watch Tank and the Bangas perform on NPR's Tiny Desk concert series

Posted By on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM

After winning the third annual national search for the next star of NPR's popular in-house concert series, New Orleans' genre-bending ensemble Tank and the Bangas made its Tiny Desk concert debut.
The band was selected from more than 6,000 entries to appear on the series. Watch the band's performance — a three-song set featuring "Boxes And Squares," "Rollercoasters" and the winning entry song "Quick" — below:

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey concert rescheduled for Aug. 6

Posted By on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 4:34 PM

Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie.
  • Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie.

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey, who were scheduled to appear at the Smoothie King Center on May 18 on their joint "All the Hits" tour, now will be performing Aug. 6 at the same venue. The earlier dates were canceled due to Richie's knee surgery.

Tickets for the earlier concert will be honored Aug. 6, and refunds also are available at point of purchase.

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