Music & Nightlife

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Second line Sunday: Dumaine Street Gang and Westbank Steppers parades

Posted By on Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Dumaine St. Gang King 2011 Henry James


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2016 12-4pm

Featuring: Dumaine Street Ladies Trolley Division, On More Time S&P Club, Young Rollers S&P Club, TBC, All Stars and Da Truth brass bands

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Books roundup: Five book-related events in December in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Between awkward office Christmas parties, family members with questionable politics and hot chocolate with too many/not enough marshmallows, the holidays can be a trying time of year. Find solace at one of these (mostly) non-Christmas-related book parties.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

"The depravity and the sweetness": author Paula Mejia on The Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM

In 1985, The Jesus and Mary Chain released its massively influential landmark debut Psychocandy, an electric shock of rock 'n' roll and sugary sweet pop as one big feedbacking sound.

The band was lauded in the U.K. press for its irreverence and unpredictably destructive live shows, But, as Paula Mejia writes in a new book from the 33 1/3 series, the album is "an unapologetic swooning love letter to pop music" from a band unabashedly embracing not only the leather-clad Hamburg-era Beatles, Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, and Marc Bolan and David Bowie, but '60s girl groups, bubblegum and the full spectrum of pop.

Though exhaustive research and conversation, Mejia dives into the band's history, interviewing band members Jim and William Reid, Douglas Hart and Bobby Gillespie, as well as scene familiars and Glaswegian contemporaries, finding a band shaped as much by Margaret Thatcher's U.K. and the realities of their neglected working class neighborhoods as it was by its deliberate pop ambition, despite its seemingly anarchic noise.

In celebrating its 30th anniversary, the band embarked on a reunion tour, which touches New Orleans Dec. 16 at The Joy Theater. And Mejia will talk about the band and the book with music writer Alison Fensterstock at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Euclid Records.

Gambit: I imagine you've been getting everyone's individual recollections of shows in each town on tour.

Mejia: Oh, yeah. One of the most entertaining and surprising conversations I had was with a guy from Baltimore from Aberdeen. The was a bar at the bookstore I was at, Atomic, and he came up to me afterward and said, "You know, it was great hearing about that. I first saw The Mary Chain when I was 14 in 1985. I busted my chin at the show. There was a mosh pit." Then he had this other great story about trying to see The Pastels with his cousin, who was really underage and couldn't get into the show. They ran into Bobby Gillespie and he said, "Tell your cousin to stand by the fire door." He kicks open the door so he can get into the show under the radar.

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Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn headline Bayou Country Superfest in Dome May 26-28

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 11:12 AM

Miranda Lambert.
  • Miranda Lambert.

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn and Rascal Flatts will headline the 2017 Bayou Country Superfest, which moves from Baton Rouge to the Superdome for for Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, 2017. If the festival is a success, New Orleans may be its new home, says Superfest producer and Festival Productions director Quint Davis.

"If it ain't broke, you don't fix it," Davis says. "If it succeeds and it works, then you want to stay here."

The festival was moved to New Orleans following LSU's announcement of renovations to Tiger Stadium, which will take two years. The Superdome venue is blocked out for a possible three years, Davis says.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Neil Diamond 50-year anniversary tour to stop at Smoothie King Center May 2

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 11:18 AM

  • Neil Diamond.

Sweet Caroline. Cracklin' Rosie. Song Sung Blue
. Neil Diamond has racked up 37 Top 40 hits (and karaoke favorites) during his five-decade career, and his 50th anniversary tour will stop at Smoothie King Center May 2. (He performed there in 2002, when it was known more prosaically as the New Orleans Arena.)

Diamond's four-month North American tour will also be stopping in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and other cities.

Tickets go on sale Dec. 9 (Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. for American Express card holders).

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Monday, November 28, 2016

New Orleans musicians honor Leonard Cohen Dec. 6

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM


Around the globe, artists and writers have offered tributes and eulogies in the wake of the death of songwriter, poet and a decades-spanning incomparable enigma, Leonard Cohen. He died Nov. 7 at 82. In New Orleans, local artist and composer David Symons, in conjunction with Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center and Sound Observatory New Orleans, gathers several local performers to honor Cohen. On Dec. 6, Symons performs with Luke Allen, Bremner Duthie, Helen Gillet, Ingrid Lucia, MaeDea Lady LaRose, Harry Mayronne, Micah McKee, Lydia Stein and Bart Ramsey, with house band The Salt Wives.

The performance — "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" — begins 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center (2525 Burgundy St.) in Marigny. Tickets are $10-$20 on a sliding scale, and all proceeds benefit protestors near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota facing the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, where U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have given the hundreds of Native people and supporters a Dec. 5 deadline to leave. Hundreds of people have been arrested, tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets and water hoses.

In a statement, organizers write that "2016 has seen the passing of an inordinately high number of extraordinary artists, with Cohen atop a list that also includes Prince and David Bowie. The familiar feeling of losing a hero or mentor, coupled with the maelstrom of Trump’s America and the outrageous actions taken against the Standing Rock Sioux has shocked so many of us into a combination of disbelief, confusion, and action ... We are New Orleans and our action is our song."

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Candlelight Lounge fundraiser happening today

Posted By on Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 11:40 AM


The Candlelight Lounge, that beloved impenetrable cinderblock on Robertson Street in Treme, has seen the good, the bad and the ugly for over 30 years. It stands alone bearing witness to the great music genes that live in the historic bloodline of the oldest Black neighborhood in the country — or it used to be before the ‘transition’ aka gentrification took over the hood post Katrina. The Candlelight is the last live music bar in what was once the musical hub of the city. Long gone are landmarks like the Caledonia, Little People’s, Joe’s Cozy Corner, Treme Music Hall which nurtured legendary greats like the Dirty Dozen, Treme Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Lil Rascals, New Birth, Tuba Fats, Trombone Shorty and James "Satchmo of the Ghetto aka "12" Andrews. And although many of the musical acts still perform in some form or fashion, all of the aforementioned music clubs have permanently shuttered their doors with the exception of the Candlelight (Little People’s opens periodically to neighborhood folks but don’t have live music).

The bar’s owner, Ms. Leona ‘Chine’ Grandison, has somehow managed to hold on, refusing to let it go by the wayside or sell it — and there have been many offers — ambling through the years without air conditioning, heat or a functioning kitchen. She hopes a combination of the fundraiser concert happening today and online outreach through the bar’s GoFundMe page will get her the $80K she needs to do the very necessary renovations to the bar.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Second line Sunday: Lady and Men Buckjumpers

Posted By on Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 4:43 PM

Lady Buckjumpers Annual Parade



"Everybody's not made for the streets, that's why they made the sidewalk."

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Shots 4 Shots free flu shot clinic returns to Frenchmen Street Nov. 29

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 10:40 AM


Musicians, bartenders and other hospitality workers can receive free flu shots at the second annual Shots 4 Shots clinic, presented by Tales of the Cocktail and the New Orleans Musician's Clinic & Assistance Foundation (NOMAF). The shots are available at d.b.a. and Snug Harbor from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The event aims to crack down on the spread of flu via hospitality and entertainment workers, who are often uninsured or underinsured and frequently have to work when they're sick.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Second line Sunday: Nine Times annual parade

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 5:17 PM

Nine Times SAPC
  • Nine Times SAPC



Noon-4 p.m. SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 2016

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