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Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Rock Against Racism" concert to benefit SPLC

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

More than a dozen New Orleans artists join a Rock Against Racism concert to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization focused on civil rights protections and classifying hate groups.

The event is 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at The Willow (8200 Willow St.). Performers include the Bad Hombre Band, The Tom Worrell House Band feat. Joe Cabral, and Doug Garrison, Alex McMurray, Leslie Smith, JD Hill, Claude Bryant and the AllStars, Carlo Nuccio, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Joe Krown, Mason Ruffner, Michael O'Hara (The Sheik), Brad Orgeron and David Treadaway, Chuck Perkins, The Jerk Offisers, Da Truth Brass Band, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and others.

The concert is organized by The Willow's Jimmy Anselmo and Nuccio and Worrell and co-sponsored by WHIV-FM. Rob Steinberg is the emcee. Tickets are $20; organizers expect to donate at least 95 percent of ticket sales to the SPLC.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Christian Scott returns with "The Reckoning"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Trumpeter and composer Christian Scott releases Ruler Rebel, his follow up to 2015's masterful Stretch Music, in March. The album is the first in his Centennial Trilogy, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recordings while serving as a meditation on the past century's social and political realities, from mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex to xenophobia, climate change, gender equality and the rise of neofascism "and the return of the Demagogue."

Ruler Rebel combines his jazz-informed "stretch" music with his ongoing experiments in trap while rooting in West African and "New Orleanian Afro-Native American" sounds. Listen to the somber instrumental "The Reckoning" below.

This weekend, Scott — a New Orleans native and NOCCA grad — curates the Stretch Music Festival in New York.

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The Damned celebrates debut LP anniversary with world tour

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:30 PM

The Damned performs in New Orleans May 16. - DOD MORRISON
  • The Damned performs in New Orleans May 16.

Propelled by the single “New Rose," which premiered Oct. 22, 1976, The Damned's 1977 debut album Damned Damned Damned was released Feb. 18, 1977, beating the Sex Pistols' Never Mind The Bollocks... by a few months as the first-ever full-length release from a U.K. punk band. The album was produced by Nick Lowe, who helmed the sessions in a sprinted 10-day pace matching the band's manic, irreverent rock 'n' roll.

To celebrate the album's 40th anniversary, the band hits the road on a world tour stopping in New Orleans this spring. The band — featuring original members David Vanian and Captain Sensible (Raymond Burns) with Monty Oxymoron and Andrew "Pinch" Pinching with bassist Stu West — performs at the House of Blues May 16. The Bellrays open. Tickets are $23.

The album also has been reissued with extended liner notes, out Feb. 18. The band plans to record its first album since 2008 later this year.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks Feb. 17-19

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 9:58 AM

Gambit music contributor and punk connoisseur Noah Bonaparte Pais rolls up to WWL-TV to discuss the non-Mardi Gras aspects of this weekend: Death comes to Siberia, a Swedish dream pop band and more.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Diamanda Galas to play Joy Theater April 11

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 11:38 PM

Diamanda Galas.
  • Diamanda Galas.

Diamanda Galas
(Wikipedia calls her an "American avant-garde soprano, composer, pianist, organist, performance artist, and painter," as good a description as any) comes to New Orleans April 11 for a performance at the Joy Theater as part of a North American tour.

Galas will release two new albums next month — her first in 10 years. All the Way is a collection of jazz and blues standards, while At Saint Thomas the Apostle Harlem is a live album recorded in May 2016.

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Neko Case to perform at Preservation Hall

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 9:45 AM

Neko Case performs March 13 at Preservation Hall. - DENNIS KLEIMAN
  • Neko Case performs March 13 at Preservation Hall.

Singer-songwriter Neko Case returns to New Orleans to perform inside the intimate Preservation Hall this spring. The artist performs Monday, March 13.

Case performed at The Joy Theater in 2016 with case/lang/veirs, the trio she formed with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs following their acclaimed self-titled album. This summer, she'll join The New Pornographers following the release of the band's anticipated seventh LP Whiteout Conditions. That tour hits New Orleans on Wednesday, May 3.

Tickets to Case's show at Preservation Hall go on sale at noon Thursday, Feb. 16.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Second line Sunday: CTC Steppers parade

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 1:45 PM

CTC Steppers

The Original C.T.C. Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Club

Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 12, 2017


C.T.C 'Queen Nikita'

Big 9 2016 King Charlie Tenner’

Mz. Big Shot ‘HoneyBee'

C.T.C. Diva Ariana Hall ‘Red #9’

R.I.P. Greg ‘Geezy’ Kagler

(route details below!)

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Music Box announces 2017 spring season performances

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Bitchin' Bajas perform March 24-25. - COURTESY DRAG CITY
  • Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Bitchin' Bajas perform March 24-25.

The Music Box Village debuted its new, permanent home last year, revealing a forest-like venue and performance space with a stage made up of music-making "houses" sculpted at its adjoining warehouse on the Mississippi River. Artists and musicians incorporate sounds from the village into their performance.

To kick off the Music Box Village's spring 2017 season, New Orleans soul and R&B outfit Tank and the Bangas returns to the village with an Alice in Wonderland-inspired set. The band performs 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy — singer-songwriter Will Oldham — teamed up with spaced-out drone band Bitchin' Bajas for 2016's meditative, improv-heavy Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties (Drag City). Seemingly a perfect fit for the Music Box and its arrangements, Oldham and the band will perform at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 24-25. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

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Lafayette's Festival International reveals 2017 lineup

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

GIVERS performs at 2017's Festival International de Louisiane with Tom Tom Club and others. - COURTESY GIVERS
  • GIVERS performs at 2017's Festival International de Louisiane with Tom Tom Club and others.

The 31st annual Festival International de Louisiane returns to downtown Lafayette April 26-30. The festival's lineup spans a broad range of Louisiana artists and their international counterparts, sometimes at the same time — this year, Lafayette's GIVERS performs with Tom Tom Club, Mokoomba and Dickie Landry. Also on the bill are Balkan Beat Box, Red Baraat, Dengue Fever and dozens others.

GIVERS latest album is 2015's New Kingdom, its first following the 2011 breakthrough In Light. Joining the band at this year's festival is Tom Tom Club, the "Genius of Love" outfit founded by Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads, and Zimbabwe's Mokoomba and Louisiana legend Dickie Landry, a genre-spanning performance that typifies the festival's collaborative spirit.

The full lineup is below.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Roy Ayers and Michael Franks to perform at Treme Crab Festival

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 12:20 PM

Dave Crawford performs at Jazz in the Park March 30. - COURTESY BASIN STREET RECORDS
  • Dave Crawford performs at Jazz in the Park March 30.

Jazz stars Roy Ayers and Michael Franks headline Treme Crab Festival March 31. The festival is presented by People United for Armstrong Park and is part of its spring Jazz in the Park concert series.

Ayers is a vibraphonist who moved from jazz to jazz-funk and neo soul. Franks is a singer-songwriter who has worked with jazz and pop artists from Diana Krall and Kurt Elling to Lyle Lovett and Patti LaBelle. Tickets for the show are $25-$100, and proceeds benefit Covenant House Sleep Out campaign to fight youth homelessness.

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