Sunday, April 30, 2017

New York Times mentions Mitch Landrieu as a possible Democratic contender for president in 2020

Posted By on Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 11:06 PM

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President Landrieu?

In a story tonight, The New York Times examines the Democratic heavy hitters who may be lining up to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in 2020 — former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — before looking at the undercard:
Competing against the Democrats’ senior cohort is a large and relatively shapeless set of younger candidates who span the ideological spectrum: governors, senators, mayors, wealthy executives and even members of the House.
Among them: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu:

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Sunday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 9:47 PM


Gente de Zona performs at Jazz Fest.
  • Gente de Zona performs at Jazz Fest.

Severe weather caused a delayed start at Jazz Fest Sunday, and the gates opened at approximately 3 p.m. But the attendees were able to hear a host of headliners, minus Pitbull, and there were no lines other than to get in the gates.

Cuban reggaeton group Gente de Zona performed to a limited but enthusiastic crowd at the Congo Square Stage, and several in the audience waved Cuban flags. The duo of Alexander Delgado and Randy Martinez, backed by a large horn section, seemed to enjoy their upbeat set  The duo teased the audience several times, mentioning the 1990s hit song and dance "Macarena," and eventually they performed it in its entirety, which the crowd enjoyed.

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Jazz Fest delays opening Sunday, adds Maceo Parker

Posted By on Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 11:05 AM


Maceo Parker will perform at Jazz Fest. - INES KAISER
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  • Maceo Parker will perform at Jazz Fest.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced a delayed opening for Sunday. It did not announce an opening time. It will post updated information on its Facebook page and social media.

Also, Maceo Parker will perform from 5:40 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Zatarain's / WWOZ Jazz Tent. He replaces George Benson, who will not perform at the event.

Parker played saxophone in James Brown's band and also toured with George Clinton and Prince. He's performed in New Orleans regularly with his funk and jazz band.

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Usher and The Roots get caught up at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Usher and The Roots perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival April 29. - PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • PHOTO BY SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Usher and The Roots perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival April 29.

Jazz Fest is at its best when it encourages collaboration. Whether that means putting New Orleans musicians onstage with other artists or booking seemingly unlikely pairings, the festival can help bridge the gulf between the "heritage" part and the big mess of music on the grounds or elsewhere. The Roots — an endlessly versatile hip-hop outfit that can play pretty much anything — distilled pure funk and a thrilling, raw performance from one of the best-selling R&B singers (or any kind of singer) of all time April 29 on the Congo Square stage.

Topped with a shock of blond hair, Usher smiled wide as he stepped onstage in a cream jacket (on the back were two fighting figures circling one another, a design by artist Cleon Peterson, evoking figures on Ancient Greek pottery). He'd eventually ditch the jacket, then a shirt, then another. He mopped sweat from his brow with a black towel, which, an hour and several gallons of sweat later, he tossed to the crowd.

The set showcased Usher's dynamic performance — a charming stage presence, dance moves, a killer voice, and endless energy, all brought out with the aid of the Roots' seemingly effortless versatility, gently transforming Usher's already-massive hits into classic funk and soul arrangements, helping contextualize Usher's rightful place in pop.

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Jazz Fest 2017: Photos from Saturday, April 29

Posted By on Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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The second day of the the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival continued with dry, breezy, mostly cloudy weather and music from the youngish Bayou Ramblers to the  oldish 85 year old Bob McIntyre ( and the Last Straws) with many in-between such as Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Alabama Shakes and Usher and the Roots to name a few on Friday, April 29.


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 10:30 PM

Conga Los Hoyos of Cuba parades at Jazz Fest.
  • Conga Los Hoyos of Cuba parades at Jazz Fest.

New Orleans' colonial roots include not only Spanish rule and immigrants but waves of immigration from Cuba following Caribbean revolutions around the turn of the 19th century. Havana-born percussionist Pedrito Martinez may find that hard to believe. In the middle of his set in the jazz tent at Jazz Fest, Martinez asked the audience to help out. He wanted them to sing a song's refrain in Spanish, loosely translated as, "My god, my god, I am talking to you." Not many in the crowd got beyond, "Dios mio, dios mio..." before mumbling or trailing off.

Martinez laughed and said, "C'mon, New Orleans, you have to do better than that."

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Friday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 9:12 PM

The Travelin' McCourys perform at Jazz Fest.
  • The Travelin' McCourys perform at Jazz Fest.

Early morning dark clouds failed to keep crowds from heading to Jazz Fest at the Fair Grounds Race Course Friday, and attendees were rewarded with a breezy afternoon and stellar performances across stages and genres.

The Soul Brass Band got the party started at the Lagniappe Stage when bandleader/drummer/vocalist Derrick Freeman asked the crowd,“Who has love for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band?” When that drew a lukewarm response, he admonished them, “I said, ‘Who has love the Dirty Dozen Brass Band?' Y'all better act right!” The tightly woven funky ensemble then launched into the classic  “Pet the Kat” from the Dirty Dozen's 1999 album, Buck Jump.

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Jazz Fest 2017: Photos from Friday, April 28

Posted By on Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 5:16 AM

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The 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival opened to a breezy, mostly cloudy day showcasing Cuba in the Cultural Pavilion, as well as acts ranging from 14 year old piano phenom Joey Alexander, an orange-haired Meschiya Lake on two different stages, Native son Harry Connick, Jr. who has not graced a stage at Jazz Fest for 10 years and many others on Friday, April 28.


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Friday, April 28, 2017

The other fests: 8 New Orleans music festivals during Jazz Fest

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 5:50 PM

Aurora Nealand performs April 30 and May 7 at BreakFest at Bayou Beer Garden. - COURTESY AURORA NEALAND
  • COURTESY AURORA NEALAND
  • Aurora Nealand performs April 30 and May 7 at BreakFest at Bayou Beer Garden.

While New Orleans endures a comically overstuffed year-round festival overload, it welcomes with open arms the reign of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the endless shows around town during its rule. Here are eight other music festival-y things if you can't or don't want to make it to the Fairgrounds.

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Today in Confederate camping: Flag vs. Flag

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 2:57 PM

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The ongoing Confederate-defense encampment at the Jefferson Davis statue in Mid-City is beginning to exert its own weird, Endymion-like fascination (though with more Auld Dixie flavor and less spray-painted territoriality).

Spotted today: Six statue defenders joined by one fellow in a rainbow-flag cape and a sign reading "NOT MY PRES" — while what look to be AirBnB Jazz Festers wait on the neutral ground for the streetcar and the folks at Holy Ground bar across the street get a free show.

Happy Friday, New Orleans.


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