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Friday, December 15, 2017

WATCH: Jon Batiste performs 'Winter Wonderland' on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 1:18 PM


Something nice for a chilly Friday: New Orleans native Jon Batiste getting five minutes on national television to play jazz piano beautifully and sing "Winter Wonderland" from his new album Christmas With Jon Batiste, which features guest performances by Jason Marsalis, Aloe Blaac and others.

It's really, really good.

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Irvin Mayfield's road to perdition

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 11:09 AM

Irvin Mayfield.
  • Irvin Mayfield.

The recent federal indictment of Grammy-winning New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and his longtime friend and artistic collaborator Ronald Markham reads like a mobsters’ playbook for how to loot a nonprofit — except for the part about not getting caught.

Mayfield and Markham are not charged with racketeering, but the 19 counts against them include just about everything else the feds typically throw at crooked politicians and Mafiosi — a count of conspiracy, four counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, one count of money laundering conspiracy, 11 counts of money laundering and one count of obstruction of justice.

The two men led the nonprofit New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), which Mayfield founded in 2002, to national prominence. They also enjoyed six-figure salaries from NOJO.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lucinda Williams to play House of Blues Jan. 27, 2018

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 3:03 PM

Lucinda Williams comes to House of Blues Jan. 27, 2018. - PHOTO BY DAVID MCCLISTER
  • Lucinda Williams comes to House of Blues Jan. 27, 2018.

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams returns to House of Blues New Orleans Jan. 27, 2018 in support of her new album This Sweet Old World — a 25th anniversary re-recording and reinterpretation of her classic 1992 album Sweet Old World.

"Sweet Old World" and "Pineola" are among the songs on both albums, which have been rearranged and reconceived for This Sweet Old World, In August, Williams told Rolling Stone, "When you look back at your early albums, probably a lot of people go, 'God, I should just recut these songs,' because, needless to say the production is like night and day between the original one and this one. It’s like a whole new album."

Tickets are $40 and are on sale now at LiveNation and the House of Blues box office.
Location Details House of Blues
House of Blues
225 Decatur St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA
(504) 310-4999
Music & Food, Bar and Wedding, Party & Reception Venues

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Walter "Wolfman" Washington celebrates 74th birthday with several shows in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 5:45 PM

Walter "Wolfman" Washington celebrates his 74th birthday with a week of shows. - PHOTO COURTESY WALTER "WOLFMAN" WASHINGTON
  • Walter "Wolfman" Washington celebrates his 74th birthday with a week of shows.

Guitarist and bandleader Walter "Wolfman" Washington turns 74 on Dec. 21, but he's celebrating a week early with a series of concerts around New Orleans.

Washington performs with his Roadmasters at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 at d.b.a. and 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art during Ogden After Hours. He's also performing alongside Anders Osborne, Ivan Neville and Rickie Lee Jones at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at Tipitina's.

The week of shows culminates at his annual birthday party performing with the Roadmasters at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at The Maple Leaf. Tickets are $10.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Dead & Company show rescheduled for Feb. 24, 2018

Posted By on Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 1:33 PM


The Dead & Company show in New Orleans that was scuttled by John Mayer's obstinate appendix a few days ago has been rescheduled. It now will be Feb. 24, 2018.

Tickets for the original show will be honored, and for those who can't or choose not to make it, refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Location Details Smoothie King Center
Smoothie King Center
1501 Girod St.
Central Business District
New Orleans, LA
(504) 587-3663

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Comedian Kamari Stevens premieres rap-inspired "TED Talk meets house party"

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM

New Orleans comedian Kamari Stevens premieres The College Dropout Too Dec. 6. - COURTESY KAMARI STEVENS
  • New Orleans comedian Kamari Stevens premieres The College Dropout Too Dec. 6.

After briefly falling out of love with rap, Kamari Stevens thanks Migos for partially inspiring his latest show, an homage to his conflicted relationship with hip-hop but “sprinkled with a one-man show."

“Granted, they talk about a limited amount of things,” Stevens says. “But can you do it the best? And they can croon about selling drugs.”

The stand-up comic describes his show, The College Dropout Too: What Rap Taught Me, as a "TED Talk meets house party," a storytelling performance that’s as much an autobiographical showcase as a personal mixtape brought to life. Stevens premieres the show with music from Blk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Hi-Ho Lounge.

“Moving down here and seeing different types of shows, with musicians doing stuff that’s a little more imaginative, made me wanna do something that’s not a typical comedy show,” he says. “I’d go to all these local rap shows, get all these ideas of jokes … But trying to do a local rap reference, like that level of specificity … I just want to do a show where I can just talk about it.”

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Migos, Jay Electronica and more artists announced for Buku 2018

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 11:47 AM

Migos will perform at Buku 2018. - PHOTO BY DAVID RAMS
  • Migos will perform at Buku 2018.

Atlanta rap trio Migos joins the lineup for 2018's Buku Music + Art Project, which also will feature a rare live performance from New Orleans emcee Jay Electronica. They join a lineup with previously announced artists MGMT, SZA, Sylvan Esso, Borgore and many others.

The festival revealed additional performers on next year's lineup, including Virtual Self, A Day to Remember, Little Dragon, Rich the Kid and Princess Nokia, among others. Also on the bill are local artists AF THE NAYSAYER with Yung Vul, KTRL., RedBarrington and KiddLove.

Migos — whose definitive 2017 album Culture debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and continues to anchor rap radio with hits "Bad and Boujee" and "Slippery" — currently is riding the single "MotorSport" with Cardi B and Nicki Minaj.

Jay Electronica, meanwhile, has remained relatively quiet despite intense hype and acclaim surrounding 2007's Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge), which landed him into Roc Nation in 2010. He's released a few teasers and singles hinting at Act II and has remained largely offstage except for a few high profile shows.

Tickets begin at $185 for two-day general admission passes. Check the full lineup below.

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Fleet Foxes announce New Orleans show at the Orpheum Theater

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 10:10 AM


With the 2017 release of third album Crack-Up reintroducing Fleet Foxes with its first album since 2011's Helplessness Blues, the band has announced a string of live dates through the southern U.S., including a March 2018 show in New Orleans.

The band performs March 12 at the Orpheum Theater.

June's Crack-Up (Nonesuch Records) departs from the band's folk-inspired Pacific Northwestern idylism into the unexplored, charting a course with vast, sweeping compositions and orchestral flourishes while keeping its sound grounded in the acoustic textures and ethereal harmonies it first introduced on its 2008 self-titled debut.

The band's 2018 tour through the South includes four stops in Florida and shows in South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama.

Tickets are $34.50-$64.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8. A fan presale begins 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.

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Hogs for the Cause announces music lineup for March 23-24 event

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Turnpike Troubadours heading Hogs for the Cause.
  • Turnpike Troubadours heading Hogs for the Cause.

North Mississippi Osborne, Turnpike Troubadours, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The SteelDrivers and other country, Southern rock, bluegrass and funk bands will perform at the 10th edition of Hogs for the Cause March 23-24.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

New Orleans Musicians' Clinic to hold enrollment event for Affordable Care Act

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 4:52 PM


We know you've got a lot on your mind these days (the state of the world, holiday shopping, the Atlanta Falcons, Alvin Kamara), but a reminder: If you want to take advantage of open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act, the deadline to do so is Dec. 15. That's just a week and a half away.

The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and 504HealthNet want to get you hooked up, so they're having a musical signup event at the Ace Hotel New Orleans from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 12. Counselors will be available to guide consumers through the maze of health plans, and there will be music by Charlie Wooton, Johnny Vidocovich, June Yamagishi, John Gros, and Kris Royal to make the medicine go down.

Details (including what you need to bring) under the jump. Here's the Facebook event:

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