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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mayoral candidates to weigh in on future of New Orleans music

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 4:20 PM

Musicians marched into City Hall in 2014 to protest a draft of the so-called noise ordinance. - ALEX WOODWARD
  • Musicians marched into City Hall in 2014 to protest a draft of the so-called noise ordinance.

Mayoral candidates Michael Bagneris, LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet will participate in a forum discussing the future of New Orleans musicians — and whether they'll have a voice in City Hall — in a city that fears risking their loss as it changes.

The forum — presented by The Ella Project, OffBeat Media and The Recording Academy — is 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 at the Carver Theatre (2101 Orleans Ave.)

Columnist Lolis Eric Elie will moderate a panel with Offbeat publisher Jan Ramsey, Black Men of Labor co-founder Fred Johnson, Melissa Weber (aka DJ Soul Sister), and music writer Larry Blumenfeld.

Candidates will discuss their plans, if elected, for building on New Orleans' "reputation as a beloved music city" and how music and performance will flourish "in concert with
continued neighborhood development." Candidates also will discuss other ways in which they'll work with the music community, and whether they'll work with artists in addressing quality of life issues, education, housing and public safety.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New Orleans Musicians' Clinic's 'Tropical Blood Drive' party returns Aug. 27

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 11:46 AM


New Orleans Musicians' Clinic & Assistance Foundation, The Organ Grinders and The Blood Center host their annual free party, concert and blood drive at Tipitina's from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There's a bunch of entertainment and the party has an enjoyably tacky Hawaiian theme.

Five Blood Center buses will park outside the venue in an effort to collect 250 pints of blood from donors, which hospitals can use for as many as 3,000 blood transfusions, a release about the event said. Inside, there are music performances from a list of acts including Soul Brass Band, Bonerama, Nick Name & the Valmonts and DJ Fayard Lindsay. There also are appearances by several of the better-known marching groups, including Krewe of Rolling Elvi, Camel Toe Lady Steppers, Roux La La, The MuffALottas, NOLA Cherry Bombs, Cosmonaughties and others, plus raffles and a limbo contest.

If you'd like to donate blood, you can pre-register with The Blood Center. Theme-appropriate costumes (your best grass skirt, perhaps?) are encouraged.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Premiere: Bantam Foxes bounce back with Pinball

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Bantam Foxes celebrate the release of Pinball at Gasa Gasa Aug. 11. - PHOTO BY CHERIE MCCABE
  • Bantam Foxes celebrate the release of Pinball at Gasa Gasa Aug. 11.

Brothers Sam and Collin McCabe haven't found a riff they didn't love. As Bantam Foxes, the New Orleans duo dusts off fuzzed-out, glam-inspired rock 'n' roll on its four-song Pinball EP, out Friday, Aug. 11. Stream it below.

Pinball was recorded in Houma in February and produced by Baby Bee's Joe Stark. "We did the whole thing in about 36 hours, tracking almost everything live using only a couple of mics with all of us in the same room," Sam says. "We were trying to make it feel like the listener was in the same room as the band. It's not nearly as clean as our older EPs — there's a lot of push and pull within the four songs — but that was kind of the point."

The band's EP release show is 10 p.m. Saturday at Gasa Gasa with Kali Masi and Quintessential Octopus.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ponderosa Stomp reveals nightly lineup of shows at Orpheum Theater

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 6:07 PM

Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics will play both nights of the 2017 Ponderosa Stomp, to be held at the Orpheum Theater Oct. 6-7. - PHOTO BY SUSIE DELANEY
  • Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics will play both nights of the 2017 Ponderosa Stomp, to be held at the Orpheum Theater Oct. 6-7.

The biannual Ponderosa Stomp has released its nightly lineup of acts for the October music festival, which this year moves to the Orpheum Theater in downtown New Orleans.

Friday, Oct. 6 will feature Roky Erickson performing 13th Floor Elevators; The Gories; Archie Bell; Barbara Lynn; a swamp pop revue with GG Shinn, Warren Storm and TK Hulin; Lil Buck Sinegal and the Top Cats; and others.

Saturday, Oct. 7 will bring The Mummies; Gary U.S. Bonds; Don Bryant and the Bo-Keys; Evie Sands; Los Straitjackets; a honky-tonk revue featuring Frankie Miller, Darrell McCall and James Hand; and more.

Performing both nights: Rockabilly/western revivalists Deke Dickerson and the Ecco-Fonics, along with Austin, Texas-based garage rockers Eve and the Exiles.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

Inaugural Flambeau Festival should scratch your Southern rock itch

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 10:53 AM

Blackberry Smoke. - PHOTO BY ROB BLACKMAN
  • Blackberry Smoke.

Sam Hunt, Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blackberry Smoke are among the headliners at the inaugural Flambeau Festival, a melange of young country singers and Southern rockers coming to Ascension Fields at Lamar Dixon in Gonzales just outside Baton Rouge Oct. 7-8.

The festival will feature three stages of music: a mainstage for the big acts, a "Torch Stage" for rising country acts and the "Nashville Songwriter" stage, an acoustic tent for singer/songwriters. There also will be food and drink booths

Tickets start at $119 for the weekend package and are available now.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Daniel Johnston to begin final tour in New Orleans Sept. 28

Posted By on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 9:55 AM

Daniel Johnston performs Sept. 28 at The Joy Theater. - PHOTO BY JACKIE LEE YOUNG
  • Daniel Johnston performs Sept. 28 at The Joy Theater.

Prolific songwriter and beloved outsider artist Daniel Johnston will begin a rare — and final — North American tour in New Orleans this fall. Preservation Hall's Preservation All-Stars are also on the bill.

Johnston has invited bands sharing the bill each night to create the set list at that show, and each show will begin with a screening of the acclaimed 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

Tickets are $32.50-52.50. Pre-sales begin 10 a.m. Thursday, July 27, and general tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, July 28.

Johnston has announced only four other dates on his final tour: Oct. 4 in Philadelphia with The Districts and Modern Baseball; Oct. 20 in Chicago with Jeff Tweedy and friends; Nov. 8 in Portland, Oregon with Built to Spill and others; and Nov. 10 in Vancouver, also with Built to Spill and others.
Location Details Joy Theater
Joy Theater
1200 Canal St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA
(504) 528-9569
Theater and Movie Theaters

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Premiere: 13 Dreams, "Adjacent Spaces"

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 5:35 PM

13 Dreams is Jesse Zenon and Justin Murphy. - PHOTO BY BEN DAVIS
  • 13 Dreams is Jesse Zenon and Justin Murphy.

New Orleans duo 13 Dreams has teased out its dreamy electronic pop on quietly released recordings like 2016's appropriately titled Post Gospel Disco. Jesse Zenon and Justin Murphy bring their ethereal, psychedelic R&B visions into widescreen technicolor on their upcoming full-length Moonset, set for release this fall. Stream the single "Adjacent Spaces," produced by Kirby Campbell, below.

13 Dreams — performing with a full-band live arrangement — performs a free show at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 27 with Nondi and DJ Heel Turn at Dragon's Den (435 Esplanade Ave.).

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Monday, July 17, 2017

ZZ Top to play Saenger Theatre Nov. 12

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 12:53 PM

click image ZZ Top performing at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas in 2015. - CREATIVE COMMONS/RALPH ARVESEN
  • ZZ Top performing at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas in 2015.

Eternal (and original) beardos ZZ Top will play the Saenger Theatre Nov. 12 as part of the band's new Tonnage Tour (based, at least in part, on Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons"). The band's latest album is ZZ Top’s Live! Greatest Hits From Around The World.

Tickets ($45-$125) go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at the Saenger box office and Ticketmaster.
Location Details Saenger Theatre
Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 287-0351

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Tori Amos to perform in New Orleans Nov. 14

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 11:19 AM

Tori Amos performs Nov. 14 at the Mahalia. - PHOTO BY PAULINA OTYLIE SURYS
  • Tori Amos performs Nov. 14 at the Mahalia.

Singer-songwriter Tori Amos will head out on a North American tour this fall in support of her 15th studio album Native Invader, to be released Sept. 8 on Decca Records. She performs at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

The album, her first following 2014's Unrepentant Geraldines, also follows the 20th anniversary of her landmark 1996 release Boys for Pele. Amos says the songs on Native Invader were "pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts." In a statement announcing the album, Amos said the songs "wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?"

"The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself," she said. "In life there can be the shock of unexpected fires, floods, earthquakes, or any cataclysmic ravager — both on the inside and outside of our minds. Sonically and visually, I wanted to look at how Nature creates with her opposing forces, becoming the ultimate regenerator through her cycles of death and re-birth. Time and time again she is able to renew, can we find this renewal for ourselves?”

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, July 14.

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