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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Orleans: Can we talk about talking at concerts?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 4:46 PM

A cheesy stock photo illustration of talking during concerts. - THINKSTOCK
  • A cheesy stock photo illustration of talking during concerts.

At this year's Ponderosa Stomp, I was sitting in front of two couples who were visiting New Orleans. They were staying in the Bywater, and had enjoyed a meal at Sneaky Pickle. They were thinking about going to Turkey and the Wolf. They wished the Orpheum Theater had more of a beer selection. They were planning what other concerts to see and what other things to do while they were in town.

I never met them. I wasn't eavesdropping. I was trying to listen to Barbara Lynn. I just heard them throughout the show, because they never once shut up and listened to the music. They were louder than Barbara Lynn on stage — and we were in the balcony.
This wasn't a one-off. At the Pretenders/Stevie Nicks concert at Smoothie King Center earlier this year, the audiences for the two acts couldn't have been more different (one glance around the lobby, which was equally split between tuff girls and witchy women, told the tale).

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ZZ Top suspends remainder of current tour, including stop at the Saenger Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 3:07 PM


The strength of their mighty beards can't overcome a "tummy ailment." ZZ Top has suspends the remainder of its 2017 tour due to bass-guitarist Dusty Hill's "tummy ailment," the band announced today. That includes a scheduled Nov. 12 stop at the Saenger Theater. The tour will resume in 2018.

"Tickets for the November 12th show at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans will be honored at the rescheduled date, which will be announced soon," the Saenger said in a statement. "Please check our website and social channels in the coming weeks for more details."

Feel better, Mr. Hill.

Location Details Saenger Theatre
Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 287-0351

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Out now: a Halloween soundtrack from Pink Fink, plus more local releases

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 4:00 PM

New Orleans-based record label Disko Obscura specializes in synthesizer-driven electronic music, from the icy, minimal synth duo ((PRESSURES)) to pleather-coated pop from The Buttons.

The self-titled debut from horror funk duo Pink Fink summons a John Carpenter disco and forgotten slasher flick atmosphere. The album is out now (on translucent pink vinyl, of course).

Discko Obscura's other resident goblins Creeper perform at Circle Bar at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, and the label's Slashdance dark dance party celebrates its seventh anniversary at 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at Sidney's Saloon.

Watch the video for Pink Fink's "Haunted Boogie" below, plus more local releases.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dru Hill and SWV headline 2017 Westbank Heritage Fest

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM

SWV performs Sunday, Oct. 22 at the 2017 Westbank Heritage Festival. - COURTESY UNIVERSAL ATTRACTIONS
  • SWV performs Sunday, Oct. 22 at the 2017 Westbank Heritage Festival.

Dru Hill, SWV and New Orleans artists DJ Jubilee, Shamarr Allen, Robin Barnes and many others perform at the 2017 Westbank Heritage Festival. The third annual event returns to the Alario Center (2000 Segnette Blvd, Westwego) Oct. 21-22. Admission is free; parkig is $5.

There's R&B, funk, hip-hop, jazz and other artists, plus food from two dozen local vendors and a Sunday morning (10 a.m.) worship service from Mount Hermon Baptist Church.

Check the full lineup and schedule below.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Buku Music + Art Project returns March 9-10, 2018

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 6:10 PM

The Buku Music + Art Project returns Oct. 9-10, 2018. - COURTESY BUKU MUSIC + ART PROJECT
  • The Buku Music + Art Project returns Oct. 9-10, 2018.

The seventh annual Buku Music + Art Project will return to New Orleans in 2018 on March 9-10 — but without Huka Entertainment, the hard-pressed New Orleans-based events promotion company that has previously co-produced the festival, among many in its portfolio of concerts and events around the U.S. Tickets go on sale Oct. 11.

A statement to Billboard confirmed that "the festival will continue to be operated in New Orleans as a Winter Circle Productions and AEG Presents event with no affiliation with Huka." A report from Pollstar says the company is "on hold."

Headliners and performers on Buku's 2018 bill will be announced at a later date. Past headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Run The Jewels, Future, Bassnectar, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit and Dan Deacon, among others, bridging the latest in hip-hop and EDM with electronic and indie rock artists as well as a diverse sampling of New Orleans scenes.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Out now: album releases from Bonerama, Mikayla Braun, Kathryn Rose Wood and Feufollet

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Feufollet releases its cover of "Baby's On Fire" at d.b.a. - PHOTO BY ALLISON BOHL DEHART
  • Feufollet releases its cover of "Baby's On Fire" at d.b.a.

Update: Due to Hurricane Nate, Bonerama's album release show has been postponed to Nov. 18.

• New Orleans brass-centric, versatile rock 'n' roll outfit Bonerama celebrates the release of Hot Like Fire, the band's latest seventh album out Oct. 6 on Basin Street Records. Heading into its 20th anniversary, the band assembles seven original compositions as well as two covers: a layered brass rendition of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" and Allen Toussaint's "Basic Lady."

Dary Malone & the Tangle are also on the bill at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 Nov. 18 at Tipitina's. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

LCD Soundsystem to perform at Orpheum Theater

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 10:34 AM

Following a headlining slot at this year's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem will perform at the Orpheum Theater.

The all-ages show at the Orpheum is 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $45-$75.

The band performs at Voodoo on the main Altar stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

LCD Soundsystem's acclaimed 2017 album American Dream is the band's first release since 2010's This Is Happening and picks up where his trilogy of anxious dance music and post-punk dripping in 21st century malaise left off.

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Deven Green, aka 'America's Best Christian,' coming to Cafe Istanbul Nov. 9-10

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 10:32 AM


Comedian Deven Green is better known to many as Mrs. Betty Bowers, "America's Best Christian." On her YouTube channel, Bowers delves into what's actually in the Bible on a host of topics. One episode about traditional marriage explores many of the odder marital pretexts and arrangements found in the Bible. Green also is known for a parody of Melania Trump that went viral.

Green sings and plays ukulele, and she will perform (not as Bowers) in New Orleans for the first time when she joins Varla Jean Merman in a cabaret show at Cafe Istanbul Nov. 9-10. Merman, aka Jeffery Roberson, will perform songs from her latest show, Bad Heroine. The two will do some songs together.

Bible stories after the jump.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

A Flock of Seagulls to headline Krewe of BOO! afterparty, completing the '80s-ization of New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 6:15 PM

The Krewe of Boo parades through the French Quarter. - FACEBOOK/KREWE OF BOO
  • The Krewe of Boo parades through the French Quarter.

Did you see Huey Lewis and the News, Pat Benatar or The B-52s last weekend at the Gretna Heritage Festival? (I didn't, but when the wind was right I could hear them on the East Bank.) It was a very '80s Gretna Fest, and now it looks like a very '80s Halloween with the news that the entertainment at the Krewe of BOO!'s official afterparty will be provided by A Flock of Seagulls — in an era of hair bands, AFOS was the hair band nonpareil.

This year's parade rolls through the French Quarter to Frenchmen Street on Sat. Oct. 21, with celebrity king Blaine Kern and grand marshals The Mix and Maryse, husband-and-wife wrestlers from WWE.

Now in its 10th year, this year's KoB! will be an all-day affair, beginning with the inaugural 2-mile New Orleans Zombie Run at 9 a.m., with Big Easy Roller Girls chasing zombies through the streets from Generations Hall to Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny. The 6:30 p.m. Krewe of BOO! parade will follow a reverse route, starting at Elysian Fields Ave. and Decatur St. and rolling through the Quarter to Generations Hall for the Monster Mash afterparty — and, of course, A Flock of Seagulls. (The 1980s are the new oldies, I guess.)

Location Details Generations Hall
310 Andrew Higgins Drive
Warehouse District
New Orleans, LA
(504) 568-1702

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

2017 Voodoo Fest announces daily lineups

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 11:16 AM

LCD Soundsystem headlines Voodoo's opening night Oct. 27 - PHOTO BY RUVAN WIJESOORIYA
  • LCD Soundsystem headlines Voodoo's opening night Oct. 27

Day-by-day lineups are out for the 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park. Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem headline opening night on Oct. 27, which also crams in Galantis, Prophets of Rage, Yellow Claw, Afghan Whigs, Andrew McMahon, Benjamin Booker and Chicano Batman, among others, into the lineup.

Foo Fighters, DJ Snake, Brand New, RL Grime and Crystal Castles headline Saturday, Oct. 28, which also has Whitney, Rich Chigga and Pell on that day's bill.

Closing out the festival on Sunday, Oct. 29 are The Killers, Dillon Francis, The Head and the Heart, Post Malone, Miguel, Cold War Kids, Amine, Strand of Oaks, Ron Gallo and Mannequin Pussy.

See the full lineups here. Daily general admission tickets are $70-80 and weekend passes are $155. VIP and Platinum passes also are available.

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