This weekend, Tipitina’s is hosting a two-night jam session featuring the acclaimed guitarist and many of his special musical friends. There are two-night passes available for a discounted price.
Anders has been riding a serious wave for months now. His new album, Peace, on Alligator Records, is getting rave reviews. He recently recorded a video piece for Yamaha guitars. But most significantly, his national profile has grown considerably due to his work with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s ever-evolving band lineup.
I have heard nothing but stellar reports from friends who have seen the shows, which also feature North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson.
Jerod “Rody” Lewis of the Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe passed away on Monday, November 25, 2013. He was 49 years old.
Big Chief Rody led the fabled uptown gang since the passing of his father, Percy “Big Chief Pete” Lewis in 1981 (shown below in a photo from 1977 by Michael P. Smith). The Black Eagles, along with the White Eagles and the Golden Eagles, are among the oldest uptown tribes. The Creole Wild West are recognized as the oldest tribe in the city of New Orleans.
Rody had one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in the entire Mardi Gras Indian community.He was the current generation’s vocal equivalent of Bo Dollis, the legendary Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias. A strong, charismatic singer with a rich baritone, he could be heard chanting at Mardi Gras Indian practices, shouting the ancient songs behind various second line parades, and fronting his gang at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
My Morning Jacket has teamed with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Flaming Lips and other bands for a 4-night concert adventure in Mexico from January 26-30, 2014.
The event, dubbed My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday features three totally unique shows plus an off-the-hook dance party hosted by the band that promises plenty of surprises.
This unique experience will include daily activities, a variety of off-site excursions, and all the magic that comes from being on vacation in an intimate setting with just 2,500 fans.
The guitarist from the British soul-jazz band will be playing with a variety of local musicians. This week he has Jermal Watson on drums, Nigel Hall on keys, and Eric Vogel on bass.
Roberts is part of a new generation of musicians who treat the music of the Meters as a stepping stone to other funky and soulful styles. His group has been developing a following in New Orleans after some wonderful performances over the past few years.
The music on Wednesday nights at the Leaf will take a decidedly jazzier approach on December 4th when Roberts is joined by Khris Royal on sax and James Singleton on bass. Jermal Watson will return on drums.
Funk is a worldwide phenomenon. Witness the success of this seven-piece Latin Funk powerhouse with three shows beginning tonight. I saw them play back in May and the band scorched the walls of the Maple Leaf with their nouveau disco grooves and high energy MC.
Based out of San Miguel de Allende, a city that shares many attributes with New Orleans, this critically acclaimed independent band has been hot on the Mexican music scene for 13 years and has become a fixture at the country’s biggest music festivals.
Pilaseca bends genres with their contagious mix of funk, hip-hop, disco, and Latin beats (from cumbia to salsa.) Their high-energy show keeps the audience’s feet and hips in motion.
Unlike other festivals that are held on the same date every year or rotate around certain weekends, the festival that celebrates the quintessential New Orleans sandwich is scheduled on a Sunday in November when the Saints are off. So this year, it’s this Sunday, November 24.
The festival has gone through some growing pains, the good kind, as it seeks to accommodate the masses seeking substance. This year, a new stage, the Saloon stage, will be inside the Maple Leaf Bar. The main stage will be at Eagle St. on the Jefferson Parish end of Oak Street.
I am most excited about the Saloon stage because they have an incredible schedule. Things kick off bright and early with a 12 noon set by Alexis & the Samurai. Eric Johanson follows at 2 PM. The day winds down with Chris Mulé & the Perpetrators at 4 PM and Terence Higgins’ Swampgrease at 6 PM.
My new book is available already online here. It will be for sale at the Maple Leaf Book Shop, Garden District Books, Octavia Books, and The Louisiana Music Factory on Monday.
Here’s snippet from the back cover: “Mick Jagger, Wynton Marsalis, Elvis Costello, and Peter Jennings are just a handful of luminaries making appearances in this rollicking chronicle of trumpeter/vocalist and indisputable New Orleans icon, Kermit Ruffins, and the down home Bywater bar he made famous.
Teeming with a colorful cast of unforgettable characters, Not Just Another Thursday Night: Kermit Ruffins and Vaughan’s Lounge, celebrates community and tradition while capturing the sense of timelessness that defines New Orleans. Mazza’s account overflows with hilarious tales of musicians and bar flies, voodoo ceremonies and epic jams, placing the reader deep in the gritty Ninth Ward neighborhood and right on top of the bandstand.”
It’s not often that a new star emerges on the international music scene with a fully formed and personal vision expressed through contemporary rhythms and musical eloquence, but such is the case with Paula Santoro.
A star of the concert stage, musical theater, and Brazilian television, Santoro’s grasp of the modern Brazilian musical vernacular is as complete as her deep understanding of artistic expression.
On her latest release, Mar do Meu Mundo (The Sea In My World), Santoro’s compelling and sophisticated vocal abilities shine brightly in a series of thematically linked compositions interpreted through dance floor-ready, jazz-based arrangements.