Category Archives: TVD New Orleans

New Orleans Suspects welcome special guests on two-night stand

This weekend (July 18-19), the group will feature Big Chief Juan Pardo on Friday night and former Radiators’ keyboardist and singer/songwriter Ed Volker on Saturday night at the Maple Leaf Bar.

The band has been going through some reorganization according to bassist Reggie Scanlan including working on a record deal with Louisiana Red Hot Records and recording a new album, which will feature Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat.

Saxophonist Jeff Watkins took advantage of the time off the road with the Suspects to go on a three-week European tour with soul singer Joss Stone. When the chance to play two nights at the uptown club came up, the boys in the band decided to bring in the special guests to make up for Watkins’ absence. Read More »

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Shamarr Allen talks the Sounds of New Orleans Benefit Concert

Saturday, July 19, The St. Jude Community Center will hold its 4th annual Sounds of New Orleans Benefit Concert. The Community Center houses working homeless women and volunteers rebuilding the city, serves breakfast and lunch on weekdays, distributes food for Second Harvest Food Bank, and collaborates with Responsibility House in serving addicts. Last year the event raised over $50,000, and so far the center has utilized more than half of the funds to pay its insurance ($21,00) and fund salaries.

The concert doesn’t just have a great cause though. It has a great line-up too! Local greats Paul Sanchez, John Boutte and Shamarr Allen; Broadway star Michael Cerveris, singer and June OffBeat magazine cover Erica Falls, and the legendary Allen Toussaint will all grace the stage at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

We chatted with Shamarr Allen, who was recently named a cultural ambassador for the State Department, to talk about the upcoming gig and his connection to it.

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Gasa Gasa celebrates
its first year with loads of vinyl

Beloved uptown music venue Gasa Gasa is celebrating its first birthday this weekend! On Saturday, July 19, there will be an art market in the courtyard (or artyard in this case) to celebrate the occasion. The market starts at 2 PM and runs well into the evening.

Booths will include a vinyl sales pop-up curated by DJ Brice Nice and the folks at Inner Recess Studios, the Warehouse District recording facility that has released work from a diverse group of artists from Nigerian born singer-songwriter Blessing Tangban to beat maker Nessy Phips.

The videos above and below are part of a mix curated by the staff at Gasa Gasa and are representative of some of the music and artists you might find at the pop-up. More details are here.

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TVD Recommends: Tommy Malone at
the Freret Publiq
House, 7/12

The acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist is returning to New Orleans after a successful reunion run with his long running band, the subdudes, for a rare show at the spacious new venue.

Malone has been on roll of late. His latest recording, Poor Boy, which was released by M.C. Records in late April, has been garnering rave reviews and sales have been growing. It is currently the Number 1 album on the Roots Music Report’s Roots Rock Albums chart.

He appeared on the Americana Music Show with Calvin Powers playing tracks from the new album, talking about the subdudes’ reunion, and other personal tidbits. You can listen here.

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Indiegogo: Help the Louisiana Music Factory get a new sound system

Everyone’s favorite record store, which recently moved to fine new digs at the gateway to the Frenchmen Street Cultural District, recently started a campaign to purchase equipment for their much-lauded in-store performance series. Details are here.

I have been attending these in-store performances since the business opened decades ago. Shameless self promotion: numerous stories about the music in the early years are featured in my book, Up Front and Center: New Orleans Music at the End of the 20th Century.

But enough about me. Performing at the “Factory” is part of the development of many of New Orleans finest musicians. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews played there numerous times before he was even a teenager.

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A.J. Croce returns to New Orleans for 3 shows tonight and tomorrow, 7/8 and 7/9

The acclaimed San Diego-based singer/songwriter recorded two cuts off of his critically lauded new album, Twelve Tales, under the direction of producer Allen Toussaint.

In keeping with his all-inclusive approach to music, he will be performing in three entirely different settings. Tonight, the show will be at the Maple Leaf Bar. The set begins at 8 PM and will be over in time for the Rebirth Brass Band’s regular 11 PM set.

The Maple Leaf Bar is one of the last remaining live music saloons in New Orleans where smoking is still allowed. Croce’s set will be non-smoking.

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TVD Recommends:
The Foreign Exchange
at Tipitina’s, 6/29

The hip-hop duo known for soulful, R&B flavored tracks that showcase Nicolay’s conscientious beat making and Phonte’s spitfire rapping and heartfelt vocals, will be performing at Tipitina’s.

Last Monday, Pont:Productions and TVD co-hosted a listening party for the album at Gasa Gasa in preparation for the show. We gave out stickers, t-shirts, and tickets to Sunday night’s performance. Additionally, attendees were given free invites to Nicolay’s DJ set at Eiffel and enjoyed happy hour drink specials. There was a great turn out, with a full dance floor grooving to the tracks off the album.

DJ RQway, who will be opening the show, also spun a bunch of funk, house, R&B, and hip-hop numbers from artists as diverse as Curtis Mayfield, Nas, and his own homemade beats.

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Rebirth Brass Band drops Move Your Body, today, 6/24, celebrates live in-store next week

The follow-up to the groundbreaking New Orleans institution’s Grammy Award-winning album hits the streets nationally today. The band will play at 7 PM at the Louisiana Music Factory on July 1 (next Tuesday). The performance will be broadcast live on WWOZ (90.7 FM) and streamed globally at

Rollicking originals on the album like “Who’s Rockin, Who’s Rollin’?” and “Take ‘Em to the Moon” reaffirm the band’s position at head of the brass class.

The reggae-inspired “On My Way” and leave-nothing-to-the-imagination lyrics of “HBNS” (you gotta hear these lyrics) showcase the unit’s talent for penning unabashed party starters.

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Pont:Productions and TVD NOLA present Berenice Mondays at Gasa Gasa

We at TVD NOLA are happy to announce an exciting event series in partnership with Pont:Productions on Mondays at Gasa Gasa. Berenice Mondays is a chill but focused happy hour featuring progressive and alternative music from both local and touring artists.

The listening party will feature a different new or upcoming release each week from an act with an upcoming show. DJs RQaway and OttO will also keep the party going, spinning an eclectic mix of underground hip hop, dance music, batucada, soul, rock-n-roll, funk, afrobeat, and more—with much of it coming from the DJs’ vinyl collections.

This week listeners will sample the Grammy nominated electronic infused hip-hop of the Foreign Exchange with their latest release Love In Flying Colors. The Foreign Exchange is a fascinating group, partly because they couldn’t have existed before this millennium.

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TVD Recommends: BRASStravaganza at
the Howlin’ Wolf, 6/13

No one would argue that New Orleans always has room for one more festival. Tonight at the Howlin’ Wolf, a new monthly brass band series begins featuring the divergent styles and songs of seven brass bands in one powerhouse evening. It is also the kick off party for Brass Fest, an all day brass band party, which will happen in the Fall. 

Expect to see the Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band, Red Bull Street King Competition winners The Original Pinettes, The Free Agents, To Be Continued, Most Wanted, Legacy, and Young Pinstripe brass bands.

“New Orleans defines brass more than any other city, state, or country,” says Brass Fest founder and producer, Ersel “Garfield” Bogan III. “Brass Fest creates a means of strengthening our music community while we bring something worthwhile to people who love our music.”

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