We’ve been losing the greats from the 1960s in droves lately. Joe Cocker left an indelible mark on the world of music due to his effervescent stage persona, gravelly vocals, and passionate performances. Amazingly, this legendary performer is not in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, yet his parody on Saturday Night Live—by none other than John Belushi—is one of the most famous sketches from the early years of the groundbreaking show .
This Friday night at One Eyed Jacks, an all-star group of New Orleans musicians will honor the man and celebrate his life and music by performing his epic 1970 live album, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, in its entirety. This tribute is taking place on the 45th anniversary of the Fillmore East concert.
Speculation abounds about why he has been snubbed by the secretive organization since first becoming eligible in 1994. Though he didn’t write his own material, his interpretations of classics from the era, now so in vogue on shows like American Idol, literally define the word. Don’t even get me started on his performance energy.
Michael Maleki, a young Iranian-American producer also known as Kodak to Graph, is one of the most interesting new artists on the electronic music scene. Discovered by fellow Gainesville natives Hundred Waters, his soundscape is influenced heavily by the locales of his present and future.
Maleki grew up in the swamps of northern Florida, and the found nature sounds of birds and running water inform his work as much as the edgy scene he has become a part of in his adopted Los Angeles home.
The juxtaposition of these wildly different vibes in Maleki’s tracks create a listening experience that is somehow both relaxing and intoxicatingly fun.
The lineup and schedule for the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is unveiled in a two-step process shrouded in mystery and secrecy. Earlier this year, the bands and performance days for each of the acts were announced. Today, at the annual “press party,” the times and stages were revealed.
The process is painstaking as the organizers seek to please the many and varied constituents as well as create a logical, well thought out continuum for each of the stages on each of the seven days.
This year, as it is every year, there will be some inevitable conflicts. But as Quint Davis, the fest’s producer/director pointed out, there are also some enviable matchups pairing “guest” artists with New Orleans and Louisiana talent.
J. Cole released 2014’s best selling hip-hop album, Forest Hills Drive, which sold over 300,000 copies in its first week; a huge feat in the age of streaming, Spotify, and Pandora. However, there is a good chance you haven’t heard any of the songs from the album, given that Cole accomplished all of this without a radio single.
Tonight you should change that. Cole will be taking the stage this evening at the House of Blues along with three of the genre’s most exciting up-and-coming artists: Bas, Cozz, and Omen.
All three cult sensations are part of Cole’s Dreamville/Interscope Records imprint, which means that Cole guested on and had a role in producing each of their albums.
Despite all being in the same music family, each of the artists will bring their own unique style to the stage. If Cole is the wise patriarch of the bunch, musing anti-consumerist thoughts on Letterman, then Cozz is the fresh-faced youth.
The 10th annual celebration of New Orleans’ musical culture will feature headliners Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience and early hip hop innovator Mannie Fresh. The three-day festival on the banks of Bayou St. John is scheduled for May 15-17,2015.
In keeping with the inclusive nature of the festival, which began as a one-day event in 2006, the rest of the lineup is equally as eclectic. Musical acts from virtually every genre will be presented on three stages.
From New Orleans funky rock supergroup the New Orleans Suspects and hoodoo bluesman Papa Mali to prog rock pioneers Woodenhead and R&B piano stylist Davis Rogan, the Bayou Boogaloo has something for everyone.
Of particular interest is an act billed as Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium. Led by Dillon, the manic vibraphonist/ conguero/ tabla/ cuica/ fill-in-the-percussion instrument performer, the group features Stanton Moore, Jason Marsalis, Simon Lott, Terrence Houston, Daria Dzurik, Jesse Paige, Aaron Walker, Otto Schrang, Paul Thibodeaux, Brian Coogan, Doug Belote and others. Perhaps the rest of the drummers in town?
The Gulfport, Mississippi-based Americana band will perform a rare acoustic show in the intimate confines of Chickie Wah Wah on Saturday night at 8:30 PM. Hart will open the show playing solo.
Rosco Bandana is the latest in a series of young and up and coming bands to perform at the Canal Street fine listening establishment. They have been turning ears with their strong vocal harmonies and rootsy instrumentation.
The band won a Battle of the Bands contest sponsored by Hard Rock on the strength of Jason Sanford’s compelling original material.
Friday night, Buku Music + Art Project will kick off its fourth year at Mardi Gras World. The event has become wildly successful, selling out both this year’s GA and VIP tickets, and with good reason. It is the most unique festival experience you can have in New Orleans this spring.
While many of this season’s other festivals will focus on New Orleans’ much beloved local music and big rock and pop names, Buku will give patrons a chance to check out up-and-coming EDM artists as well as the genre’s established national acts (Bassnectar headlines this year).
Add to that a sprinkling of hip hop, incredible art installations, amazing VIP experiences, and a post-industrial riverfront venue, and Buku quickly becomes the coolest place to dance your ass off this weekend. We’ve checked out the schedule and we are here to bring you our picks for the sets you shouldn’t miss.
It’s hard to believe that of all the iconic 1960s rock ‘n’ roll bands, the Zombies of “Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There” fame never played in New Orleans.
That will be remedied this Thursday night when the band, which features original members Rod Argent on keys and Colin Blunstone on vocals, hits the stage at the Decatur Street nightclub. It’s an early show with doors at 7 PM.
The Ponderosa Stomp Foundation played a big role in getting the psychedelic/pop band to the Crescent City. Besides championing the R&B greats of New Orleans, the organizers of the Stomp also have presented numerous other bands often defined as “garage rock” such as ? and the Mysterians, Roky Erickson, the Seeds, the Sonics, and homegrown favorites such as Dr. Spec’s Optical Illusion, the Bad Roads, and the Gaunga Dyns. This Zombies appearance is another jewel in that crown.
Bloodshot Records is the hot label for up and coming bands mining the deep well of Americana music. Our own Luke Winslow King is on the label among many others. Banditos, the latest signee, hasn’t even released their album yet, but the buzz is growing. I guarantee the next time they come to town they won’t be playing such a small room.
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Banditos is a group of six 20-somethings, currently operating out of Nashville. Though don’t hold that against them. NPR recently premiered this track.
Their beginnings may sound stereotypical—the members of the band first met playing at D.I.Y., all-ages venues. In 2010, singer/guitarist Corey Parsons and singer/banjo player Stephen Pierce began busking around town and were soon asked to perform at their favorite local bar. Without a full band they invited friends Randy Wade (drums), Jeffrey Salter (guitar), and Mary Beth Richardson (vocals) to join them—but their sound is anything but ordinary.
The series of concerts in Armstrong Park begins on April 16, 2015 with a flash from the past. The iconic 1990s New Orleans reggae band, the Revealers, will be the first band to appear on the stage under the awning of the still-shuttered Municipal Auditorium.
It’s hard to believe the degree to which the park has recovered from damage that occurred almost ten years ago. Yet the auditorium is still in shambles. Credit the People United for Armstrong Park for preserving despite the wreck in its midst.
And preserve they have while raising the profile of the concert series with numerous bands pushing the envelope of the term “jazz.”