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Wednesday night at the House of Blues down on Decatur proved to be an exhilarating hump day, aptly named, for the gyrations compelled by Portugal. The Man’s riveting performance were pumping in droves. That is, whatever space we could manage to claim in the slam-packed musical cathedral, we filled it with commotion of our sweaty bods in a...
Halloween night is something to worship here in New Orleans, as you all probably know, and this past Wednesday the local clergy and ghoulish patrons of the Crescent City Church were out with praise and glory in the forefront of their minds. The House of Blues was certainly no exception, and the crowd gradually amassed for one of the...
All throughout the night the band was on a mission to entertain, and they certainly did. Every song seamlessly transitioned into the next, only stopping for the occasional instrument change and song introduction. They were ever so vigilant of the fact that they had recently played Tipitina’s and tried to plays songs they hadn’t last time. This mindfulness didn’t...
It was a hell-boiling hot day on Dumaine street when the heady captains of Jam in the Van rolled into the Mid-City cradle of one of New Orleans’ most beloved musicians, Anders Osborne. And as if a solo performance wouldn’t have been righteous enough, Anders’ trusted touring companion, guitarist Billy Iuso, joined in on the sweet and sweaty...
Hey you crazy folk, enjoy these photos and videos of Orgone at One Eyed Jacks, taken by Ali and Mike Kerr, our lovely friends at Southern Exposure Photography.Also, take a look back at Lon Marchand’s illustrious review of this hot lil’ midweek funk session. And some more… And the absolutely incredible photos…
Yes, you read that right. The homegrown, Grammy-winning, brass-banging soldiers of soul from New Orleans, The Rebirth Brass Band, has just announced 8 tour dates with Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers, Red Hot Chili Peppers. While this is HUGELY exciting, its hard to say that the tour accompaniment is unexpected, given the elite talent that Rebirth has so...
If you ever want to emphasize the musical integrity of a live performance, it’s a great idea to hire someone like Alan Resnick to render a bizarre, green-screen-avatar-“comedy”-act before the music starts. This way, after leaving everyone doused with an inexplicably awkward humor routine by the young Billy Mays type (except Resnick seemed to be more into acid and...
And so came the final day of Bonnaroo 2012, a sad day in the lives of tens of thousands when reality forces them to return. But, the stages at Centeroo prevailed, giving us an abundance of music to ease us before our departure on this very cool, overcast day. We headed to Which Stage to watch...
Saturday began and ended as one for the record books, as Charles Bradley, the “original victim of love,” and his Extraordinaires quickly took on the energetic crowd at What Stage. The Extraordinaires starting things off with a few sickly brouhaha jams, and then the soul spinner himself, Mr. Chalres Bradley, come onto the stage in a suit and...
And so it continued, with a crisp slice-of-pie sky and an urgent push for fun by all the Bonnaroo brethren. After draining a few delicious bottles of water and chowing down on a couple breakfast burritos, we were ready to roll into Centeroo for the ultimate show down of sound. DAYTIME It started off with The Soul Rebels in the...

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