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Words by Lon Marchand || All Photos by Jimmy Grotting For the last 10 years, the Umphrey’s McGee Jazz Fest late nights have been heavyweight contenders for some of the craziest shows of the Festival marathon – filled with the sort of shenanigans somehow atypical for Jazz Fest but perfect for New Orleans (Tony Clifton anyone?). These shows were...
It has been a nice month for bluegrass in New Orleans, as we had Greensky Bluegrass stop into Chickie Wah Wah in March and last night brought Colorado’s Yonder Mountain String Band to the House of Blues for a packed Maundy Thursday gig in the French Quarter. Judging by the rowdiness of the crowd, I could tell many of...
Galactic heads down to the Capital City tomorrow for their annual fall blowout at the Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge. Not sure if the veteran rhythm section will be joined on the road with any of the usual suspects of the past few years (Corey Henry, Cyril Neville, Corey Glover, and the list goes on…), either way you can...
7 Walkers make their first stop at Tipitina’s tomorrow night for what will sure be a fun evening on Napoleon Ave. The still new supergroup have popped up a few times in the city since forming last year (including a few songs at JoJo Hermann’s Down On The Bayou III, a sold out late-night Jazz Fest show at the...
Railroad Earth unleashed a saucy Saturday night show at House of Blues this weekend – laying down their signature mix of boot stompin’ string music with the cavernous space-grass freakout that has made them favorites of the genre.
The all-New Orleans collaboration known as Dragon Smoke (Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Ivan Neville & Eric Lindell) announced this week a December West Coast tour of a few of California’s NOLA music hotspots. But before they set out on the run, they will be hunkering down in Tipitina’s for a Friday night funk-out to appease both their biggest fans...
The Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson and his new psychedelic western-rock outfit stopped in this week at Tipitina’s for a Tuesday night gig, only a few shows into their massive 50 date national tour. First and foremost, the band is great – George Sluppick (formerly of MOFRO, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress) is a hard-driving beast on the kit who,...
And so the folks at SavePBS.org and The Howlin’ Wolf have put together a serious evening of music to help with the cause, this Friday May 27th. On the bill is a who’s who of local guys (including John Gros, Ivan Neville, Johnny Vidacovich, Tony Hall and Billy Iuso…), as well as Stoltz’s I-12 All-Stars, Porter’s Runnin’ Pardners… and...
With 19 Stages and over 20 special events over the weekend, this year’s French Quarter Festival is shaping up to be yet another impressive production by FQF Incorporated. The free festival stretches from The Woldenburg Riverfront Park all the way back to the Old US Mint and everywhere in between. This years performers include: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave,...
The mystic of Mardi Gras runs strong around the Galactic experience, take for example the fact that I bought and listened to a NOLA funk compilation featuring Chuck Carbo’s “Can I Be Your Squeeze” just hours before heading down to Tip’s – and lo and behold, at the exact moment I walk in to the full-on 4:30 a.m. freak...

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