Author: Mike Griffith

Anderson .Paak And A Live Concert A Day

Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals Saturday Tomorrow night Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals will take part in the Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square series. Anderson .Paak and his band are difficult to classify. Their music takes elements…

Oyster Festival

  This weekend is the New Orleans Oyster Festival at Woldenberg Park right in front of the Aquarium.  The festival features the P&J Oyster Shucking Competition on Saturday and the Acme Oyster House World Oyster Eating Championship on Sunday as…

Festing and Feasting

As the summer really gets going in earnest, there are a couple of excellent smaller festivals to look out for and of course our sister festival—Bonnaroo just up the road in Tennessee. Things kickoff with The Oyster Festival at Woldenberg…

Around Town: This Week In Music

  Tonight The Pinettes Brass Band – New Orleans’ excellent and only all female brass band – are at Bullet’s Sports Bar.  Trumpeter Cyrus Nabipoor – who seems like he is everywhere these days – brings his quintet to the…

Festival Season: Bayou Boogaloo Edition

  Festival season is in full swing.  This weekend Bayou Boogaloo returns to Mid-City and Bayou St. John with three days of music, food and art.  There are some really great performers on the lineup and the setting is quite…

Jazz Fest at 51

  Another Jazz Fest is in the books and except for a couple of showers (expected) and the absence of a couple of big names (unfortunate), the 50th anniversary celebration was a great success. This is the point in the…

Jazz Fest Weekend Two

  Once we made it past the rain on Thursday, the weather for Jazz Fest has never been finer.  It’s been a big 50th for the festival already and there is a lot more to come this weekend.  This evening…

May Days

May is always an outstanding month for music in New Orleans. This year it opens with the quite epic second weekend of Jazz Fest and closes with local appearances from some unbelievable performers—with stops along the way for the Bayou…

The Return of Jazz Fest

    The biggest festival of the year has officially returned – despite a soggy start yesterday – and there is a ton to see this weekend.  I’m especially excited about indie folk ensemble Darlingside this afternoon.  Also make sure…

This Week at Gasa Gasa And French Quarter Fest

Hand Habits at Gasa Gasa Tuesday Earlier this year Meg Duffy released their second record as Hand Habits—placeholder.  The first album was created during the little free time Duffy had while touring as part of Kevin Morby’s live band.  For…

This Week's Top Hits

      Death Cab for Cutie and My Brightest Diamond at the Orpheum Tuesday Tuesday night we are in for a special treat with two outstanding and complimentary bands playing together at The Orpheum.  The evening begins with Shara…

Season of the Fests

  April means that the height of festival season is fully upon us, and that French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest are right around the corner. This year, French Quarter Fest is April 11-14.  FQF remains the preeminent showcase for…

BUKU Hogs

  Hogs For The Cause Of course the highlight of this weekend the return of Hogs For The Cause.  While it is pretty common knowledge that Hogs has some of the best food of any local event, it also regularly…

This Week: BUKU and Beyond

  Of course, the big news this week is the return of the BUKU Music + Art Project to the grounds of Mardi Gras World.  BUKU is one of the truly great festivals on our scene.  The organizers do a…

March Music Madness

  Because Mardi Gras was late this year that makes for an incredibly busy March. The month begins with some fantastic shows grouped around the Carnival weekend. Outstanding Chicago rapper Noname drops into the Joy on the 1st, while Galactic…

It’s Mardi Gras Time…Hope You’re Well Rested

  This is one of my favorite weeks of the year.  It’s fun to watch everyone’s orbit slowly shift into the overwhelming pull of Mardi Gras.  There is music everywhere and the hits keep on coming.  Here are some can’t…

Car Seat Headrest at Tipitina’s Tuesday

  Will Toledo – the voice and principle songwriter of Car Seat Headrest – is one of the most interesting figures in indie rock today.  He started the band as a lo-fi solo project in 2010 and had self-published ten…

Instigation Festival Returns

  Starting Monday the Instigation Festival returns to New Orleans.  This event began in 2016 as a collaboration between improvisational musicians from Chicago and New Orleans to bring cutting edge events to both cities.  After a great run of shows…

Something for Everyone

This February is truly a month of legendary performers. From the swing era to the present, we highlight four of the biggest shows this month. Things get going on the 2nd with Robyn Hitchcock at Gasa Gasa. This is a…

Save Our Sponge Tonight

  Tonight, the Woodlands Conservancy celebrates 18 years of dedication to “The Sponge” – the vitally important 840 acres of forested wetlands that act to absorb storm water and block wind from the Greater New Orleans Area.  This is important…

BOOGIE and BUKU

  For better or worse (mostly worse) the local NFL season is done and we have a couple of weekends left before Mardi Gras gets into full swing.  There are some great events this week including Lake Street Dive at…

Jazz Fest Turns 50

  The Jazz Fest Lineup Two Days Later Well, the 2019 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival lineup is finally here and there is a lot to talk about.  The obvious starting point is The Rolling Stones who will play on…

Bonnaroo Roars Back

  It’s the time of year when the major festivals begin to release their lineups.  So far we’ve seen announcements from the likes of Coachella, Hangout, Shaky Knees, Governors Ball and this week – Bonnaroo.  While we wait for the…

Carnival Arrives

  Just when New Years passes us by and we think we might get a chance to catch our collective breath – the Carnival season arrives.  As usual, there are some great parties planned to mark the start of the…

Symphony of Choice

Since returning home to the Orpheum, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra has been on a roll. After taking their first tour earlier last year to play the works of Philip Glass in Carnegie Hall for the celebration of Glass’ 80th birthday,…

New Years in New Orleans

  One of the great things about our town is the large number of exciting things to do to celebrate the new year – here are a few of the best. Veteran funksters Galactic are having their usual New Years…

Christmas in the City

  Well the holidays are upon us once again and as usual there are a lot of great local music events to help you celebrate the season.  Tipitina’s gets things rolling with big shows on Friday and Saturday.  Friday you…