Author: Rich Collins

Brass Bands Help Guests Cut Loose

  People who live in garden variety cities only have to plan music for their wedding ceremony and reception. In New Orleans, however, there’s a third category of musical fun: the brass band “second line” parade that usually fits right…

Do Watcha Wanna

  People who live in garden variety cities only have to plan music for their wedding ceremony and reception. In New Orleans, however, there’s a third category of musical fun: the brass band “second line” parade that usually fits right…

In Memoriam

  Pamela Marquis, a longtime contributor to various titles at Renaissance Publishing, died unexpectedly on May 4. A devoted gardener, Marquis’ gardening column and other contributions to New Orleans Homes kept readers in the know not only with trends and…

The Show Must (Not) Go On

Arriona “Tank” Ball  After a lavish musical introduction by her backing band, Tarriona “Tank” Ball - lead singer of Tank and the Bangas - playfully danced onto the stage to perform her song “Spaceships” to a rocking crowd. Or perhaps…

Call in the Pros to Plan Music for Your Wedding Ceremony

    During the pandemic, wedding receptions have gotten smaller – and quieter. Health restrictions mean crowded dance floors are, temporarily at least, a thing of the past. So when it comes to planning music for your Big Day, it…

S2, Episode 8: The Pussyfooters Party with a Purpose

  Take a trip down the Pussyfooter's parade route with Laura Cayouette, actress and long-time member of the dance krewe. We'll dance our way through the importance of the female dance krewes, how they "party with a purpose" and some…

S2, Episode 7: Krewe du Vieux

  Krewe du Vieux has been making merry in New Orleans for many years. This year, they have adapted to COVID in typically tasteless fashion.    

Pulling Strings

During the pandemic, wedding receptions have gotten smaller - and quieter. Health restrictions mean crowded dance floors are, temporarily at least, a thing of the past. So when it comes to planning music for your Big Day, it makes sense…

S2, Episode 3: The Music of Carnival

In this episode, Rich acts as "Mardi Gras Beyond The Beads" musical director, and with Errol explores the music behind the greatest free show on Earth.

Season 2, Ep. 1: Carnival Around The World

It will be a different Carnival this year, not just in New Orleans but the world, as people are forced to wear different types of masks. Still, the traditions survive, if only in memory.  Carnival expert Errol Laborde, with interviewer…

Musical Memories

There are no rules about music at your wedding. If you want to walk down the aisle to a recording of “Cotton Eye Joe” and hire bagpipers to get the party started during your reception then you go for it.…

Snap Chat

There once was a young couple who hired a renowned New Orleans wedding photographer with a fancy office on St. Charles Avenue to shoot their wedding at the New Orleans Museum of Art. A few days before the big event,…

Corona Diaries: Friday, May 8, 2020

Didya Ever Notice? … These Weird Things About Life During COVID-19 Thanks for reading my diary entries this week! I’ll end with a listicle.  Following are some of the unusual new facts of life I’ve noticed over the last two months. Read…

Corona Diaries: Thursday, May 7, 2020

  The coronavirus pandemic is a completely different disaster than Hurricane Katrina but there’s a lot about the spring of 2020 that reminds me of the fall of 2005. Recently, I was remembering one event in particular: A few days…

Corona Diaries: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

  The definition of insanity, according to Einstein and the internet, is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” So I must be insane. Right now, as I sit at a desk in my kitchen…

Corona Diaries: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

My family keeps a list (literally, I have a Google doc) of favorite movies that we’ve watched together and enjoyed multiple times over the years. This is partly because we love the art form and partly because when you’re a…

Corona Diaries: Monday, May 4, 2020

  For the last 10 years, my wife and I have lived in a drafty old Victorian house near St. Charles and Jefferson avenues in Uptown New Orleans. Since we have five kids, we’ve needed all of the house’s 4400…

Soul Sanitizer

NEW ORLEANS - The Rev. John Restrepo, a priest stationed at St. Dominic Church in Lakeview for the last four years, had plans to go visit his family in Atlanta a few weeks ago … but they had other ideas.…

Details: Big Day Boogie

Lucky you! You’re planning your wedding in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, the bounce music capital of the world and perennial home to a bunch of Grammy-nominated musicians. So of course you want to make live music a big…