BBQ and Blues Festival

It’s looks like we are being treated to a little bit of fall this year, and it has arrived just in time for the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival.  Starting on Friday, the 11th installation of this festival will bring the sweet smell of smokers and the sound of blue notes to Lafayette square.  On Friday the festival will present the one-two punch of The Suffers opening for Tab Benoit.  The Suffers have a great southern soul feeling that they call “gulf coast soul”.  The band released their self-titled debut earlier this year to great acclaim.  You’ll definitely want to check out this show (you can check out their Tiny Desk Concert Below).  On Saturday the party continues with Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters and Taj Mahal.  Sunday the festival wraps up with Little Freddie King, Johnny Sansone and Tucka.  Tucka has been making waves with his Swing Out style.  As the sun goes down on the weekend, this should be the perfect sound to roll us into the week.  The festival organizers have really put together a fantastic lineup of locals and guests for this year’s event.  Don’t forget that all of your favorite BBQ joints will be there as well.  The event is free and open to the public, but do support the team by buying a bit to eat or drink while you’re there.

 

 

Kate Tempest Let Them Eat Chaos

Kate Tempest has returned with her first record since 2014’s Mercury prize nominated Everybody Down.  Here Tempest leaps between styles and genres with each form punctuated by her staccato delivery of her characters’ narratives.  Tempest is at her best when she explores the intersection between the reality of our world with the dreams and lies that her characters use to get through their daily lives.  Each of her characters gets an introduction.  Each character is laid flat for the listener with all of his or her fears and desires exposed to Tempest’s narrator and to us as the audience.  Tempest’s wordplay on this record remains excellent.  She has a profound gift for rendering her sharp observations into the steadily marching rhymes that relentlessly create each track.  Tempest is acutely aware of the gap between the creation of an ideal identity through screens and images and the physical life that is neglected in pursuit of the perfect representation.  This record is sweeping and glorious.  The details Tempest uses to flesh out her characters render them concrete.  Take the time to fall into this one.

 

 

To Do This Week

Tonight check out Adam Torres at Gasa Gasa and Gooch Palms at Siberia.  Tomorrow The Psychedelic Furs are at Tipitina's.  Saturday Elvis Costello is at the Saenger Theater and Motel Radio is at Gasa Gasa.  Tuesday Hiss Golden Messenger is at Tipitina's. 

 

To Listen This Week