Festivals

Voodoo in Review

  Over the weekend The Voodoo Music + Arts Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in style with amazing performances from Janelle Monáe, Big Thief, Tom Misch, Mumford & Sons, the Arctic Monkeys and more. One of the things that I…

Deutsches Haus’ 2018 Oktoberfest Last Days

Dean Arnett is the volunteer coordinator and MC for Deutsches Haus’ 2018 Oktoberfest celebration. This podcast with Arnett took place on Deutsches Haus’ new site on Moss Street, facing Bayou St. John. This year, Deutsches Haus is celebrating its 90th…

Latin Fest celebrates Acadiana’s Latin American Day

October is a busy month for fall fests in various forms, and, since 2002, now includes a festival that celebrates part of my heritage: The Latin Music Festival, this Saturday at Parc International. Growing up, I felt isolated from and…

Catching Avian Visitors On Their Way South

  Louisiana is one of the last stops on the Mississippi Flyway, a highway of sorts for North American birds heading south for the winter and returning home every spring. Migratory birds are traveling this interstate right now, pausing in…

In Tune This Week

  To Do This Week Tonight, check out Jonathon Boogie Long at Tipitina’s.  Tomorrow you can see DJ Soul Sister at One Eyed Jacks.  Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes are the Free Friday show at Tips with Mike Dillon.  Saturday,…

Nola on a Budget

  Long to go to New Orleans but the budget’s tight? If you don’t mind a little heat (okay, a lot of heat), then August is the perfect time to visit the Crescent City. Hotels are offering great deals, the…

Zydeco Festival and a Bonnaroo Review

Zydeco Festival This Saturday and Sunday the 12th edition of the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival comes to Armstrong Park.  On Saturday you can catch Bruce Daigrepont, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots and the Lost Bayou Ramblers.  On Sunday you’ll see Li’l Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers, Corey Ledet,…

Recap: Bonnaroo 2018

Bonnaroo 2018 Day 1 Despite some serious flight delays we managed to have camp all set by the time the music began Thursday afternoon.  In the days leading up to the fest there was a fair bit of complaining about…

To Bonnaroo We Go

Bonnaroo Once again its time to head up to the Farm for another installment of Bonnaroo.  This year will feature headlining sets from Muse, EMINEM and The Killers.  You can also expect a late night set from Bon Iver and…

Hangout Fest Recap

Overall, I think this year was one of the best for Hangout Fest. The festival has managed to grow while still maintaining it’s sense of self. The improvements to the state park have translated into great new spaces for the fest as…

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From King Tuff To Hangout Fest

King Tuff at Jacks Tomorrow night, you’ll want to head down to One Eyed Jacks for King Tuff. Tuff is the persona of Kyle Thomas known for his excellent solo work and as a member of Ty Segall’s band, The…

Mother's Day In The Land Of The Cochon De Lait

Long before the Jazz Fest made cochon de lait poor boys famous the central Louisiana town of Mansura had made the meat (sans poor boy) part of the state’s culinary language. Each Mothers’ Day weekend (May 10 -12 this year), the…

Jazz Fest Weekend Two

  The first weekend of Jazz Fest is in the books.  This has to have been one of the best weekends of weather in the history of the fest.  The crowds on Friday and Sunday were nice and light and…

Festival International de Louisiane

This week is all about Festival International de Louisiane, the annual event that overtakes downtown Lafayette every year with music from around the world. In addition to the festival’s lineup, this year, there are various festival-related art exhibitions, specials at…

The Big Easel Art Festival

(L to R: "Long Stem" and "Underneath the White" by Lauren SIbley Brasseaux) This Saturday, River Ranch will host an all-day art event, The Big Easel Art Festival, in its Town Square. Renee Matamoros, marketing director of City Club and the…

French Quarter Fest Returns

  French Quarter Fest Turns 35 This year French Quarter Fest returns for its 35th year.  The festival has held true to its roots in the music of the region and put together a remarkable lineup.  Below you can find a…

Tunesfest, Smalls and the LPO

Derek Smalls and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra What can one possibly say about a musical legacy as storied as that of Derek Smalls’.  The former bassist of the legendary Spinal Tap has returned with his debut solo record – Smalls Change. …

The Cubes Have Arrived

Jazz Fest Draws Near It’s that special time of year when the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival organization drops the “cubes” on us and we all begin agonizing over those hard to make choices. Let’s take a look at the…

Strawberry Fields

  Once you bite into a sweet, juicy Louisiana strawberry, and embrace the aroma permeating through the air, you’ll never forget it, and you’ll long for strawberry season to return.  Now is prime time to indulge in Louisiana-grown strawberries, which are…

The Best Way to Learn and Have Fun

  It’s amazing how ill-prepared human beings are for their lives. We actually know very little about living our lives and being self-sufficient. We can whine and cry, dirty our diapers, eat and drink, and breath without outside assistance, but…

Merci BUKU

  It was another great year for the BUKU Music + Art Project.  First off the expansion of the grounds was a fantastic addition to the festival.  The new placement of the Power Plant stage in the field in front…

Shopping and BUKU

  BUKU Music + Art Project This Friday and Saturday the BUKU Music + Art Project returns to Mardi Gras World for its seventh year.  For this installment the festival has expanded to take over the large field in front…

A Review: The Jazz Fest Lineup

Jazz Fest Roars Back Tuesday morning The Jazz & Heritage Festival dropped what, at first glance, appears to be their best lineup in some time.  A fair bit of the general festival conversation this year has been around the sameness…