Music

August

Backstreet Boys One of the world’s most popular boy bands comes to the Smoothie King Center on August 30 as a part of their DNA World Tour. It will be the biggest arena tour the group has done in 18…

Rest in Peace, Poppa Funk

  Recently we have had too many sad occasions to reflect on the lives and careers of legendary artists. Unique talents like Tom Petty, Dr. John, Prince, Scott Walker, Dick Dale, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Dave Bartholomew and now Art…

Baby Shark Live! Heads To The Mahalia Jackson Theater

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Baby Shark Live!, the brand new, fully immersive concert experience from Pinkfong and Round Room Live, heads to the Mahalia Jackson Theater on Sunday, October 13th. This is one of the first shows of its…

The Essence of the Weekend

  This year the Essence Festival turns 25 and the organizers have pulled out all the stops to celebrate.  The music kicks off Friday evening with a remembrance of Aretha Franklin and a tribute to Patti Labelle featuring Brandy, Doug…

Live and Local

Free Friday at Tipitina’s Now that summer is in full swing, it’s a good time to revisit some old haunts and see some live local music. Tipitina’s Free Friday series is a great excuse to get Uptown for a drink…

July

Family Block Party at the World War II Museum If you’d like to take your kids to something fun and educational during summer vacation, try the first annual Family Block Party at the National World War II Museum on July…

Events This Week and Bonnaroo In Review

  Going on this Week Tonight one of the original industrial metal bands – Powerman 5000 – is at Southport Hall.  Also tonight, Khris Royal (the extraordinary local saxophone player) and his band Dark Matter are the Free Friday show…

NOMA Events - June 21-23

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: Lynn Drury in concert Friday Nights at NOMA on June 21 features musician Lynn Drury performing in her signature "NOLAmerican" style in the Great Hall from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The popular…

This Week in Music and a Tribute to Dr. John

Missing Mac In the week since we lost Dr. John there has been an outpouring of remarkable testaments, stories and eulogies.  The thing that was truly great about these offerings is that it seems that almost everyone has a personal…

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…

Satchmo SummerFest Returns For Its 19th Year

NEW ORLEANS (press release) - Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron returns for its 19th year August 2-4 at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint. Satchmo SummerFest, a production of local nonprofit French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI), celebrates the…

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…

Summer Camps: A Creative Alternative

Maestro Robert Lyall is the General and Artistic Director for the New Orleans Opera Company. This year, the New Orleans Opera Association will host two popular summer camps for young people.  In this podcast, Maestro describes how these unique, hands-on…

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

Bryan Adams If you’re a fan of 80s and 90s pop music, you will want to stop by Champions Square on May 9 to see Bryan Adams in concert. Adams became internationally famous for his #1 hit songs “Heaven” and…

Tears of a Clown, or Why I’m Really the Problem

I’m the first person to admit that I don’t like live music that much. And yes, I know that this, much like not liking shrimp, is enough to get my “NOLA Card” revoked. But I am an introvert who doesn’t…

Top 5 Live Music Peeves

In this the year’s biggest month of music here’s my list of "Five Top Live Music Peeves." Just to be dramatic, they're listed in ascending order from five to number one. 5. Performers who introduce one of their standards by…

Vintage Rock Club Unveils Quarterly Event Series

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Vintage Rock Club, New Orleans’ first throwback bar and video music experience venue, announced the launch of its new quarterly special event series — featuring four evenings of drinks and dancing with popular themes from…

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…