The Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival is one of the most well-known music festivals of the Gulf Coast. In the past five years, the festival has quickly grown in both size and reputation. Their website proudly proclaims, “What New Orleans is to jazz, Bogalusa is to the blues.” Bogalusa Blues Fest Day One The highlight […]
On any night here, musicians and all sorts of great minds can meet at The Neutral Ground to share their music, thoughts, and ideas.
Outside of the Maple Leaf Bar, my boyfriend and I, along with a close friend, await the arrival of Malcolm Phillips, a very self-definitive and incredibly unique singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Though the bar is closed, we have chosen it as a known spot at which to meet with this talented gentleman. He arrives, guitar […]
Past policies, beyond bickering and right at the doorstep of our inner child, this is The Progressive’s Weekend! Primary elections and mid-terms. Hurricanes and expose’s. So much in the news to sift through, it can be a hassle just reading up on what’s happening around you. Well, this being one more article to read, I […]
In the first few moments of the music video for Menagerie by Mighty Brother – local New Orleans indie rock band – I was severely concerned. The picture was of a pre-teen adolescent African American girl, with colorful lights flickering across her face in the dark, enclosed space. The FIRST THING that came to mind […]
The beauty of New Orleans’ music venues is that they aren’t concerts. Musicians don’t rely on lights or multi-million dollar sound equipment or stagehands to help them perform at their best. The singers, guitar players, piano soloists, and drummers hit all the right notes because they are enjoying the intimate proximity of patrons who love the feeling of being involved with the music.
I walk into the Maple Leaf Bar to meet a charming young man named Wesley Nance, an aspiring singer with an incredible amount of promise. I find him sipping a cup of red wine through a straw, which makes sense to me; nobody wants dark red or purple lips. He greets me with a warm hug and we proceed to the courtyard to discuss his singing and his life in general.
Al Champagne, for as long as I’ve been Facebook friends with him, has been promoting his close to being finished documentary Almost Ready, about the New Orleans punk rock scene in the 70s and 80s. With some teasers of interviews released and snippets of photos taken, it’s certainly been in production. But when will it be ready?
I arrive at Gasa Gasa on Freret Street around 9 pm. I knew, like every night out at this intriguing club, this one would be a night to remember.
I had the fortune, many years back, of discovering Tuba Skinny’s music through a google and facebook search of local New Orleans bands. Their ninth available album, Nigel’s Dream, now for download on their Bandcamp page, continues their street side fair of jazz performance, albeit with two new exceptions; little to no Erika Lewis and it all sounds right off the record needle.
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