Jazz Fest: Too Many People Like Elton John and Ed Sheeran

[Updated] The attendance Saturday at Jazz Fest wasn’t a record despite the speculation of some outlets, which gives those who missed the 2001 Dave Matthews Band/Mystikal debacle a sense of how unpleasant the day was. Until the last sets started, Saturday was frustrating at best and at times a little frightening.

Jazz Fest: Friday, April 24 at Jazz Fest

Friday starts the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and we'll be there more or less when the gates open. Recently, I interviewed The Revelers, the Lafayette-based swamp pop band featuring former members of The Red Stick Ramblers and Pine Leaf Boys, and I like what I heard enough to be one of the door crashers to make their 11:15 a.m. set on the Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do Do Stage.

French Quarter Fest: Partners-N-Crime Have More Accomplices

In 2010, Trombone Shorty curated “Red Hot + NOLA,” an all-star New Orleans concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music that not only featured Irma Thomas, Dr. John, and the usual suspects, but also rappers including Juvenile and Mannie Fresh. In Jon Pareles’ review in The New York Times, he wrote

A My Spilt Milk Christmas 2014

It has long been my contention that most people who dislike Christmas music do so because they've had the same songs be the soundtrack to their holidays for way too long. With that in mind, My Spilt Milk will widen the variety of music at your disposal during the season. The classics are classic for a reason, but that doesn't mean all the good Christmas songs were written by 1965.