Chris Lee Wants to Party and Protest with You

Protest songs and party anthems are two sides of the same coin. They’re both calls to action, and they’re about the moment. Good protest songs aren’t worrying about posterity and how a song will hold up for future generations, and party anthems ask you to ignore tomorrow and live in the moment. On Protest Songs and Party Anthems by the Chris Lee Band, Lee’s twist is that these songs are the same thing.

J Balvin Introduces Jazz Fest to Reggaeton

I was thinking a lot this weekend about things you never see at Jazz Fest, and I got two more on Sunday. A fan somehow snuck a portable speaker in—portable speakers are not on the Kermit Ruffins-voiced list of prohibited items we hear when entering Jazz Fest!—and played reggaeton in the audience before J Balvin’s set began at the Gentilly Stage. It was great to see people start their own party with their own entertainment, just as it was great to see four girls rush the stage to hug Jack Antonoff during Bleachers’ set before Balvin.

Who's Who at the Ponderosa Stomp 2017

For years, Bruce Springsteen raved up Gary “U.S.” Bonds’ “Quarter to Three” like a rock ’n’ roll national anthem. Even when his Jersey Shore tall tales were taking a turn toward the Steinbeck, Springsteen used Bonds’ pop R&B hit from 1961 to remind people he was still a guy who just wanted to dance all night with his favorite girl.

Southside Johnny Brings a Little Barroom to Every Gig, Even Jazz Fest

For Bruce Springsteen, being a bar band was a starting point; for Southside Johnny Lyons, it was a destination. Since well before the release of 1976’s I Don’t Want to Go Home by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Southside Johnny has been working clubs the old school way, with the passion, sweat, and belief that the next few hours might be all we get, so we’ve got to live them now.

Jazz Fest News: Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile Fight North Carolina's HB2

Pearl Jam will play Jazz Fest Saturday (Acura Stage, 4:30 p.m.), and the band was scheduled to play Raleigh, North Carolina tonight. Two days ago, Pearl Jam announced that it would join Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Bryan Adams and boycott the state until it overturned the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, the law that has come to be known as simply HB2 or "the bathroom bill." HB2 prohibits members of the transgender community from using the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

Voodoo News: Florence is Epic, Jessica Hernandez Fights the Good Fight

Friday night at Voodoo, I found myself thinking about why England makes such good rock stars. Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine was certainly one headlining the festival. Everything about her performance was big—the voice, certainly, but also the passions and the energy. She stayed in motion for the entire set without seeming frenetic.

Jazz Fest: How New Orleans is Jazz Fest?

There was a time when the Jazz Fest lineup announcement was met with complaints over opportunities missed. Why weren't seemingly appropriate new bands included? When asked in 1994 if The Black Crowes and Counting Crows should be a part of Jazz Fest, producer Quint Davis said, “I think Counting Crows and Black Crowes and Pearl Crows and Nirvana-Crows and Screaming Crows and every single one of them should be at this festival, but not on the stage.” 

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