Bear Creek Bayou Flows Through New Orleans This Weekend

This weekend, the Bear Creek Bayou Festival relocates from Live Oak, Florida to Mardi Gras World with George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic and The Flaming Lips headlining Friday and Saturday respectively. Bear Creek Bayou joins a crowded fall festival season, taking musical cues from Bonnaroo and The Jam Cruise to offer a two-day, three-stage experience that looks a lot like sort of jam-funk offerings that dominate New Orleans’ clubs during Jazz Fest.

AF the Naysayer Reveals the Soundtracks Behind His Soundtrack

Last year, indie producer AF THE NAYSAYER’s The Autodidact Instrumentals Vol. 1 began life as a set of beats that suddenly had to stand alone when his planned collaboration with a rapper fell apart. His affection for West Coast G-funk and new jack swing shows through in the tracks, so much so that one, “R-96,” got a second life when the Japanese rapper Shizuku Kawahara added vocals to it.

DJ Soul Sister is Good to Go-Go

Last spring, Rare Essence tried to present a contemporary take on go-go with mixed results on Turn It Up. The album opens on a strong note with “V.I.P.,” which features the signature elements of the Washington D.C.-based funk sound—heavy, nimble percussion, call-and-response vocals, and a rolling groove that could go on for 20 minutes or the three and a half on the album.

Jazz Fest: Context Works Against Red Hot Chili Peppers

Everything is relative. At a Lollapalooza or a rock festival, Red Hot Chili Peppers are funky. At Jazz Fest, they’re a rock band. They love funk, and Flea can be a funky bassist, but their rock is stronger than their funk, and it shows in a place where funkier bands are all around. Sunday, they surprised almost no one when they brought out The Meters with Ivan Neville subbing for Art to join them on the set-ending “Give It Away.” The two bands jammed together at Voodoo in 2006, and Meters’ guitarist Leo Nocentelli played the Acura Stage a few hours before the Chili Peppers.

At Home with Daria and the Hip Drops

After last year's rain, the French Quarter Festival is enjoying a meteorological mitzvah. The weather is not only not rainy, but it's beautifully comfortable. Today will be another beautiful today to see the broad sweep of New Orleans music that the festival offers, starting at 11 a.m. with Daria and the Hip Drops, who'll kick off a strong day on the WWL Made in the Shade Stage (on the Esplanade side of the U.S.

Voting is Open for our New Orleans Music Awards

[Updated] Early voting has started for March 5’s Louisiana Primary, and it is time to vote for the winners for The My Spilt Milk Awards, which take place Thursday, April 7 at The Howlin’ Wolf. The ballot below includes our nominees as well as space for you to write-in your choice if you think we missed somebody.

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