SZA Spoke to and For the Sold Out House of Blues

SZA’s first national tour seemed to catch everybody but her fans by surprise. At venue after venue, bookers realized too late that they could have charged more after fans snapped up the tickets in minutes. At the House of Blues last Thursday night, the line for the show left the venue’s alley, turned on to Decatur Street, then wrapped around the corner on to Iberville. When SZA took the stage to open with “Supermodel,” the audience drowned her out as it sang along.

Garth Brooks Explains It All

Garth Brooks doesn't hide the facts. By his admission, he's 53 and 250 pounds--"not my touring weight," he says--but those are the only stats on his first tour since 2001 that aren't clear markers of success. Each stop on the tour that started in Chicago last September has sold out multiple shows--12 in Chicago, and four last weekend at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.


Recently, rock band AWOLNATION returned to New Orleans and the House of Blues for the first time since playing Voodoo last Halloween. Nights later, EDM act SBTRKT played The Republic. Photographr Patrick Ainsworth was at both to capture two very different spectacles. AWOLNATION is a conventional rock show that is all about singer Aaron Bruno, while SBTRKT's main man Aaron Jerome does his best to obscure his identity.

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