Tysson Aims for Plastic, Not Gold

In 2008, John Michael Rouchell made himself an important part of the New Orleans music story. He recorded and released online a song a week for a year, and the musicians he worked with evolved into the band MyNameIsJohnMichael. The album culled from the best of those tracks, The People That Come and Go, found a spot where the folky, working class, storytelling songwriting of someone like Bruce Springsteen met indie rock.

Gleason Gras to Kick Off the Saints' Season

[Updated] In its first two years, Gleason Gras was plagued by rain that - *ahem* - dampened attendance. On Friday, Team Gleason and the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation present the event when it returns to Champions Square, this time doubling as a pep rally to start the 2013 season for the New Orleans Saints, who'll play the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at noon in the Superdome.

Jazz Fest Day 2: Jazz Fest, Meet the Modern World

[Updated] Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is the most current version of the modern sound that Jazz Fest lives as an unspoken antidote to. The festival is one of the last places where traditional notions of talent rule. If you sing well and play well, there's a stage and an audience for you. Whether by design or what it's come to represent for its patrons, Jazz Fest is often a musical safe haven from the heathens on the charts with their Auto-Tunes and computers and so on.

Jazz Fest Preview: John Michael Minus "MyNameIs"

MyNameIsJohnMichael has been conspicuously quiet recently, perhaps because front man and songwriter John Michael Rouchell has retired the band and name. This year when he performs at Jazz Fest on Saturday, April 27 at 12:15, he'll do so under his own name with a band that includes MNIJM alumnus Joe Shirley on keyboards, and Bridge Trio members Joe Dyson Jr. and Max Moran on drums and bass respectively.