Toussaint for Two

New Orleans has lost more than most know in the passing of Allen Toussaint. He passed away in Madrid from a heart attack at the age of 77. We know the hits he wrote and produced, but it was only through talking to George Porter Jr. about working Toussaint-produced sessions and reading Daniel Phillips’ Home of the Groove blog that I appreciated how remarkably productive Toussaint was.

Jazz Fest: Jazz Fest Closes with Little Pink Cacti for You and Me

[Updated] Sunday afternoon, country singer Kacey Musgraves closed the Fais-Do-Do Stage with pink neon cacti on her stage. They were unassuming, slightly silly and of a piece with Musgraves and her band’s attire—self-consciously stereotypical country music wear with twinkling lights embedded in her blue boots and their Nudie suits. The presentation was novel on that stage, but it and the two video panels that flanked Ed Sheeran on the Gentilly Stage Saturday may signal a Jazz Fest change.

Jazz Fest: Sunday, May 3 at Jazz Fest

If Saturday's crowd at Jazz Fest wasn't record-breaking, it was at least enough to make everything difficult. When Davell Crawford's tribute to Fats Domino ended at 2:45, I started to head toward Congo Square on the track, but it was quickly clear that I was going to be shoulder to shoulder with people all way. After a resigned sigh, I went the other way. The upside? I walked by Astral Project in the Jazz Tent and saw a couple of songs before Jerry Lee Lewis started.

Lenny Kravitz Joins Jazz Fest; the Twitterverse Says "Ehhh"

America can relax. The speculation is over. The much-discussed TBA for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell has been announced to be Lenny Kravitz, who’ll perform on Sunday, May 3. Kravitz last played Jazz Fest in 2004 and will come to New Orleans as part of his world tour in support of Strut, the album he released in December.

Voodoo: Ask Neil

[Updated] Neil Young will headline the opening night of The Voodoo Experience Friday night, but he'll talk to you today at 2 p.m. Central on Twitter. All day Wednesday, Young will answer questions from fans addressed to @neilyoung with the hashtag #askneil. Young's new album, Psychedelic Pill, is due out on Tuesday after Voodoo, but starting today, listeners can stream it at NeilYoung.com. Here's a review.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Psychedelic Pill
(Warner Brothers)

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