What TIme Makes Sense for Janelle Monáe?

On the Saturday of Voodoo last October, I trekked through the mud by myself to see Janelle Monáe’s 5:30 p.m. set. I wasn’t interested in getting close and hung back where the crowd was still porous, with plenty of room to dance. I was unprepared for the crowd’s intense enthusiasm and fluency in her music, and it quickly became clear that these were not fans who simply happened upon her set. They came to Voodoo Fest specifically for her.

The Internet Finds Its Crowd In New Orleans

I saw The Internet almost exactly one month before its performance in New Orleans when it opened for Gorillaz in Chicago, and I was one of the only people around me who knew the band’s music. That night, I got side eyes for knowing and singing along to its songs, but at the House of Blues recently, The Internet’s fan base was devoted. The outpouring of love and energy was unlike anything I’d ever seen, and it was clear that band members were surprised as well.

Jazz Fest News: Wilco Skips Indiana Show in Protest

On Friday, April 24, Wilco will close the Gentilly Stage at the end of the opening day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The 20th anniversary tour that brings Wilco to New Orleans was scheduled to take the band to Indianapolis, Indiana on May 7, but the band has cancelled the show in protest of the state's new "religious freedom" law. 

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