Demolition at the Hard Rock Hotel Forces a Reschedule of Select New Orleans Film Festival Screenings

Shortly after last night’s world premiere of Easy Does It at the 30th annual New Orleans Film Festival, it was announced that the Saturday, October 19 screenings at the Orpheum Theatre are to be rescheduled and/or moved to a separate venue due to the demolition of the cranes at the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel. Tickets are still available. The affected screenings are below: 

Chris Lee Wants to Party and Protest with You

Protest songs and party anthems are two sides of the same coin. They’re both calls to action, and they’re about the moment. Good protest songs aren’t worrying about posterity and how a song will hold up for future generations, and party anthems ask you to ignore tomorrow and live in the moment. On Protest Songs and Party Anthems by the Chris Lee Band, Lee’s twist is that these songs are the same thing.

Mark Hughes Brought Community Into Music Education at Lusher

On May 20, 2019 students, parents, and what seemed like every adult who’s known Mark Hughes in the past 20 years piled into the back lot of Pine Street and Willow Street for his last morning meeting, which was a tribute to his time at . The elementary school students excitedly buzzed in their homeroom lines, while adults crammed into any extra space around the perimeter.

Sinkane Called for Revolution on the Dance Floor at Gasa Gasa

[Updated] When Sinkane wants revolution, it folds The Beatles’ “Revolution” into one of its own songs, “Ya Sudan.” Frontman Ahmed Gallab went there Wednesday night at Gasa Gasa after telling the story of revolution in his home country of Sudan—the only time Gallab stopped to explain anything. Otherwise, he let his songs speak in the broadest ways, which was more effective than that might sound.

Early in the set, yeyboard player Elenna Canlas sang:

Jenny Lewis Couldn't Shake Her Audience at the Civic

[Updated] Jenny Lewis gave the audience at Civic every reason not to invest in her. Her bouffant and gold sequined dress with pink-feathered cuffs begged people not to take her seriously, and that look has become so signature that a drag queen showed up in it and posed for pictures with Lewis’ fans in the lobby. And there was an ease to her performance that bordered on too easy.

Lizzo Brought The Fillmore To Church

Lizzo wants her live shows to be church, and her sold out show at the Fillmore on September 8 was exactly that. At the center of the stage was an altar, with orange lighting washing the stage. As the smoke built and dissipated, out walked Lizzo, dressed in a shimmery gold robe like that of a gospel singer. While the crowd’s excitement built, she started her set with “Heaven Help Me” and began her work of bringing the audience to worship.

Backstreet Boys Defeat Irony at Smoothie King Center

Over the past few months, thousands of women in the New Orleans region have been exchanging emails, booking hotel rooms, and coordinating payments among themselves for tickets and matching screen-printed t-shirts with slogans like “Oh my god, we’re back again” in swirling, Pinterest-esque script. If they’re like me, maybe they giggled self-deprecatingly when telling people about their upcoming plan to attend a Backstreet Boys concert at the Smoothie King Center on August 30.

Daisy the Great Polished Millennial Frustration at Gasa Gasa

Daisy the Great performed at Gasa Gasa on August 28 to a crowd of familiar faces for one of two frontwomen, Mina Walker. Daisy the Great understands both millennial existentialism and skillful songwriting, but because this was a hometown show, the crowd was transfixed in an especially personal way. Everyone watched with pride and attention that only hometown glory can afford.

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