Adia Victoria Is Surviving Through the Blues

Adia Victoria is reclaiming her Southerness by reclaiming the blues. The blues she’s accessing aren't the “he done me wrong” blues; they're sinister and wicked, something deeply Southern and born out of trauma. She is currently touring for her second album, Silences, which is a haunting, lyrical exploration of survival, with a stop in New Orleans on Monday, May 6 at Gasa Gasa.

Bob Weir throwback for the Jazz Fest Deadheads

Jazz Fest season sees the annual return of followers of all things Grateful Dead to New Orleans as the festival and its accompanying nightlife still steers into the jam aesthetic that the band made its signature. In March, photographer Erika Goldring shot Dead guitarist Bob Weir last March when he came to New Orleans to play The Fillmore with The Wolf Brothers--Don Was on bass and Ratdog's Jay Lane on drums.

Leyla McCalla Brings Her New Community to Jazz Fest

Leyla McCalla has largely conducted her career as a lone wolf, performing with just her cello or her banjo, or on occasion a second voice or instrument. Many people first encountered her as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, but that was a fairly intimate acoustic ensemble, and her first two solo albums—Vari-Colored Songs and A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey—are defined by her instrument and singing as she explored her Haitian Creole heritage.

Hurray for the Riff Raff, Curren$y, Stayed True to Themselves at Jazz Fest

Music is only part of the story at Jazz Fest, which is part of why covering it is so interesting. It’s a business story, so one thing that has to be taken into account in pieces that praised Katy Perry’s show—which was fine and did as much spectacle as she could manage under the circumstances—was that the number two name on the festival’s initial lineup release was a soft draw, particularly of young people. The folding chair village was full, but there was a lot of standing room on the track-side of the stage.

Moonlight Benjamin's an Earlier Contender for Most Exciting Jazz Fest Set This Year

Bands have been trying for years to do what Moonlight Benjamin made seem effortless. Starting with The Gun Club, countless American bands have tried to find the place where the blues and Voodoo-inflected spirituality meet. In fact, Moonlight Benjamin do more than that, but the Haitian singer and the rock band accompanying her started there with “Papa Legba” in the Blues Tent Friday at Jazz Fest.

Broadsides, Boyfriend Best at Jazz Fest Thursday, and Friday Highlights

Think of Thursday at a test drive for this year’s Jazz Fest. The lineup was a Locals Thursday lineup and lacked the firepower to get a lot of people out to the Fair Grounds, and the morning rains further discouraged attendance. For that reason, the first day of this year’s festival didn’t feel like much of an event, but there were still some impressive shows. 

Buku News: AF The Naysayer's "Parts Act 1" Reflects His Life and Times

I first interviewed AF the Naysayer in 2015 after the release of The Autodidact Instrumentals Vol. 1. The album/long EP collected tracks that began life as songs to accompany a Baton Rouge rapper, but when the project fell apart, the pieces got the opportunity to stand on their own. They had the living, breathing pocket of a J. Dilla song—an influence, AF says—and the sonic language of ’80s.

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