Krewe du Kanaval Defined the Kanaval Spirit at its Ball

On Valentine’s Day, the third annual Kanaval Ball took place at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, and it presented a krewe learning to grow. The first Krewe du Kanaval Ball in 2018 took place at One Eyed Jacks with co-founder and Arcade Fire member Win Butler performing under his DJ name, DJ Windows 98. Last year, the ball moved to the Civic, where Boukman Eksperyans and Diplo and Jillionaire of Major Lazer topped the bill. 

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Kristin Diable are Streaming into the Holidays

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is no stranger to Christmas music. In 2012, it backed Irma Thomas on "May Ev'ry Day be Christmas" on 2012's Holidays Rule, and this year it recorded four "Spotify Singles." The Spotify-only tracks show off the band in a number of different lights including a street parade band on "Jingle Bells." They deliver a swinging version of "Winter Wonderland" with PJ Morton that doesn't show the Pres Hall fingerprints until the instrumental breaks.

Arcade Fire Gets Serious

Going into the Arcade Fire show Tuesday night at the UNO Lakefront Arena, the story was that the show didn’t sell particularly well. Two hours later by the end of “Wake Up,” I felt for the people who didn’t buy tickets because they missed a show as compelling as U2’s in the Superdome without the wind of nostalgia at its back. I ended up glad that their absence left room for so many people to dance with abandon at a rock ’n’ roll show.

History's a Part of The Meters, Shorty's Jazz Fest Finales

The annual nature of Jazz Fest makes it a perfect time to reflect on how things have changed--not just how the festival or the grounds have changed, or which musicians are no longer with us, but how the acts themselves are different. The Meters’ set Sunday exists in relation to all the other Meters and permutations of Meters members’ shows that I’ve seen—jammy ones, pop ones, metal ones, blues ones, and always funky ones.

Jazz Fest: Trombone Shorty, Boyfriend, and Preservation Hall Preview New Releases

When the British department store Boots excavated Ernie K-Doe’s “Here Come the Girls” for its Christmas season ad in 2007, it rescued the song from obscurity. “Here Come the Girls” served Boots well, and the commercial obscured the fact that the song has said its piece by 1:30 with two more minutes to kill.

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