The Rolling Stones' unannounced Jazz Fest announcement has put the festival in the public conversation. Rather than figure out how the festival will accommodate 75-year-old men, let's think about what it will do with a band in its 20s.
Naughty Professor has followed in Galactic’s footsteps by establishing itself first as an instrumental funk band—one unafraid to show off its significant chops. Early next year, it will release its upcoming album, Identity, and for the occasion the band has branched out into the world of words. Chali 2na and The Revivalists’ Dave Shaw added their vocal talents to songs on the album, and the first single, “Stray,” features a passionate performance from Shaw.
Maggie Koerner has a voice that demands a witness. Originally from Shreveport, the singer-songwriter currently lives in New Orleans and has gathered a dedicated following due partly to her year-long stint as Galactic's guest vocalist, but in large measure it's due to her magnetic voice. Her songs are soulful melodies etched in pain, streaked in jubilance.
The Revivalists have had a good year, releasing their well-received City of Soundalbum, performing at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, and last weekend they played on the Main Stage at Voodoo before Silversun Pickups and Metallica. My Spilt Milk caught up with them after their set to talk about the experience.