"Corteo" is Typically Cirque du Soleil

Mid-week, Cirque du Soleil made news by offering to pay the Soul Brass Band for a performance with tickets to their show at the Smoothie King Center instead of money. The crass gesture that’s likely made in each city the show visits ran into the social media outrage machine and got the New Orleans stop for “Corteo” off to a rough start.

George Porter Sat in with Dead and Company Saturday

Dead and Company were scheduled to play The Smoothie King Center last December, but the band postponed the show because guitarist John Mayer--the Jerry Garcia sub in this configuration--had to have an emergency appendectomy. Saturday night, they made up the show and revisited The Grateful Dead catalogue for hours, but there was no mention of Mayer's illness.

Jay-Z Stays on his Grind

Jay-Z has always been the best at brushing off hate. His 4:44 tour reached the Smoothie King Center on Thursday, bringing with it a slew of disturbing questions for the rapper and his marketing team: Why are tickets selling on StubHub for $6? Why are there so many empty seats? Is Hov really past his prime? Jay remained unfazed.

Down Yellow Brick Road with a Sunshine Fix

[Updated]This Week's Soundtrack on Spotify

1. "I'm Aquarius" - Metronomy: The English electro pop outfit returned last week with its fourth studio album, Love Letters, featuring this Zodiac-centered cut.

2. "Chemical Dizzy" - The Casket Girls: From the Girls' True Love Kills the Fairy Tale, the Savannah, Georgia, group plays Circle Bar tonight.

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