Jazz Fest: Thursday's Best at the Fest and Clubs

The second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell starts today with Locals Thursday. For the first time, locals actually get a discount on tickets—$50 down from $80 at the gate with no fees. Festgoers can get up to two locals tickets at ticket booths at the Fair Grounds with a Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana ID card, or college ID from a Louisiana institution if it has a photo on it.

Alexis and the Samurai Move Into View

The way into Alexis and the Samurai’s new Move Into View is not a song they wrote, nor is it “Parlez-Nous à Boire.” That Cajun song led to the Cajun indie rock band Sweet Crude that they're a part of, but more central to who Alexis and the Samurai are is their cover of “Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.” The song didn’t end up in their set or on the album because they had deep insights into it, or because it

The Continental Drifters Look Back on "Drifted" and Its Covers

Today, Drifted: In the Beginning & Beyond documents The Continental Drifters’ early years in Los Angeles and the band's love of cover songs. Once a version of the band moved to New Orleans in 1993, their shows regularly included musical guests, and accommodating them required the band to learn to play other people’s songs. As bassist Mark Walton says, that wasn’t his forte, but it became one of the band’s hallmarks. 

The Continental Drifters Look Back on "Drifted"

The Continental Drifters were inevitable at a number of levels. Why wouldn’t musicians with similar record collections want to get together to write, sing and play? People do it every day in every city in America. In their case though, the city was Los Angeles so the quality and profile of the players were elevated, but the same basic impulses that lead to every band led to The Continental Drifters.

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