Rotary Downs, Gulf Restoration Network, and more Join New Orleans Music Awards

This year, everything is the first time for My Spilt Milk’s New Orleans Music Awards including our Carton of Honor—a My Spilt Milk-style recognition of the work that an artist or band has done for an extended period of time. For our maiden voyage, we’re pleased to honor rock band Rotary Downs.

Rotary Downs Traces a New Wave

When Rotary Downs concluded its Jazz Fest set with a cover of Gary Numan's "Cars," the choice seemed obvious. The band's set featured much of the music from its new album, Traces, and new wave sonic textures show up regularly on the album's songs. Sting's bass drives "Orion," a hairy, farting synth opens "Tent City," and Chris Columbo seems to have an endless arsenal of compressed guitar sounds that give his lead lines unnatural presence in the mixes.

Jazz Fest Preview: Rotary Downs Fights Complacency

New Orleans indie rock outfit Rotary Downs has kept New Orleans as a home base for the decade or so it's been together. Rotary Downs isn't chasing success but enjoys a solid local and national reputation, and the band has enough chops to regularly tour the country. After half a dozen albums, one could argue the band is resting into a familiar groove.

But it's wrong to call Rotary Downs complacent.