The Music That Made Me Happy in 2015

I got out of the year-end list business when I realized too much music came out that I didn’t hear for me to feel like my list had much authority. Time, temperament and mailing lists conspire to keep my listening from being broad enough to think that my Best Of choices might actually be among the best. Instead, I’ve reframed the question to talk about the music I’m happiest that I heard, the shows I’m happiest that I saw, and the books I’m happiest I read this year. To me, that’s what matters, and I made it by memory.

Arto Lindsay and Members of Animal Collective, Japanther Join New Orleanians in the Music Box

The Music Box Roving Village in City Park is a flexible musical, artistic space. On its opening weekend, the performance conducted by William Parker evoked old school avant-garde, complete with a “town crier” walking through the crowd with a bullhorn reading a text about class and improvisation, and a woman dancing and carrying a censer through the crowd.

Jazz Fest: Rain Wins

Friday at Jazz Fest ended early, more for the threat of rain than what actually showed. At 5 p.m., Jazz Fest executive producer Quint Davis told the audience at the Acura Stage that rain was coming in an hour to an hour and a half, and it would be bad. He didn’t mention the tornado watch we were under starting at 4:56 p.m. yesterday.

Jazz Fest News: Wilco Skips Indiana Show in Protest

On Friday, April 24, Wilco will close the Gentilly Stage at the end of the opening day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The 20th anniversary tour that brings Wilco to New Orleans was scheduled to take the band to Indianapolis, Indiana on May 7, but the band has cancelled the show in protest of the state's new "religious freedom" law. 

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