While the first weekend was nothing but sunshine, it was a long, wet close to the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Nonetheless, the festival
managed to stay afloat to the very end. With just a brief halt in Sunday’s early line up, the show finished strong with acts like Neil Young and Trombone
Shorty closing out the fest this year. Read
FrenchQuarterFest wrapped up this past Sunday after an exciting weekend full of music, food and good
spirits. We may be back to our everyday lives, but don’t get too comfortable. Festival season is just beginning here in New Orleans. NewOrleansLive kept up with every note at FQF this year, which featured over 1,700 musicians spread amongst 23
stages throughout the quarter. Filling the streets of Canal to Esplanade, the music could be heard from across the river. Surely, this celebration
alone would be enough festing for one city, but not NOLA. There’s about 100 more festivals lined up throughout the area. Read
New Orleans Media Entertainment, parent company of the TV show New Orleans Live announced today that the show will now be available anywhere
in the world, anytime, for free. Launched in November 2015 on WUPL MyNetwork TV-54 in New Orleans and worldwide on Vimeo on Demand’s subscription service,
New Orleans Live has since added two additional markets to its broadcast television footprint. Read
has a diverse musical heritage and its best known city, New Orleans, is renowned as the birthplace of Jazz. There is always something musical happening
in New Orleans and that activity reaches a worldwide audience. So whether you are a local, a frequent visitor, a music aficionado, or just have always
wanted to visit “The Big Easy”, these questions are for you. Read
When I first moved to New Orleans I was introduced to a friend of a co-worker who is a film producer. He asked me one day if I wanted
to audition for a promotional campaign about New Orleans’ cultural heritage. I thought well sure, that sounds like fun! Then he asked me if I knew
what a second line was. Not wanting to sound like a newbie I responded yes, of course. The audition would involve me participating in a second line
without actually knowing the organizers. This happened years before smart phones, so googling it on my way home was not an option. Clearly I had
my work cut out for me before I could show my face at this audition. So later that night I finally swallowed my pride and asked another friend who
I was pretty sure wouldn’t make fun of my ignorance. Read
“Bye, Felicia”. As I contemplated how much trouble I would be in from Child Protective Services if I pushed my 13-acting-like-she-is-going-on-27-year-old niece down the stairs after she “bye Felicia-ed” me, I started wondering if I was now totally out of touch. After all, I have to consult Urban Dictionary at least twice a week since I live with a slew of Adolfs (aka teenagers) or I would have no idea if they are insulting me or not. (They are). That train of thought then led me to worry, “What if I’m not cool enough to work on New Orleans Live?!” Now this is a devastating thought. After all, in the 90’s, Louisiana Jukebox was the epitome of cool. And since I was a producer on the show, ipso facto/quid pro quo/In nomine Patris/insert more Latin here, I was cool! However, fast-forward 19 years from when it first began and there is the slight possibility (slight!) that I might not be quite as hip as I was back then. Read
I'm like you.
When I first got word I was heading to New Orleans, all I could think about was the food that was going to help me stay fat. Not fit but fat. I like
to keep a few extra-pounds on me in case of another economic crisis, nahmean? Once you step foot in Nawlinz you'll be overwhelmed by
your options for world-class dining. But I have good news. Instead of zig-zagging and zipping all over town, you can attend one
of New Orleans' many Summer food festivals where all your options are located in ONE place. That's what I'm talking about! Read
I do. As a former resident of the Crescent City I miss the sights, sounds, and smell of crawfish boiling. Honestly, if I smell it I have to stop and get
some. The last place I lived before I moved away was on Common Street in the Central Business District. I could literally walk across Canal Street
to the French Quarter and was then on Bourbon Street. For those who may not know, that corner of Bourbon and Canal often has a brass band playing.
The music would echo off the buildings and I could hear it in my apartment. Crowds of tourists and locals gather on that corner any given day of the
week to dance and clap along to that hypnotic beat. Read
It’s been a long time since our last show on Louisiana JukeBox and no matter where I go I find people that were fans, that love
New Orleans music and really miss the show. I speak quite often with locals who want to walk down memory lane and reminisce about the glory days of
New Orleans music television. Many of the artists that were on the show at the time (when there was no social media) have shared the video clips with
their fans around the world. You can find our work on JukeBox all over the internet, on YouTube as well as on many band and
fan sites. In 2015, the demand for good video content is stronger than ever and the channels to get it to the music fans are infinite so naturally
the timing couldn’t be better for New Orleans Live. Read
Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs are 100 percent Tru Orleans. With an explosive mixture of jazz, hip-hop, and rock they bring the kinetic sounds of the Crescent City around the globe. They’ve toured multiple times as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. State Department playing gigs from Kazakhstan to the White House. His trumpet may be small but it packs a big big sound. Please give it up for Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs.
Sweet Crude is an exciting indie rock band that sketches lyrics in two languages, Cajun French and English. Made up of mostly graduates of New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, they’re the next supergroup from Southern Louisiana. Please welcome, Sweet Crude!
Tonya Boyd-Cannonis a powerful, anointed, and zealous woman, bringing contemporary sounds of gospel, soul and jazz around the world. Her gift of song has brought her from the church to Jazzfest and the TV show The Voice, where she finished in the top 20. Tonya continues to push the envelope with her incredible musical arrangements and jazzy lyrical content. Please make some noise for Tonya Boyd-Cannon!
Lynn Drury grew up on the rodeo circuit in rural Mississippi and has since molded her own style of southern Grit and New Orleans Groove. Gigging all over the world, Lynn’s music has taken her throughout the United States and Europe. Her unique acoustic sound mixes zydeco, rockabilly and blues into a gumbo that’s perfect for her adopted hometown of New Orleans. Please make some noise for the one and only Lynn Drury!