Apr 222015
 

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Band of Excellence performs during Battle of the Bands at the "Instruments A-Comin" benefit concert, silent auction and community arts fair in front of Tipitina's in May 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree hill)

Tipitina’s Foundation’s Instruments A Comin’ benefit concert and community festival uses its proceeds to purchase new musical instruments for New Orleans area school band programs. The outdoor event is free and open to the public early next week, and the indoor concert features several performing artists. Continue reading »

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Apr 152015
 
Sleater-Kinney (via facebook.com/SleaterKinney)

Sleater-Kinney (via facebook.com/SleaterKinney)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

It all happened so innocently, my love for riotgrrl queens Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss, and Carrie Brownstein, collectively and arguably better known as Sleater-Kinney.  While living in Austin in the late 90s, I wanted to attend an in-store performance at Waterloo Records by this well-regarded female rock trio which at the time I had never heard of.  Unable to make the event I sprung for a copy of their third studio album, Dig Me Out, and lost my mind.  Just lost it.  What was this sound?  Who were these ladies?  The hungry, urgent beats, the sharp, frenetic guitar work, and the layered, waling vocals.  And the lyrics?  Each song was a visual field infused by carefully chosen wording arcing in harmony.  I was hooked, taken, even smitten, and I wanted more. Continue reading »

Apr 142015
 

Boudin Southern Rep

Southern Rep Theatre will begin offering preview performances this week and the official opening night on Saturday of “Boudin: The New Orleans Music Project,” an original musical production inspired by asking locals in New Orleans the question: “How has New Orleans music saved your soul?” Continue reading »

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Apr 042015
 
Spyboy Irving "Honey" Bannister of Cha Wah. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Irving “Honey” Bannister of Cha Wah. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Travers Geoffray of the Mississippi Rail Company gets animated on the Ocshner Baptist stage. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Travers Geoffray of the Mississippi Rail Company gets animated on the Ocshner Baptist stage. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday afternoon, people packed onto Freret street for the annual Freret Street Festival. Food, music and arts and crafts lined Freret from Soniat down to Napoleon. Local vendors like Woody’s Fish Tacos, Boucherie and Liberty Cheesesteak provided food. There were three stages of music featuring artists like Cha Wah, Bonerama, Mississippi Rail Company, Billy Iusso and the Restless Natives amongst others.

Holly Morlas and Kyle Galloway dance to the Mississippi Rail Company. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Holly Morlas and Kyle Galloway dance to the Mississippi Rail Company at the Ocshner Baptist stage. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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