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 »

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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Mar 192015
 
The artwork of folk artist Simon Hardeveld reads "We Speak French" at Fete Francaise Saturday afternoon.  (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The artwork of folk artist Simon Hardeveld reads “We Speak French” at Fete Francaise in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans will host its wildly popular fundraising street party, the 16th annual Fête Française, on Saturday, featuring various musical performances and restaurants providing food and drink with a French flair. Continue reading »

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Mar 182015
 

3rd Annual Jazzin' on Jackson benefit

The Mercy Endeavors Senior Center will host their 3rd annual “Jazzin’ on Jackson” benefit Thursday evening at St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center. The gala will feature live music by Philip Manuel and special guests, food from local restaurants, and a silent auction. Funds from Jazzin’ on Jackson will go toward providing programs and services for the seniors of Mercy Endeavors Senior Center. Continue reading »

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Mar 152015
 
Wild man of the Hard Head Hunters Mardi Gras Indians on LaSalle on Sunday afternoon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wild man of the Hard Head Hunters Mardi Gras Indians on LaSalle on Sunday afternoon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday afternoon, plumes of feathers, the ring of tambourines and the vibrant colors of Mardi Gras Indians’ hand-stitched suits filled the streets of Central City under pristine blue skies. Mardi Gras Indians from all over the city met at A.L. Davis park on LaSalle and Washington for the annual Super Sunday celebration.

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Mar 142015
 
Raury (Jamal Melancon, UptownMessenger.com)

Raury performs on the Power Plant stage at the BUKU festival. (Jamal Melancon, UptownMessenger.com)

The BUKU Music + Art Project came to a close Saturday evening (Mar. 14) with performances by Raury,Ghostface Killah with BADBADNOTGOOD, and ILoveMakonnen, as well as performances by Passion Pit, Bassnectar and other acts.

ILoveMakonnen (Jamal Melancon, UptownMessenger)

ILoveMakonnen (Jamal Melancon, UptownMessenger)

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Mar 132015
 
Nix Library (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nix Library (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Nix Library will be hosting several different events in the month of March, which will include a career workshop with Jessica Rareshide and also a wine tasting and poetry reading by Nigirerian poet Niyi Osundare. Continue reading »

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