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 »

Apr 202015
 
(image via Loyola University)

(image via Loyola University)

On Friday, The Loyola University New Orleans Ballet will perform “An Evening of Divertissements”, a program of 19th century ballet, coupled with character dances and original work by local artists.

The performances, directed by Laura Zambrano, will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 in Roussel Hall on Loyola’s campus.

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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 »