By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon It has been 40 years since Bob Marley recorded “Exodus,” one of the most influential albums of modern music. Marley’s seminal [...]
By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon The 48th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicked off Friday, April 28, 2017, with overcast skies and breezes that helped to [...]
By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon “The Last Waltz” was a famous concert performed by Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on Thanksgiving Day, November [...]
By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon The sun gods smiled on the opening weekend of the 46th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, after heavy rains soaked the [...]
A new band of talented musicians came to Saint Rocke
in Hermosa Beach on May 18, 2012. Royal Southern Brotherhood
is a group with rock royalty membership and serious musical chops. The band recently released their self titled debut album and is touring to support the new material. The Saint Rocke
show was an exciting set of blues, southern rock, funk, sweet harmonies and expert guitar slinging.
New Orleans bands often cross musical genres, and Galactic is no exception. In fact, they are at the forefront of being innovative while keeping their jazz and funk roots alive. They came to the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on March 31, 2011 with a couple of special guests, Cyril Neville, and Corey Henry. Galactic’s recent recordings have added elements of hip hop to their usual funk and soul infused rock sound, so their live performance was sure to be interesting.
You can really feel good about yourself when you go to a concert that is a fund raiser and the amazing music leaves everyone invigorated. The Mint in Los Angeles continues to book great music, and on this occasion, helped raise awareness about a problem in Louisiana that is really a problem for the entire planet. The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars is a band of great musicians that care deeply about the erosion of the wetlands in southern Louisiana and throughout the Gulf Coast. By playing live shows around the country and drawing attention to the problem, they hope to inspire people to take action. Their show at the Mint on February 10, 2011 was a musical journey that was both informative and enjoyable.
New Orleans has a diverse music scene, and a long history of bands playing jazz/funk fusion. Galactic (www.galacticfunk.com) carries on that tradition and recently, has added elements of hip hop into their mix. On their newly released album “Ya Ka May”, the group invited a varied list of New Orleans musical talent to help with the broadening of their sound. Artists as diverse as Big Freedia (www.myspace.com/bigfreedia), a “bounce” hip hop singer, and Cyril Neville, one of the legendary founders of the Neville Brothers (www.nevilles.com/) offered their assistance with new songs. For their current tour, Galactic brought along Freedia, Neville, and Corey Henry, who is one of the talented trombonists from Rebirth Brass Band (http://rebirthbrassband.wetpaint.com/.) Their show at the El Rey consisted of new and old material. They pleased the loyal fans in attendance, and gained some new ones with the experimental diversion from their regular sound.
New Orleans is known for its music, and there's no better way to experience the harder edge of that musical town than to visit over Halloween weekend and take in the legendary Voodoo Experience. Three full days of musical madness held in the center of City Park, this year's fest was a combo of heavy metal madness, returning rapper, and the coolest Swampland band ever. It all began on Friday, October 30, when a slightly overcast warm day went south as the party started, just after Janelle Monae took to the Voodoo Stage and the Black Keys started up across the meadow at the Playstation/Billboard.com Stage.