By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon The 41st Annual Playboy Jazz Festival rolled into California’s gorgeous Hollywood Bowl, with greats from funk, jazz and soul taking [...]
By Jenny Peters There’s truly no better place to be on a sunny weekend in June than at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, joining in the festive celebration of the [...]
By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon The 49th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicked off in fine fashion on Friday, April 27, 2018. The festival runs from 11 [...]
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 Bad weather really spoiled the second weekend of the 46th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The four-day event started out [...]
Jazzfest 2013 will be remembered for great music and food but mostly for some horrendously rainy weather. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
celebrated the 44th year of the event with several big name acts, many of the regional bands that have been a part of the tradition and all of the amazing food vendors that make Jazzfest a unique experience. While the music and food lived up to expectations, Mother Nature was clearly pissed at someone because her barrage of wind, rain and cold made the Fairgrounds a seriously stinky, muddy pit.
New Orleans bands know that when they travel through Los Angeles, they have to hit The Mint for the best, most rabid fans. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band show on May 23, 2011 at the Mint brought out lots of New Orleans transplants and lovers of rousing brass band music. The opening act, a local band called Super Duper, contributed a wacky and exciting set that concluded with a pleasantly odd version of “Welcome to the Jungle,” with a tease of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” That warm up prepared the audience for some New Orleans party music.
Just one week after the New Orleans Saints' fairy-tale Super Bowl victory, another New Orleans institution landed in Los Angeles. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band came to town to regale displaced New Orleans natives and L. A. fans with their unique blend of jazz, soul, funk, and improvisation. A delayed arrival was cause for concern by the Mint (www.themintla.com/) staff and a throng of restless fans. Their scheduled start time of 10 p.m. came and went as word trickled down through the crowd that their flight from Atlanta hit a snag due to snowy weather in Dallas. Not hitting the stage until 12:35 a.m. meant for a significantly shorter set than anticipated. However, they made up for it by stringing together an energetic set of songs that brought them right to the edge of the 2 a.m. curfew.