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Michael Cerveris talks about his tv show, his band and his love of La.

Photo by JACOB BLICKENSTAFF -- Michael Cerveris

Michael Cerveris’ many performances on stage, in film and television include his recurring role as Cook County State’s Attorney James Castro in the Emmy-winning, Julianna Margulies-starring “The Good Wife.” He also played Marvin Frey, manager of Lucia Micarelli’s Annie in “Treme.” And he won a Tony Award for his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth in Stephen… Continue reading →

Mike Zito returns to old plans, hits the road with new album

Photo provided by JILL KETTLES -- Mike Zito

Texas-based blues-rock singer-guitarist Mike Zito was busy building his solo career when the chance to form a regional supergroup presented itself. Zito had already written an award-winning song with a future Royal Southern Brotherhood bandmate, Cyril Neville. In 2010, the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee, named their dark and swampy collaboration, “Pearl River,” song… Continue reading →

New Orleans musicians take on pregame National Anthem with reverence and a touch of nerves

Photo by Elizabeth McMillan -- The NOCCA Chorus will sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the Saints home opener against the Vikings on Sunday. Front row, from left, are John Michael Bradford (horn player), Brianna Wetherington, Whitney Campbell, Garri Paul, Connie New, Lindsey Reynolds, NOCCA faculty Bart Folse. Second row, Imani Francis, Caitlin Ecuyer, Rebecca Nuss, Emily Sheets, Caitlyn Harris, NOCCA faculty Anne Sumich. Back row, David Murray, Dwight Robinette, William Van Horn and  NOCCA faculty Matt Wood.

Jimi Hendrix’s psychedelic “The Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock in 1969. Marvin Gaye’s slow jam on “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the NBA All-Star Game in 1983. Whitney Houston’s deeply felt performance at the 1991 Super Bowl. Remarkable versions of the National Anthem can be counted on one hand, while entire web pages are dedicated to failed… Continue reading →

Too many hazy sentiments bog down McGraw

Twenty years after his breakthrough hit, “Indian Outlaw,” Tim McGraw still pushes at country music’s boundaries. His new album, “Sundown Heaven Town,” incorporates contemporary Nashville flourishes while holding onto McGraw’s signature sound — a moody, atmospheric tone developed over the years with producer Byron Gallimore. The album… Continue reading →

Jazz & Heritage Archive offering up to three fellowships

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive is offering up to three fellowships to support researchers who want to either use the archive’s materials or contribute to them. Jazz & Heritage Archive fellows will be awarded up to $5,000 to support their research at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Archive and at other archives, if necessary.… Continue reading →

WBRH to feature tribute to Matassa

Photo provided by the Matassa Family -- Cosimo Matassa with singer Baton Rouge singer Jimmy Clanton, whom he managed and recorded.

Baton Rouge Magnet High School radio stations WBRH-FM (90.3) and KBRH-AM (1260) will pay tribute to the late New Orleans recording studio owner and engineer Cosimo Matassa from 8 a.m. through noon, Saturday, Sept. 13. Matassa died Thursday, Sept. 11, at 88. Rob Payer, host of Saturday morning program “The Rhythm… Continue reading →

Former Black Crowes frontman enjoys a new direction

Photo provided by the Mitch Schneider Organization -- Chris Robinson Brotherhood

As frontman for the Black Crowes, Chris Robinson hit the big time in 1990 with the release of the Atlanta-based band’s album debut, “Shake Your Money Maker.” Featuring brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, the Crowes successfully revived a free-flowing, raunchy kind of rock that has its roots in blues, classic soul and early rock ’n’ roll.… Continue reading →

The Beatles: Recalling the mob scene in City Park 50 years ago

Photo by Ted Rozumalski -- Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon on stage during the September 16,  1964 concert in New Orleans.

The Beatles played their only New Orleans concert on Sept. 16, 1964. The group’s less-than-24-hour visit was by all accounts a full-tilt episode of Beatlemania. On Tuesday, the concert’s 50th anniversary, WYES-TV in New Orleans will mark the event with a performance by Beatles tribute band The Fab Four at Tad Gormley… Continue reading →

Benjamin Booker blasts the blues on new album

Photo provided by Shorefire -- Benjamin Booker

New Orleanian Benjamin Booker is a national sensation with a very low profile here. He moved to New Orleans from Florida in 2012 and played primarily small gigs, but his raw, electric blues got the attention of ATO Records who signed him, and Jack White, who took Booker on tour as the… Continue reading →

Guests to join Dr. John onstage at Joy Theater concert

Photo by BRUCE WEBER -- Dr. John

Following the release of his Louis Armstrong tribute album, “Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch,” Dr. John’s Sept. 20 concert at the Joy Theater will feature many special guests. The guest list includes New Orleans trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton and drummer Herlin Riley, all of whom appear on the album. Dr. John’s music director Sarah Morrow, who did much of… Continue reading →

Rocker John Mellencamp to play Saenger March 10

Photo provided by the Saenger Theatre -- John Mellencamp's tour kicks off in South Bend, Indiana, Jan. 21, and arrives in New Orleans in March.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp will perform at the Saenger Theatre March 10 on his 2015 North American tour, with special guest Carlene Carter. The tour opens Jan. 21 in South Bend, Indiana. Tickets for Mellencamp’s Saenger show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Continue reading →

‘American Routes’ features Baton Rouge Blues Festival

Photo provided by Baton Rouge Blues Festival -- Little Freddie King

“American Routes,” the nationally aired public radio music program based in New Orleans, will feature the 2014 Baton Rouge Blues Festival this weekend in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The program will be broadcast in Baton Rouge by WRKF-FM (89.3) at 7 p.m. Saturday and in New Orleans by WWNO-FM (89.9) at 7 p.m. Saturday and… Continue reading →

Early ’80s power-pop band The Producers to play in New Orleans

Photo provied by John McDaniel -- The Producers, from left, are Van Temple, Kyle Henderson, Wayne Famous and Bryan Holmes.

In the early years of MTV, when the cable network specialized in music videos, Atlanta-based power-pop band The Producers were MTV stars. The Producers signed a major label deal with CBS subsidiary Portrait Records in the 1980s. Despite lackluster chart positions, the group’s high-energy torch song “She Sheila” and jealousy-fueled “What’s He Got” made a… Continue reading →

Smokey Robinson, still writing, duets with friends

AP/Invision photo by  KATY WINN -- Smokey Robinson

After five decades in show business, the man who shaped Motown with instantly recognizable hits like “My Girl” and “Tears of a Clown” says he can’t stop writing. Smokey Robinson says he scribbles down lyrics on a pad or leaves a fragment of a tune on his own… Continue reading →

G Unit surprises fans, digitally releases 6 songs

Invision/AP photo by BRIAN ACH --  50 Cent, center, gathers with G-Unit members Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Kidd Kidd in New York.

G Unit surprised fans when its members reunited earlier this summer at the year’s biggest hip-hop concert, and they have another surprise: They digitally released six new songs Beyonce-style early Monday. The rap group dropped “The Beauty of Independence” extended play at midnight, mirroring Beyonce’s successful surprise release of her self-titled… Continue reading →

CSN concert mixes nostalgia with new numbers

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER- Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and David Crosby, of Crosby, Stills and Nash, perform at the Saenger Theatre Saturday, August 23, 2014.

David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, the supergroup that made its concert debut 45 years ago this month at Woodstock, brought much nostalgia to the Saenger Theatre on Saturday night. But showing they’re still a creative force, they blended new songs amid the classics. The concert — featuring the trio with a full band,… Continue reading →

Psychedelic-pop band Chappo experiments with songs, visuals on latest tour

Photo by MICHAEL WILLIAMS -- Chappo

On an East Coast to Texas tour, Chappo, the four-piece psychedelic-pop band based in Brooklyn that’s named after singer-songwriter Alex Chappo, is playing a show Monday in his hometown, Baton Rouge. The previous Chappo appearance in Louisiana took place in nearby New Orleans at Tipitina’s. “Which was really cool for me,” Alex Chappo said. “Being… Continue reading →

Don McLean credits his sustained career to his songwriting

Photo by PATRISHA MCLEAN--Music icon Don McLean will perform to a sold-out crowd Friday night at the Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College.

Bi-coastal singer-songwriter Don McLean lives in Maine and California. His international popularity, especially in the United Kingdom and Australia, makes having homes on the east and west coasts of the United States a convenience. Of course, McLean — the singer and composer of the American pop classics “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry Starry Night),” “And I Love… Continue reading →

Bear In Heaven inspired by ’70s, ’80s music

Photo by DUSDIN CONDREN -- Bear in Heaven

Brooklyn-based pop-art band Bear In Heaven released its fourth album this month. Synthesizers bubble and snare drums snap in “Time Is Over One Day Old,” an album inspired by the 1970s and ’80s, the synthesizer-filled British likes of Joy Division, The Cure and New Order as well as the classic downtown New York music scene that included… Continue reading →

Album revisits Johnny Cash’s ‘Bitter Tears’

Throughout his career, Johnny Cash sang about the downtrodden, giving a voice to the voiceless. But his 1964 concept album, “Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian,” started a new conversation about social awareness. The collection of songs written… Continue reading →

Cutting Edge CE conference continues in N.O.

Photo provided by ASHLEY LANAUX -- Robin BarnesThis year’s Cutting Edge CE Conference showcase performers include Robin Barnes, who performs at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club.

The Cutting Edge CE Conference runs through Saturday at the InterContinental Hotel, the Carver Theater and other New Orleans venues. The Cutting Edge conference discusses hot topics and trends in the entertainment business. Sessions include entertainment law, the business of music, film financing and tax credits. The conference also features artist showcases in roots music… Continue reading →