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The Lower Chakras to reunite at Chelsea’s Café

Photo provided by Southern Connecticut State University -- Tim Parrish

On Jan. 9, 1978, Tim Parrish, future singer in the Baton Rouge underground rock band The Lower Chakras, witnessed The Sex Pistols in concert at local music club The Kingfish. The Sex Pistols, an infamous punk-rock band from London, were on their first American tour. The group played seven U.S. shows before breaking up in San… Continue reading →

Flood of material a good problem to have on The Revivalists’ new CD

Photo By Travis Shinn -- The Revivalists will debut a new CD.

New Orleans rock ’n’ roll band The Revivalists were ready when they went into the studio to record the new album “Men Amongst Mountains.” They had so many songs that they needed a dry-erase board to keep lists of definites, strong maybes, long shots and so on. They started to cut down the list almost… Continue reading →

Punk rockers will perform at Sadfest

Photo provided by Neat -- Lafayette punk rockers Neat perform at The Wild Salmon on Saturday as part of Sadfest.

Whether the powers that be want to acknowledge it or not, Lafayette has a good little punk rock scene brewing. Yes, it’s true. The region known for its Cajun and zydeco supergroups also has a small crop of upstarts messing around with power chord riffage that rocks as hard as what you… Continue reading →

Review: Royal Headache reaches a new “High”

Australian export Royal Headache was on the verge of breaking up while recording its sophomore album “High.” But the band pushed through its pain, turning in the most vital punk rock album I’ve heard in years. Singer Shogun yells as if his life depended on it. On the first track,… Continue reading →

Sunday in the Park returns this fall

Photo provided by Sean Ardoin -- Sean Ardoin and his band Zydekool will perform Oct. 18 as part of the Sunday in the Park concert series.

Sunday afternoons in downtown Baton Rouge will feature a little zydeco, variety and country music this fall. The annual Sunday in the Park concert series, put on by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, announced its fall 2015 schedule this week. Delta Drifters, a blues band from St. Francisville, will open the season Oct. 4.… Continue reading →

Local bands to perform at Bradystock III

Photo provided by The Axes of Evil -- Baton Rouge hard rock band The Axes of Evil will perform at Bradystock III.

Baton Rouge bands will join forces at this weekend’s third annual Bradystock. The Capital City music festival kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday at Phil Brady’s Bar & Grill. Tickets are $8 in advance and are available from the participating bands. Tickets are $10 at the door. The lineup consists mainly of rock bands,… Continue reading →

Louise Harrison writes about life as big sister to a Beatle

Photo provided by Webster Public Relations -- Louise Harrison has written a memoir, 'My Kid Brother's Band: aka The Beatles.'

In her memoir, “My Kid Brother’s Band: a.k.a. The Beatles,” George Harrison’s older sister, Louise, presents an insider’s take on The Beatles. The book includes Harrison’s memories of her family’s pre-Beatles life in Liverpool, England, as well as her publicity work for The Beatles in the early ’60s in the United States,… Continue reading →

Public Image Ltd, Steve Angello will join Florence + The Machine, Ozzy Osbourne at 2015 Voodoo Experience

Photo provided by Live Nation -- Public Image Ltd, featuring John Lydon, will perform Oct. 31 at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans.

The 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience announced additions to its Halloween weekend lineup Thursday, including John Lydon’s post-Sex Pistols band, Public Image Ltd; electronic music innovator Steve Angello; and indie-music acts Peaches and Metric. The annual festival at City Park in New Orleans runs Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Previously announced Voodoo Experience acts… Continue reading →

Brian Setzer’s “Christmas Rocks! Tour” to play the Saenger

Photo provided by Surfdog Records -- Brian Setzer

The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 12th annual “Christmas Rocks! Tour” is coming to the Saenger Theatre on Dec. 8. The “Christmas Rocks! Tour” follows the Oct. 16 release of “Rockin’ Rudolph,” Setzer’s first Christmas studio album in 10 years. “It’s always exciting to add new songs,” the rockabilly singer-guitarist said about his 31-city tour’s set… Continue reading →

Show celebrates Beatles’ music from summer of ’65

Photo provided by Ben Herrington -- Multi-instrumentalist Ben Herrington will lead a performance of Beatles music Sunday at the Manship Theatre.

Following last year’s 50th anniversary events for The Beatles’ debut appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and the group’s first U.S. concert tour, this month’s 50th anniversaries of The Beatles’ second feature film, “Help!”, its soundtrack album and the group’s record-breaking 1965 concert in New York’s Shea Stadium aren’t getting as much attention.… Continue reading →

Midtown Men will return to Marksville stage Saturday

Photo provided by The Midtown Men -- The Midtown Men

“You know, we’re really achieving the American dream,” Daniel Reichard says. Reichard is part of a singing quartet called The Midtown Men that writes, produces and choreographs its own shows. “Our schedule is busy, but we work only for ourselves,” Reichard says. “We’ve built our own show, and we each get to work… Continue reading →

Englishman Jon Cleary found home at a piano in New Orleans

Photo by DANIELLE MOIR -- Jon Cleary

New Orleans is the place where Jon Cleary thinks he should have come from. “I came hardwired for New Orleans funk because that was the music I really dug,” the British-born singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist said recently at his home in the Bywater area. Prior to Friday’s release of Cleary’s eighth album, Continue reading →

Album Reviews: Luke Bryan, Elvis Presley, Simon and Garfunkel

KILL THE LIGHTS On the songs “Fast” and “Way Way Back,” from Luke Bryan’s new album “Kill the Lights,” the perpetually upbeat star takes his first steps toward acknowledging the complexities that come with maturity. Country music’s reigning entertainer of the year, Bryan fills stadiums with rhythm-driven, good-time songs about partying,… Continue reading →

Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat bring ‘Girls Night Out’ to Champions Square

Invision/AP photo by OWEN SWEENEY -- Singer-songwriter Christina Perri performs in concert during 'The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour' at The Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa. July 15.

A songwriter before she became a performer, Christina Perri blends singer-songwriter sincerity with studied pop tunesmith craft. That golden touch drove a trio of her songs — “A Thousand Years,” “Human” and “Jar of Hearts” — to sales in the millions. Perri’s second album, 2014’s “Head or Heart,” features “Human” as well… Continue reading →

Sinatra centennial finds legacy alive

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Frank Sinatra impersonator Spencer Racca.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Francis Albert Sinatra in Hoboken, New Jersey. The self-described “premier saloon singer of the 20th century” is the focus of a nationwide retrospective honoring his birthday. And although Sinatra departed this world almost 17 years ago, sometimes it seems he never left. If you’ve… Continue reading →

Vance finds success back home with Kinfolk

Photo provided by CHARLEY VANCE -- Will Vance and the Kinfolk

Like so many young people hoping to make it in the music business, Will Vance left home to try his luck in Nashville, Tennessee. Vance spent about two years in Music City before coming home to Louisiana. Since 2012, he’s been the frontman and principle songwriter with the Hammond-based Will Vance… Continue reading →

Blues sideman Lil’ Ray Neal steps into the spotlight

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Blues musician Lil' Ray Neal  hopes to perform more often in his home state, Louisiana.

Baton Rouge blues singer-guitarist Lil’ Ray Neal served as sideman to blues and rhythm-and-blues legends for nearly 40 years. He’s been a supporting player for John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Little Milton Campbell, Bobby Rush and Bobby “Blue” Bland. In recent years, he worked with B.B. King, the… Continue reading →

40-plus bands lined up for Satchmo SummerFest

Photo by CEDRIC ELLSWORTH -- Rebirth Brass Band performs at Satchmo SummerFest 2014.

The 2015 Satchmo SummerFest features Louis Armstrong-inspired music, a new exhibit on Armstrong’s life in New Orleans, scholarly seminars and more. More than 40 traditional jazz, contemporary jazz and brass band performances are on the festival’s schedule this year, including Deacon John Moore, Ellis Marsalis, the PresHall Brass, Kermit Ruffins, Lars Edegran and the… Continue reading →

For Ella and Louie Tribute Band, Satchmo fest is a natural fit

Photo by DANIELA KLEIN -- The Ella and Louie Tribute Band are, from left,Leslie Martin, Wendell Brunious, Eileina Dennis, Gerald French, Mitch Player and Todd Duke.

In the 1940s and ’50s, jazz stars Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald combined their exceptional talents for duo recordings. Released by the Decca and Verve labels, the collaborations include the classic mid-’50s albums “Ella and Louis” and “Ella and Louis Again.” Inspired by the Armstrong-Fitzgerald recordings, Mitchell Player formed the Ella and Louie Tribute Band… Continue reading →

Am/Fm to open Live After Five in fall

Photo provided by Facebook-- Am/Fm

The Gonzales cover band Am/Fm will open the Live After Five fall concert series Friday, Sept. 4, at North Boulevard Town Square. The series, hosted by the Downtown Business Association, offers free concerts from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Friday on the square’s Crest stage. The rest of the fall lineup includes: Continue reading →

‘Frozen’ singer Idina Menzel will open up to audience at Saenger in New Orleans

Photo by ROBIN WONG -- Idina Menzel

Before “Frozen,” Idina Menzel was merely a Tony-winning Broadway star. After “Frozen,” the singer-actress found herself engulfed in the Disney animated musical’s global blizzard of popularity. “Frozen” is the highest-grossing animated movie in history. Menzel sings and speaks the role of Princess Elsa, the “Frozen” character who performs the film’s Oscar-winning hit, “Let… Continue reading →

Tim Rushlow leaves Little Texas behind for a more intimate solo adventure

Photo provided by Vanessa Davis –- Tim Rushlow

In the 1990s, Little Texas, featuring singer Tim Rushlow, released more than a dozen country hits, including “God Blessed Texas,” “Amy’s Back in Austin,” “What Might Have Been” and “My Love.” Rushlow launched a solo career after Little Texas’ breakup. More recently, he’s been hosting “Rushlow in the Round.” The intimate, singer and… Continue reading →

Annual Swamp Pop Music Festival to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Photo provided by the Swamp Pop Music Festival -- Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition close out the festival with an 8:30 p.m. show Saturday.

The 18th Annual Price LeBlanc Toyota and Nissan Swamp Pop Music Festival is Friday and Saturday at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center’s air-conditioned Trademart building in Gonzales. The festival, which annually draws as many as 6,000 attendees, opens at 6 p.m. Friday with Kenny Fife and Bac Trac. Other acts during the weekend include Warren Storm, Willie… Continue reading →

Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson hasten ‘End Times’

Photo by PAUL ELLEDGE -- Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson, two alternative-rock acts that achieved stardom in the 1990s, combine their dark musical forces for “The End Times Tour.” The U.S. and Canadian Pumpkins-Manson tour opened July 7 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. Running through Aug. 8, it arrives in New Orleans Monday for a show at… Continue reading →

Hometown crowd never gave up on 3 Doors Down

Photo provided by Republic Records -- 3 Doors Down

When 3 Doors Down performs Sunday in Champions Square in New Orleans, the nationally known rock band will be close to where it all began. Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, 3 Doors Down is originally from the small town of Escatawpa, Mississippi. In 2000, the band soared out of Mississippi on the melancholy wings… Continue reading →

Rock opera ‘Deep Love’ takes the long road to NYC

Associated Press photo by MARK KENNEDY -- Jon Peter Lewis is co-director, co-book writer and stars in 'Deep Love: A Ghostly Rock Opera' at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

There’s not much to do in eastern Idaho in the winter. It’s freezing, windy and depressing. Why not create a musical? Stay-inside weather — plus a healthy dose of heartache — helped spark the creation in 2009 of “Deep Love: A Ghostly Rock Opera.” Six years later it arrives in steamy… Continue reading →

Garth Brooks makes belated but triumphant New Orleans debut: ‘You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for you guys’

Advocate photo by ERIKA GOLDRING -- Country superstar Garth Brooks performs during the first of four concerts at the Smoothie King Center on July 10, 2015, in New Orleans.

Country music star Garth Brooks’ accomplishments include 25 No. 1 songs, sales of 135 million albums and 14 albums that debuted at No. 1. By now, 26 years after his album debut, you would think he’d done everything in the music business that can be done. But there was at least one thing he hadn’t done… Continue reading →

New Orleans’ queen of bounce music Big Freedia now an author

Photo provided by Nicole Balin -- New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia has just published a memoir, 'Big Freedia. God Save the Queen Diva!'

Already a music and TV star, Big Freedia, New Orleans’ queen of bounce music, is now a published author. “Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva!” is out this week. Freedia co-wrote the lively memoir with her Beverly Hills-based publicist, former music journalist Nicole Balin. She sees more books in her future,… Continue reading →

Shows to watch for July 10-16, 2015

Photo provided by Mike Atkinson -- Blu Rouge -- Local variety music band Blu Rouge will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Ahuua's Mexican Restaurant and at 9 p.m. Saturday at Backstreet Lounge.

ROCK/POP FRIDAY POLLY PRY: Chelsea’s Café IMAGINE — ACADIANA’S BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND: Varsity Theatre (8 p.m.) SATURDAY PANIC! AT THE DISCO: Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin’ (7 p.m.) BLUE VERSE: Varsity Theatre (8 p.m.) THE IVORY SONS: Chelsea’s Café BLUES/R&B

Lil Wayne releases surprise free mixtape ‘FWA’

Photo provided by Cash Money Records -- Lil Wayne

“Rest in peace to Cash Money Weezy,” Lil Wayne raps early into his “Free Weezy Album.” “Gone but not forgotten.” The rapper has yet to resolve the nasty legal battle with his longtime label, Cash Money Records, but he’s continuing to sate fans awaiting his studio album by offering another project,… Continue reading →