Folk rocker Todd Snider adds stories to his stage show

Photo provided   -Todd Snider, left, performs with one-time labelmate and touring partner John Prine.

When Nashville-based Todd Snider plays the Manship Theatre on Saturday, it will be an unusual gig for the folk rocker. The night will start with music by Gina Forsyth, but continue with a reading from Snider’s book, “I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales.” Then, he’ll take questions from the … Continue reading →

Husband Cyril plays percussion, and the kids pitch in for Gaynielle Neville and lady friends

Advocate photo by KYLE ENCAR --Gaynielle Neville

Gaynielle Neville gathered a tribe of talented local ladies to create her first solo album, “Woman Power.” “I’m excited and nervous at the same time,” said the singer-songwriter and member of New Orleans’ first family of soul, the Nevilles. Neville’s CD release show is Saturday at the Maple Leaf Bar. She’ll … Continue reading →

French Quarter Festival fills the Vieux Carre

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--  Dwain Hitchens, the first Spy Boy of Congo Nation, sings and adds more cowbell while playing with Donald Harrison Jr. during the 2013 French Quarter Festival in New Orleans.

Lasting four days and featuring 1,400 musicians from New Orleans and elsewhere in Louisiana, the French Quarter Festival is set to fill the Vieux Carré with brass bands, traditional jazz groups, Cajun and zydeco bands, blues, soul, Mardi Gras Indians chants, singer-songwriters and special events. The festival drew 560,000 attendees in 2013, its 30th anniversary … Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Blues Festival returns to jam in the capital

Photo by BRIAN BAIAMONTE -- The crowd gathered in North Boulevard Town Square listens to music at last year's Baton Rouge Blues Festival.

Six-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John headlines the 2014 Baton Rouge Blues Festival. Running 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday in North Boulevard Town Square and Repentance Park, the festival features 16 performances on three stages; artists interviews in the Old State Capitol; additional performances in the Old State … Continue reading →

Youth Orchestra holds final concert of season

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Brennan Davis, left, and Brandon Lee perform with the Louisiana Junior String Ensemble during the Louisiana Youth Orchestra's first 2013-2014 season concert  last November. This ensemble, along with the Louisiana Junior Youth Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Louisiana Youth Orchestra will give their final concert of the season on Sunday.

Caroline Samuels’ double bass will be the star at center stage. Samuels, a winner of the Louisiana Youth Orchestra’s annual concerto competition, will be the featured performer in the orchestra’s final concert of the 2013-14 season on Sunday. The performance begins at 3 p.m. in the Baton Rouge Magnet High School auditorium and marks the end … Continue reading →

Erratic B.B. King performance makes fans blue

In this April 4, 2014, photo, B.B King performs at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis. Some St. Louis music fans are singing the blues after an erratic weekend performance by 88-year-old guitar legend B.B. King led to a stream of early departures and audience catcalls.  Concert-goers say Kings rambling Friday night set at the Peabody Opera House included only a handful of complete songs amid musical snippets, long-winded soliloquies and a 15-minute sing-along of You Are My Sunshine.  (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sarah Conard)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — At 88, blues guitarist B.B. King is a living legend, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with his own satellite radio channel and a string of blues-themed restaurants in New York, Las Vegas and several other cities. Slowed by age and infirmity, including diabetes, King continues to tour — with sometimes painful … Continue reading →

Singer-songwriters join forces to create Southern Soul Assembly

Photo provided by LiveLoud -- Marc Broussard

Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne, JJ Grey and Luther Dickinson — four Southern singer-songwriters — gather together in the all-star Southern Soul Assembly. Putting aside their other musical pursuits temporarily, Broussard, Osborne, Grey and Dickinson are touring together in a super songwriters-in-the-round show. Broussard, who’s from Carencro, has released his southwest Louisiana soul … Continue reading →

U2, Linda Ronstadt among 25 albums to be preserved

This undated handout image provided by the Library of Congress shows the cover of Linda Ronstadts Heart Like a Wheel

WASHINGTON (AP) — U2’s classic album “The Joshua Tree,” Linda Ronstadt’s “Heart Like a Wheel” and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around. These albums from the 1970s and 1980s are among 25 recordings selected for long-term preservation in the library’s National … Continue reading →

Singer Debbie Davis and band take an opportunity, create a gem

Photo by KRISTIN FOUQUET -- From left, Josh Paxton (piano), Alex McMurray (guitar), Matt Perrine (sousaphone), Debbie Davis (ukulele and vocals) form the group Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers.

Some albums are the result of lengthy planning, extended periods of songwriting, fundraising and eventually recording. “Linger ’Til Dawn,” the new album by Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers, was none of those. Instead, it was the result of a surprise recording session, arranged for wealthy tourists. As one of the busiest vocalists on Frenchmen Street … Continue reading →

Rocking full house greets Elton John in N.O.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Elton John performs at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Friday, March 21, 2014.

With nearly 45 years of music stardom behind him and statistics including 29 consecutive Top 40 hits and sales of 250 million records, Elton John made a belated return to New Orleans Friday night, performing for an often cheering full house at the Smoothie King Center. Featuring 28 songs complemented by a lights- and video-filled … Continue reading →

Adventurous Flaming Lips challenges audiences

Photo by GEORGE SALISBURY -- The Flaming Lips

When rock band The Flaming Lips play The Buku Music + Art Project Saturday night at Mardi Gras World, they may be a grimmer band than they were when they last played New Orleans in 2012. They’ve become associated for much of the last decade with the over-the-top, psychedelic party that their live show had become, but … Continue reading →

‘Divergent’ soundtrack ‘an uneven bag of tracks’

The latest dystopian young adult big screen adaptation, “Divergent,” has high expectations for the box office, though its soundtrack offers an uneven bag of tracks. The film, highlighted by teenage angst overwrought by societal structure, could translate into a group of edgy, resonating songs, but the reality is that few rise up to the challenge. Ellie … Continue reading →

Jimmy Webb credits Johnny Rivers for break in music business

Photo provided by Full House Promotions & Tour Management -- Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb, the great American songwriter who wrote “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Up, Up and Away,” “The Highwayman,” “The Worst That Could Happen,” “MacArthur Park” and many more, has a deep connection to Baton Rouge, even though his Saturday concert at the Manship Theatre will be his first time here. … Continue reading →

Free concert to feature music of Gwyneth Walker


Money is good, but music is better. “And if you know Gwyneth, you’ll know that it’s all about the music for her,” Evan Roider says. Roider is a concert pianist in the final semester of his senior year at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Conn. He’s also a graduate of University High in Baton … Continue reading →

3 sons unite to create new Roy Orbison song

This Dec. 7, 1988, file photo shows singer and guitarist Roy Orbison at a local night club where he was appearing in Boston. Orbison's three sons are all musicians but never really got to play music with their dad -- until now. Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex Orbison have helped create a new song by their father that will appear on the 25th anniversary reissue and expansion of Orbison's final album,

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roy Orbison’s three sons are all musicians but never really got to play music with their dad — until now. Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex Orbison have helped create a new song by their father that will appear on the 25th anniversary reissue and expansion of Orbison’s final album, “Mystery Girl.” They found … Continue reading →

Genres meet and meld in Cindy Scott’s voice

Photo provided by BILL FERNANDEZ -- Cindy Scott

New Orleans jazz vocalist Cindy Scott sings the great material she draws from eclectic genres with abundant warmth and almost childlike playfulness. She compensates for what her voice may lack in power through verbal and musical nimbleness, subtle expressivity and the occasional, and therefore more effective, vocal glissando. For “Historia,” her third … Continue reading →

Energetic Beatles tribute show is rich in memories

Photo by CHRIS CARLSON -- Performers in 'Yesterday - A Tribute to the Beatles' sing all eras of the Fab Four's music.

The Beatles are invading LSU. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Liverpool’s favorite sons first touching down in the United States, “Yesterday – A Tribute to The Beatles” brings their critically acclaimed Las Vegas show to the LSU Student Union Theater Friday, March 21. Fans of all ages can soon relive the excitement and energy of seeing … Continue reading →

Reliving the ’80s with The Fleshtones

Photo provided by Missing Piece Group -- The Fleshtones

Some raucous New Orleans music history is poised for a revival when New York City garage-rockers the Fleshtones and longtime local music promoter Jimmy Anselmo reunite for a show at Southport Hall on Tuesday. Anselmo booked the Fleshtones many times at Jimmy’s Music Club, the music venue he operated from 1978 to 2000. In … Continue reading →

Wayne, others score on Young Money album

Lil Wayne isn’t just the founder of Young Money Cash Money Billionaires, he’s the rap squad’s captain, too. And on “Rise of an Empire,” Weezy plays his role well, anchoring a winning compilation from the camp, and making up for last year’s lackluster “I Am Not a … Continue reading →

Blues Fest adds third stage for April 12 event

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Kenny Neal is among the performers at the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, which takes place April 12 downtown.

The Baton Rouge Blues Festival, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 12 in downtown Baton Rouge, is expanding to three stages. The Gospel/Soul Stage, to be located on Lafayette Street adjacent to the Shaw Center for the Arts, will feature local groups Gifted Praisers, Speakeasy, Da Vocalaires and OMT. The newly … Continue reading →

Show tells the story of historical photo of La. musicians

Photo provided by LAWRENCE CUMBO -- Titled 'A Great Day in New Orleans,' the story of this photo of 63 New Orleans musicians, shot in 1998, will be told on the new Smithsonian Channel music series, 'Rocking the Opera House.'

Having shadowed New Orleans music icon Dr. John for years, filmmaker and Baton Rouge native Lawrence Cumbo has hundreds of hours of footage from concerts, interviews, family reunions and tours. Slices of this material, along with highlights of Dr. John’s 2012 concert at the Opera House in Shepherdstown, W. Va., which Cumbo bought three years ago, … Continue reading →

Jimbo Mathus debuts new album in B.R., N.O.

Photo provided by Julie Arkenstone -- Jimbo Mathus

Much of the world met Jimbo Mathus through the Squirrel Nut Zippers, the late ’90s swing/gypsy jazz band that had an alternative rock hit with the single “Hell.” The group pre-dated the swing revival currently taking place on Frenchmen Street, but the band has been largely inactive since the early 2000s. The Mississippi-based Mathus has been … Continue reading →