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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 performes 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 →

Moon Honey plans to take a piece of La. with them to L. A.

Photo by Jessi Arnold --Andrew Martin, left, and Jessica Ramsey are Moon Honey

Baton Rouge progressive rock band Moon Honey is going west. After performing elaborate Baton Rouge concerts in the Manship Theatre and the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, hanging out with NPR music critic Ann Powers at the South By Southwest Music and Media Conference in Austin last March and receiving a rapturous album review from veteran New… Continue reading →

Dr. John and friends pay tribute to Louis Armstrong

Photo by BRUCE WEBER -- Dr. John

One New Orleans music great honors another in “Ske-Dat-De-Dat … The Spirit of Satch.” To be released Tuesday, the album, Dr. John’s tribute to Louis Armstrong, features 13 songs picked from the vastly influential repertoire of the beloved entertainer and jazz giant. A caravan of guest stars, many of them from New Orleans,… Continue reading →

Passionate sounds of Gipsy Kings take U.S. by storm

Photo by PASCAL -- The Gipsy Kings are, from left, Patchai Reyes, Andre Reyes, Tonino Baliardo, Diego Baliardo, Nicolas Reyes, Pablo Reyes and Paco Baliardo.

Building from the traditional flamenco music of their Spanish Romani ancestors, France’s Gipsy Kings occupy a unique place in the world’s music. Featuring two bands of brothers, the Gipsy Kings blend their deep flamenco roots with Cuban, Brazilian and Middle Eastern music and European and American pop. The band’s breakthrough arrived with a self-titled 1987 album,… Continue reading →

Christina Perri in awe of success

Photo provided by Atlantic Records -- Christina Perri

Last week, Christina Perri returned to the TV studio where her gold and multi-platinum-selling music career began. She performed her latest single, “Burning Gold,” on Fox’s dance competition show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Events in the 27-year-old singer-songwriter’s own life inspired “Burning Gold.” “I’m setting fire to the life that I… Continue reading →

Duo works for veteran musician Hillman

Photo provided by Michael J. Media Group -- Chris Hillman, left, and Herb Pedersen

Chris Hillman flew high with the Byrds in the mid-1960s; helped launch alternative country music with Gram Parsons in the Flying Burrito Brothers in the late ’60s; joined Stephen Stills in the early ’70s to blend blues, rock and country in Manassas; reunited with fellow Byrds Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark in the McGuinn, Clark, and Hillman trio… Continue reading →

Kelley Mickwee brings made-in-Memphis music to Lafayette

Photo provided by Cary Baker -- Kelley Mickwee

Kelley Mickwee was a member of the folky duo Jed and Kelley for seven years and the all-female alternative-country quartet the Trishas for five years. Going solo was not in her plan. But last year, when the Austin-based Trishas took an indefinite hiatus, Mickwee was suddenly out of work. Launching her solo career was the quickest… Continue reading →

Spirited rocker is back at favorite nightclub

Photo provided -- The Sheiks

From the 1970s into the early ’80s, the hard-rocking Sheiks played New Orleans venues such as Jimmy’s Music Club and Ole Man River’s as well as the I-55 corridor from New Orleans to Chicago. Singer-songwriter Michael O’Hara, decked out in Middle Eastern costume, was the band’s vibrant frontman. “People compared me to Mick Jagger and Tina… Continue reading →

A pensive, furious visit from goth rocker Nick Cave

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Nick Cave performs with his group Bad Seeds at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans, La. Monday, July 21, 2014.

Rock-star slim and dressed in a black suit, Nick Cave brought post-punk menace and a charismatic preacher-man persona to the Mahalia Jackson Theater on Monday night. Performing with a six-man band that produced subtle atmospherics and pulverizing musical violence, Cave lurched and strode all over the stage on spindly legs. Like a species of wading bird,… Continue reading →

Jason Mraz takes listeners on acoustic ride

Associated Press file photo -- Jason Mraz

On his fifth studio album, singer-songwriter Jason Mraz returns to familiar lyrical territory, exploring the highs and lows of love in his bright, folk-pop style. This time, though, the sound is both richer and more stripped down — an acoustic ride enriched by the vocals, strings and percussion of his partners on the… Continue reading →

Rotary Downs: Progressive rock from the Crescent City

Photo by CORD MCPHAIL -- Rotary Downs members are, back row from left, Zack Smith, James Marler and Jason Rhein; front row, Chris Colombo, Alex Smith and Anthony Cuccia.

In Rotary Downs, New Orleans has a modern-rock band worthy of the world’s notice. The group’s new album, “Traces,” is a great example of its meticulously constructed pop-rock, distilled into short, fetching songs. “I hope you’ve got some good headphones,” Rotary Downs drummer Zack Smith said. “That thing is meant for the hi-fi.” “Traces”… Continue reading →

Wilson’s train nearly derails Richie’s finale at Essence

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Lionel Richie performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, July 6, 2014.

Singer, songwriter and pianist Lionel Richie created an amazing catalog of hits. He performed many of them Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during closing night of the 20th Essence Festival. But Richie’s music sales in the millions and popularity that rivaled his 1980s peers Prince and Michael Jackson couldn’t stop the party train led by… Continue reading →

Prince thrills Essence Festival crowd at Superdome

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Prince performs during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 4, 2014.

Prince launched his much-anticipated Friday night show at the Essence Festival with a promise that was easy to keep. “We’re going to play 14 hits in a row,” he told his Essence audience, which filled every available seat in the sold-out Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Prince and 3rd Eye Girl, the all-girl trio he’s been working… Continue reading →

Robert Glasper brings ‘Black Radio’ to Essence

Photo by JANETTE BECKMAN -- Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper’s genre-defying “Black Radio” won a Grammy Award last year for best R&B album. Keyboardist Glasper collaborated with star vocalists for the project, including Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Bilal and Yasiin Bey. The entrancing hybrid of R&B, jazz and hip-hop earned critics’ praise, and its first single, “Ah Yeah,” featuring… Continue reading →

New Jerry Lee Lewis album due Oct. 28

Photo provided by Vanguard Records -- Jerry Lee Lewis' new album 'Rock & Roll Time' will be released Oct. 28.

Jerry Lee Lewis, the 77-year-old rock ’n’ roll pioneer from Ferriday, will release a new album, “Rock & Roll Time,” Oct. 28. The album’s guest stars include New Orleans keyboard player Ivan Neville, Rolling Stones members Keith Richards and Ron Wood, Robbie Robertson, Neil Young, Shelby Lynne, Nils Lofgren, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II and producer and… Continue reading →

New Jerry Lee Lewis album due Oct. 28

Photo provided by Vanguard Records -- Jerry Lee Lewis' new album 'Rock & Roll Time' will be released Oct. 28.

Jerry Lee Lewis, the 78-year-old rock ’n’ roll pioneer from Ferriday, will release a new album, ‘Rock & Roll Time,’ Oct. 28. The album’s guest stars include New Orleans keyboard player Ivan Neville, Rolling Stones members Keith Richards and Ron Wood, Robbie Robertson, Neil Young, Shelby Lynne, Nils Lofgren, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II and producer and former… Continue reading →