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Billy Joe Shaver returns to writing with another autobiographical album

Photo by JIM MCGUIRE -- Billy Joe Shaver

In August, Texas singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver released “Long in the Tooth,” his first album since 2008. Shaver, who hit a landmark birthday on Aug. 16, really loves his new batch of songs. As usual, they’re autobiographical. “To be honest, you almost have to write about yourself,” Shaver said from Waco, his home in the heart… Continue reading →

An evening with Diana Ross at the Saenger

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Diana Ross performs in the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts in 2013.

Diana Ross is making her third Louisiana appearance in recent years at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans Saturday. The queen of Berry Gordy’s Motown Records empire in the 1960s, Ross previously performed at the Saenger and the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre in 2013. Ross, of course, led Motown’s most successful act,… Continue reading →

Grammy-winner Ryan Bingham cherishes freedom of the West

Photo by Anna Axster -- Ryan Bingham

In 2010, Americana singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham, with co-writer T Bone Burnett, won the Grammy for Best Original Song for “The Weary Kind,” the theme song for the Jeff Bridges film “Crazy Heart.” He doesn’t know where the trophy is, nor does he know what it did for him.… Continue reading →

The Gibson Brothers bring concept album, ‘Brotherhood,’ to life

Photo by JIM MCGUIRE -- The Gibson Brothers

“Brotherhood” is the album Eric and Leigh Gibson wanted to make for years. Usually, The Gibson Brothers write their own songs, but with “Brotherhood,” they interpret songs by bluegrass greats the Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, The Monroe Brothers and the Louvin Brothers. “We talked about it for maybe 10… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch calendar for Feb. 27-March 5, 2015

File photo -- The Lost Bayou Ramblers and their musical friend Gordon Gamo (of Violent Femmes fame) are performing three upcoming shows in Louisiana: Friday at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans; Saturday at the Spanish Moon in Baton Rouge and Sunday at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Feb. 27-March 5, 2015. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →

Weekend shows to benefit Red Dragon Listening Room

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Chris and Liz Maxwell are the founders of the Red Dragon Listening Room.

Music lover Chris Maxwell opened the original Red Dragon Listening Room location in 2003. He wanted to fill the void left by the closing of Marian Pickett’s M’s Fine and Mellow Café in 2002. Pickett’s Third Street music venue and restaurant was a listening room. If patrons were too loud during performances, Pickett shushed them herself.… Continue reading →

LSU Symphonic Winds presents multimedia ‘Cartoon Concert’

Photo by Dennis Llinas -- Members of the LSU Symphonic Winds rehearse the

The episode’s title was “Rabbit of Seville,” where Elmer Fudd chases Bugs Bunny through the stage door of the Hollywood Bowl. Bugs tricks his adversary into going on stage, where their chase is punctuated by the overture to Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” which the LSU Symphonic Winds will perform immediately… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Feb. 20-26, 2015

PRNewsFoto -- Michael Bolton --Singing star Michael Bolton performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at L’Auberge Casino.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Feb. 20-26, 2015. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →

Bonerama covers Led Zeppelin

Photo by Chuck Cook -- Bonerama

The trombone-led rock/funk band Bonerama first made its mark with a 2001 cover of the Edgar Winter Group’s instrumental, “Frankenstein,” and it has rearranged other greatest hits of rock, by Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix and The Allman Brothers, to name a few. On Friday at the House of Blues, Bonerama will double down on its classic… Continue reading →

Drake’s album lays down promising ground work

Invision/AP file photo -- Drake

Drake IF YOU’RE READING THIS IT’S TOO LATE For as long as Drake’s been around, almost everything about him — his Mr. Sensitive image, his sweater collection, his cheesy photos with various professional athletes — has been the subject of a never-ending stream of Internet memes. Still, Drake and his talent are no joke, and… Continue reading →

Eddie Murphy looks to get back into groove with music

/Invision/AP file photo -- Eddie Murphy addresses the audience at the close of 'Eddie Murphy: One Night Only,' a celebration of Murphy's career, in 2012.

Eddie Murphy biggest success in music came on his first try, with the 1985 smash “Party All the Time.” After that, not much was heard from the entertainer on the musical front — but he kept on plugging away at it out of the spotlight. “When I’m not acting and being funny,… Continue reading →

Kenny G wants in on traditional jazz radio, Hollywood

Invision/AP file photo -- Kenny G

Kenny G still has something to prove. The biggest-selling instrumental artist of the modern era is recognized worldwide — particularly in China — for his smooth saxophone skills and trademark mop of curly hair. Sure, he’s long been a punch line for “South Park” and musical purists, but generally laughs off… Continue reading →

Essence Festival in New Orleans to feature Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu

Mary J. Blige performs at the BET Honors 2015 at Warner Theater on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015in Washington. (Photo by Kevin Wolf/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: DCKW130

The Essence Festival announced its first round of 2015 talent Wednesday. The musical component of the 21st Essence Festival, taking place July 2-5 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, will include rap star Kendrick Lamar, in his Essence debut, and returning Essence favorite Mary J. Blige. Other artists will include rapper-actor Common, whose collaboration with singer… Continue reading →

Joe Nichols returns to La. for Texas Club show

Photo by FORD FAIRCHILD -- Joe Nichols

Country singer Joe Nichols, whose No. 1 hits include “Yeah,” “Brokenheartsville” and “Sunny and 75,” doesn’t get to Louisiana as often as he’d like. When he does reach the state, he makes it count. Nichols’ previous Baton Rouge engagements include two Bayou Country Superfest performances in LSU’s Tiger Stadium and a somewhat smaller gig… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Feb. 13-19, 2015

Photo provided by Henry Turner Jr.-- Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor -- Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor, Jah Niceness, Jonathon 'Boogie' Long, Carlo Ditta and the Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians are among the many performers who’ll appear 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday in North Boulevard Town Square during the 'Ultimate Louisiana Mardi Gras Party.'

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Feb. 13-19, 2015. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →

‘Fifty Shades’ soundtrack is a sexy romp

Prepare to get crazy in love, in lust and everything in between. Anticipated sex romp ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ may or may not get you wound up, but its soundtrack is bound to do just that. The 16-track album finds itself mired in an intoxicating sound… Continue reading →

Sounds of the ’80s inspire four siblings in Echosmith

Photo by NICOLE NODLAND -- Echosmith

In November, Echosmith, a young band with a hot career, celebrated sales of 1 million for “Cool Kids.” “Cool Kids” went Top 10 at Top 40 radio and Top 10 on the iTunes singles chart. The song shows how influenced the Los Angeles-based Echosmith is by the melodic British pop music of the 1980s.… Continue reading →

All about the sax: SLU Music faculty produce CD

SLU Public Information Office photo by RANDY BERGERON -- Several current and former members of the Southeastern Louisiana University music faculty produced the new CD, 'Embers.' Seated is pianist and Interim Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Kenneth Boulton; and  standing, from left, Philip Schuessler, pianist; Stephen Suber, composer; and Kari Besharse, composer and overall coordinator of the project.

Kari Besharse, lecturer of music, composed the title piece for the new album, “Embers.” Besharse and several other current and former members of the Southeastern Louisiana University music program produced “Embers,” a CD of original music for saxophone with piano and electronic sound. “The work combines facets of contemporary music with new technological resources, traditional… Continue reading →

Yorn’s ‘You and Me’ tour heads for New Orleans

Photo provided by Shore Fire Media -- Pete Yorn

In this age of digital singles and music streaming, singer-songwriter Pete Yorn still believes in albums. “I still have this romantic notion of making a complete album,” the Los Angeles-based New Jersey native said. “I want to tell a whole story, all the way through. And I’m still into sequencing and the way that it will… Continue reading →

Huey Lewis & the News to perform at OLOL Foundation Gala

Huey Lewis performs at the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, in this July 7, 2000 file photo. Lewis is being sued by singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. for allegedly violating a confidentiality clause in a legal agreement the two had reached in a previous lawsuit over the No. 1 hit song ``Ghostbusters.''  (AP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini, File)       Keyword Arts

Huey Lewis & the News will perform March 26 at the 30th anniversary Our Lady of the Lake Foundation Gala at the River Center Exhibition Hall. The night begins with cocktails at 6:30, followed by dinner by chef John Folse at 7:30. Tickets for the black-tie-suggested/’80s-prom-attire-welcomed evening are $350 per person or $3,500 for a table of… Continue reading →

Friends of JoAnn Lintzen will remember her at crooner Johnny Mathis’ Saturday show

Photo provided by DON LINTZEN --- Don Lintzen, whose wife, JoAnn, died last November, is remembering his wife on Valentine's Day by taking those who helped care for his wife during her illness to the Johnny Mathis show at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre.

Don Lintzen and wife JoAnn were big fans of Johnny Mathis and always said if he ever came to Baton Rouge for a concert they’d be there. Shortly after JoAnn passed away in November, Don Lintzen saw an ad in The Advocate that the singer known for his romantic ballads would be appearing here on Valentine’s night.… Continue reading →

Louisiana Youth Orchestra highlights music from ‘Phantom’

Advocate file photo -- Conductor David Torns introduces the Louisiana Youth Orchestras at a past concert.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Phantom is in the building, and the Louisiana Youth Orchestra is ready to play his music of the night. “The kids were so excited when they found out we’d be playing this music,” David Torns says. “They know the songs, and it’s a lot of fun for them.” Torns has… Continue reading →

Classic rocker Bob Seger set to ‘Ride Out’ to Lafayette

Photo by CLAY PATRICK MCBRIDE -- Bob Seger

Following years of road and studio work, classic rocker Bob Seger hit his stride in the 1970s and ’80s with a long run of rootsy, heartfelt hits from the heartland. Seger’s breakthrough came in 1976 via his in-concert album, “Live Bullet.” Recorded in front of a Seger-loving crowd in Detroit, “Live Bullet” features songs from his… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Feb. 6-12, 2015

Photo provided by Green Frog Music -- Preston Summerville -- Country singer Preston Summerville is part of the Pepsi on the Rise Tour stopping at the Roux House on Saturday night. Also on the tour are Kirstie Lovelady and Them Pretty Roses.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Feb. 6-12, 2015. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →

Celebrating ‘Marley Gras’ with a One Love tribute

Photo provided by One Love Brass Band -- One Love Brass Band

One Love Brass Band blends Jamaican reggae and ska with New Orleans brass and rhythm. The group will celebrate the 70th birthday of the late reggae music star Bob Marley on Friday at the Little Gem Saloon with the first Marley Gras. Reggae’s most revered artist, Marley was born Feb. 6, 1945. At… Continue reading →

Lafayette musician revels in receiving two Grammy nods

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette violin shop owner and musician Anya Burgess plays with two bands, Bonsoir, Catin and the Magnolia Sisters, whose albums have been nominated for Grammy Awards. Burgess' son, Silas, is at right.

Singer-fiddler Anya Burgess performs with two Cajun bands, the all-female quartet the Magnolia Sisters and the mostly female, six-member Bonsoir, Catin. In December, the Magnolia Sisters and Bonsoir, Catin received Grammy nominations in the best regional roots music album category. Another Cajun act, Jo-El Sonnier, is nominated in the same category. That… Continue reading →

Singer-songwriter Hitchcock dialing down the noise for N.O. show

Photo by Laura Partrain -- Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock, following decades of making smart psychedelic-pop-folk-rock, has mostly left the rock world. When he makes a rare New Orleans appearance Tuesday at One Eyed Jacks, Hitchcock will do so solo, accompanying himself with a quiet acoustic guitar. It’s likely that his girlfriend, Australian country singer Emma Swift, will add some… Continue reading →

Bayou Country Superfest single-day tickets now available

Advocate file photo --  Kenny Chesney entertains thousands during the 2010 Bayou Country Superfest in LSU's Tiger Stadium.

Single-day tickets for Bayou Country Superfest are on sale. Superfest, featuring Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and more is Memorial Day weekend, May 23-24, at LSU’s Tiger Stadium. Tickets are available through BayouCountrySuperfest.com, AXS.com or by calling AXS at (888) 611-8184. Special stage-front, standing-room tickets in an area called the Golden… Continue reading →

Lenny Kravitz added to Jazz Fest

Singer Lenny Kravitz talks with Jamie Foxx on Foxxs SiriusXM show Friday Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix. Kravitz is performing alongside Katy Perry in the halftime show during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday and said he is rooting for the Seattle Seahawks. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Rock star Lenny Kravitz, who performed a duet with Katy Perry at the Super Bowl on Sunday, has been added to the 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival lineup. Kravitz previously performed at the festival in 2004. He will appear Sunday, May 3, at the Fair Grounds Race Course. Previously… Continue reading →

Michael Foster combines jazz, dinner for free fun at Roux House

Advocate photo by LESLIE ROSE -- Guest saxophonist Wes 'Warmdaddy' Anderson performs for the first Red Bean Monday event at the Roux House.

Mondays in Louisiana have always been all about the red beans. Now, thanks to Michael Foster, Baton Rougeans can enjoy a free evening of live jazz with their free meal from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday at the Roux House, 143 Third St. The event, “Red Beans and… Continue reading →

St. Paul and the Broken Bones surprises audiences with neo-soul sound, energy

Photo by DAVE MCCLISTER -- St. Paul and the Broken Bones

St. Paul and the Broken Bones, a quickly rising neo-soul band from Birmingham, Alabama, has a famous fan in the soon-to-retire TV talk-show host David Letterman. Earlier this month, astute music lover Letterman praised the band during an unprecedented two minute-plus introduction to the group’s “Late Show With David Letterman” debut. “Are… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2015

Photo provided by Phat Hat – Phat Hat -- Baton Rouge funk ’n’ soul band Phat Hat performs Saturday at the Varsity Theatre. Jordy Searcy opens the show.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2015. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →

Captain Green celebrates fifth anniversary, second album

Photo provided by Captain Green -- Captain Green

Baton Rouge’s funk-jazz-fusion sextet, the adventurous Captain Green, will celebrate its second album Friday night at the Varsity Theatre. “Protect Each Other Together” runs more than an hour, even though it contains only six selections. Four of the tracks last between 10 and 17 minutes. And there’s no singing. “We like the freedom we… Continue reading →

New Orleans composer Terence Blanchard adds another film to his resume

Photo by VINCENT ISOLA -- Terence Blanchard

The latest movie score by New Orleans composer, trumpeter and Grammy-winning recording artist Terence Blanchard graces the drama “Black or White.” Opening Friday, the New Orleans-filmed “Black or White” stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. The two Oscar winners play maternal and paternal grandparents engaged in a custody fight for their granddaughter. Blanchard’s dozens… Continue reading →

Oscar-winning Irish musician, actor Glen Hansard to play N.O.

Photo provided by Anti- Records -- Glen  Hansard

Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, the Oscar-winning star of the 2007 movie musical “Once,” returns to New Orleans on Tuesday for an intimate performance at the Civic Theatre. The show will feature Hansard and a trio of musicians with whom he recorded his latest album, “Rhythm & Repose.” Hansard’s multi-tiered career includes 25 years of… Continue reading →

Revisiting a trip to New Orleans during Mardi Gras: Paul McCartney recalls ‘My Carnival’ on ‘Venus and Mars’ re-release

Photo by SidneySmithPhotos.com -- Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney, dressed as clowns for Mardi Gras, 1975

During the 1975 Carnival season in New Orleans, Paul McCartney celebrated his first and only Mardi Gras. Forty years ago this month, McCartney, his wife, Linda, and members of the former Beatle’s 1970s band, Wings, flew to New Orleans to record their fourth album, “Venus and Mars.” And on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1975,… Continue reading →

Paul McCartney recalls 1975 Mardi Gras, ‘My Carnival’ on ‘Venus and Mars’ re-release

Photo by SidneySmithPhotos.com -- Paul and Linda McCartney, masked as clowns for Mardi Gras in New Orleans, 1975.

During the 1975 Carnival season, Paul McCartney celebrated his Mardi Gras. Forty years ago this month, McCartney, his wife, Linda, and members of the former Beatle’s 1970s band, Wings, flew to New Orleans to record their fourth album, “Venus and Mars.” And on Mardi Gras Day, Feb. 11, 1975, the McCartneys waded into the holiday revelry, masking… Continue reading →

Southern’s Human Jukebox prepares for competition

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Southern University assistant director Kevin Taylor directs a portion of the marching band's on-campus rehearsal Jan. 15.

Rehearsal was supposed to begin at 7:30 p.m. but was pushed back to 8 p.m., and then even later. “We won’t be going outside until 9:30,” Southern University’s Director of Bands Nathan Haymer says. “We have some class schedule conflicts, so we’re having to accommodate for that.” “It’s worth it,” Wayne Matthews says. Even on… Continue reading →

Synth-pop Prom Date follows debut album with tour

Photo by BRIAN BAIAMONTE -- Prom DateFrom left to right, Nick Boudreau, Christine Peirce, David Fuller and Brett Burke

Prom Date began in Baton Rouge in the summer of 2007 as a piano-centric pop-rock band. The band’s sound evolved through the years, moving to the 1980s-inspired, electronic keyboard-based snyth-pop the group specializes in now. Following the August release of “Portraits,” Prom Date’s full-length album debut, the group has been touring the country and… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Jan. 23-29, 2015

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Florida Georgia Line -- The mega-country star duo known as Florida Georgia Line will perform Friday at the Cajundome in Lafayette. Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard are also on the show.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Jan. 23-29, 2015. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →

New Kids on the Block: New boy bands can learn from us

Invision/AP photo by CHARLES SYKES -- New Kids Kids On The Block members, from left, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Knight and Jordan Knight announce their 'The Main Event' tour at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday.

New Kids on the Block are ready to take new boy bands on the block to school. The Boston-based veteran group, which announced a summer tour with TLC and Nelly this week, said contemporary boy bands should check out their live concerts to learn from the experts. “As… Continue reading →

Billy Idol concert set for Wednesday at House of Blues in New Orleans postponed

Photo by Michael Muller -- Billy Idol

The Billy Idol concert scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the House of Blues has been postponed. The British singer’s Thursday show in Atlanta is also postponed. Idol, a House of Blues release stated, is suffering from a chest infection. He’s been told by a doctor to recover for a few days before taking the stage… Continue reading →

Victoria Williams feels at home in Louisiana

Photo provided by Lisa Mednick-Powell -- Victoria Williams with her band, from left, are Ryan Erskins, Williams, Kip Powell and Lisa Mednick-Powell.

In 1993, Shreveport singer-songwriter Victoria Williams became famous after Soul Asylum, Pearl Jam, Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed and other star musicians recorded an album of her songs. Admired though not widely known, Williams had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the spring of 1992 during a tour with Neil Young. “Sweet Relief: A Benefit for… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Jan. 16-22, 2015

Photo provided by Acadiana Center for the Arts -- Flaco Jimenéz, left, and Max Baca -- Flaco Jimenéz, a 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, will perform at the Acadiana Center for the Arts on Thursday, Jan. 22, and Friday, Jan. 23. Los Texmaniacs and the Revelers are also on the bill.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Jan. 16-22, 2015. It covers, rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →

Meghan Trainor doo-wops to death on ‘Title’

Associated Press photo by Evan Agostini -- Meghan Trainor

There’s plenty to like about Meghan Trainor’s first full-length album, “Title.” The set, which includes music from a previously released EP of the same name, serves up all the doo-wop sass that hooked fans on the singer-songwriter’s Grammy-nominated hit, “All About That Bass.” Jump to almost any track on “Title” and you’ll… Continue reading →