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2016 Baton Rouge Blues Festival expands to two days

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Kenny Acosta & the Home Reckers perform during the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015, at the Baton Rouge River Center. The festival was moved indoors due to inclement weather which brought rain into the metro are Saturday afternoon. The 2016 festival will expand to two days.

For the first time since 1994, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival will be a two-day event. The 2016 festival is scheduled for April 9 and April 10. The talent lineup will be announced early next year. “One of our main goals for the Baton Rouge Blues Festival has been to add significant layers of festival programming… Continue reading →

Lil Wayne to perform at the Cajundome on Jan. 29

Recording artist Lil Wayne speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the opening of a new skateboard park he helped finance along with Glu Agency and Mountain Dew, in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Lil Wayne, the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum rapper, will perform at the Cajundome Jan. 29. The Lafayette show is part of the New Orleans rapper star’s 19-date “The Dedication Tour,” which also includes a Jan. 31 stop at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City. According to a press release, “The Dedication Tour” is a personal thank you… Continue reading →

Rayo Brothers bring new energy to country

Photo provided by Jesse Reaux -- The Rayo Brothers will perform at NiteTown Friday night with singer-songwriter Dustin Sonnier.

Acadiana brothers Jesse and Daniel Reaux might well have become Cajun musicians. They are first cousins to Lost Bayou Ramblers band members Andre and Louis Michot, and their uncles are in Les Frères Michot. But rather than play Cajun music, The Rayo Brothers proudly perform folk-rock, outlaw country, Americana and rock music. Jesse Reaux… Continue reading →

Al Berard Music Festival returns

Photo by Ron Berard -- Al Berard is known for performing with many Cajun bands. A festival in his honor returns to Henderson this weekend.

Laura Huval’s childhood was filled with a love of music and family. Huval’s late father was Cajun music legend and Grammy-nominee Al “Pyook” Berard. Her family home in Cecilia was often littered with numerous instruments — electric and acoustic guitars and fiddles, all of which her father had mastered over the years. Berard spent his life… Continue reading →

Givers finds a ‘New Kingdom’

Photo provided by Girlie Action Media -- Givers is, from left, Taylor Guarisco, Josh LeBlanc and Tiffany Lamson.

Originally from Lafayette, the New Orleans-based pop band Givers devoted 18 months to crafting their lush new album, “New Kingdom.” Writing and recording took place on location in rented homes in Beech Mountain, North Carolina, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as well as Dockside Studio in Maurice and Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans.… Continue reading →

Vanessa Carlton coming to Spanish Moon in February

Photo provided by Venessa Carlton -- Singer-songwriter Venessa Carlton will perform in Baton Rouge in February.

She would walk a thousand miles. Although, at this point in her career, she would probably rather you not bring up that song. Vanessa Carlton, the 35-year-old Grammy nominated singer-songwriter behind the hit song “A Thousand Miles,” is touring behind her newly-released fifth album, “Liberman.” Early next year, she’ll hit the Spanish Moon stage.… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: Jeff Lynne, Kirk Franklin

This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows "Alone In The Universe," by Jeff Lynne's ELO. (Columbia Records via AP)

If it sounds like ELO, feels like ELO and plays like ELO, then it must be “Alone In the Universe” by Jeff Lynne’s ELO, as it is now called. Branding strategies aside, Lynne has long personified the Electric Light Orchestra and his first new songs under a similar… Continue reading →

Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell to launch Louisiana Crossroads series in Lafayette

Photo by MICHAEL WEINTROB -- – Rhiannon Giddens

After Rhiannon Giddens performed at the “Another Day, Another Time” concert in New York City in 2013, a golden opportunity came her way. Giddens, a singing, banjo- and fiddle-playing member of the Grammy-winning string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, sang Odetta’s “Water Boy” that night during a celebration of folk music heard in the Coen… Continue reading →

One on One: Danny Bourque, a.k.a. Glitch Black

Photo provided by Danny Bourque -- The cover of Glitch Black's 'Death Spiral.'

If you’re a thirtysomething, you’re no doubt familiar with those video game themes. You know the type — the 8-bit, crushed synth scores that loop with intensity as you battle a boss. The hooks are no doubt present in the theme songs and sound effects of “Super Mario Bros.” and “F-Zero,” two old Nintendo games that… Continue reading →

‘Save a Prayer’ for these Eagles

Photo by Barry Brecheisen -- This Associated Press file photo shows Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal performing in Chicago. Hughes was scheduled to perform, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, with the band at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where patrons were taken hostage.

Eagles of Death Metal is a band known for its mix of wit and riffs. Now, the band will be forever associated with a devastating series of attacks in Paris. The California-based band, led by Jesse Hughes, was performing at the Bataclan, a theater located in eastern Paris, last Friday night, when one of… Continue reading →

Album reviews: Justin Bieber, One Direction

This CD cover image released by Def Jam Records shows "Purpose," the latest release by Justin Bieber. (Def Jam via AP)

Justin Bieber’s new album is peppered with songs full of apologies and redemption. The troubled star claims he’s changed. And maybe he has. Or not. But one thing’s for sure — his music has gotten better. So much better. “Purpose,” Bieber’s first album since 2013’s R&B-influenced “Journals,” finds the 21-year-old edging… Continue reading →

Visitation, tribute for Allen Toussaint will be held Friday at the Orpheum Theater

FILE - In this June 16, 2011 file photo, Allen Toussaint performs onstage at the 42nd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards in New York. Legendary New Orleans musician and composer Allen Toussaint has died after suffering a heart attack following a concert he performed in the Spanish capital. Madrid emergency services spokesman Javier Ayuso says rescue workers were called to Toussaint's hotel early Monday Nov. 9, 2015 and managed to revive him after he suffered a heart attack but he stopped breathing during the ambulance ride to a hospital and efforts to revive him again were unsuccessful. Toussaint performed Sunday night at Madrid's Lara Theater. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

Visitation and a musical tribute for New Orleans songwriter, producer and pianist Allen Toussaint will be held Friday at the Orpheum Theatre. Toussaint died Nov. 10 of a heart attack after a performance in Madrid, Spain. Visitation will take place from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the Orpheum, 129 Roosevelt Way. A… Continue reading →

NOAAHH benefit will be a tribute to Allen Toussaint

AP file photo by Evan Agostini -- Paul Simon

Allen Toussaint and Paul Simon were originally scheduled to co-headline the Dec. 8 benefit concert for New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness. Following Toussaint’s death on Nov. 10 in Spain, the benefit is being recast as a tribute to the beloved New Orleans songwriter, pianist, producer and performer. The event’s new title is… Continue reading →

New Allen Toussaint album to be released in 2016

Photo provided -- Allen Toussaint

Nonesuch Records will release a new album by Allen Toussaint sometime in 2016. The label issued a statement in conjunction with the album’s producer, Joe Henry, who previously produced Toussaint’s Grammy-nominated 2009 release, “The Bright Mississippi.” Toussaint, 77, died of a heart attack on Nov. 10 following a concert in Madrid, Spain. In the… Continue reading →

Still Rockin’: Actor/musician/author Rick Springfield takes our questions

Photo provided by Kim Jakwerth -- Rick Springfield will perform at L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge Friday night.

Recording star Rick Springfield has sold more than 25 million records. “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” “Human Touch” and the Grammy-winning “Jessie’s Girl” are a few of his 17 Top 40 hits. An actor, too, the Australian native’s credits include Dr. Noah Drake… Continue reading →

Carlene Carter carries her family’s musical legacy

Photo by RACHEL FRAMINGHEDDU MURRAY -- Carlene Carter performs at Manship Theatre on Friday.

With her 2014 album, “Carter Girl,” Carlene Carter embraced and perpetuated her legacy. Carter is the daughter of June Carter Cash and 1960s country star Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash and granddaughter of country music pioneer “Mother” Maybelle Carter. “Carter Girl” holds three generations of Carter family songs. They were previously performed… Continue reading →

A beautiful spirit: The world mourns death of Allen Toussaint

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Allen Toussaint performs on the Acura Stage on the second Saturday of Jazz Fest 2014 in New Orleans, La. Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Allen Toussaint, a beloved New Orleans music icon, died Monday in Europe, according to reports. The singer-songwriter was 77. Toussaint was on tour in Spain and died after a performance Monday at Madrid’s Lara Theater. The Associated Press reported that Toussaint suffered a heart attack. A songwriter, pianist, producer, arranger and late-blooming frontman,… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: Ellie Goulding, Tim McGraw

Photo provided by Interscope Records -- This is the cover image of 'Delirium,' a new album by Ellie Goulding.

2With “Delirium,” her third album, British singer Ellie Goulding has put together what’s essentially a playlist of singles destined for frequent repeat on the radio and in the clubs, all with catchy rhythms and her “this can only be Ellie Goulding singing” distinctive vocal style. She’s pulled out the big guns,… Continue reading →

Country star Jason Aldean, 2016 Bayou Country Superfest performer, wore blackface makeup as Lil Wayne for Halloween

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Jason Aldean performs Sunday, May 25, 2014, during the third day of Bayou Country Superfest inside Tiger Stadium at LSU. ORG XMIT: BAT1405252327472977

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Jason Aldean, scheduled to perform at the 2016 Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge, dressed as rapper Lil Wayne as a Halloween costume, a representative confirmed after a photo surfaced of him wearing blackface makeup and a wig with dreadlocks. The picture, first posted by the website, showed… Continue reading →

Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church to headline 2016 Bayou Country Superfest

FILE - In this April 25, 2014 file photo, Eric Church performs during his headlining set on day one of the 2014 Stagecoach Music Festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif.  Church, who has five nominations for the 2015 CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, is nominated for the top prize, entertainer of the year, pitting him against Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and last year?s winner, Luke Bryan. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Eric Church will headline Bayou Country Superfest in LSU’s Tiger Stadium during the 2016 Memorial Day weekend. Other performers at Superfest, which is expanding to three days for the second time in its seven years, include Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.… Continue reading →

Poetic Justice: Tank and the Bangas are on the rise

Photo by GUS BENNETT JR. -- Tank and the Bangas From left to right,Norman Spence Bass, Joshua Johnson, Tarriona 'Tank' Ball, Albert Allen, Merell Burkett

Tank and the Bangas — the funky, jazzy, theatrical, playful New Orleans ensemble featuring slam poet-turned-singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball — returns to Baton Rouge on Friday for a show at Chelsea’s Cafe. This year has been a good one for Tank and the Bangas. The group followed its Essence Festival debut with three months of performances… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: Joanna Newsom, EL VY

Photo provided by Drag City -- This CD cover released by Drag City shows "Divers," the latest release by Joanna Newsom.

In our age of acronyms, emoticons and disappearing messages, “Divers,” Joanna Newsom’s first album since 2010, is an ancient codex providing an opportunity for submersion deep into its folds or to just float safely on its surface. Both can be equally rewarding experiences. Occasionally reining back her usual preference… Continue reading →

Jazz genius: Manship Theatre to screen new Bill Evans documentary

Photo provided -- Jazz pianist Bill Evans is the subject of new documentary showing Sunday at  the Manship Theatre.

For 25 years, Bruce Spiegel’s work as an editor and producer at CBS mostly consisted of “48 Hours” episodes with titles such as “Perilous Journey,” “Fateful Connection” and “A Daughter, A Mortgage and Two Murders.” Occasionally, Spiegel worked on projects that meant something to him on a personal level. They include “9/11,” a 2002 documentary that… Continue reading →

City Park’s magical vibe sets the stage for Voodoo

File photo -- Skrillex, of Jack U, plays at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Voodoo.

Stephen Rehage is a big fan of City Park. That’s a lucky thing; as the founder and producer of the Voodoo Experience, the 2015 edition of which kicks off Friday, Oct. 30, he’s had to spend a good chunk of time there since the festival’s inception in 1999. “There’s an amazing… Continue reading →

Ozzy Osbourne plays Voodoo on Saturday

When Ozzy Osbourne plays the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Halloween, it won’t be with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Black Sabbath. Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with cancer late last year, and his health has curtailed his musical activities. The band plans one final tour, which Osbourne… Continue reading →

Natural-born rebels: John Lydon and Public Image Ltd.

Photo by PAUL HEARTFIELD -- Public Image Ltd. is, from left, Bruce Smith, Scott Firth, John Lydon and Lu Edmonds.

Since 2009, John Lydon’s musical focus has been the resurrected Public Image Ltd. Lydon launched Public Image Ltd. in 1978, shortly after he quit The Sex Pistols, the pioneering British punk band that introduced him to the world in the snarling guise of Johnny Rotten. Public Image Ltd. is a marquee attraction at this… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2015

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Johnny Sansone, seen performing at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April, is among the many performers at this year's Hemingbough Blues Festival. The festival runs 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Sunday at Hemingbough in St. Francisville.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2015. It covers plays, shows, parties, family-oriented entertainment and everything in between. Continue reading →