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Get on the floor! Mystikal to perform at The Varsity

Photo provided by Mystikal -- New Orleans rapper Mystikal will perform at Varsity Theatre on Friday.

Danger! Mystikal, the New Orleans rapper and actor, known for hits such as “Shake It Fast” and “Here I Go,” will perform at 9 p.m. on Friday at the Varsity Theatre. The show also features performances from Baton Rouge rapper Adam Dollar$ and Kool DJ Supa Mike. Mystikal, a.k.a. Michael Tyler,… Continue reading →

Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne take the stage Sunday

Photo provided by Columbia Artists Management – Joan Osborne performs Sunday at Manship Theatre as part of the Solid Soul tour with Mavis Staples.

Mavis Staples, the classic soul and gospel singer from Chicago, and Joan Osborne, who’s had a soulful career of her own, combine their musical resources for the “Solid Soul” tour. Running through November, the tour began Sept. 25 at The Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Sunday, it reaches the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge.… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: Janet Jackson, Protomartyr

Janet Jackson - File photo

“It was in summer that you left me, the fall and winter never felt so cold, and Lord knows words can never express it, life feels so empty, I miss you much,” Janet Jackson sings about her late brother, Michael Jackson. “Painful tears like never before, we can’t laugh together till… Continue reading →

Dwight Yoakam back on the road with ‘Second Hand Heart’

Photo by Emily Joyce -- Dwight Yoakam will perform Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans.

After the April release of Dwight Yoakam’s “Second Hand Heart,” a splendid album-length dose of his country-rock-pop music, he and his band stayed steady on the road. Last week, Yoakam found spending a few rare days at home more challenging than anything he usually encounters during his travels. “Which is why I get ambushed by… Continue reading →

On second thought, OneRepublic will not perform an LSU halftime show

Photo by Eric Risberg --  OneRepublic perform at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco in early September. The band will not perform at the LSU-Florida halftime show.

OneRepublic will not perform in Tiger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 17. The band’s appearance was scheduled for halftime of the LSU-Florida game. According to LSU and the show promoter, College Live, the parties were “unable to abide by the contractual terms.” In an alternate universe, the entire LSU fanbase telephoned OneRepublic singer Ryan Tedder… Continue reading →

Halftime show featuring OneRepublic at LSU-Florida game canceled

The halftime show featuring OneRepublic in Tiger Stadium has been canceled, the LSU Athletic Department said Tuesday. The popular rock band had been scheduled to perform with LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland during halftime on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the LSU-Florida game. According to LSU, the show promoter, College Live, was “unable to abide by the contractural terms.”… Continue reading →

Selena Gomez sets Smoothie King Center show for June 14

Actress and pop star Selena Gomez leaves BBC Broadcasting House in London, where she performed on Radio 1's Live Lounge, Friday Sept. 25, 2015. (Yui Mok/ PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES ORG XMIT: LON810

Pop singing star and actress Selena Gomez will bring her “Revival” tour to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on June 14. The 41-city North American tour opens May 6 in Las Vegas. Stops will include the major markets New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. International dates will be… Continue reading →

Local band Burris’ sound ‘Meant to Be’

Photo provided by Chris Hochkeppel -- Burris is (from left) Ben Herrington, Anton Zholondz, Scott Graves, Chris Hochkeppel, Matt Murray, Kevin McMann and Robert Kling

Chris Hochkeppel, singer and principal songwriter in local jazz-rock-funk band Burris, doesn’t mind that the group may never release mega-hits. “We want to play music that we enjoy, that’s fun for us every time we play,” Hochkeppel said. “We don’t want to sacrifice the quality of the music for the enjoyment of the fans.”… Continue reading →

The opening act Friday: Daria and the Hip Drops

Photo provided by Daria Dzurik -- Daria and the Hip Drops feature singer and steelpans player Daria Dzurik, center.

Daria Dzurik throws a curve into the familiar pop singer-songwriter scenario: She plays steelpans. Also known as steel drums or pans, the pitched percussion instruments produce bell-like tones when struck with mallets. Dzurik leads the New Orleans-based Daria and the Hip Drops, which opens for Baton Rouge band Burris on Friday… Continue reading →

Her everything: Ariana Grande to perform in N.O.

Photo by Chris Pizzello -- Ariana Grande performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas.

At 8, South Florida-born pop/rhythm-and-blues star Ariana Grande was a professional singer. At 13, she was on Broadway. At 22, she’s headlining arenas throughout the world. Grande’s “Honeymoon Tour” tour comes to the Smoothie King Center on Friday, Oct. 9. The tour follows the many hits the five-foot-tall singer released in the past two years. They… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: George Strait, Don Henley, Kurt Vile

Photo provided by MCA Nashville -- This is the cover image of George Strait's 'Cold Beer Conversation.'

George Strait COLD BEER CONVERSATION George Strait — the old-school, traditional, consistent, semi-retired Country Music Hall of Fame member — might be the last person anyone would expect to join the trend-conscious movement of stars dropping a completed album with no advanced notice. The surprises don’t end there. “Cold Beer Conversation” finds the Texas legend… Continue reading →

Shows to Watch for Oct. 2-8, 2015

Photo provided by Shorefire -- Houndmouth, an indie-rock band that's made TV appearances with David Letterman and Conan O'Brien, performs Wednesday at The Varsity.

The Shows to Watch calendar is a listing of events taking place in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas from Oct. 2-8, 2015. It covers rock, reggae, jazz, country and everything in between. Continue reading →

Men of the hour: Cherub to perform at The Varsity

Photo provided by Cherub -- The electro indie-rock duo Cherub performs Thursday, Oct. 1 at The Varsity.

Cherub doesn’t create stereotypical music from Nashville. These days, the pop-funk-dance duo is among the many examples of non-country music made in Music City. Featuring Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, Cherub sees Prince, for instance, as a primary influence, not Garth Brooks. The duo’s debt to Prince is obvious in its breakthrough song, “Doses… Continue reading →

Sweet, Nasty, Funk: Earphunk talks new album

Photo by Zack Smith -- Earphunk performs Friday at The Varsity. Doors open at 8 p.m.

New Orleans-based prog-funk band Earphunk recorded its new album, “Sweet Nasty,” at one of Louisiana’s legendary studios, Bogalusa’s Studio in the Country. Opened in 1973, Studio in the Country has played host to everyone from Maze to Marilyn Manson, Stevie Wonder to Soul Asylum. The studio’s legacy and its proximity to New Orleans drew Continue reading →

Prescription for a good time: On Call

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- The band On Call performs at the Grouse Room on Sept. 11, 2015 in Lafayette, La.. The band made up of all doctors and nurses.

On Call is a seven-member group heavy on guitars, drums and, believe it or not, stethoscopes. Consisting of registered nurse Leah Stokes on lead vocals, drummer and pulmonologist Gary Guidry, heart doctors and guitarists Vernon Valentino and Rick Dearman, internists Steve Salopek and Bradley Chastant Jr., plus dermatologist Ronnie Daigle also on guitar, the group… Continue reading →

Album Reviews: Keith Richards, Battles and Ryan Adams

Photo by Marta Iwanek/The Canadian Press via AP -- Keith Richards smiles during the press conference for the film 'Keith Richards: Under the Influence' at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

At 71, Keith Richards steps up for a solo album that earns its place alongside both his and The Rolling Stones’ discography. Because Richards is Mick Jagger’s songwriting partner and guitarist in The Stones, “Crosseyed Heart,” Richards’ first solo album in 23 years, often plays like the… Continue reading →

Dr. John makes ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ guest appearance Tuesday

CBS photo by SKIP BOLEN -- 'NCIS: New Orleans' cast members gather around Grammy Award-winning artist Dr. John, front center, who's guest-starring on Tuesday's season premiere. From left, are Daryl 'Chill' Mitchell, Rob Kerkovich, Zoe McLellan, Scott Bakula, CCH Pounder, Lucas Black and Shalita Grant.

Dr. John will make a guest appearance in Tuesday night’s second-season premiere of “NCIS: New Orleans.” Averaging more than 15 million viewers per week, “NCIS: New Orleans” is broadcast television’s most successful drama in a decade. The series airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday on WAFB, Channel 9 (cable Channel 7 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette).… Continue reading →

Tambourine signed by ‘Late Show’ bandleader Jon Batiste to be auctioned by Stand Up To Cancer

Jon Batiste attends the 2nd Annual Discover Many Hopes gala at Canoe Studios on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: INVW

A tambourine signed by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” bandleader Jon Batiste and his bandmates is being auctioned by Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). All proceeds from the auction will benefit SU2C cancer research. The auction is via Auction Cause at auction website eBay ( Batiste, a native of Kenner, singer and keyboardist,… Continue reading →

Somethin’ New: Nouveaux Cajun Xpress

Photo provided by John Ortis -- Nouveaux Cajun Xpress -- From left to right, Butch Golsan, John Ortis, Butch Landry, Jesse Deroche and Clyde Thompson

Despite the “nouveau” in its name, Nouveaux Cajun Xpress has years of bandstand experience. Most of the Cajun music-rooted group spent more than decade with Rodney Thibodeaux and Tout Les Soir. In 2014, guitarist John Ortis, drummer Butch Golsan, bassist Butch Landry and fiddler Clyde Thompson left Tout Les Soir to form the Baton Rouge-based Continue reading →

The Mavericks kick off Manship Theatre’s 2015 season

Photo by J. Herrington -- The Mavericks are, from left, Eddie Perez, Paul Deakin, Jerry Dale McFadden and Raul Malo.

Featuring the soaring tenor voice of Cuban-born Raul Malo, The Mavericks are bringing their eclectic repertoire to the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge on Thursday, Sept. 24. Originally from Miami, the Nashville-based Mavericks expertly play a vast range of styles, including traditional country music, Cuban and Tex-Mex music, classic rock ’n’ roll and pop.… Continue reading →

Janet Jackson tour is coming to the Cajundome in Lafayette

Associated Press/Invision photo by Joel Ryan -- Six-time Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist  Janet Jackson will perform in Lafayette on May 28.

Here is some news that will make Janet Jackson fans wanna scream. The pop singer will perform at the Cajundome in Lafayette on May 28. The show is part of the singer’s “Unbreakable World Tour.” Tickets are $121.45, $86.45, $56.45 and $16.50. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, and will be available… Continue reading →

Sounding off: LSU band director Roy King

Photo by RACHEL SALTZBERG -- LSU band director Roy King

Since 2011, Roy King has directed the Golden Band from Tigerland. Looking back, he is still surprised at how he landed the gig. “It’s one of those situations where you can say you were in the right place at the right time,” he says, laughing. “I’d never planned on directing… Continue reading →

New concert shows ‘Hip Hop is Alive’ in BR

Photo provided by Marcel P. Black -- Marcel P. Black performs at Happy's Irish Pub downtown on Saturday as part of the Hip-Hop is Alive concert.

While mainstream rappers like Kevin Gates and Boosie continue to dominate the discussion on Baton Rouge rap, hip-hoppers in south Louisiana continue to go overlooked. Slowly, though, a select group of rappers are trying to change that. And Baton Rougeans can hear a taste of just what they have been missing this weekend. Continue reading →

Track Southern’s Human Jukeboxx with new app

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Marching Band drum major Keith Morgan leads the Human Jukebox in their halftime performance during the game between McKinley and Scotlandville high schools Friday.

Can’t get enough of Southern University’s Human Jukebox? There’s an app for that. The Human Jukebox mobile app is the first of its kind among area collegiate marching bands, connecting Southern’s band to its fans 24/7. Users don’t have to be one of the 230 band members or among the thousands of alumni to be… Continue reading →

Review: Rondo Hatton is a local gem

Photo by Joel Ryan--Pete Doherty, left and Carl Barat of The Libertines perform during Glastonbury Music Festival earlier this year.

The latest album from Rondo Hatton proves once again that this Baton Rouge instrumental group probably is the greatest surf-rock band in the Southeast. Guitarist Bruce Lamb composed most of “Breaking the Sound Barrier.” He’s a master at re-creating specific musical styles and eras. Of… Continue reading →

Kenner native Jon Batiste shines in debut as ‘Late Show’ bandleader

CBS photo by JEFFREY R. STAAB -- Kenner musician Jon Batiste performs during the premiere episode of 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'  Tuesday in New York.

Kenner native Jon Batiste made his debut as bandleader for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday night on CBS. Batiste appeared multiple times in the first 10 minutes of the show. In the show opener, he was among the several people seen in various locations with Colbert in a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” When Colbert… Continue reading →

Kenner native Jon Batiste takes over 'Late Show' gig

CBS photo by BETSY NEWMAN -- New Orleans musician Jon Batiste will lead the band for 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,' which debuts Tuesday night.

Kenner native Jon Batiste makes his debut Tuesday as bandleader for CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” CBS announced Batiste, 28, a keyboardist and recording artist, as “The Late Show” music director in June. He replaces longtime music director Paul Shaffer. Colbert, former host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” is replacing David… Continue reading →

Motley Crue going out with a very loud bang on farewell tour

Advocate photo by ERIKA GOLDRING -- Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe performs at Smoothie King Center on September 4, 2015, in New Orleans.

If the aging bad boys of rock known as Mötley Crüe really are on their final tour, they’re going out with a bang. “The Final Tour,” Mötley Crüe’s two-year-long farewell trek, exploded in the Smoothie King Center on Friday night. The Crüe complemented the hits-loaded set list with quintessential arena-rock spectacle. Mötley Crüe’s concluding Continue reading →

Day ain’t done for songwriter Kevin Sekhani

Photo provided by Kevin Sekhani --Kevin Sekhani

Across the Basin bridge, Kevin Sekhani is a fixture in the Lafayette music scene. Recently, you could catch him playing hillbilly gospel in the short-lived, but highly regarded The Mercy Brothers. Nowadays, Sekhani is going for the jugular. After The Mercy Brothers flamed out, he began writing songs of a more introspective nature for… Continue reading →

Bowling for Soup still going strong

Photo by Will Bolton -- Bowling For Soup

Bowling For Soup, a pop-punk-rock band that performs Sunday at Lava Cantina in Baton Rouge, formed in 1994 in Wichita Falls for a few good reasons. “We knew that musicians got free beer,” singer Jaret Reddick said. Being bored and having nothing to do in the small Texas town was another reason for… Continue reading →

Southern band to play at high school game

Photo by NAVILLE OUBRE/SU Office of Media Relations and Publications -- Southern University 'Human Jukebox' Marching Band will perform at Friday's game between McKinley Senior High School and Scotlandville Senior High Magnet School.

Southern University’s famous “Human Jukebox” Marching Band will perform Friday at McKinley Senior High School’s football game versus Scotlandville Senior High Magnet School. The cross-town rivalry game is expected to draw a large crowd, but the inclusion of SU’s 220-member band and the Dancing Dolls is expected to swell the attendance by several thousand. Kickoff… Continue reading →