The Voodoo Fest Full Lineup


Friday October 30

Eminem, Ween, Silversun Pickups, Justice (Dj Set), The Black Keys, fischerspooner, Janelle Monae, The Cool Kids, The Knux, Alejandro Escovedo, Ledisi, D12, New Orleans Bingo! Show, Preservation Hall-Stars With Special Guests, Benjy Davis Project, Papa Grows Funk, Little Freddie King, The Happy Talk Band, Lil Brian & The Zydeco Travelers, Erick Baker, Dj Soul Sister, Loose Marbles, Luke Winslow-King, Glasgow, Mynameisjohnmichael, Generationals, Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship?, Noisician Coalition, March Fourth Marching Band, Roots Of Music, Tbc Brass Band, Ratty Scurvics, Lucy’s Walk, Bones, The Vettes, and More.

Saturday October 31

Kiss, Jane’s Addiction, Gogol Bordello, Wolfmother, Black Lips, Mutemath, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Q-Tip, Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Drive-By Truckers, Morning 40 Federation Reunion, Down, Mates Of State, American Bang, New Orleans Bingo! Show, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Rotary Downs, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and The Roadmaster With Dirty Horns, New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars, New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Sarah Quintana, Dan Dyer, Sam & Ruby, Leroy Jones, Dj Soul Sister, andrew Duhon and The Lonesome Crows, Noisician Coalition, March Fourth Marching Band, Roots Of Music, Mas Mamones, Zydepunks, As Tall As Lions, The White Bitch, Brother Taisuke Mass Choir, Davis Rogan, From Legends To Nancy, and More.

Sunday November 1

Lenny Kravitz, Widespread Panic, The Flaming Lips, Meat Puppets, Brand New, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Pogues, All Time Low, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jj Grey & Mofro, Shooter Jennings, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave, Eric Church, Earl Greyhound, New Orleans Bingo! Show, Dj Soul Sister, Cyril Neville’s Blues Revue With Tab Benoit, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & Johnny Sansone, John Mooney and Bluesiana, Quintron and Missy Pussycat, Fleur De Tease, Noisician Coalition, March Fourth Marching Band, Roots Of Music, Beausoleil, Leo Jackson and The Melody Clouds, Suplecs, New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Amanda Shaw, MC Trachiotomy, R. Scully Rough 7, Katey Red & Dj Papa, Big Freddia, Sissy Nobby, and More

French Quarter Festival Seeks Musicians


The French Quarter Festival is now accepting applications for musicians to perform at the 2010 French Quarter Festival. The festival is scheduled for April 9-11. Applications are available at or by calling 504.522.5730.

Download a Song- Help New Orleans Musicians!

This is a really cool song from a really cool band called the MarchFourth Marching Band.  It is called “Ninth Ward Calling,” and will appear on their  forthcoming album “Rise Up,” which is due out Oct 13, 2009. Daniel Lamb, a trombone player in the group wrote it  as a shout out to the residents of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  All proceeds from downloads of this song (between Sept 3 and Sept 13) will be donated to Sweet Home New Orleans, a non-profit whose mission is to help New Orleans musicians, Mardi Gras Indians, and Social Aid & Pleasure Club members get on their feet, earn money from their art, and pass on America’s most unique cultural traditions.

Plunge to Release “Dancing on Thin Ice” Tomorrow (September 9. 2009)


New Orleans based trio PLUNGE, featuring trombonist/composer Mark McGrain, saxophonist Tim Green, and bassist James Singleton, is releasing a new recording entitled “Dancing on Thin Ice” on September 9, 2009. Notable for its propulsive, progressive approach, breadth of style and range, this combo roots itself in a blend of traditions that combines the endurance and euphoria of a New Orleans brass band and the cool, cerebral musings of modernist cross-over groove merchants the likes of Medeski, Martin, and Wood and Stanton Moore. McGrain’s compositions often resemble the the work of contemporary instrumental song smiths Bill Frisell, and Jenny Scheinman, and at times the electro-adventurism of Marco Benevento.

Plunge’s critically acclaimed debut album “Falling with Grace” which, along side Mark McGrain, features tubist Marcus Rojas, bassist Avishai Cohen, and drummer Bob Moses has been remastered in 24 bit by John Fischbach and will also be available on Immersion Records & Media starting September 9, 2009. DownBeat magazine gave Plunge’s critically acclaimed first CD, Falling with Grace, four stars with Dan Ouellette writing, “a remarkable debut, at once soulful and vivacious, a refreshing plummet into the deep end of the tonal spectrum. Plunge delivers grooves as wide as a house, fat drones that rumble window panes and pulsing bass beats that simultaneously undergird tunes and drive them.”

Snug Harbor Closed for a Week


The famed Faubourg Marigny jazz club rarely takes a night off.  They close the day after Mardi Gras, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  This week, they are giving all employees a week’s vacation.  The club will reopen next Monday with the usual act- Charmaine Neville and her band.

Sweet Lorraine’s Celebrates 10 Years with Street Party


All day today, September 5, 2009, Sweet Lorraine’s jazz club will present live music for free on an outdoor stage on St. Claude Avenue.  The lineup includes Fred Sanders, Kurt Brunius, Michael Ward, the Treme Brass Band, and Germaine Bazzle.  The afternoon conclude with Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers.

Marco Benevento and Friends Tonight at the Blue Nile


This evening, September 4, 2009, ace keyboardist Marco Benevento will perform with three of New Orleans most acclaimed musicians, sousaphonist Kirk Joseph, and drummers Stanton Moore and Johnny Vidacovich. The performance will be a group improvisation. Clarence Bucaro is the opening act. The show is presented by the Backbeat Foundation and begins at 9 PM.

An Evening of Music and History- Up From the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II


This evening, September 3, 2009, New Orleans author Jason Berry will read from his new edition of Up From the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II. Berry’s reading with be accompanied by a live musical performance featuring Dr. Michael White on clarinet and John Boutté on vocals. The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 7:30 PM at Nunemaker Hall on the campus of Loyola University at 6363 St. Charles Ave.

Nathan “Raddy” Thomas Sent Home in Style

The Black Men of Labor posing before their annual second line

The Black Men of Labor posing before their annual second line

This morning, the life of Nathan “Raddy” Thomas, a member of the Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club, was celebrated in true New Orleans style with a jazz funeral.  Prior to the body leaving Corpus Christi Church in the 7th Ward, the  Treme Brass Band, featuring “Uncle” Lionel Batiste on bass drum, Benny Jones on snare drum, Roger Lewis on baritone sax, Jeffery Hills on sousaphone, Kenneth Terry on trumpet, Eddie King on trombone and Bruce Brachman on clarinet, played a short dirge while marching towards the front of the church.

As two priests led the pallbearers, including members of the BMOL, to the hearse, the band split in half and continued playing the mournful sounds.  After the casket was in the hearse, the band led a group of mourners along A.P. Tureaud Blvd before stopping in front of St. Augustine High School.  The band played one final tune, and the hearse slowly proceeded to Mount Olivet Cemetery for his final interment.

Lee “Scratch” Perry at the House of Blues


Reggae pioneer and legendary producer, Lee “Scratch” Perry brings his zany, unpredictable act to the House of Blues this evening (September 2, 2009). Perry was at the forefront of the first wave of reggae music to emerge from Jamaica. He produced early records by the Wailers and other acts. Since becoming a solo act, he has often confounded and amazed listeners. Tonight will be no exception.