Long weekend ahead
I'll miss the weekend in Austin. It's easily my favorite southern city. With good music every night, beautiful scenery and outdoor activities, what's not to love?
Enjoy your weekend and check back here Monday.
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There's a new ballad on the block. Nearly 14 years after breaking up, the '90s boy band New Kids On The Block are back with a new ballad on their official Web site. The song (its name isn't revealed) plays over a promotional video for the band that says the Kids once had it all – a $1 billion in album sales, millions of fans, with music that "influenced a generation" – but then "walked away from it all." The video next teases the a comeback, asking: "Are you ready?" The song, a source says, was recorded by all five Kids last November in Orlando.
For the first time since 2005, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is returning for a full seven days of programming. Eleven stages will host a mix of rhythm & blues, rock, jazz, country, blues, gospel, world beat and more. The festival is scheduled for two weekends -- April 25-27 and May 1-4.
This will be the first year the festival has been fully rejuvenated since Hurricane Katrina. Jazz Fest will draw tens of thousands of fans each day and have an estimated $300 million economic impact on Louisiana. Quint Davis, producer/director of the event, said this year's festival will hold special meaning.
“In New Orleans, culture is a beacon for the rest of the community. When a trumpeter blows the right notes, we come together and dance. When a grand marshal steps, we step with him. Jazz Fest is trying to help lead the way in guiding New Orleans to complete recovery—culturally, economically and spiritually,” Davis said in a news release.
The festival be held from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. each day at the Fair Grounds Race Course.
A listing of hotels offering special Jazz Fest rates is posted at http://www.nojazzfest.com/. Tickets also are available at the site.
Check out the lineup. Take your time, it's a lot to digest.
Weekend One Music Lineup (April 25 - 27)
Friday, April 25
Buckwheat Zydeco, Sheryl Crow, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Burning Spear, Ozomatli with Chali 2na, Lizz Wright, Tab Benoit, Anders Osborne, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Terence Simien & Zydeco Experience, Leo Nocentelli’s “Rare Gathering” feat. Bernie Worrell, Doug Wimbish & Will Calhoun, Doyle Bramhall with C.C. Adcock & the Louisiana Marquis, Ellis Marsalis, Paul Porter of the Legendary Christianaires, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Barbara Lynn, Theresa Andersson Group, Banu Gibson & New Orleans Hot Jazz, The Iguanas, The New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Twangorama, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Zydepunks, Vivaz!, Shamarr Allen, Zion Trinity, Otra, Kim Carson, Moov of Martinique, Kustbandet of Sweden, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Leah Chase, Kumbuka African Drum and Dance Collective, Rosalie “Lady Tambourine” Washington, Jesse McBride, Bonsoir Catin, J. Monque’D Blues Band, Bamboula 2000, Paky Saavedra’s Bandido, Jamil Sharif’s New Orleans Jazz Professors, Voices of Distinction, Pastor Sean T. Elder & the Mt. Hermon BC Mass Choir, Creole Wild West and Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, Joe Hall, Rufus “Rip” Wimberly & the Dreamers, Brice Kapel of the Togo, Amina Figarova Group of The Netherlands, Jonno & Bayou Deville, Andrew Hall’s Society Brass Band, Real Untouchables Brass Band, June Gardner, Val & Love Alive Fellowship Choir with the Dimensions of Faith, Teatro Alpargata of Argentina, Family Ties and Big Nine SAPCs, Hazel & the Delta Ramblers, Smitty Dee’s Brass Band, McDonogh #35 Gospel Choir, Gregg Martinez, Keep N it Real and Single Ladies SAPCs…
Saturday, April 26
Dr. John, Billy Joel, Keyshia Cole, O.A.R., The Count Basie Orchestra feat. Patti Austin, Cowboy Mouth, Cupid, James Cotton, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Trinitee 5:7, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, The Imagination Movers, Ponderossa Stomp Revue feat. Tammy Lynn, Archie Bell, Roy Head, and Dennis Binder, Big Jay McNeely, Warren Storm w/ Willie Tee & the Cypress Band, NewBirth Brass Band, Astral Project, Davell Crawford Singers, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, DJ Bomshell, Eddie Bo, Benjy Davis Project, Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show, Tricia "Teedy" Boutté & Ytre Suløens Jass-Ensemble of Norway, Mahogany Brass Band, Germaine Bazzle, Bobby Lounge, Tribute to George Lewis feat. Dr. Michael White and Tommy Sancton, Tribute to Wilson “Willie Tee” and Earl Turbinton, Big Chief Peppy & the Golden Arrows, Sonny Bourg, Big Blue Marble, PJ Morton Band, Hadley Castille, Jeremy & the Zydeco Hot Boyz, Po’ Henry & Tookie, Rockie Charles & the Stax of Love, Carol Fran, 101 Runners, The Original Last Straws, Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Berklee College of Music Jazz Ensemble, Nine Times and Single Men SAPCs, The Electrifying Crown Seekers, Golden Comanche and Chief Iron Horse & the Black Seminole Mardi Gras Indians, Xavier Jazz Ensemble, Connie Jones’ Crescent City Jazz Band, Kayla Woodson with Louisiana Lightning, NORD Crescent City Lights Youth Theater, First Emmanuel BC Choir, The Worship Squad, Unstoppable Gospel Creators, NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, The RRAAMS Drum and Dance, Lady Jetsetters, Dumaine Gang and Divine Ladies SAPCs, Red White & Blue Mardi Gras Indians…
Sunday, April 27
Irma Thomas, Tim McGraw, Al Green, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, Cassandra Wilson, Delbert McClinton, Del McCoury, Pete Fountain, Byron Cage with Kim Burrell, Voices of the Wetlands Allstars, Jeremy Davenport, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, Hot 8 Brass Band, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Roy Young, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Nicholas Payton, Davell Crawford’s New Orleans R & B Orchestra, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone's Harmonica Revue, The Throw Back Jamm feat. Joe Blakk, UNLV, MC T. Tucker, Dolemite, BustDown, and Cheeky Blakk, Rob Wagner and Hamid Drake, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Tim Laughlin, Jo “Cool” Davis, Mamadou Diabate of Mali, Little Freddie King, Jambalaya, Leroy Jones, Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express, Wilberforce University Choir, Kenny Bill Stinson, Paulette Wright, Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Egg Yolk Jubilee, Midnite Disturbers, David Egan, Lars Edegran’s New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, Furious Five, Untouchables and Big Steppers SAPCs, UNO Jazz Ensemble, Shades of Praise, Michael Ward, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band, Carrollton Hunters and Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians, Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds, Nineveh BC Choir, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, AsheSon, VisionQuest Chorale feat. Maurette Brown Clark, N’Fungola Sibo West African Dance Company, Percussion Inc., Patrice Fisher & Arpa feat. Angel Rios of Honduras, Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, Olympia Aid, New Look and The First Division SAPCs, Kilts of Many Colours, Percussion Inc., Ninth Ward Navajo and Cherokee Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Colleen Salley…
Weekend Two Music Lineup (May 1 - 4)
Thursday, May 1
Randy Newman, Widespread Panic, Tower of Power, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Bettye LaVette, Gene “Duke of Earl” Chandler, Deacon John, Donald Harrison, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ruby Wilson, Luther Kent & Trickbag, Porter, Batiste, & Stoltz, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, The Lee Boys, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Maurice Brown, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove, Creole Zydeco Farmers, Walter Payton & Filé Gumbo, Music Makers’ Relief Foundation’s Blues Review featuring Boo Hanks, Macavine Hayes and Eddie Kirkland, Hot Club of New Orleans, Topsy Chapman’s Tribute to Dinah Washington, John Ellis feat. Jason Marsalis, New Orleans Rhythm Conspiracy, Philip Manuel's tribute to Nat King Cole, Dukes of Dixieland, Dillard University Jazz Ensemble, Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes, Panorama Jazz Band, Mighty Chariots of Fire, Kerry Grombacher, Codac, Dizzy, Betsy McGovern & the Poor Clares, John Lee & the Heralds of Christ, Mark Braud, Joe Torregano, God’s House Westbank Cathedral Choir, Billy Iuso & the Restless Natives, The Melody Clouds, TBC Brass Band, Tony Bazley, Heritage School of Music, Small Souljas Brass Band, The Golden Wings, Red Hawk and Geronimo Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company, Charles Jackson & the Jackson Travelers, Bon Temp Roulez and VIP Ladies SAPCs, Olayella Daste, David & Roselyn, Second Mt. Carmel Gospel Choir, Basin Street Sheiks…
Friday, May 2
Art Neville, Stevie Wonder, John Prine, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Richard Thompson, The John Butler Trio, John Hammond, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., Marva Wright & the BMWs, Terence Blanchard & the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Papa Grows Funk, Sunpie’s Tribute to Clifton Chenier, Zigaboo Modeliste, The Jackson Southernaires, The Lee Boys, Bonerama, The Bad Plus, John Boutté, Soul Rebels, Ingrid Lucia, Coco Robicheaux & Spiritland, Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet, Chubby Carrier, Bluerunners, Wanda Rouzan, Driskill Mountain Boys, Ann Savoy’s Sleepless Knights, New Orleans Jazz Vipers feat. Sophie Lee, Stoney B & Grampa Elliot, Gina Forsyth & the Malvinas, Clive Wilson & the New Orleans Serenaders feat. Butch Thompson, New Wave Brass Band, Tuba Woodshed feat. Matt Perrine and Kirk Joseph, Belton Richard & the Musical Aces, Eve’s Lucky Planet, Larry Garner with Henry Gray, Ritmo Caribeño, New Orleans Jazz Ramblers, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Betty Winn & One A-Chord, Lyle Henderson & Emmanuel, Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, Pinettes Brass Band, D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces, Legacy – the students of Alvin Batiste, Greater Antioch Gospel Choir, New Orleans Mardi Gras Rhythm Indian Section, Ebenezer BC Radio Choir, Loyola University Jazz Ensemble, Casa Samba, The Smooth Family, Eulenspeigel Puppets of Iowa, Original Big Seven and Original Four SAPCs, McMain High School Gospel Choir, Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, New Orleans School of Circus Arts and ISL, Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, Rosedean Choir of South Africa, Scene Boosters and Old N Nu Fellas SAPCs…
Saturday, May 3
Marcia Ball, Jimmy Buffett, Diana Krall, Steel Pulse, The Roots, Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bishop Paul S. Morton Sr. & the Greater St. Stephens Mass Choir, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Henry Butler, Aaron Neville’s Gospel Soul, John Mooney & Bluesiana, the subdudes, Rockin’ Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters, New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, Ruthie Foster, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam, Charmaine Neville, The Dixie Cups, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, James Andrews, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, Lillian Boutté, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Stephanie Jordan, War Chief Juan & Young Fire, Pine Leaf Boys, Bionik Brown, Treme Brass Band, New Orleans Blues Serenaders, Spencer Bohren, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Lil’ Buck Sinegal feat. Rudy Richard, Feufollet, Pinstripe Brass Band, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Tribute to Max Roach feat. Herlin Riley, Jason Marsalis, and Shannon Powell, Tondrae, Chappy, Danza feat. Evan Christopher and Tom McDermott, Beyond Measure, Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Rumba Buena, Rocks of Harmony, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee, St. Joseph the Worker Mass Choir, Big Chief Ke Ke & Comanche Hunters and White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Leviticus Gospel Singers, Tulane University Jazz Ensemble, Secondline Jammers, New Generation and Undefeated Divas SAPCs, Trouble Nation and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Hunters, Archdiocese of New Orleans Community Choir, Bester Singers, Donald Lewis, Young Guardians of the Flame, Stephen Foster’s Mid City Workshop Alumni Ensemble, Westbank Steppers, Valley of the Silent Men and Pigeon Town Steppers SAPCs, Golden Blade and Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians…
Sunday, May 4
The Neville Brothers, Santana, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, The Raconteurs, Dianne Reeves, Galactic, The Radiators, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Derek Trucks Band, Keb’ Mo’, Rebirth Brass Band, Sonny Landreth, Snooks Eaglin, John P. Kee & the New Life Community Choir, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tribute to Mahalia Jackson feat. Irma Thomas, Marva Wright and Rachelle Richard, Vernel Bagneris: Jelly Roll & Me, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk, DJ Captain Charles, Kenny Neal, Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers, Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Elysian Fieldz, The New Orleans Bingo Show!, Benny Grunch & the Bunch, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Jonathan Batiste, Rotary Downs, George French, Chris Ardoin & Nu Step, Guitar Slim Jr., Grupo Fantasma, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Ovi-G & the Froggies, The Revealers, Pfister Sisters, Salvador Santana Band, William Smith’s Tribute to Kid Sheik, Eddie Boh Paris aka Chops, SUBR Jazz Ensemble, Chris Clifton, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble, New Orleans Spiritualettes, Zulu Male Ensemble, The Jazz Jam, Tribute to Tuba Fats, Highsteppers Brass Band, Black Eagles, Hardhead Hunters and Apache Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Lady Rollers and CTC Steppers SAPCs, Guyland Leday with Family & Friends Zydeco Band, Young Traditional New Orleans Brass Band, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries, Wild Apaches, Young Magnolias and Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians, Original Prince of Wales and the Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers SAPCs, Tornado Brass Band, Judy Stock, Minister Jai Reed…
Giant Bear blends genres
When Giant Bear combines rock, folk and funk with classical music they create a sound all their own called "orchestral funkability."
The Memphis, Tenn., band will stop tonight at Lil' Joe's Bottleneck in Shreveport as part of their "New American Wilderness" tour.
"Our music has really rootsy elements to it, but the beat is driven and danceable. I guess that's where the funkability comes in," band member Mike Larrivee said.
Having released its first full-length album in the spring, Giant Bear is in the process of recording a second album. Tonight's live performance will blend fan favorites with a preview of new songs as well.
Giant Bear was named the critic's pick at the Midpoint Music Festival. The band also has been invited to perform a slew of other festivals including the Joshua Tree Music Festival, The Wilderness Fest in Big Sur, Calif., The International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., and the Organic Farm Aid Festival.
Send in your suggestions. What about a beer you can't get anywhere else but Strange Brew? Or a club or bar that serves a crazy shot other than the standard (disgusting) Jager Bomb? Does Tokyo or Shogun have a unique Japanese beverage that goes beyond your typical Mai Tai? Drink up (in moderation) and share your thoughts?
Horseshoe pairs with CMT to create first CMT Crossroads Bar
Horseshoe Casino & Hotel and CMT have partnered to bring the first CMT Crossroads Bar to Bossier City.
Construction on the $3.3 million project began Thursday, and the venue is expected to open in the spring. The CMT Crossroads Bar will throwback to an authentic roadhouse atmosphere, complete with country decor and Crossroads memorabilia.
“The most exciting thing for us with the CMT Crossroads Lounge at Horseshoe is the fact that our consumers and Horseshoe consumers will be able to touch the CMT brand. And that’s going to be very exciting,” said Lori Megown, vice president of consumer products and radio for CMT.
The venue is 3,300-square-feet with a stage, dance floor and 27-foot circular bar. Local and regional acts will perform at the venue, and national acts are being considered. Seating options allow for flexibility in creating a multi-purpose entertainment venue. Lounge mode capacity is 123, while the bar also can hold up to 276 for live concerts.
“This is a big deal not only for the Horseshoe but for Bossier City and Northwest Louisiana,” said Geno Iafrate, senior vice president and general manager of Horseshoe.
“This is going to be a destination venue for people miles and miles away.”
The CMT Crossroads Bar pays tribute to the hit television series “CMT Crossroads,” which pairs country music stars with artists from other genres to play together and swap stories. Recent episodes included Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers, Bon Jovi and Sugarland, Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire and Joss Stone and LeAnn Rimes.
Nicole Atkins inspires romance through song
Nicole Atkins has been a woman waiting on a loved one to return home from war. She's been frustrated by long-distance romance and devastated by change. Named one of Rolling Stone's Top 10 Artists to Watch this year, Atkins captures listeners through her stories.
"One day I was watching footage of the war in Iraq on TV. The footage was in black and white so when they fired into the sky it looked like bleeding diamonds. So I started to think about a housewife sitting on her couch, watching the footage, and I sing the song ("Bleeding Diamonds") from her perspective," Atkins said.
"Every song has to have some sort of story or it wouldn't make any sense. Sometimes the story is premeditated or sometimes I'll come up with a line that I have to interpret and figure out what it means."
The Columbia Records artist will perform (Sept. 14) at Jayne Marie on Cross Lake with her band the Sea "” guitarist Dave Hollinghurst, bassist John Flaughter, drummer Dan Mintzer and keyboardist Dan Chen.
"The album is very orchestral, but our live shows are a little more rock 'n' roll. They are very energetic and kind of emotional," Atkins said.
"People also get to slow dance, and a lot of romance has been forged at our shows."
The 26-year-old singer/songwriter's major-label debut, "Neptune City," expected to be released Oct. 30, and her EP already earned her praise from USA Today, Jane, Spin.com and Playback Magazine. However, Atkins feels little pressure from the buzz her EP has created.
"My only expectation is that people will actually get to hear it and like it, and we can tour for a year or two and get to make another one," Atkins said.
"I've already got the next three records written."
Local boys Tyler Read are gearing up for their upcoming tour. The band will hit the road Jan. 29 in San Francisco as the opening act for Puddle of Mudd. The band's album released last April and they've toured steadily ever since.
I'm extremely proud of Tyler Read, mostly because I've known Brent Skinner (guitar and keys) since my college days at Louisiana Tech. Before Brent was playing rock 'n' roll, he'd play an acoustic set with me and our friend FJ (Fun Jacob) about once a week in Ruston. We weren't very good. Let me take that back, I wasn't very good. I ended up leaving the guys to play with my roommate in a group called Lilies of the Field. Since then I've sold my guitar and I don't sing except for my occasional performance of "Somethin' to Talk About" at Tiki Tavern. However, Brent hasn't let me live down my choice to leave our group -- even seven years later.
Anyway, let's wish these guys the best as they hit the road. There's one local date on the tour schedule that you guys should check out.
Jan 29: Slim's in San Francisco, Calif.
Jan 3: Roseland Theater, Portland, Ore.
Feb 1: Big Easy, Spokane, Wash.
Feb 2: El Corazon, Seattle, Wash.
Feb 3: Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Feb 5: Rock City, Grand Prairie, Alberta.
Feb 7: The Backalley, Calgary, Alberta.
Feb 8: Jet, Edmonton, Alberta.
Feb 9: The Drink (The Wolf), Regina, Saskatchewan.
Feb 11: My Bar, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Feb 12: Playmaker's, Fargo, N.D.
Feb 14: Majestic Theater, Madison, Wisc.
Feb 15: Emerald Theater, Detroit, Mich.
Feb 16: Machine Shop, Flint, Mich.
Feb 17: Mr. Small's Theater, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Feb 19 : Phoenix Concert Theater, Toronto, Ontario.
Feb 20: Magic City Music Hall, Johnson City, N.Y.
Feb 21: The Station, Portland, Maine.
Feb 22: Webster Theater, Hartford, Conn.
Feb 23: House of Blues, Atlantic City, N.J.
Feb 25: 9:39 Club, Washington, D.C.
Feb 26: The National, Richmond, Va.
Feb 27: The Norva, Norfolk, Va.
Feb 29: Hooligan's, Jacksonville, N.C.
March 1: Jester's Pub, Fayetteville, N.C.
March 2: Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, N.C.
March 4: Club La Vela, Panama City Beach, Fla.
March 6: Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino and Hotel, Bossier City, La.
March 7: House of Blues, Dallas, Texas.
March 8: Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, Okla.