There’s not a whole lot of music out there that makes me happier than funky soul music. New Orleans may be the birthplace of Jazz, but it’s where the combination of funk and soul collide in a big way. Nola exemplifies the sound and I can’t imagine it belonging to any other zip code.
Last summer, Nola's own Pell released his first full length record, "Floating While Dreaming". I remember the day of when the record hit, invaded my feed, and I immediately began streaming it and got sucked into it's dreamscape.
This week, beginning tonight, the 26th Annual New Orleans Film Festival kicks off with a slew of stellar films.
Nearly a decade ago, I stumbled upon the record "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" by Chicago based band Wilco. Little did I know that this seminal record would change my life forever. From "I am only trying to break your heart" all the way through "Reservations", the CD literally stayed in my cd player for nearly 6 months. It is and will always be my "Abbey Road". From that point on I feverishly scrubbed back and forth through their discography as if I was one of those DEA dogs searching for loot. I wanted to inhale it all.
For years I've wondered and fantasized about what it would be like to be on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome field on gameday. I contemplated reaching out to the powers that be so many times, but I pushed it aside and in the end as I got busier and busier over the years. Based on the image you see above, the fantasy became reality at this past weekend's Saints home opener.
Ten years ago today, on August 27, 2005, the historic and storied Orpheum Theater closed it's doors, until today.Re-opening and re-emerging as one of the absolute premier entertainment venues in New Orleans, The Orpheum Theater has been masterfully restored to it's original glory as well as updated to exceed my wildest dreams and expectations. Check out the details below...
In recent months, Live Nation has converted the downtown football Mecca Champions Square into a Mecca for music in New Orleans with their #BoldByNight shows. Up until Live Nation began hosting and producing these shows, officially titled "Bold Sphere Music", Champions Square laid mostly dormant for stretches during the year.
Less than 2 years ago, Baby Bee dropped a raucous shockwave of a song titled "High Heel Leather Boots". I remember downloading the song instantly and to this day, it tends to inspire me to make bad decisions. It's two minutes and 13 seconds worth of ass-kicking rock n' roll.
As we inch closer and close to the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it's hard not to always think about the things that have changed as well as the things that stay the same. New Orleans has and will always be a city full of entertainment options. Burlesque and it's sideshow counterpart has exploded in New Orleans and seems to have evolved into a huge draw for the city.