In less than 5 years, New Orleans the city will turn 300 years young. As a city we've seen a lot of trials, tribulations, growth, and let downs over the years. Even though we're nowhere near the age of Saint Augustine, Florida which was founded in 1565, New Orleans as is far more excited than most cities formed around that same time.
Since it's founding in 2000, The National WWII Museum has become one of the top 5 destination museums in the world. Showcasing "the war that changed the world", the museum has grown quite a bit in nearly 14 years. With nearly 12 huge exhibits, the WWII Museum has come a long way and has grown beyond the dreams of it's Founder Stephen Ambrose. Here's a bit more...
I'll be the first to admit that bugs, especially of those of the Blattaria order, have never fallen into my good graces. It's been 5 years since The Audubon Insectarium opened on Canal St. in the U.S. Custom House Federal Building, and it's taken me just that long to visit. I truly thought my self-imposed arachnephobia was going to take over me the moment I walked in. It could not have been further from what I experienced.
Robin Barnes is one of the busiest performers around town. Rightfully so, and in the last few years Robin has become a bonafide tour-de-force. All of her hard work & perseverance has paid off in the form of her new ep titled "ME" due out today!
The first time I got a chance to witness Flow Tribe was 5 years ago, late at night, at the Maple Leaf. Pretty sure it was a just plain old Thursday, but what I remember from that night was the pure hardcore funk they put on display. Since 2008 they have released several full length records, and with their most recent EP titled "Painkiller", Flow Tribe continues to spread the funk.
I've always felt as though Better Than Ezra was just as much a part of the alternative genre exploding in the 90's as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Last week, BTE re-released, in my opinion their seminal record, "How does your garden grow?" in 5.1 surround sound.
What a difference a year makes. Since their first release "Eudaemonia" in 2011, The Breton Sound have been named Paste Magazine's "12 Louisiana bands you should listen to" and have fine tuned their arena ready sound with the latest EP release "Maps (or cartography and the art of generalization)".
Singer-songwriter Andrew Duhon has always been one of our favorite artists around town, and with the upcoming release of his latest record "the moorings", Andrew is about to step into Ray Lamontagne territory.
It seems to me that the burlesque scene around Nola has exploded. Burlesque has been a part of cultural landscape since the inception of Jazz and we are quickly becoming the town that all other scenes are measured.
We all got an early present from the Easter Bunny this week in the form of the widely anticipated new record from Dr. John. Mac's new record titled "Locked Down" was one of the only records in April that I had circled and highlighted on my calendar. It's not just because it's new music from The Nite Tripper, but because one of my other favorite artists, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) played an instrumental part in honing it's tone, sound, and final production.