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Rain cuts the music short on Day 1 of Jazz Fest in New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--MaryAnn Russell dances with  Doug Dirt by the Fais Do-Do Stage on the first day of Jazz Fest in New Orleans, La. Friday, April 24, 2015.

Not long into Keith Urban’s set Friday at the Acura Stage, he paused and sang, without accompaniment, the Creedence Clearwater Revival chestnut “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.” Then everybody saw it. Forty-five minutes into his headlining set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell, a thunderstorm ended the music for the… Continue reading →

Reggae star Jimmy Cliff empowers during weather-shortened set at Jazz Fest

As the threat of inclement weather loomed early Friday evening at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell, reggae star Jimmy Cliff started his show five minutes early. Even so, his fans heard just a 20-minute set before the announcement came that the festival was closing due to the approaching storm. Country star Keith Urban’s set at the Acura… Continue reading →

Weather forces quick Wilco show at Jazz Fest

"We're going to get as much in as we can," Wilco's Jeff Tweedy announced as the skies darkened behind him to signal the oncoming storm that, Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis told the audience at the other end of the Fair Grounds, would be "a bad 15 to 20 minutes." Perhaps because the band knew the set might be shortened, it… Continue reading →

Irish singer Andrew Hozier-Byrne takes the crowd to church at Jazz Fest

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- The musician Hozier belts out a song as he plays on the Acura Stage during the first day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Presented by Shell at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, La. Friday,

Irish singer Andrew Hozier-Byrne is far from your typical pop star. At the Gentilly Stage Friday, the singly-named Hozier delivered the hit song (“Take Me to Church”) that earned him international prominence last year, but he also went beyond that song to show he is a devotee of the Hill Country blues of northern Mississippi and contemporary neo-soul.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge's Larry Garner delivers blues, ballads, soul and rap at Jazz Fest

Larry Garner, Friday’s second act at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s popular Blues Tent, can be counted on to deliver an authentically bluesy, often funny, entertaining show. Junk-joint blues, searing blues balladry, a little bit of soul and even rap fill his repertoire. A singer, guitarist, a gifted songwriter and natural storyteller who’s based in Baton Rouge, Garner tours… Continue reading →

Lars Edegran, New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra shows plenty of variety at Jazz Fest

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Lars Edegran plays piano with his New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra in the Peoples Health Economy Hall Tent the first day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Presented by Shell at the Fair Grounds Race Cours

Friday afternoon’s People’s Health Economy Hall Tent set by Lars Edegran and the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra featured charmingly vintage music, originally popular from the late 1890s through the early decades of the 20th century. Inevitably, a few second-line processions sprung up during the show. Selections included pieces by the famous Scott Joplin and, one of… Continue reading →

New Orleans sincer Paul Sanchez does a Jazz Fest double - plays with two bands during his one-hour set

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Paul Sanchez plays with his band on the GE Capital/ New Orleans Tech Stage in New Orleans, La. Saturday, April 11, 2015.

At the Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage Friday, local singer-songwriter Paul Sanchez played with not one, but two bands during his one-hour set. The first was Minimum Rage, the all-woman band that took turns showcasing a variety of quirky roles — guitarist Sonia Tetlow sang a song about mobile food vendor Mr. Okra while drummer Linda… Continue reading →

Jazz Fest: Best music acts; how to buy tickets; where to park a bike, and the rest of the festival weekend's anticipated highlights

Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Who -- The Who's Pete Townshend

Blockbuster lineups featuring major music stars have become the norm for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The 2015 edition of the festival follows the trend and then some. This year’s eclectic headlining acts include classic rock acts The Who and Elton John; the super-duo of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; country music star Keith… Continue reading →

From maps to leaves, Jazz Fest jewelry captures bits of the city we love

Photo provided -- Historic city maps  some dating as far back as the 1700s -- are etched into jewelry by Brandi Couvillion.

Visitors to this year’s Jazz & Heritage Festival can return home with more than memories, thanks to the work of hundreds of regionally and nationally acclaimed artists whose wares will be on display throughout three distinct marketplaces. This week Beaucoup spotlights five local artists — all harboring a deep love for New Orleans that they… Continue reading →

Review: A visionary sci-fi thriller is born in ‘Ex Machina’

Photo provided by A24 Films -- Domhnall Gleeson plays the sharp programmer in the new sci-fi thriller, 'Ex Machina.'

Cinema has always been fascinated by androids. From “Metropolis” to “Blade Runner,” the juxtaposition of humans next to their artificial form has provided endless hours of stories that can be as exhilarating as they are poignant. Tough moral questions about consciousness and humanity go down easier when hidden under the glossy sheen of genre, after all. With… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Adaline’ is both ludicrous and deeply moving

This image released by Lionsgate shows Blake Lively in a scene from "The Age of Adaline." (Diyah Pera/Lionsgate via AP)

Is it possible for a movie to be at once ludicrously silly and genuinely moving? That’s the strange question you might find yourself asking while watching “The Age of Adaline,” a romantic fantasy with surprising heft that will likely have you scoffing at one moment, then furtively wiping away a tear the next. It’ll also have you… Continue reading →

Review: Russell Crowe’s ‘Diviner’ a robust, assured war tale

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Russell Crowe in a scene from "The Water Diviner." (Mark Rogers/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Making his directorial debut with the brawny and big-hearted Australian war drama “The Water Diviner,” Russell Crowe taps a deep well of symbolism, cultural empathy and good old-fashioned storytelling. Crowe, who also stars as a grieving father stoically bulldozing through Turkey in search of three sons missing in action after the World War I… Continue reading →

Filmmakers conference set during Jazzfest

Sync Up Cinema 2015, a film industry conference during Jazz Fest, will feature three days of screenings, panels and events focusing on the state’s industry, culture and music Monday through Wednesday. The free confab is a joint venture of the Jazz and Heritage Foundation and the New Orleans Film Society. All events will be in the George… Continue reading →

Chazfest returns to Truck Farm

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- King James and the Special Men band play Chazfest on the Main Stage at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

New Orleans is not known for normalcy, but in the chaotic year after Hurricane Katrina, it was in shorter supply than usual. “Everything was crazy,” singer-songwriter Alex McMurray said. “People were just doing anything, just trying new things. It was kind of a clean slate. Or not a clean slate, but a weird slate. There were no… Continue reading →

Steeped in history, ‘Swan Lake’ an enduring classic

Photo by Larisa Linnikova -- Aleksandr Voitin and Anna Voitina of the Russian Ballet perform a scene from 'Swan Lake.'

Like many 19th century operas, classical works and ballets that are now part of the standard repertoires of their respective genres, the debut of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s first full ballet, “Swan Lake,” was widely panned. Critics of that opening night performance on March 4, 1877, complained that Tchaikovsky’s music was “too noisy.” Julius Reisinger’s choreography was termed… Continue reading →

New Movies in New Orleans for April 23-29, 2015

Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures -- Dylan Georgiades and Russell Crowe in a scene from 'The Water Diviner.'

“THE AGE OF ADALINE”: Miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence. She’s never allowed herself to become close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But then a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. Harrison… Continue reading →

New Orleans Stages Calendar for April 23-29, 2015

Photo provided -- Ron Flagge, Troi Bechet, Lloyd Meekins and Tom Hook bring the glorious days of 1940s radio to life in 'On The Air, The Live Broadcast Musical' at Stage Door Canteen, National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Shows run through May 31.

“SWAN LAKE”: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 23, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., New Orleans. St. Petersburg Russian Ballet performs the ballet, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, fashioned from folk tales, that tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. (504) 287-0350. www.mahaliajacksontheater.com. BILL BURR: 7… Continue reading →

New Orleans Music Calendar for April 23-29, 2015

JAZZ PILATES WITH STEPHANIE JORDAN: Noon, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Visitors Center, 916 N. Peters St. PLAYHOUR FEATURING JOSHUA STARKMAN AND DAVY MOONEY: 5 p.m., Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, 300 Bourbon St. (504) 533-2299. MONTY BANKS: 5 p.m., Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St. (504) 267-4863.… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for April 23-29, 2015

Photo provided -- 'After Eden' by Carolyn McAdams, oil on panel miniature, is part of the 'Mystery of Memory' exhibit at LeMieux Galleries, 332 Julia St., New Orleans.

PETER MAX — THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MAX: 5 p.m., Angela King Gallery, 241 Royal St., New Orleans. Meet the artist in this one-night-only event. (504) 524-8211. www.angelakinggallery.com.
HONKY TONK — PORTRAITS OF COUNTRY MUSIC: 6:30 p.m. Opening and book signing Thursday, through May 31, New Orleans Photo Alliance, 1111 St. Mary St., New Orleans. Henry Horenstein photographs from… Continue reading →

Percy Sledge remembered as a singer who lit up concert stages with his smile: ‘A genuinely good guy’

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Sanricca Sledge Lawrence sings during the funeral services for singer Percy Sledge at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baker, La..

Percy Sledge, singer of “When a Man Loves a Woman,” the 1966 No. 1 hit that became a soul-music classic, was remembered Tuesday as a kind and charismatic man who lit up rooms and concert stages with his unmistakable smile. The three-hour-plus funeral service for Sledge at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baker was streamed live… Continue reading →

’Furious 7’ outpaces ‘Paul Blart’

Photo courtesy Sony Pictures -- Kevin James returns as Paul Blart in ‘Paul Blart: Mall  Cop 2.’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even in its debut weekend, Kevin James’s “Paul Blart” sequel couldn’t outpace “Furious 7.” The reigning box office champion might have slowed from its blockbuster debut, but “Furious 7” maintained first place for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $29.1 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak on Sunday.… Continue reading →

Harry Shearer to narrate ‘Peter and the Wolf’ at Loyola

Photo provided -- Harry Shearer will narrate 'Peter and the Wolf' with a dramatic orchestral background Sunday at Loyola University's Roussel Performance Hall.

Harry Shearer, renowned actor, voice-over artist and French Quarter denizen, takes center stage Sunday as the narrator for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s presentation of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” One of the most popular classical works aimed at young people, “Peter and the Wolf” is the musical tale of a young boy who, with… Continue reading →