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Big band, big show, big cheers; LSU's Tigerama avoids defeat, performs at Pete Maravich Assembly Center

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Members of the Golden Band from Tigerland perform during LSU's "Tigerama", Wednesday, October 28, 2015, featuring the Wind Ensemble, Golden Girls, and Colorguard.

The LSU Tiger Marching Band was on showcase Wednesday in the annual Tigerama. Featuring the 325-piece marching band and the LSU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds in a combined ensemble. Earlier this month, the concert, its school-day performance and VIP reception were canceled when the events coordinator resigned. Director of Bands Damon Talley, who is directing the… Continue reading →

Tiger band videographer’s latest puts LSU fans in the spotlight; did you make the final cut?

Advocate photo -- Fans enjoy the LSU's game with with Florida on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Tiger Stadium. LSU won 35-28.

The LSU Tiger Marching Band’s videographer, Moe Athmann, pays tribute to the Tigers’ fans this week in his video, “LSU Tiger Band & Fans: Simply the Best!” Athmann’s video was taken last Saturday during LSU’s nail-biting 35-28 victory over the University of Florida in Tiger Stadium. Fans were fired up throughout the game, and the band kept… Continue reading →

Exterminator Glenn Gueho actually is in the business of saving honeybees

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Glenn Gueho removes the top of an apiary at the Busy Bee Co. owned by Gueho, who specializes in removal and relocation of beehives to his land and even collects honey from the bees that are seen in Marrero, La. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.

They call him “Mr. Bee,” “The Bee Guy” and, sweetly, “The Honey Man.” For decades, Glenn Gueho has been southeast Louisiana’s go-to exterminator when it comes to bees. Every year, he gets roughly 2,000 calls from city agencies and homeowners asking him to rid skyscrapers, public parks and private homes of the pesky insects.… Continue reading →

March along with the Tiger Alumni Band as members prepare, then perform at halftime of the LSU game

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tubas await their players before the Golden Band from Tiger Land marches down Victory Hill ahead of kickoff between LSU and Eastern Michigan, Saturday, October 3, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU Tigers’ game against Eastern Michigan on Saturday was the culmination of a reunion weekend for the LSU Tiger Marching Band as alumni band members returned to campus to visit and march with the band at halftime. The band’s videographer, Moe Athmann, captured some of this activity in his video, “LSU Tiger Band Inside the Lines.”… Continue reading →

Behind the scenes with LSU Tiger Band: What it takes to prepare an awesome gametime performance

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The LSU Golden Band from Tigerland plays the LSU fight song while coming down Victory Hill for the game Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

The LSU Tiger Marching Band’s videographer, Moe Athmann, this week takes us on a journey through the band’s weekly preparation for a football game. This week’s worth of rehearsals is particularly interesting with Tiger Band Director Roy King’s constant reminders to the students to hydrate themselves in the days leading to the LSU Tigers’ game against Auburn.… Continue reading →

With the LSU Tiger Band at Mississippi State: Casual pregame tune-up, gametime fun and that oh-so-exhilarating moment of victory

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- While marching to Tiger Stadium, The Golden Band From Tigerland fires the fans up with the LSU fight song as the blimp flies by Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

The Golden Band from Tigerland journeyed to Starkville, Miss., Saturday to cheer the LSU Tigers to a nail-biting victory against he Mississippi State Bulldogs. The band’s videographer, Moe Athmann, documented the trip and put together this video showing what goes into getting this 325-piece ensemble from Baton Rouge to Davis Wade Stadium and back. Athmann compiled this… Continue reading →

Who needs instruments? Video: LSU marching band wows crowd, sings school's alma mater a capella in Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- After gathering for warmup and tuning at the Greek Theatre, the trumpet section watches as freshman Austin Bordelon, a freshman from Marksville, takes a traditional penalty for forgetting his flip folder, standing (far right) on the bleachers to sing a silly song (in this case,'I'm a Little Teapot,' while making his best 'handle and spout' gesture) before the band's annual rehearsal march into Tiger Stadium Aug. 18.

. The Golden Band from Tigerland held its annual preseason practice Saturday morning, marching down Victory Hill and into Tiger Stadium. The group's practice ended with a rendition of the LSU alma mater, but the musicians' instruments weren't needed. The band sang the song a capella before the members' families and friends.… Continue reading →

9th Ward club where Fats Domino got his start facing possible demolition

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- In the 1940s, Charles Armstead opened Club Desire. The club became not only a centerpiece of the community but a regular music venue for the likes of Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew and Ray Charles. Over 70 years later, the club's ceiling has collapsed, and the interior is strewn with fallen debris.

When Charlie Armstead built Club Desire in the Upper 9th Ward back in 1948, he was inspired by high-end New Orleans clubs like the Dew Drop Inn in Central City. Both Armstead’s club and its crosstown counterpart were locales where black patrons turned out in their finest suits and dresses to enjoy an evening of music… Continue reading →

Video: Fellow Magazine Street business owner sends out condolences to Jillian Johnson family

Grace Kaynor, owner of Sotre in New Orleans, sends out her condolences to the Lafayette Grand 16 Theatre shooting victim Jillian Johnson's family and understands the difficulty dealing with family members struck by gun violence.

Grace Kaynor, owner of Sotre in New Orleans, sends out her condolences to the Lafayette Grand 16 Theatre shooting victim Jillian Johnson's family and understands the difficulty dealing with family members struck by gun violence. Kaynor's Sotre business sits across Magazine Street from Parish Ink / Red Arrow Gallery, co-owned by Johnson. Kaynor reflects on her… Continue reading →

New Orleans men become first same-sex couple to wed in Louisiana, each thankful for 'making me the man that I am today'

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN MCCUSKER -- Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin are the first same-sex couple to wed in New Orleans since Friday's historic Supreme Court decision.

The legal battle. The delays. The disappointment. It was all behind them Monday afternoon. Before them was the life they’d waited years to claim, the one where Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin could hold hands, gaze into each other’s eyes and promise to love forever. “You are my best friend,” Robinson told Benjamin… Continue reading →

Follow the day for Michael and Earl: First couple in line in New Orleans for same-sex marriage

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin wait in line to get a marriage license Friday morning after the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality was handed down.

New Orleans staff writer Jaquetta White in following Michael Robinson and his partner, Earl, as they're the first couple in line in New Orleans for a same-sex marriage license... Continue reading →

Video: New Orleans Audubon Aquarium welcomes new endangered penguin chick

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER  -- Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is thrilled to announce the successful hatching of an endangered African blackfooted penguin chick named Chickory. Hatched on April 23, 2015, the chick has been nesting with first-time parents, Millicent, front,  and Puddles, in background,  in the penguin exhibit at the Aquarium.

A new baby penguin chick was successfully hatched last month at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, according to a press release. The Aquarium welcomed Chicory, an endangered African blackfooted penquin hatched April 23, 2015. The new chick has been nesting with first-time parents, Millicent and Puddles, in the penguin exhibit at the Aquarium.… Continue reading →