050414 Dead Feat, New Orleans, LA

The concert was a conglomeration of musicians called Dead Feat, a ‘super-group’ of sorts that pairs members of Little Feat and The Grateful Dead with a few local heroes solely for a single (albeit annual) New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival aftershow…

032816 George Porter Jr., New Orleans, LA

If you’re ever in New Orleans you’ve got to get to the Maple Leaf Bar for a show. There’s nothing classy about the classic dive but it’s been a live music institution for the last forty years or so in a town that knows its live music. On March 28th, 2016 I took my own advice and hopped the iconic St. Charles streetcar far from the French Quarter to the nondescript venue…

032016 The Passion, New Orleans, LA

In the Spring of 2016 I spent three weeks in the French Quarter of New Orleans. One morning I was perusing the local paper (as is my habit when on vacation) and I read about an upcoming event that I found very intriguing. It was a modernized version of The Passion of The Christ adapted by Tyler Perry, it was to be broadcast live on television as it was acted out in real time, it was all happening right in the French Quarter and best of all it was free…

012515 Trombone Shorty, New Orleans, LA

Mr. Shorty (who is anything but short) is a demigod around New Orleans. I saw forty foot tall billboards of him at the airport when I arrived. And why not? He blends pure, old-school New Orleans jazz with a cutting-edge updated rock sound that pushes his music beyond the bounds of authenticity into a new, true sound. It’s rockin’, it’s jazzy, it’s loud and brash and it sounds just like Trombone Shorty…

012415 Preservation Hall, New Orleans, LA

Preservation Hall in New Orleans must be the most understated famous venue in America. Tucked away on a sidestreet in the French Quarter just steps from the neon stench of Bourbon Street, for more than half a century Preservation Hall has been marked by a simple trombone case hanging over an unmarked door, behind which is the smallest venue you’ve ever heard of…

Louisiana: January, 2019

Settling in for a relatively calm two-week stay in the Crescent City, m’lady and I augmented our usual sights and stops with our first NFL game (Go Saints Go!) and our first trip together outside of the city, when we rented a Jeep and hit the road for Lafayette and environs. All in all it was another spectacular trip to one of the greatest places America has to offer.