Music fest continues to help uninsured musicians

When Russellville musician Kerry Gilbert was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, his friends and colleagues in the local music scene started a fundraiser for him to help with the singer’s medical bills.

The Kerry Gilbert Music Fest is in its third year, this year raising money for musician T.J. Beasley, who is suffering from a hernia, Crohn’s disease and diabetes.

Festival organizer Jon Hamilton said many musicians don’t have health insurance, so when medial problems arise they take a toll on more than just health.


Women’s music festival grows in its second year

Go big so nobody wants to stay home – that seems to be the motto of this year’s Northern California Women’s Music Festival.

In its sophomore outing, the event has nearly doubled in size and brought in national headliners. It’s a big step up from last year’s festival, which ran one evening and featured largely local performers.

Close to 40 acts are slated to play, mixing local talent with regional performers and touring musicians. The festival will stretch over two days now, opening the night of Friday, Oct. 23, and running throughout the day Saturday, Oct. 24 – culminating with a night of headlining musical acts.

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KREWE OF BOO New Orleans 2015 After Parade Costume Party MONSTER MASH at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

Saturday, October 24th 9pm-2am
with the Krewe of  Boo!'s FunkiFIYA. Featuring:
Zigaboo Modeliste, Ivan Neville,  Tony Hall,  June Yamagishi, Ian Neville, Big Sam, Khris Royal, and DJ OTTO.


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Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival sneak peek

GrassRoots Festival at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, just off the coast of Miami Florida. The culture camp is February 14th to 17th, 2016. Instrument, Dance, Movement & Cooking Workshops
 Can't get enough of the sun, sand, music, and community?  Join us before the festival for four extra days of GrassRoots fun!  Our second annual Culture Camp is the perfect chance for you to immerse yourself in instrument, dance, movement & cooking workshops with some of the most talented artists in the GrassRoots community.

February 18th to 21st -- The Festival. Four days of music, beach camping, yoga.

Take a peek at the music line-up: The Family Stone, Donna the Buffalo, Preston Frank & his Family Zydeco Band, Afrobeta, Telekinetic Walrus, Lanzallamas, Suenalo.  Read more  at

Live music is far from dead

Ever since the dawn of Rock and Roll, it was impossible to achieve any scrap of success without being a kickass live band. Live shows were your chance to advertise and sell copies of your records.

Nowadays, since music is just a search and stream away on iTunes, Youtube or Spotify, the model has been flipped: artists use albums and singles as marketing tools to get fans to jump out of their seat, buy some tickets, and bask in the atmosphere of a live show.

In this new era, it’s easier to rise from the bottom to the top. More people like Chance the Rapper can become superstars. Musicians can make a career from making music for the sake of having fun and achieve success without even releasing a full LP...

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New Orleans Advocate enhances its music coverage with familiar names | Advocate

Veteran Times-Picayune music writer Keith Spera is among four journalists moving to The New Orleans Advocate as the news organization continues to enhance its coverage of the city’s unique local culture.

They join more than two dozen former Times-Picayune writers, editors and photographers who have jumped to The Advocate since 2012, when The Times-Picayune announced deep layoffs and slashed its home delivery to three days a week.

The media outlet has since announced it is shuttering its longtime Howard Avenue office and will print the paper in Mobile, Alabama. It also has conducted two additional layoffs, the latest last month.

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50 Shades of James Brown

Cookin with gas

Drive Time

For the Cool Kids

Funk in the trunk

Funky Friday

Funky Horns

Git Rite 2.3

Golden Sunrise


High n Dry

Mardi Gras Indians

Mourning a Friend

Move It

Nelson Mandela

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Punk Junk


Road Trip across Alligator Alley

Spring Chill

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday Almost Friday

Train Tues

Xmas Youle Have Fun


The Early Dirty Dozen Brass Band

I think we’re different than traditional New Orleans music. You know we wanted to play the music that we were growing up with. We were listening to avant-garde bands, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, things like that. We wanted to learn that kind of music and open up the music thing for some of the people. So they could hear something a little different and see how that works on the street. And basically, it just took off from there. -Roger Lewis, Dirty Dozen Brass Band

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Jazz, Jams and Best of After-Hours Harlem

Bum be de BOMP. Be dop bop be da BOMP. Bum be de BOMP. It's impossible to hear the opening lines of Charles Mingus' version of Bobby Timmons' "Moanin" and not feel immediately patched into the energy and anger that marked the great bassist's career. Tonight that riff comes out of the massive baritone sax of Clare Daly, the fairy godmother of saxophonists, who blows with the fury of a tempest. She's part of one of my favorite horn sections in town, and her riff fills and thrills all of us gathered at the elegant supper club, Minton's.

Minton's was the birthplace of bebop, back in the 1940s. It's where Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Lester Young developed the sounds that propelled the century. Then, in 1974, the place burned down, its history silenced in the ashes. Recently it was reborn with the help of Dick Parsons and chef Alexander Smalls, who also run the restaurant next door, The Cecil, named Best New Restaurant by this very magazine in 2014.

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