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  1. Bill Doss of Olivia Tremor Control Dead at 43

    July 31, 2012 3:06 PM EDT Bill Doss, a founding member of indie rock group the Olivia Tremor Control, has died at the age of 43 of as-yet-unannounced causes. After reports surfaced early Tuesday (July 31) of Doss' death, the official OTC web site confirmed the sad new ...

  2. Bruce Springsteen Closes Out First Weekend of New Orleans Jazz Fest

    April 30, 2012 6:04 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Bruce Springsteen has closed out the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with a 2 1/2-hour show that combined crowd-pleasers such as "Born to Run" with the cover tune of his new CD, Wrecking ...

  3. Backbeat: Louisiana Makes Touring Sales Pitch With Ledisi, Trombone Shorty

    February 13, 2012 2:06 PM EST Ledisi gets funky with guitarist Nate Mercereaux and Trombone Shorty at the Only in Louisiana brunch. Louisiana has long popularized the tax breaks it supplies film and television shows, but at Saturday's annual Only in Louisiana brunch, they ...

  4. Foo Fighters, Eagles, Tom Petty Announced For 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest

    December 14, 2011 8:53 AM EST NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Eagles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Foo Fighters and John Mayer are among the headliners to perform at next year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It will be the first year the Eagles and Tom Petty ...

  5. Video: Quint Davis, President Of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, On Rebuilding Fest After Katrina

    November 16, 2011 12:37 PM EST For the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the past six years have been anything but normal. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the festival took a major hit not only in attendance but also in acts, stages and food booths, knocking the ...

  6. Ass-Kicking Festivals; New World Order of Clubs: BB Touring Conf Day Two Panels

    November 10, 2011 6:30 PM EST From left: Gary Richards, President, Hard Events. Jay Sweet, Producer, Newport Folk Festival. Charlie Jones, Partner, C3 Presents. Quint Davis, President, Festival Productions, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. (Photo: Michael Seto) Day tw ...

  7. Not Happening: Any Outdoor Concert in Irene's Path (Dave Matthews, ZZ Top, Afro-Punk Fest)

    August 26, 2011 7:45 PM EDT Hurricane Irene is wreaking havoc on just about every musical happening up and down the East Coast this weekend, including a Dave Matthews Band concert festival -- the DMB Caravan -- on Governor's Island in NYC, which canceled its Saturday an ...

  8. Essence Music Festival Draws More Than 422,000 Attendees

    July 06, 2011 8:06 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS- More than 422,000 people took part in the 2011 Essence Music Festival held over the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans, festival organizers said Tuesday. For three days, thousands gathered for nightly concerts inside the Louisiana ...

  9. Three Questions With Mike Martinovich, My Morning Jacket Manager

    May 19, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Mike Martinovich manages My Morning Jacket, known for its epic performances at rock festivals. With their newest studio record, the critically acclaimed "Circuital," coming at the end of this month on ATO Records, MMJ will be hitting the ...

  10. Mississippi River Is Rising in Memphis, but Graceland, Music Landmarks Are Dry

    May 09, 2011 3:00 PM EDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Mississippi rose toward the highest level ever in the river city, flooding pockets of low-lying neighborhoods and forcing more than 1,000 people from their homes, though the water was not threatening the music heartland's ...

  11. New Orleans Jazz Fest Thrives Despite Competition

    May 04, 2011 7:36 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A sea of flowered shirts, colorful tank tops and straw hats sways to an infectious beat under a searing blue sky. Artists ranging from Bon Jovi to New Orleans jazz singer John Boutte pump tunes on multiple stages as an exub ...

  12. Chaz Fest Offers Freaky, Funky Alternative to New Orleans Jazz Fest

    May 03, 2011 2:50 PM EDT While hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe flock to the world-renowned 42nd annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to catch national acts like Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi and Willie Nelson as well as local legends Allen Toussai ...

  13. Exclusive: 'A Night in Treme' Tour, Featuring Artists From HBO Show, Launches In June

    March 24, 2011 4:07 PM EDT A tour of New Orleans musicians under the banner of the HBO show "Treme" has been booked for nine dates this summer, and the promoter is looking to extend its routing into the spring of 2012. So far, "A Night in Treme" is booke ...

  14. Telekinesis SXSW Diary: Insane Television Watching, Heaps of Sunscreen, Chris Walla

    March 21, 2011 2:30 PM EDT A Room With A View. The author shoots Austin's famed 6th Street from the balcony of the Driskill Hotel where "it was calm and nice to watch the craziness from." (Photo: Michael Benjamin Lerner) I think there are two types of SXSW go ...

  15. Duffy Collaborator and Noted Producer Albert Hammond Sued By Manager

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Albert Hammond, a songwriter and composer who has enjoyed extraordinary success over the years, is being sued by his former manager, Kasaan Steigen, who is taking partial credit for helping him make a comeback but says she was then left out of sub ...

  16. Arcade Fire, Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, Sonny Rollins To Headline New Orleans Jazz Fest

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST The annual New Orleans Jazz & Music Heritage Festival today announced its 2011 line-up with a diverse slate of headliners that includes Arcade Fire, Sonny Rollins, Kid Rock, Wilco, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Mellencamp, the ...

  17. Faith Hill Plays Free Show For Katrina's Victims

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Faith Hill says giving back just comes naturally for the Mississippi native, and she has a message for those still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. "We are here for you still and you are not forgotten," Hill said before headlining a fr ...

  18. New Orleans Jazz Fest 40th Year Riffs On Old, New

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music fans old enough to have attended the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 40 years ago boogied alongside those who weren't yet born when the celebration of music, food and the culture of Louisiana began. Sunday's Jazz Fest ...

  19. Whitfield Uses Rap To Educate Youth

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST When Rani Whitfield used to DJ parties in high school and college, he recalls “how effective music was in bringing people together.” Now as Tha’ Hip Hop Doc (aka H2D), the Baton Rouge, La.-based physician is using spoken word/rap to educate youth ...

  20. Jazz Fest Turns 40 With Star-Packed Bill

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this spring with a star-studded lineup featuring Aretha Franklin, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, James Taylor, Wynton Marsalis, Kings Of Leon, Tony Bennett, the Neville B ...

  21. Death Cab, Badu, Wyclef Join Voodoo Experience Bill

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Death Cab For Cutie, Erykah Badu, Wyclef Jean, Panic At The Disco, Joss Stone, Lupe Fiasco and Dashboard Confessional are among the top names joining headliners R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots at the tenth Voodoo Experience, to be ...

  22. Touring Briefs: Carlos Mencia, Hot Chip, Bonnaroo

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Stand-up comedian Carlos Mencia will launch an 80-city tour, beginning July 26 at Morrison, Colo.'s Red Rocks Amphitheater. The trek -- dubbed Bud Light Presents Carlos Mencia: At Close Range -- is being produced by Live Nation and Icon Ent ...

  23. New Orleans Sings Praise As Neville Brothers Reunite

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Neville Brothers, who traditionally help close out the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, returned to the big stage Sunday for the first time since Hurricane Katrina flooded and wrecked their homes, along with 80 percent of the city. Th ...

  24. R.E.M., NIN, STP Set For Voodoo Music Experience

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Modern rock titans R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the 10th Voodoo Music Experience, Billbord.com can reveal. The event will be held Oct. 24-26 at New Orleans' City Park; tickets begin going on sale Friday (May 2 ...

  25. Festival Network Unveils 2008 Schedule

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With new festivals in Whistler, British Columbia; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and San Francisco, Festival Network has officially announced its 2008 season schedule (see full list below). Lineups for most of the jazz/folk-themed festiv ...

  26. NBA Drafts Connick Jr., Marsalis For All-Star Game

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Singer/pianist Harry Connick Jr. and classical saxophonist Branford Marsalis have been tapped to perform during the 57th NBA All-Star Game at the New Orleans Arena on Feb. 17. Marsalis will perform big band melodies with the Rebirth Brass Band dur ...

  27. Stevie, Billy, Jimmy Join Together For Jazz Fest

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffett are among the dozens of acts set to appear at New Orleans' annual Jazz & Heritage Festival this spring. The Shell-sponsored event will be held April 25-27 and May 1-4 at the city's Fair Gro ...

  28. Voodoo Attendance Hits All-Time High

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT This year's ninth annual Voodoo Music Experience, held Oct. 26-28 at New Orleans' City Park, drew approximately 150,000 concertgoers, again breaking past attendance records, according to Stephen Rehage, the festival's founder and pr ...

  29. Artists Band Together For 'Jena 6' Benefit

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nick Cannon, Lloyd, Baby Boy, Sean P, Twista, Tank, Jagged Edge, Killer Mike, Bobby Brown, DTP's Small World and Hurricane Chris will perform at the "Jena 6 Empowerment Concert," to be held Sept. 29 in Birmingham, Ala. The event aim ...

  30. Rage, Pumpkins Anchor Voodoo Music Experience

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rage Against The Machine and Smashing Pumpkins anchor a lineup of rock heavy-hitters and acclaimed New Orleans musicians for the 2007 Voodoo Music Experience, which is expanding to three days and will be held Oct. 26-28 at New Orleans' City P ...

  31. SaveNetRadio Enlists Jazz Artists

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SaveNetRadio, a coalition formed after the Copyright Royalty Board set new webcaster royalty rates in March, has enlisted jazz legends, artists and educators to urge Congress to knock out the new rates . In a letter to House Judiciary chairman Joh ...

  32. Voodoo Music Experience Breaks Attendance Record

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST New Orleans fest draws more than 90,000 fans. New Orleans fest draws more than 90,000 fans. News ...

  33. Voodoo Music Experience Breaks Attendance Record

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST This year's eighth annual Voodoo Music Experience, which took place Oct. 28-29 at New Orleans' City Park, drew approximately 93,000 concert-goers, breaking past attendance records, according to Stephe This year's eighth annual Voodo ...

  34. Latin Jazz Pianist Hilton Ruiz In Coma

    May 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Injured in fall on morning of May 19. Latin jazz pianist, arranger and composer Hilton Ruiz remains in a coma due to injuries sustained after a fall in New Orleans. Ruiz, of Teaneck, New Jersey, had flown to New Orleans on May 18 with Marco Matute ...

  35. Springsteen & Seeger Sessions Band to Debut at JazzFest

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Acts including Etta James have also been added. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, taking place April 28-30 and May 5-7 at the New Orleans Fair Grounds, will feature the first ever performance from Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessi ...

  36. Voodoo Music Experience Returns To New Orleans

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Scheduled for Oct. 29 Riverview Park. After being moved to Memphis in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Voodoo Music Experience will return to its original home of New Orleans for the first of its two-night duration. The Oct. 29 show at New Orlea ...

  37. Exclusive: Voodoo Music Experience Moving To Memphis

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Voodoo Music Experience, which was to be held in New Orleans Oct. 29-30, has been moved to Memphis' Tom Lee Park in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Billboard.com can exclusively reveal. The Voodoo Music Experience, which was to be held in ...

  38. Exclusive: Voodoo Moving To Memphis

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nine Inch Nails first act confirmed. The Voodoo Music Experience, which was to be held in New Orleans Oct. 29-30, has been moved to Memphis' Tom Lee Park in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Billboard.com can exclusively reveal. Nine Inch Nails ...

  39. New Orleans' WWOZ Posts Musicians' Whereabouts

    September 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT List includes famous and local residents. One of the most necessary local radio efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans is a silent one. A list of names of New Orleans metro area musicians whose safety and whereabouts have been determined has been pos ...

  40. SMG: Superdome's Demise Exaggerated

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Will take 45-60 days to accurately assess damage. Talk of the demise of the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans has been greatly exaggerated, according to officials at SMG, the Philadelphia-based management firm that runs the stadium and adjacent N ...

  41. Movie, Music Industries Must Commit To Aid

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT I have watched the events unfold in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast, and my heart has been breaking from what I've seen. My wife and I have been sick with worry for all the relatives and friends Joel C. High is senior VP of music and sou ...

  42. Fox Vows To Promote Again In New Oreleans

    September 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "I'm not going to turn my back on the city now." Veteran Big Easy promoter Don Fox, president of Beaver Productions, says he will again promote concerts in New Orleans, although he predicts it could be many months away. "I' ...

  43. N.O. Mayor: 'Get Off Your Asses'

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Gov't disaster response coming 'too late.' WWL radio and the United Radio Broadcasters of New Orleans network of stations broadcast an interview Thursday night (Sept. 1) with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin who said, in no uncertain ter ...

  44. New Orleans Radio Unites To Keep News On Air

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasting alliance vows to keep city informed. Radio broadcasters in and around New Orleans are uniting to keep the city, and the world, informed of what's really happening right now in the ravaged city. It's a joint effort with a pro ...

  45. Reports: Domino Plucked From New Orleans Flood

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rock 'n' roll pioneer Fats Domino has been rescued from the floodwaters of his New Orleans hometown, allaying fears that he may have perished in the grim aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, news reports s Rock 'n' roll pioneer Fats ...

  46. Katrina Ravages Tour Biz

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Baton Rouge performance of Disney Live cancelled. Baton Rouge performance of Disney Live cancelled. News ...

  47. Katrina Ravages Tour Biz

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Baton Rouge performance of Disney Live cancelled. Hurricane Katrina has made its presence felt among venues in the Gulf Coast region. Among the large venues in the region impacted by Katrina are the Louisiana Superdome; New Orleans Arena and Keife ...

  48. Virgin Retail Hits Sales Highs At Festivals

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Entertainment Group North America announced today (May 17) that it set new sales records at two music festivals it recently sponsored, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Coachella Virgin Entertainment Group North America a ...

  49. WMG Names Gov't Relations VP

    May 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT D.C. insider former House counsel. Warner Music Group has appointed Linda Bloss-Baum as VP of public policy and government relations. She will head the group's new public policy office in Washington, D.C. and report to Dave Johnson, WMG' ...

  50. WMG Names Gov't Relations VP

    May 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT D.C. insider former House counsel. Warner Music Group has appointed Linda Bloss-Baum as VP of public policy and government relations. She will head the group's new public policy office in Washington, D.C. and report to Dave Johnson, WMG' ...

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