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  • Concert to benefit EBR Schools check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2015 7:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- You can watch people of all ages present the gift of music coming up at the Music in our Schools Benefit Concert Friday night. "The purpose of this concert is to let the community know what's going on in our schools," said Wayne Talbot, the East Baton... more »
  • Usher, Missy Elliott to perform at Essence Fest 2015

    March 4, 2015 12:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Grammy Award winning artists Usher and Missy Elliott have been added to the 2015 Essence Festival lineup. They join Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, comedian Kevin Hart, Common and Trombone Shorty, among others, on its main stage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans over... more »
  • Deadline approaching for entries in Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 10, 2015 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The George Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest has received over 2,000 entries since 2010 and has contributed more than $200,000 in scholarships. Entries for this year's contest are due this week. The theme is ‘Louisiana's Music'. "Louisiana has such a rich, vibrant music history from New Orleans... more »
  • Sam Smith wins 4 Grammys, Beck takes home album of the year

    February 9, 2015 2:55 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - Sam Smith's soulful sound and heartbreaking songs resonated with fans - and his breakthrough was solidified when he took home three of the top four Grammy Awards on Sunday, though Beck earned a surprise win for album of the year. "I want to thank the man... more »
  • Single-day tickets on sale for Superfest

    February 5, 2015 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers announced Thursday that single-day ticket sales for Bayou Country Superfest were now open. The two-day ticket package for the May 23-24 music festival at LSU Tiger Stadium are still available, according to a Superfest press release. This year's festival will see country music stars... more »
  • Lenny Kravitz added to 2015 Jazz Fest lineup

    February 3, 2015 4:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - After a 10-year hiatus, rocker Lenny Kravitz returns to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Producers of the festival announced Tuesday that Kravitz is scheduled to perform Sunday, May 3. He last performed at the festival in 2004. Kravitz joins a lineup that includes Elton John,... more »
  • Next generation of dancers perform at the Manship check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 29, 2015 7:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - If you want to see the next generation of great dancers, you should attend Of Moving Colors 6th annual Kick It Out community production. It's this weekend at the Manship Theatre. "The students are working with all professional dancers," Development Director Nancy Little told News 2's... more »
  • Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett among duets set for Grammy Awards

    January 28, 2015 1:59 AM

    NEW YORK - The Grammy Awards will feature a number of collaborative performances, including Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett and Adam Levine with Gwen Stefani. The Recording Academy said Tuesday that Annie Lennox also will be paired with newcomer Hozier and Jessie J with Tom Jones at the Feb. 8... more »
  • The Who, Elton John among 2015 Jazz Fest lineup

    January 12, 2015 11:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fans of The Who, Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga should make plans to head to New Orleans in April. Organizers for the 46th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival released their lineup Monday for the 2015 music festival. The annual event covers... more »
  • Joe Cocker dies at 70

    December 22, 2014 1:28 PM

    LONDON - British singer Joe Cocker is dead at age 70. His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, said Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades. Cocker was known for a memorable Woodstock performance and cover of the Beatles' "With a... more »
  • Cool Schools: Spanish Lake Primary check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 25, 2014 7:47 AM

    GEISMAR - Louisiana is known for its live music. Playing instruments, signing and dancing are all part of our heritage. 5th graders at Spanish Lake Primary School in Ascension Parish are getting a head start on the tradition by learning to play ukulele. "They are in the classroom all... more »
  • Preserving Louisiana history, culture at the Cajun Music Festival check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 20, 2014 7:32 AM

    GONZALES - The Cajun Music Festival is helping preserve Louisiana's history, food, music and dancing. Amelia Nolan and Roland Doucet joined Kylie Dixon on 2une In this morning with all the details. You can attend the festival Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Lamar Dixon Expo... more »
  • Superfest stars shine bright at CMA's

    November 6, 2014 6:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Bayou Country Superfest organizers released their official talent lineup for the 2015 festival Wednesday morning. That night, some of the stars coming to Baton Rouge shined bright at the Country Music Association Awards. One of the brightest last night was Miranda Lambert. She opened the night... more »
  • Louisiana Legacy: KBON 101.1 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 3, 2014 9:31 AM

    EUNICE - KBON in Eunice, Louisiana claims to be one of the most visited radio stations in the world. Since 1997, it's been the only radio station in the state that plays local Louisiana music. Cajun and Zydeco can be heard from Lake Charles to New Roads. In the... more »
  • Rockin' out at Rocktober Fest check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 23, 2014 7:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - You can rock out for free this weekend at Rocktober Music and Arts Fest in Baton Rouge. Philliper Stewart from the Buddy Stewart Memorial Music Foundation stopped by 2une In this morning with all the details. This year's festival is Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00... more »
  • Harvest Festival on False River runs through Sunday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 17, 2014 6:16 PM

    NEW ROADS - There will be an ample supply of fall fun to be had and lovely weather conditions to go with it this weekend at the Fourth Annual Harvest Festival on False River. People were already turning out to the downtown area in droves as of our 5... more »
  • Rock out at the Southeast Louisiana Guitar Show check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 22, 2014 8:18 AM

    PONCHATOULA - If you enjoy music or antiques and want a unique festival experience, check out the 3rd annual Southeast Louisiana Guitar Show in Ponchatoula this weekend. It's Friday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Roussel's & Co. (177 West Pine St.). For more information,... more »
  • Newly released Rodrigue work to benefit LSU check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 5, 2014 3:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The work of famed "Blue Dog" artist George Rodrigue will benefit LSU's School of Music. Prior to his 2013 death, Rodrigue designed what he termed "Take Five," a work that features his iconic Blue Dog surrounded by lush vegetation and symbols of the "rich musical heritage of... more »
  • JLo may not be flattered

    July 16, 2014 7:41 PM

    SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- Pop singer and actress Jennifer Lopez may not think naming a water mite species after her to be too flattering. It was discovered near Puerto Rico where she is from by scientists who were listening to her music during their research. Biologist Vladimir Pesic... more »
  • Donaldsonville prepares for Juneteenth Festival

    June 4, 2014 3:10 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Officials announced that final preparations are under way for the 18th Annual Juneteenth Music Freedom Festival coming up this weekend. The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. on Sunday June 8 in Louisiana Square on Railroad Ave. and lasts until 7 p.m. Visitors can expect musical... more »
  • Reba, George Strait welcome country music fans to Baton Rouge Friday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 23, 2014 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A star-studded lineup at Bayou Country Superfest packed Tiger Stadium for the first night of three-day concert series Friday. Chris Young, Reba McEntire and George Strait kicked off the festival. Many fans traveled long distances for Strait's Farewell Tour, no matter the cost. "[George... more »
  • LSU eyeing security ahead of BC Superfest check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 22, 2014 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the fifth annual Bayou Country Superfest set to kick off today, LSU Police are prepping security measures for the event's expected record-breaking crowd. LSU's Tiger Stadium will host some of country music biggest stars with Friday headlined by George Strait and Reba McEntire. Single-day tickets... more »
  • Legendary Pete Fountain putting down his clarinet

    April 17, 2014 9:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Legendary musician Pete Fountain has retired from public performing his family said late Thursday, according to WWLTV.com . Described as a musical icon and great clarinetist, the 83-year-old said it is time to retire. The announcement came from his son-in-law who has acted as his manager for... more »
  • Hotels fill quick for Bayou Country Superfest

    April 7, 2014 6:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge hotel vacancies are quickly disappearing for the May 23-25 weekend when country music superstars will entertain thousands at the Bayou Country Superfest. Tourism officials and event planners are hoping for record-setting attendance for the now three-day event, which drew about 70,000 last year when it... more »
  • Learn the importance of music with Music in our Schools check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 17, 2014 9:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Renee Chatelain, the executive director of the Manship Theatre, and Andy Pizzo, a band director and jazz tromboner visited 2une In Monday to talk about Music in our Schools. Some of the top student and faculty talents in East Baton Rouge Parish will be showcased on... more »
  • CrossFit owner, neighbor sparring over noise check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 19, 2014 10:29 PM

    ZACHARY - Complaints have been filed against CrossFit Zachary for excessive noise. The complaints are so frequent, the city of Zachary is talking about purchasing a decibel reader to test the sound levels. CrossFit Zachary has classes from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The workouts are intense. "You're... more »
  • Strong ratings for American Music Awards

    November 26, 2013 3:22 PM

    NEW YORK- There's nothing like a lip-synching kitty to juice ratings. The Nielsen company said that viewership for ABC's telecast of the "American Music Awards" on Sunday was up 38 percent over last year. The most-discussed part of the broadcast was Miley Cyrus singing her hit "Wrecking Bell" with... more »
  • Performers set for 2014 country festival

    October 30, 2013 8:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers will announce Wednesday the performance line-up for the upcoming Bayou Country Superfest. The event will celebrate its fifth year in May and draws some of the biggest names in country music. Country legend George Strait will headline the three-day concert series in 2014. Officials... more »
  • Music festival canceled in NYC over drug concerns

    September 1, 2013 10:14 AM

    NEW YORK - The last day of a New York City dance music festival featuring high-profile acts including Avicii, David Guetta and Diplo has been canceled over drug-related health concerns. The city says it recommended Electric Zoo festival not continue Sunday after two attendees died and four others had to... more »
  • Ascension students face the music in P.E. check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 7, 2013 6:24 PM

    GEISMAR- School is back in session in Ascension Parish and some students at Dutchtown Primary are facing the music. It's part of a grant started by Kathleen Guedry, a PE teacher at the school, that incorporates music into Phys Ed classes to help teach students math and social studies... more »
  • Satchmo SummerFest 2013 kicks off

    August 2, 2013 10:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The 13th annual Satchmo SummerFest will be held this weekend at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint. The festival is dedicated to the life, legacy and music of New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. It will feature three days of seminars about the history and... more »
  • 2013 Essence Fest wraps, work begins on 2014

    July 9, 2013 7:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The 19th annual Essence Festival is over, but planners for Essence and the city of New Orleans say they've already started work on the next one. The festival's contract with the city ends after the 2014 event, which will mark its 20th year. Michelle Ebanks, president... more »
  • Country singer Randy Travis hospitalized in Texas

    July 8, 2013 4:42 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country music star Randy Travis has been hospitalized in Texas with viral cardiomyopathy. A news release from the singer's publicist says Travis was admitted to the hospital Sunday in Dallas. No other details were released. The "Three Wooden Crosses" singer is listed in critical condition. Viral cardiomyopathy... more »
  • Maxwell brings his sweet falsetto to Essence

    July 5, 2013 4:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - R&B singers Maxwell, Jill Scott and Brandy along with the classic rhymes of rapper LL Cool J kick off the 2013 Essence Festival's three-night concert series in the Superdome. The festival's first full day of empowerment seminars in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center began with Steve... more »
  • Essence Fest opens July 4th with music, barbecue

    July 4, 2013 7:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Essence Festival is embracing the July 4th holiday with an opening day of live music and family-style barbecue on the bank of the Mississippi River. Essence is one of the premiere music festivals celebrating black culture and music. It's been held every Independence Day weekend... more »
  • Mumford & Sons bassist has blood clot, N.O. concert postponed

    June 11, 2013 11:53 AM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane has a blood clot on his brain that will require surgery. The Grammy-winning folk-rock group postponed concerts Tuesday in Dallas, Wednesday in The Woodlands in Texas and Thursday in New Orleans. A statement on its website said there are no plans... more »
  • Apple revamps iOS, unveils music streaming service

    June 10, 2013 2:26 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Apple is throwing out most of the real-world graphical cues from its iPhone and iPad software, like the casino-green "felt" of its Game Center app, in what it calls the biggest update since the iPhone's launch in 2007. The new operating system, called iOS 7, strives for... more »
  • Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert at country fest

    May 24, 2013 2:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The sounds of country music take over the City of Baton Rouge as the Bayou Country Superfest brings some of the genre's biggest names to LSU's Tiger Stadium for a Memorial Day holiday jamfest. Headlining Saturday are Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Aaron Lewis, the... more »
  • Jazz Fest includes Native American music

    May 2, 2013 12:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Mixed in among the jazz, Cajun, blues and zydeco flowing from the stages here are the singing, chanting and drumming of Native American acts featuring dancers donned in colorful feathers and fringe. Louisiana Native Americans have long been represented at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival,... more »
  • Rapper known as "Mac Daddy" dead at 34

    May 1, 2013 10:01 PM

    ATLANTA- Chris Kelly, known as "Mac Daddy," and a member of the 90s rap duo Kriss Cross, died Wednesday night. An investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said the 34-year-old was pronounced dead at a hospital in Atlanta. Authorities said they are unsure of Kelly's cause of... more »
  • Young musicians cling to Cajun, zydeco traditions

    April 26, 2013 12:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Members of the Cajun band T'Monde are young, but they like their music old. The band of 20-somethings opened the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Friday with century-old, fiddle-heavy Cajun tunes. As music fans wielding folding chairs and umbrellas filed through the gates of the... more »
  • George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81

    April 26, 2013 10:35 AM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," has died. He was 81. Publicist Kirt Webster says Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville... more »
  • Essence releases headliners for 2013 fest

    April 5, 2013 9:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - More details about the 2013 Essence Festival have been released, giving fans another look at the talent in store for the music and cultural celebration. Organizers say the festival opens Friday, July 5, with R&B powerhouses Jill Scott and Maxwell as well as rapper LL Cool J... more »
  • Buku music fest back with bigger lineup

    March 7, 2013 8:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Hip-hop singer Big Freedia and an entourage of booty-shaking "bounce" dancers are using a Mardi Gras float for a stage when the Buku music festival returns to New Orleans this weekend. The two-day Buku Music + Art Project, a hip-hop and electronic dance music festival launched last year,... more »
  • Private funeral for Mindy McCready

    February 22, 2013 11:15 AM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country star Mindy McCready's funeral has been scheduled for Tuesday in her hometown of Fort Myers, Fla. The funeral will be private. A memorial organized by friends and the music community is tentatively scheduled for March 6 at Cathedral of the Incarnation. McCready committed suicide Sunday at... more »
  • OneRepublic & Matchbox Twenty perform at SB

    January 28, 2013 10:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Multi-platinum rock bands OneRepublic and Matchbox Twenty will be performing as part of the Super Bowl XLVII pregame show in New Orleans Sunday. The two groups will perform at the NFL Tailgate Party. Beyonce will perform in the halftime show and Alicia Keys will sing the national... more »
  • Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac to headline Jazz Fest

    January 17, 2013 10:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Willie Nelson, Fleetwood Mac and Daryl Hall and John Oates are among the acts headlining this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The outdoor spring music festival spans seven days over two weekends and features hundreds of Louisiana artists in such genres... more »
  • Music City, Sun, Liberty and Chick-fil-A today

    December 31, 2012 10:39 AM

    Four bowl games are whetting college football fans' appetite for the New Year's Day bowl extravaganza. First up is the Music City Bowl in Nashville where Vanderbilt is rated about a touchdown favorite over N.C. State. Vandy is trying for its first nine-victory season since 1915. The 8-4 Commodores... more »
  • Miss. student challenges suspension over rap song

    December 4, 2012 8:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Mississippi student was exercising his free speech rights when he posted a rap song online that criticized two coaches whom he accused of misconduct toward female students, his attorneys have told a federal appeals court. However, school officials in Itawamba County, Miss., say Taylor Bell... more »
  • Beach Boys to headline free pre-bowl concert

    November 30, 2012 10:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Beach Boys and English rock band Bad Company are headlining a free concert the night before next month's New Orleans Bowl game. It'll be The Beach Boys' second show in New Orleans this year. The "Good Vibrations" Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band performed at... more »
  • Lineup announced for 2013 Bayou Country Superfest

    November 27, 2012 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers of the fourth Bayou Country Superfest released the lineup of musicians scheduled to cross Baton Rouge stages next year. The list includes Lady Antebellum, the Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, and other big-name groups. The two-day country... more »
  • Trumpet auction to benefit 'Satchmo' music fest

    November 14, 2012 10:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Trumpet-maker Jason Harrelson says he's donating one of the best trumpets he's ever made to benefit a festival honoring the artist who sparked his passion for the instrument - Louis Armstrong. Harrelson's specially made brass "Satchmo" trumpet has a fleur-de-lis mouthpiece and transcription of the musical score... more »
  • Voodoo festival opens in New Orleans

    October 26, 2012 9:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Avett Brothers and funk bassist Bootsy Collins are opening the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans. The three-day festival begins Friday at City Park, and for the first time overnight tent camping will be available by reservation to... more »
  • Going gaga over a doll

    July 25, 2012 8:04 PM

    Singer Lady Gaga was sued by a toy company over a deal to make a doll in her likeness that plays snippets of her music. MGA Entertainment contends it paid a $1 million advance to Gaga's merchandising company and spent lots more to meet deadlines to ship the dolls this... more »
  • BRAVE effort also aiming to reach kids in BR through rap

    June 22, 2012 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Rappers in Baton Rouge are being targeted to sing a new tune. It's the latest attempt to stop violence in Baton Rouge. Police say they know the area's youth need guidance and a lot of them are interested in music. So they want to get kids'... more »
  • Chris Brown, Drake brawl in NYC nightclub

    June 14, 2012 10:56 AM

    NEW YORK- New York City police are investigating an early morning Manhattan bar brawl involving hip hop stars Drake and Chris Brown. Police say five people were injured in the fight at club W.I.P. early Thursday morning, where people from both entourages were tossing bottles. Police say the injuries were... more »
  • Bayou Country Superfest kicking off, click to view lineup

    May 25, 2012 11:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers with the Bayou Country Superfest gathered today to kick off the Memorial Day weekend event. The two-day country music festival runs Saturday and Sunday at LSU's Tiger Stadium. This year's headliners include Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts. Events start Saturday with the... more »
  • Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dies at 63

    May 17, 2012 11:04 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Disco queen Donna Summer, whose pulsing anthems such as "Last Dance," ''Love to Love You Baby" and "Bad Girls" became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex, drugs, dance and flashy clothes, has died. She was 63. Her family released a statement Thursday saying Summer... more »
  • In a musical city, a plea to turn down the volume

    March 23, 2012 9:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Like the architecture that gives the French Quarter an ambiance of a by-gone era, music is a treasured part of its culture. A thriving club scene is an essential part of the city's tourism-based economy. But there is more to the French Quarter than Bourbon Street. The... more »
  • LSU School of Music names director

    March 14, 2012 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Stephen David Beck, current Haymon Professor of Composition and Computer Music at LSU, has been named as the school's new director effective July 1st. Beck received his Ph.D. in music composition and theory from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1988. His current research includes sound... more »
  • New Orleans tackles noise issue

    February 29, 2012 3:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An acoustics expert hired by some New Orleans residents says sound from music clubs in some neighborhoods - particularly the French Quarter - regularly exceeds legal noise limits. The report from Houston-based CSTI Acoustics shows excessive noise even in a mostly residential area of the quarter,... more »
  • TMZ: Monkees singer Davy Jones dead

    February 29, 2012 12:02 PM

    According to TMZ, the lead singer of The Monkees, Davy Jones, has died. TMZ reports Jones suffered a heart attack. Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and 4 daughters from previous marriages. He was 66-years-old. Jones' last performance was on Feb. 19 in Oklahoma, the night... more »
  • Google opens music store to US, challenge to Apple

    November 16, 2011 4:49 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Google is unveiling its much-anticipated digital music store as it opens a new front in its battle with Apple to provide services over mobile devices. For the first time, Google will sell songs on the Android Market, its online store for apps, movies and books. ... more »
  • Essence Fest draws more than 422,000 attendees

    July 5, 2011 5:05 PM

    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. For three days, thousands gathered for nightly concerts inside the Louisiana Superdome and free daily empowerment and community-based events at the city's convention center... more »
  • LSU picks director of conducting, wind ensembles

    June 25, 2011 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU School of Music has named Donald McKinney director of wind ensembles and conducting. Laurence Kaptain, dean of the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts, said McKinney's selection came after a two-year search by a committee made up of LSU alumni, faculty and an undergraduate... more »
  • Country fans disappointed at crowd size

    May 29, 2011 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As the city's largest music festival winds down country music fans are already disappointed in the turnout compared to last year. "Not as many people, it's not as successful as last year, it's gonna be fun, I can't wait to see Kenny Chesney, but I don't think... more »
  • Lack of local money puts Superfest's future in question

    May 27, 2011 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A lack of local money could make this the last year the Bayou Country Superfest is in Baton Rouge. The Parish Metro Council voted not to include $300,000 in matching funds for the festival in this year's budget. Today, festival director Quint Davis told News... more »
  • Southern "Funk Factory" returns from Africa

    March 3, 2011 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Southern University drum line recounted their ten day trip to Northern Africa earlier this year at a presentation on campus today. The group, affectionately known as the 'Funk Factory,' traveled through Algeria and Morocco playing music. "It showed me how to look at life differently and... more »
  • Annual powwow begins at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center

    November 27, 2010 2:01 PM

    GONZALES – Members of Native American tribes across the state gathered to kick off their annual celebration of traditional arts and culture today in Gonzales. The Louisiana Indian Heritage Association is putting on its 44th Fall Powwow at the center this weekend. The event includes traditional dancing, crafts and demonstrations,... more »
  • Apple says iTunes will sell music from Beatles

    November 16, 2010 9:07 AM

    CUPERTINO - The Beatles are finally coming to iTunes. The Beatles have so far been the most prominent holdout from iTunes and other online music services. Apple Corps Ltd., which manages the band's affairs, had resisted. The situation was exacerbated by a long-running trademark dispute between Apple Inc. and Apple... more »
  • Essence Fest producer resigns after arrest

    November 13, 2010 2:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS, La. - Essence Communications says that Stephen Rehage has stepped down as producer of the 2011 Essence Music Festival to focus on allegations against him. Rehage is free on $10,000 bond after being booked Nov. 5 on one count of simple rape. The Times-Picayune reports that the statement... more »
  • Music festival producer arrested on rape charges

    November 5, 2010 1:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man who produces two of New Orleans' largest music festivals has been arrested on a rape charge. Stephen Rehage, founder and producer of Voodoo Fest and producer of the Essence Music Festival, surrendered to police on Friday. A magistrate set his bond at $10,000. The Times-Picayune... more »
  • Baton Rouge officials want Superfest encore

    August 27, 2010 6:33 AM

    The Baton Rouge Convention and Visitors Bureau executive committee has approved a resolution aimed at repeating Bayou Country Superfest next year. The panel's resolution gives bureau president Paul Arrigo and board chairman Claude Reynaud authority to conduct negotiations for the 2011 Superfest with Festival Productions Inc., the promoters of the... more »
  • David St. Romain concert

    July 29, 2010 6:15 AM

    David St. Romain has a new album out. He sat down with Whitney Vann to discuss his new music. David St. Romain Show Cadillac Rock 'n' Country Saloon - LaPlace Friday, July 30th 10:00 p.m. more »
  • Bayou Country Superfest 2011

    July 16, 2010 11:27 AM

    Baton Rouge officials want to make sure Bayou Country Superfest comes back next year. The Area Convention & Visitors Commission's committee wants to put up $300,000 to sponsor it. This year's even drew more than 85,000 people to LSU's Tiger Stadium over the Memorial Day weekend and brought... more »
  • Visitors panel urges support for Country Superfest

    July 16, 2010 6:47 AM

    The Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Commission's executive committee has recommended that the agency put up $300,000 to sponsor Bayou Country Superfest again next year. Paul Arrigo, the president and chief executive officer of the visitors bureau, says producers need commitments for local participation so they can move forward... more »
  • LSU reveals proposal to cut jobs, research, scholarships

    July 13, 2010 10:30 PM

    LSU laid out its worst case scenario in anticipation of more budget cuts. The plan calls for canning more than 250 jobs on the Baton Rouge campus, and that doesn't include faculty positions yet. The proposal is for the 2011 school year. The LSU system expects to lose more... more »
  • Legendary record shop shutting down

    July 6, 2010 10:26 PM

    A legend in the Scotlandville area is the latest victim of the struggling economy. Bowie's record shop will close Saturday after 37 years of business. It's been a favorite for Southern University students and others in the community, who are saddened but supportive of the owner's decision. Owner... more »
  • 2010 Voodoo Festival lineup

    June 17, 2010 7:38 AM

    Ozzy Osbourne tops the list of performers announced for the 2010 Voodoo Experience in New Orleans October 29-31. He'll join Muse, MGMT, Weezer, Drake, Metric, Paul Oakenfold, the Eagles of Death Metal, Cage the Elephant, Minus the Bear, Janelle Monae, Street Sweeper Social Club and dozens of New Orleans musicians... more »
  • Imagination Movers' free concert to air on Disney

    May 12, 2010 5:18 AM

    Hometown fans of the Imagination Movers will get the chance to see them at a free concert next month that will be broadcast on the Disney Channel for the group's first-ever television special. Officials say tickets for the June 6 event at Lakefront Arena were distributed last Saturday in under... more »
  • Baton Rouge Blues Festival brings unique sounds to city

    April 24, 2010 3:29 PM

    The 2010 Baton Rouge Blues Festival kicked off today at noon despite the threat of dismal weather. The free festival welcomed a Grammy nominee and some other famous names to the stage. Playing this years line up include: 2009 Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster; Chris Thomas King; Tony Joe White; Sonny... more »
  • 2010 Jazz Fest starts today

    April 23, 2010 5:36 AM

    Lionel Richie, The Black Crowes, Dr. John and the Lower 911, Baaba Maal from Senagal and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas are among the performers Friday at the first day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The festival is made up of more than 80 percent Louisiana artists... more »
  • Lafayette gets ready for annual festival

    April 19, 2010 7:59 AM

    Lafayette is getting ready for the annual Festival International de Louisiana which returns to downtown Thursday through Sunday. There will be an increased focus on children's activities Saturday and Sunday. New technology will also help you keep up with this year's musical lineup with a free Festival International iPhone application. more »
  • Xavier hosts an early jazz fest

    April 8, 2010 6:34 AM

    The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is weeks away, but Xavier University in New Orleans will get an early start with a Jazz Festival of its own starting April 22. The university said in a news release Wednesday that the three-day event will feature performances by well known New... more »
  • Janet Jackson to perform at Essence Festival

    March 30, 2010 7:05 AM

    Janet Jackson will perform at this summer's Essence Music Festival. The festival lineup already includes Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys. The appearance will be Jackson's first full performance since her 2008 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. The festival will be held in New Orleans July 2,... more »
  • Loyola professor to take instruments to Haiti

    March 3, 2010 5:35 AM

    Hatiti native and professor Jean Montes along with students and volunteers will soon deliver musical instruments to the earthquake-devastated Holy Trinity School of Music. The group, with the support of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, is organizing a massive effort to collect musical instruments from individuals who no longer... more »
  • Renowned clarinetist to perform with LPO

    February 23, 2010 5:12 AM

    Nine-time Grammy-winning clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera is heading to New Orleans next month to perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The Cuban-born clarinetist will join the LPO for Fiesta Sinfonica on March 6 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. The concert will be the third of five annual Fiesta Sinfonica concerts underwritten... more »
  • Simon and Garfunkel to perform at Jazz Fest

    January 13, 2010 6:04 AM

    Simon and Garfunkel have been added to the lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The singing-songwriting duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel will join the previously announced Jazz Fest lineup that includes Pearl Jam, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, The Neville Brothers, Lionel Richie, the Allman... more »
  • Mary J. Blige to headline 2010 Essence Fest

    January 12, 2010 11:30 AM

    R&B singer Mary J. Blige will headline this year's Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, which is slated for July 2-4. The full lineup has not been released, but as has been the case in the past, musical acts will perform at the Louisiana Superdome. Besides Blige and... more »

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