Songstress legend Mavis Staples in concert. Last night at Mystic Lake, the audience was privileged to see two icons of American popular music, Mavis Staples and Buddy Guy. Staples may be best known as the lead singer for the family group the Staples Singers, whom she started singing with them at
The cast of the national touring company of Les Miserables takes to the barricades. Photo by Matthew Murphy. In 1832 in Paris, at a time of growing inequality, the funeral procession for a popular public figure led to an eruption of violence. Hundreds died fighting at makeshift barricades with stolen weapons.
Spyro Gyra performing in Huntington, NY. Photo by Brian Friedman/B-Freed Photography. The band Spyro Gyra has been around for over 40 years and has performed over 5,000 shows. They have recorded over 30 albums, including two gold albums and one platinum, racked up 13 Grammy nominations, and sold 10 million albums. While
The cast of the national touring company of Beautiful do the Locomotion. Photo by Joan Marcus. There was a time when singers just sang and performed, leaving the songwriting to others. Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, and Elvis Presley did not write most of their own songs. For them, and for generations
A publicity photo of alto saxophonist David Sanborn. Photo by Scott Chernis. Saxophonist David Sanborn is often associated with the sound or style know as "smooth jazz". He has, after all, been a featured artist a number of times on the annual Smooth Jazz Cruise. That cruise bills itself as The Greatest Party
A publicity photo of jazz master Kenny Barron. Photo by Philippe Lévy-Stab. It has been a great week in the area for jazz piano, with Cyrus Chestnut leading a trio last week at Vieux Carre and Kenny Barron giving a magnificent solo performance last night at Crooners Lounge and Supper Club's Dunsmore
The Cyrus Chestnut Trio featuring Buster Williams and Lenny White. Photo courtesy of the AMI Agency. Some consider Cyrus Chestnut the finest jazz pianist of this generation. Without a doubt, he is one of the most entertaining; last evening at Vieux Carré, he arrived boosted by two excellent recent albums (2017's There’s
A promotional photo for Little River Band, which performed at Buck Hill in Burnsville, MN on July 13, 2018. The opening act of last evening’s concert at Buck Hill was “Transit Authority – Tribute to Chicago.” (For those of us old enough to remember, the band Chicago’s original full name was “Chicago