After six weeks on the road, I am making my way home to New Orleans and I am stoked for all of the incredible, local shows that are on the horizon. One of my all-time favorite (formerly) local bands Stoop Kids is making an appearance in town at One Eyed Jacks. For an experience full of daringly beautiful singer/songwriter vibrations, make a point to see Mikayla Braun and Burris at Gasa Gasa. The insanely successful Jagged Little Pill, the production that pays homage to Alanis Morissette, is back this month at Tipitina’s. And for the love of all things gold and black, get yourselves to The Soul Rebels Album Release for a New Orleans musical celebration. Here’s more.
Though they are technically Nashville-based these days, Stoop Kids will always be New Orleans darlings to me. Their sound is an eclectic mix of soul, surf, hip-hop, doo-wop, rock, and jazz with a psychedelic pop aftertaste. This, combined with their high-energy, theatrical performances makes Stoop Kids unique and unpredictable.
Jank Setup gained their reputation packing raucous college house parties. They have since transitioned to playing sold-out gigs at established venues while still bringing that same “jank” energy. Their explosive live act brings together potent, yet sensitive vocals laced with tight-knit rhythmic grooves, complemented by colorful brass harmonies. Their dynamic and high-spirited performance style is matched by an equally enthusiastic and burgeoning fan base.
People Museum is an alternate pop group formed in the Tremé. Producer and trombonist Jeremy Phipps and composer and singer Claire Givens met in 2016 after both being away from New Orleans. They were both were eager to start a new project that incorporated New Orleans vibes.
The Soul Rebels are riding high in 2019. They recently received receiving national attention from performances with Katy Perry and DMX, and were featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk series. They debuted on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and headlined a set at the TED Conference. Their explosive stage presence has led to live collaborations with the likes of: Nas, G-Eazy, Macy Gray, to name a few. Their brand new album dropped late last month and we are here for every bit of it.
Iconoclastic New Orleans-based jazz-funk sextet, Naughty Professor, returns for two nights at The Maple Leaf this November, featuring musical guests Isaiah Sharkey and SKERIK.
Members of the New Orleans’ rock and Americana scene come together but once a year to celebrate the genius that is Morissette by playing from front to back the album Jagged Little Pill. 90s tribute band My So-Called Band opens.
Kristin Diable has been exploring freedom and choice in her music ever since she picked up an open mic at a lounge in Baton Rouge and stunned the audience into silence. She rode that vibe, away to New York and then back to her native Louisiana like a storm front that shook New Orleans and cooled the air.
Andrew Duhon is a songwriter, a teller of stories with an undeniable voice, weighted and soulful. He has toured solo for much of his career, and that troubadour element is certainly present, an usher of modern day folklore.
With songs in Arabic and English, Kuwaisiana is an indie rock band based in New Orleans. The six-piece is led by Kuwaiti songwriter +Aziz, who works with the group to produce a danceable big band sound with a world music influence.
Mikayla Braun’s vocals and electric stage presence draws audiences to an intimate musical experience and then turn the tables to “rip the roof off the joint with nothing but a voice and ukulele.” In addition to writing her own lyrically-driven music and performing with her quartet around the city, Mikayla is also lead singer of The Crooked Vines and keyboardist for Baby Grand.
Burris pulls influences from old soul to modern jazz, but the band centers it’s eclectic sound around gritty New Orleans tradition and southern-folk music.
November 23: Corey Henry & The Treme Funktet at Maple Leaf Bar at 11 p.m.
Trombonist Corey Henry was born and raised in the Treme, the birthplace of jazz, and not far from famed Congo Square. After being surrounded in what many would consider the perfect upbringing for a New Orleans musician, Henry is returning to the Maple Leaf Bar with his band, The Treme Funktet, who are fresh off their Best Funk Band win from the Gambit Best of The Big Easy Awards.