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Today in NOLA 5.25.17

This Thursday, sway to the sweet sounds of Jazz in the Park or hit up the Ogden as it stays open late for Margie Perez. Enjoy a progressive conversation about an powerful art exhibit centered on the work of Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña. Close out the day with some delta style blues from Luke Winslow King. In NOLA History, Roy James Brown passed away this day in May, 1981. An American R&B singer, songwriter and musician, he had a pivotal influence on the early development of rock and roll as the first singer in recording history to sing R&B songs with a gospel steeped delivery, which was considered taboo by many churches at the time.

TODAY in NOLA 3.2.17

Twenty One Pilots is blowing up the arena tonight while the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra offers some Beethoven and Brahms. Plus, the Ogden Museum is hosting some historically-tinged music at their After Hours program and Luke Winslow King is doing his thing at d.b.a. On this day in 1699, French Canadian explorers, Iberville and Bienville, discovered the mouth of the Mississippi. Now, more events around NOLA today.  

Today in NOLA: 5.02.16

Jazz Fest is over. Once locals finish decompressing,there’s lots of music to be had from regular gigs to touring bands as well as a few lingering funk holdovers. On this day in 1964, New Orleans’ girl group The Dixie Cups’ “Chapel of Love” entered the Billboard Charts. Now, more to do in modern day NOLA.

Today in NOLA: 4.07.16

French Quarter Fest starts tonight. And, that’s just the beginning of the local music options. An awards show is honoring NOLA musicians, the Ogden is hosting After Hours, and lots of locals are playing regular gigs. On this day in 1997, Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz composer to win a Pulitzer Prize for “Blood on the Fields.” Now, more to do this Thursday.

Today in NOLA: 3.28.16

Tonight is a great opportunity to check out some local music before the festival season influx begins. Colin Lake, Luke Winslow King, the Crooked Vines, and King James are all playing in town. Delta Flight 727 from New Orleans to Dallas was hijacked and rerouted to Cuba on this day in 1984. Now, more 2016 events.  

Today in NOLA: 2.29.16

Happy Leap Year! Celebrate your extra day with local favorites like Luke Winslow King, Nicholas Payton, George Porter Jr., and Gerald French. Today in 1964, Louis Armstrong’s biggest hit, "Hello, Dolly" entered the Billboard Top 40. It would later knock The Beatles off the top of the charts. Now, more to do in 2016.

Today in NOLA: 3.2.2015

Monday, Monday...This week blasts off with a film screening about D.C.'s punk rock scene in the 1980s. Octavia Books hosts authors Rachel Breunlin and Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, who will be speaking about their new book about the history of brass. Music is always around and waiting for eager ears. On this day in 1699, French Canadian explorers, Iberville and Bienville, discovered the mouth of the Mississippi. Now, let's get back to what's happening today. 

Today in NOLA: 2.09.15

After a perfect start to Carnival, the weather turned rainy today, but there is still plenty to do. Loyola is hosting a forum on women in Carnival and Indywood is screening a doc about Mardi Gras Indians. Mainstays King James and the Special Men are gigging downtown. On this date in 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States. Now, more to do this Monday. 

Roots Royalty

Luke Winslow King Talks About his Latest Release

If the Blues and BBQ Fest on Friday (10.17,) does not slake your thirst for NOLA music, swing by the Blue Nile to catch an album release party of Luke Winslow King’s latest compilation Everlasting Arms. The show is slated for 10p.m. after the festival in Lafayette Square finishes up. Little Freddie King will play with Luke to showcase a project they’ve been working on together, and trumpeter Johnny Sansonne is set to play the next set. Everlasting Arms stacked shelves on September 30th and celebrates an array of jazz, blues and rock sounds. King spoke to NoDef about the work.

JazzFest Teaser: Luke Winslow King

by Christopher Louis Romaguera 

Luke Winslow King has a magical New Orleans musician story. Traveling down to New Orleans in 2001, his car, which contained all his musical instruments, was stolen. King stuck around New Orleans for a couple of weeks, trying to recover his car and instruments. In the time he was here, he fell in love with the city and later enrolled in the Music Theory program at UNO. New Orleans is now his permanent home, and his musical career has continued to grow. 

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