The night's second set started with Johnathan Blake and Jonathan Kreisberg digging their way through the tangle of instruments and lines to find their places at either side of the Hammond organ's dominating presence on stage.
Being my third time as witness to San Fermin's live show, I thought I knew what to expect.
Already deep into her prolific career, Regina Carter has been constantly regarded as the most prominent violinist in jazz, but with her latest "Southern Comfort" it might be more apt to applaud her fiddle.
Festival International de Louisiane started in 1986 to celebrate its native cultures through performing arts. It is committed to maintaining the venue as a free, community-supported event.
In the hands of a lesser composer, "Aida" might have been a classic potboiler—cheap yard goods written on commission and quickly forgotten. But Verdi was a thoroughgoing man of the theatre with a keen sense of what worked on stage. Moreover, by the time he wrote "Aida" in 1870 he was a mature artist with a string of hits to his credit. The result is a work, in the words of British opera scholar Julian Budden, "in which the various elements—grandeur, exotic pictorialism, and intimate poetry—are held in perfect equilibrium and from which not a single note can be cut."
Always uplifting, Florida-based JJ Grey & Mofro returned to the Pageant on Saturday night with their special blend of swampy Southern blues-rock. Against a backdrop depicting the cover art from the band's new album, "Ol' Glory," -- a silhouette of two deer beneath the twisting branches of a tree -- the band put forth an energetic two-plus-hour set featuring both new material and old favorites, beginning with the funky-slow drawl of "Mississippi."
Benny Green is not a lot of things; he is not slow, he is not boring and he certainly not an inexperienced amateur.
Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) is a moniker that flirts with onomatopoeia; his name really does evoke his sound. An Austin, Texas solo performer born of troubadour campfires and often supported by a lone guitar, he's mastered the one-man band gittup, pounding out beats while he strums in an open G tuned especially for his bluesy style.