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By Andy Argyrakis
Bon Jovi Weekend Report: Round two of Jazz Fest revelry
Friday, May 1, 2009

After last weekend kicked off the 40th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with a bang, the second round is in full swing with an equal if not even more prominent line-up. Tonight features a laid back vibe for fans to get settled back into the groove, including folk favorite Patty Griffin, acclaimed singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt, country superstars Sugarland and local favorite Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers. Tony Bennett takes to the headlining position with over 80 years of experience to display, backed by the ultimate vocal swagger and sophistication.

Saturday is full of regional royalty, including Dr. John, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Aaron Neville (who turns in a gospel set). Alternative rockers Kings of Leon also climb the festival ladder to an evening slot, while The O'Jays and The Whispers Bonnie Raitttrade soulful stylings and slick dance steps. Bon Jovi takes the top slot, sure to sing everything from its hair-raising (albeit clichéd) career, such as "It's My Life," "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Bad Medicine."

Aaron Neville returns as part of The Neville Brothers on Sunday night, alongside fellow local legend Allen Toussaint. Los Lobos is sure to kick out the Latin jams, while Buddy Guy will reign as a blues titan and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly is sure to get the audience on its feet. Neil Young closers out the gala affair, likely to load his set with a series of protest songs and patriotic celebrations. (Bet your life Friday, Saturday and Sunday at New Orleans Fair Grounds- New Orleans, LA: www.nojazzfest.com).
Bob Dylan Street Week: Folds' quirky fun, Dylan's latest disc
Monday, April 27, 2009

While most artists fade with relevance in their elder years, Bob Dylan continues to stay sharp as a tack. Sure, he's had a negative indulgence every now and then, but the bulk of his 1990s and 2000s albums have all been stellar, such as 2006's Modern Times. After a three year wait, the celebrated troubadour returns with Together Through Life (Columbia), which is once again produced by his alter-ego Jack Frost. The ten-track collection marks his 46th to date and features the track "Life Is Hard," written for an upcoming movie by French director Oliver Dahan ("La Vie En Rose").

It may not technically be a brand new Ben Folds album, but University A Cappella (Epic) is nonetheless a quirky inclusion to his catalogue. The collection comprises the singer/songwriter's top college a cappella troupes covering his town,Ben Folds which may seem like an incredibly random niche, but actually includes over 1,200 campuses in America alone! Not only does Folds produce the disc, but he also served as head of A&R for the bizarre but bright and bubbly concept project.

Ever since reuniting the Ronnie James Dio-led version of Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell has kept the touring and product cycle at steady stream. For those still unsure of that slight moniker shift (taken from the original act's classic lyrical body), it stems from a legal loophole that prevents the current incarnation from billing themselves as "Black Sabbath." Nonetheless, The Devil You Know (Rhino) rocks just like the band did back in the day, even if members are older, grayer and a little less inclined to party.

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