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By Andy Argyrakis
The Black Crowes Weekend Report: Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off in New Orleans
Friday, April 23, 2010


The official start of festival season is in full swing now that New Orleans' famed Jazz & Heritage Festival is about to tip off. The annual extravaganza is known for boasting the best in international and local talent with this year ranking as one of the event's most diverse to date. Kicking off the festivities on Friday night is headliner Lionel Richie, the solo soul star who first found fame in funk group The Commodores. From there, catch sets from The Black Crowes, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, plus hometown hero Dr. John.

Come Saturday, expect to catch a newly reunited Simon & Garfunkel, which is sure to be a jam packed affair considering the pair's only connecting for a handful of North American concerts. Other favorites include indie staplesLionel Richie My Morning Jacket, hip-hop hero Drake and jam band The Funky Meters. Also catch sets from regulars like Better Than Ezra and Cowboy Mouth, who also hail from the Crescent City.

Weekend number one also blasts out with a bang thanks to the Allman Brothers Band, plus the like-minded Levon Helm of The Band fame. Anita Baker adds some class to the soul stage, while Hootie and the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker makes the shift from pop to country. (Bet your life - Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Fair Grounds Race Course- New Orleans, LA: www.nojazzfest.com).
Jonny Lang Street Week: Lang is live, Roky's famous backing band
Monday, April 19, 2010


Guitar prodigy Jonny Lang's appeared alongside the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Sting and countless blues luminaries, though he's since reached veteran status despite being a year shy of his 30th birthday. Catch a career spanning set list on Live At the Ryman (Concord), which marks his first official album since 2006's Turn Around. Though it's not the studio CD fans were hoping for, there are plenty of improvisational jams sure to interject new dimensions into older tunes.

As a leader of the iconic 13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson will go down in history as one of psychedelic music's preeminent pioneers. After revitalizing his career on tour, the singer/songwriter turns in True Love Cast Out All Evil (Anti), featuring an already Roky Ericksonfamous backing band comprised of Okkervil River members. The legendary singer/songwriter may be weathered but at least he still sounds rugged, while the band breaths new life into the golden great.

If the name Benny Andersson looks familiar, that's because he's one fourth of ABBA who's face was plastered all over the news once again when that group was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though this offshoot troupe's been recording in Sweden for the past decade, its debut American release Story of a Heart (Decca) finds the composer/pianist turning a creative corner that isn't likely to spread like wildfire. In other words, expect a mixture of folk songs, polka, waltzes and even big band pieces, all performed with precision, but lacking continuity and pop sensibility. However, ABBA faithful won't find the album to be a total waste, thanks to lyric writing contributions from that act's Bjorn Ulvaeus.

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