New Orleans Musicians

  • A Conversation with Henry Butler...

    A Conversation with Henry Butler...

    Photos by Tim Ellis/French Quarter Photography In late March, Henry Butler performed for the first time since his three weeks of cancer treatments in Germany....

  • A Conversation with Aaron Neville

    A Conversation with Aaron Neville

    “Where y’at?” Aaron Neville asked with a chuckle. “That’s a New Orleans thing.”  Neville knows all things New Orleans. Even though...

  • A Tribute To Allen Toussaint

    A Tribute To Allen Toussaint

    If it's true what they say about a person's life being measured by the volume of their body of work, then Allen Toussaint's place in that pantheon is...

  • Are You With Me? - An Interview with Cowboy Mouth's Fred LeBlanc

    An Interview with Cowboy Mouth's Fred LeBlanc

    The name of the band is Cowboy Mouth, which is the enthusiastic chant you will hear as Cowboy Mouth’s animated drummer and frontman, Fred Leblanc, leads his exuberant crowd...

  • 5 Up and Coming Local Musicians

    5 Up and Coming Local Musicians

    As a junior at Loyola University of New Orleans, a school known for its emphasis on musical studies along with the uncommon Music Industries major, I’ve heard many different...

  • Ones to Watch

    Ainsley Matich and the Broken Blues

    It all starts with a lesson. Few musicians have their careers without one. For Ainsley Matich of Ainsley Matich and the Broken Blues, her fire for music was lit as a child by a...

  • Ruby and the Rogues

    Ruby and the Rogues

    Ruby and the Rogues have a history together, feeling that click musically and personally, always finding their way back to one another. As lead singer and guitarist Ruby Rendrag...

  • Alfred Banks

    Alfred Banks

    My first show at the venue Gasa Gasa in 2012, I went to see the well-known artist/rapper Mickey Factz who was performing with an artist/rapper I was not familiar with. Throughout...

  • The Tomb of Nick Cage

    The Tomb of Nick Cage

    Every now and then a band with a unique perspective and a fresh take on a scene comes out of our city. Right now, that band is the up-and-coming The Tomb of Nick Cage. After...

  • Maggie Bell

    Maggie Belle

    A few days before they started recording their new EP, Runnin’ Out, Maggie Belle sat down for an interview with Where Y’at to discuss recording, favorite memories...

  • The Meters Return

    The Meters Return

    New Orleans' premier funk band, The Meters, is reuniting at Jazz Fest this year. The stellar musicians talked to Where Y'at about their early influences and how important the music...

  • The Meters Return Full Interview

    The Meters Return Full Interview

    To listen to The Meters is to feel New Orleans. Well into their fifth decade now, their music has funkified beautifully and has been heralded the world over. Years back that Fab...

  • Not Just Skin Deep

    Amanda Shaw: Not Just Skin Deep

    One of our greatest cultural exports from Louisiana the past few years has been a little taste of Cajun, Country and Rock and Roll. I managed to get Amanda Shaw, busy as ever, in...

  • OTRA on Rhythm

    OTRA on Rhythm

    What fascinates me about music is that it speaks to every person on earth, and if it doesn't, they don't deserve ears. We can all find a groove that we like, something that makes...

  • 40 Years of BeauSoleil

    40 Years of BeauSoleil

    An Interview with Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil  The last time I saw BeauSoleil was a decade ago at the Liberty Theater in Eunice, LA. They were performing on a Saturday...

  • Yojimbo

    Yojimbo

    There is nothing quite like a night when a band radiates an unstoppable creative energy onto the crowd. You start to dance, they increase the groove and then the music puts you...

  • Stereo Fire Empire

    Stereo Fire Empire

    You may know Stereo Fire Empire from the recent masses of articles and exposure thanks to their Blue Dog painting find, but you owe it to yourself to get to know them better than...

  • Valerie Sassyfras

    Valerie Sassyfras

    Valerie Sassyfras embodies the perfect blend of musical ability and eccentricity. She has decades of studying and performing music under her belt and has delved into just about...

  • Kumasi

    Kumasi

    Rhythm has the power to infuse your bones, clinching the very essence of what it means to be and guiding the listener toward the uncontrollable urge to boogie. One band has...

  • Tank and the Bangas

    Tank and the Bangas

    Tarriona Ball’s stage name is fitting, as Tank is a force to be reckoned with. She is quirky, smart and strong. Her beliefs are her core, and she voices them through her...

  • Mahala

    Mahala

    On the day before their self-titled album release party, Mahala sat down for an interview with Where Y’at to talk about their successes and future plans. Appropriately living...

  • Antoine Reynaldo Diel

    Antoine Reynaldo Diel

    Antoine Reynaldo Diel is a Filipino singer who moved to New Orleans from Los Angeles. Classically trained, Diel plays a large number of shows around town, and brings energy to each...

  • Naughty Professor

    Naughty Professor

    New Orleans has a way of bringing people together. Hosting an array of attitudes, artists, and entrepreneurs, the city has always been a natural hub for unique blends of creative...

  • AF The Naysayer

    AF The Naysayer

    Amahl Abdul-Khaliq, better known in New Orleans and across the nation as AF THE NAYSAYER (that’s A-F and, yes, it’s spelled in all caps), is an up-and-coming...

  • Saint Bell

    Saint Bell

    Sometimes it’s a person and sometimes it’s a band, but one thing’s for sure: Saint Bell is a unique entity. The band consists of lead vocalist, creator, and...

  • Ars?ne DeLay

    Arséne DeLay

     Having spent four years in Los Angeles as a resident of the group Vaud and the Villains, Arsene DeLay was making a living out...

  • Sex Party

    Sex Party

     If you haven’t yet heard about local rap duo Sex Party, it isn’t because you aren’t invited. With their shirtless...

  • The Quickening

    The Quickening

     New Orleans is a city all about celebrating the good times. Taking the good from the bad, and making it even better. Around...

  • Rejected.Youth.Nation

    Rejected.Youth.Nation

     On a warm evening on an Uptown back patio, RYN (Rejected.Youth.Nation) vocalists Phil Burras and Omari Neville chatted with me...

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