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Dr. John and New Orleans

Tweet My favorite Dr. John quote of all time: “I’m from this MF-er, too”.  In an address to the members of Krewe du Vieux, when he served as our king. Very close second, from Elsa Hahne’s book, The Gravy, “My favorite thing with squirrels is eating squirrel brains. I like to crack them heads open and […]


George Clinton at Tipitina’s

Tweet George Clinton (of Funkadelic / Parliament fame, not the 4th Vice President of the United States, who was almost certainly not as interesting) has been laying down the funk for a long time. Some musicians who’ve been playing this long, and who’ve had as much success as George Clinton has, show up, smile, drop […]


Voodoo Fest 2013

Tweet Voodoo is one of our favorite festivals–and we hope it will continue to be–but logistical issues, some related to the new layout, really marred our experience and that of a number of other attendees that we spoke with this year.  The lineup was great and we caught several outstanding shows, but the musicians can […]


2013 Blues and BBQ Festival in New Orleans, LA!

Tweet 2013 Blues and BBQ Festival:  Spotlight on James Cotton: Friday was a short day at the Blues and BBQ Festival and we caught only one act, James Cotton.  Mr. Cotton’s been playing for almost 70 years, including work with Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Janis Joplin, the strange inheritance of Sonny Boy Williamson II’s band, […]


Straight Line Stitch at Zeppelin’s!

Tweet A late night road trip to Zeppelin’s in Biloxi for a Straight Line Stitch Show–last seen in Montreal at Heavy MTL–turned into a metallic treat.  The metalcore band from Knoxville continues to undergo personnel changes, but the energy’s still exactly the same.  Check out some photos from the show below:


Black Flag and Good For You at Howlin’ Wolf

Tweet Black Flag is not Flag, or Keith Morris, or Henry Rollins, or the Black Flag of old. It’s none of those things. What remains and persists, however, is Greg Ginn, the guitarist who founded Black Flag in 1976, and a phenomenal musician. Unbothered with all aspects of cool, he wears what should have been […]


Rock and Roll Spooktacular at Siberia

Rock and Roll Spooktacular at Siberia

Tweet   Tonight…see you there?


Lord Dying at Siberia

Tweet Last Tuesday, Siberia hosted five touring metal bands, including Lord Dying from Portland, Oregon. This was the first time we’d seen them, and hopefully not the last. Lord Dying pummeled the audience with bass. It makes sense that they’ve stuck Capuano (bassist) up front, although dueling vocals arrived from stage right (Olson, guitarist/Viking) as […]


Mayhem Fest 2013

Tweet We caught up with Mayhem Fest in Atlanta and had a blast–neither of us had seen Butcher Babies or Rob Zombie live and both were visually spectacular.   Butcher Babies were a pretty easy shoot, very expressive and fantastic light, but if you’re thinking about bringing your iPhone to a Rob Zombie concert, well, no.  […]


Creepy Fest at Siberia!

Tweet Some shots from Creepy Fest 2013 at Siberia, in New Orleans, LA:


Essence Festival 2013: The Visuals

Tweet Our typically visual coverage of Essence Festival.  Charlie Wilson, Mia Borders, Trey Songz, Deep Cotton, Janelle Monae, Big Daddy Kane, Solange, the Brassaholics, Gina Brown… Our top picks: Visual:  Janelle Monae. Music: Charlie Wilson blew the place away.  Runners up: Deep Cotton and Mia Borders! No Beyonce, of course, because her vendetta against photographers […]


(Canadian) Necronomicon: Rise of the Elder Ones

(Canadian) Necronomicon: Rise of the Elder Ones

Tweet Necronomicon’s new album, Rise of the Elder Ones, is out and the title track alone is worth the purchase.   Pull down the shades, close the shutters, twist the sign to “CLOSED” and crank it up!  Available widely, including Amazon.com.  We can also attest that their live shows are incredible–we caught them at both […]


The 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Tweet Another Jazz Fest, come and gone, and we caught every act that we possibly could, across all seven days.   Some of our highlights, along with extensive photographic coverage, below: Day # 1: Standout performance and our favorite act of the day was Gary Clark, Jr.  We’ve seen him before (a lot, actually) and performing […]


Band Focus: Sexdog

Tweet We caught Sexdog recently at both Voodoo Fest 2012 and at the reopening of Jimmy’s music club uptown.  High energy, old school punk, New Orleans style.  Check ‘em out:


Fine Art Prints!

Tweet We’re announcing new prices for our numbered, signed fine art prints. Two sizes are available: $200 for 17×22 and $75 for 8.5×11.  These are hand prepared and printed on heavyweight, archival Hahnemuhle paper.  Please feel free to contact us for more information, at info@highisomusic.com.


B. B. King and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Tipitinas!

B. B. King and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Tipitinas!

Tweet The most expensive show ever at Tipitina’s at $100/ticket and the place is packed.  In a town of low-or-no cover charges (great for music lovers, potentially terrible for musicians, unless fans hit that tip bucket–<<hint>> <<hint>>), a $100 show is essentially a once-in-a-lifetime one, and no better way cash in that chance than to see […]


The Gravy: In the Kitchen with New Orleans Musicians

Tweet Please consider supporting the Kickstarter project for The Gravy:  In the Kitchen with New Orleans Musicians.  The book includes forty-four first-person accounts from musicians and more than two hundred photographs and digs into the deep connections between New Orleans music and food. Almost every musical genre in New Orleans is represented, including jazz and brass, […]


Mardi Gras Indians Focus: Greg Perkins

Tweet Mardi Gras Indian Greg Perkins sporting two recent Indian costumes he sewed–check out the amazing white spy boy costume from 2010 and his purple suit from 2011!


Best of 2012

Tweet Some of our favorites from shows we covered in 2012:


Barge to Hell!

Tweet A boatful of metal bands, 1,200 head bangers from 44 different countries, one big ship, four days.  And music running from breakfast until 5:30am. Route:  Miami to Nassau to Miami, but the stop in the Bahamas was just a place to fuel up and grab a donut–this cruise was all about the metal. And […]


The Best Hip Hop Show in Recent History

Tweet We were so psyched to see Cypress Hill and summary: the best hip hop show we’ve ever covered. The band delivered just the mix we expected–straight-ahead hip hop, some of their Rusko dub step work, and some of their crossover hard rock stuff. We made our personal preference clear in the previous post, but […]


Cypress Hill at House of Blues New Orleans!

Cypress Hill at House of Blues New Orleans!

Tweet Summary:  Cypress Hill.  In New Orleans.  House of Blues.  11/18.  Go.   We’ll miss exactly four minutes of this concert–the time it takes to be thrown out of the photo pit after the first three songs, return to our car to stash the camera gear, and re-enter as “civilians”.     A lot of […]


RIP, Uncle Lionel Batiste

Tweet A very late RIP to Uncle Batiste, a true New Orleanian.  No more watches strapped across the palm, no giant Batistian billboards on Times Square (advertising Treme), no more late night wanderings on Frenchmen St, no more Uncle on the bass drum for the Treme Brass Band.  Here are a few shots of Uncle […]


The 2012 Voodoo Music Experience

Tweet We’re still dragging a bit after three 15 hour days at Voodoo Fest 2012.  The bed is looking awfully nice, but lots of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe combined with looping the Sex Pistols on Spotify at high volume got us through a marathon photo evaluation and editing session.  Click through any of the photos for a […]