Faubourg Brewery Taps Out

The Faubourg Brewery, which started in New Orleans in 1907 as the Dixie Brewery, has brewed its last Velvet Voodoo Lager, JD's favorite beer from when it was known as Blackened Voodoo Lager. Saints owner Tom Benson bought the brewery nearly seven years ago. But when he died, his wife Gale changed the name from Dixie to Faubourg (French for "neighborhood"). Following the annual "Daze Between Festival," held on the brewery grounds in New Orleans East, the plug was pulled. Remaining inventory will be auctioned off in June, 2024. [5/21/2024]

Faubourg Velvet Voodoo Lager

Faubourg Brewery Closes »

Allman Brothers Guitarist Dickie Betts Dies

The Allman Brothers Band guitarist and founding member Dickey Betts has died. The musician was 80 years old when he passed away on Thursday, April 18. The Allman Brothers were the defacto house band at A Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans. They'd play there, and sometimes for free the next day at Audubon Park. Betts died at his home in Osprey, Florida. [4/18/2024]

Dickie Betts at the Warehouse in New Orleans

Dickie Betts Dead »

Neil Young Returns to Spotify

Rock icon Neil Young is returning his music to streaming service Spotify. Young initially removed his music from the streaming service in January 2022 after accusing the company of allowing comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan to freely use its platform to spread misinformation about the COVID vaccine. But Spotify gave up exclusive rights to "The Joe Rogan Experience," allowing other music services like Apple, Amazon, Qobuz, and Tidal to distribute the Rogan podcast. Young decided he couldn't also pull his music from all of those platforms. [3/13/2024]

Neil Young

Neil Young returns to Spotify »

Eric Carmen Gone at 74

Raspberry Eric Carmen died in his sleep over the weekend. His wife Amy posted the news on the singer's Web site. Carmen was born and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. [3/12/2024]

Michael McDonald at Jazz Fest

Eric Carmen Dies »

Michael McDonald Teams Up With Doobie Brothers For All-New Album

Band member Pat Simmons has told Doobie Brothers fans on Facebook that For the first time in 40 years, Michael McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers in the studio in the interest of contributing toward a full-length album. McDonald was previously in the band from 1975 through 1982, according to Billboard. [3/7/2024]

Michael McDonald at Jazz Fest

Michael McDonald rejoins Doobies »

U.S. lands unmanned Odysseus spacecraft on moon

The Intuitive Machines Odysseus lunar lander is the first American spacecraft to land on the moon since Apollo 17 did so more than 50 years ago. The unmanned, robotic lunar lander launched by a private U.S. company landed on the moon Thursday evening, February 22, 2024. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried the Odysseus lunar lander from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Feb. 15. [2/22/2024]

Odysseus spacecraft

Odysseus Lunar Landing »

Melanie of Woodstock Fame Dies at 76

Singer/songwriter Melanie Safka died Tuesday, January 22. Her breakthrough hit was Lay Down (Candles in the Rain), which she wrote about her experience as a performer at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Except in Greenwich Village folk music venues, she was virtually unknown when helicoptered into Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York for the concert. In 1971, she topped the carts with the childlike Brand New Key. Earlier in the month, she had been in a studio working on her 32nd album, Second Hand Smoke. Her children requested that fans light candles and raise them high, high up again at 10 PM on January 24 in rememberance. [1/24/2024]

Melanie Safka

Melanie Dies »

Cancer Vaccine?

A cancer vaccine has been tested in hundreds of patients with advanced forms of melanoma in Phase 2 clinical trials. The most recent data presented at an academic conference showed nearly 95% of people given only the vaccine were still alive three years after starting treatment and 64% were still disease-free. A larger Phase 3 clinical trial will have to ultimately validate if this cancer vaccine will truly be a game-changer in the field. “We've seen over and over again, promising Phase 2 data that didn't turn out to be so promising in Phase 3,” Dr. Vernon Sondak cautions. [1/21/2024]

2024 Jazz Fest Lineup

Cancer Vaccine? »

2024 Jazz Fest Lineup

The music lineup for the 2024 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out. The Rolling Stones headline it. Foo Fighters, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Heart, Bonnie Raitt, George Thorogood, Earth, Wing & Fire, The Beach Boys, and many more are on the list. [1/19/2024]

2024 Jazz Fest Lineup

2024 Jazz Fest Lineup »

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