The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) released a surveillance camera photo of two males suspected of snatching a $100 bill out of a victim’s hand on Bourbon Street on September 26.
According to the NOPD, the victim was walking in the 200 block of Bourbon St. at 4:30 a.m. when one suspect allegedly snatched the bill victim’s hand.
The suspect and an accomplice, according to the NOPD, ran from the scene down Bourbon Street, turning left onto Iberville Street.
One suspect is described as male, possibly Hispanic, standing about six foot one inch and weight about 160 pounds. He was wearing a Chicago Bulls cap, black shirt and jeans.
The second suspect is also described as a male, possibly Hispanic, standing about five foot nine inches, and weighing about 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a cap turned backwards, a black shirt and dark colored pants.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-7867.
According to Blabbermouth, the concert also served as the release party for the band’s debut seven-inch, which was released on August 2 by Anselmo’s label, Housecore Records.
The seven-inch contains two tracks: “On The Floor” and “There’s A Long Way To Go.” It’ll serve as the band’s precursor to its anticipated full-length album that’s set for release later this year, according to Blabbermouth.
The band’s lineup includes drummer Jimmy Bower, who is a mainstay among the New Orleans metal scene and has performed with other local bands including Eyehategod and Crowbar.
Other members include Kevin Bond on the the acoustic and electric guitar, and bass; Stephen Taylor on guitar; Calvin Dover on keyboards; Joiner Dover on bass; and Steve Bernal on the cello.
According to Blabbermouth, En Minor is a project that stemming from Anselmo’s childhood before heavy metal took over and explores a “softer, graver vocal style.”
En Minor will also perform at Psycho Las Vegas on August 16-18 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Now in its 19th year, the festival coincides with Armstrong’s birthday on August 4 and features a line-up of food, music, and special events throughout the French Quarter.
Armstrong (1901-1971) was born and raised in New Orleans and came to be one of the most influential musicians in the Jazz Age. He performed with music greats such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Bing Crosby. Armstrong’s aptitude for the arts extended into acting, in which he occasionally starred in movies such as”Hello, Dolly!” with Barbara Streisand. The movie’s title song earned Armstrong a Grammy Award in 1964.
Armstrong earned the nickname of Satchmo, the origins of which are disputed.
The festival that bears his name started in 2000 and has become a summer mainstay. While the festival itself is located at This year, the festival begins August 1 with a kickoff party at the Omni Royal Hotel located at 621 St. Louis St. from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Price per guest is $65 or $110 for two guests if purchased together.
Three stages will hold live bands during the course of the festival.
Fidelity Bank Stage (located on Barracks Street) August 2 Preservation Brass from 12 to 1:10 p.m.
New Orleans funk music icon Art Neville has died Monday at the age of 81, according to numerous local news reports.
According to Nola.com, Neville died peacefully this morning surrounded by friends at family at his home after a long illness.
Arthur Lanon Neville was born in 1937 in New Orleans. He came to be known as Poppa Funk whose music shaped and became a fixture of the the Big Easy sound. He formed two influential bands: The Meters in 1965; and The Neville Brothers band, which he formed with his three brothers in 1977.
Neville grew up with his brothers on Valence Street in the Uptown part of New Orleans. Like numerous musicians from the city, Neville became interested in music at an early age.
While with the Hawketts in 1954, Neville recorded a newer version of “Mardi Gras Mambo,” a song that can be heard repeatedly playing from inside French Quarter bars and on the local radio station WWOZ each year during Fat Tuesday. It wasn’t an original recording by the Hawketts, but the band made it popular.
Neville served in the Navy in the late 1950s and early 1960s but continued to record music, releasing two more albums during this time.
Neville shifted from the doo-wop sound of the Hawketts to funk. He founded Neville Sounds, later renamed the Meters, which reached international acclaim and inspired several notable bands, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In an interview with Offbeat magazine in 1995, Neville said he had to scale down the band because the stage at Ivanhoe on Bourbon Street wasn’t big enough to hold all of the members. After dropping brothers Aaron and Cyril from the Neville Sounds, the band changed its name after drawing it from a hat.
“That’s the juicy part,” Neville said. “Somebody didn’t want my name to be on the motherfuckin’ record. We were putting one record out with my name on it, “Bo Diddley” and some other shit, and when the instrumental [“Sophisticated Cissy”] came out, we had to pick a name that didn’t have nothing to do with me at all.”
The death of Neville follows that of several New Orleans music legends this year, including Dr. John, or Malcolm Rebennack, who died on June 6; and Dave Bartholomew, who passed away on June 23. Neville’s younger brother Charlie passed away in 2018 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
New Orleans spawned its own punk rock scene that has persisted for at least four decades. It doesn’t appear to be letting up as Creepy Fest 2019 returns from July 17 to 21 with dozens of bands performing at several venues across the city.
Creepy Fest has its roots in cinema. According to Antigravity, Creepy Fest began as a film showing for Creepy Dean, a film produced by local Terror Optics studios that had a soundtrack featuring songs from more than a dozen bands. The showings were just a CD release to promote the bands and it morphed into the punk festival it is today, organizer Bill Heintz told Antigravity in 2013. Heintz, a graphic designer by trade, has performed as a drummer with several Creepy Fest bands, including The Pallbearers.