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Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi: It's All Black And White

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 30, 2019 06:24pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Recently we've been treated to an avalanche of new Blu-ray releases of classic fifties black and white movies. In this article, I'm going to focus on a couple of recent sci-fi and horror classics. In the 1950s, Hollywood turned America’s fear of atomic bombs and their fallout into drive-in movie gold. An endless stream of radioactive monsters invaded movie screens and the public ate them up with a seemingly insatiable appetite. Now, decades later, many of these drive-in classics are being remastered and released on Blu-ray. There are too many to review in one month so I’ll just focus on a couple of the best of them:

The Creature From The Black Lagoon Legacy Collection, Universal:
It looks like The Creature From The Black Lagoon has finally been fixed. This Legacy Collection actually Creature From The Black Lagooncame out in the fall of 2018, but it was one of the most screwed up Blu-ray releases in recent history. The first Creature film has been out on Blu-ray for years but everyone has anxiously been awaiting the remastered sequels. Everything else in the Legacy series had been released on Blu-ray and the Creature set was one of the last two to be put out. The first Creature film looked just fine, but the sequels were a disaster. Universal had completely screwed up the mastering on the disc to the point where the entire run eventually had to be recalled. Here at the store we've had this Legacy set on backorder for months, but we just started getting new copies in the past three weeks. These are finally the corrected discs. There's still some griping online about the quality of the sequels though. I can understand the complaints, some of the scenes still look a little soft, but I'm pretty sure the blurriness one sees here and there was in the original film elements. The majority of the scenes are crystal clear and finally in hi-def. The underwater scenes look especially immaculate and you can see details of the creature costume that were never discernible before. The Creature From The Black Lagoon has always been my favorite Universal monster movie. It's just a perfect little story that is well told. The sequels are pretty great as well even though they kind of retread the original. The gill man has one of the best designs in monster history, he's fearsome yet still slightly human. The story is a simple straight to the point narrative: a team of scientists travel to the depths of the Amazon in search of a fossilized missing link between humans and sea creatures. Instead, they find the still-living real McCoy and all hell breaks loose as they fight for their lives. The film is kind of like the ultimate distillation of man verses nature.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Empress Of

Posted by Amoebite, April 30, 2019 03:42pm | Post a Comment

Empress Of - What's In My Bag?

Electro-singer/songwriter Empress Of recently stopped by Amoeba Hollywood, shopping for records and films by artists that have inspired her. The first thing she showed us when we sat down to talk with her was the Kate Bush LP box set, Remastered In Vinyl I. "I really just wanted to find The Kick Inside, 'cause that's my gateway drug into Kate Bush," she told us, "but this is bomb." "I like how in control of her art she is," she told us when asked why she liked Kate Bush's work, "it's a singular vision; like videos, dancing, music. Everything is the world of Kate Bush."

Empress Of is the stage name of singer, songwriter, and producer Lorely Rodriguez. The name was inspired by the Empress card in the tarot deck. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Empress Of first began attracting attention in 2011, when she anonymously released a series of short YouTube demos called "Colorminutes." Her debut single, "Champagne," was released by No Recordings in 2012. Two years later, she released a bilingual four-song EP called Systems.

In 2015, Empress Of released her debut full-length, Me. Self-produced and recorded in Mexico, the album addresses what she felt to be the negative aspects of living in Brooklyn at the time. Me charted in the top ten on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and placed on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Her followup, Us, was released in fall 2018. She has worked with DJDS and Khalid on their Billboard-charting "Why Don't You Come On" and on the DJDS Lana Del Rey cover "Love." She collaborated with Khalid on his Suncity release. Empress Of's 2018 Spanish-language double single "Trust Me Baby / In Dreams" premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show.

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The New Amoeba SF Surfer Shirt

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 28, 2019 07:26pm | Post a Comment

We're thrilled to introduce the second in a series of California-inspired Amoeba SF shirts with the Amoeba SF Surfer tank and tee! This colorful retro design celebrates the unique culture of the Northern California coast line as our little buddy takes to the waves. These unisex tees and tanks run in sizes small through 2XL and are just $15.98 each, available online and at Amoeba SF. The tees are 100% cotton and tanks are an 80%/20% cotton/poly blend.

Our first tee celebrates the state song, “I Love You, California,” with our Amoeba standing in for the California grizzly bear hugging the great Golden State. Those t-shirts are available in unisex crewneck, slim fit scoop neck, and children’s sizes 2, 4, and youth large.

Both shirts in the series were designed by Amoeba SF’s own Luciano Talpini Aita and silk screened here in the Haight Ashbury District of SF by our good friends and neighbors, Free Gold Watch. Talk about Keeping it hyper-local, FGW is just a block away from Amoeba SF and has been printing Amoeba SF’s line of gear for many years! FGW’s store front contains one of the greatest pinball arcades in the Bay, so stop by, play some pinball, and support this wonderful, uniquely San Francisco business.

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Bay Area Non-Profit HIP HOP FOR CHANGE Celebrates 6 Positive Infulential Years with showcase inc. Kaila Love & Senor GiGiO

Posted by Billyjam, April 26, 2019 01:47pm | Post a Comment


Hip Hop For Change (HH4C), the influential Oakland based grassroots hip-hop education non-profit, celebrates six successful years of positive impact on the local music and arts scene with a hometown showcase concert tonight (4/26) at the Legionnaire Saloon. Get advance free tix via Eventbrite or pay $7/$10 at door.  " Hip Hop For Change  do wonderful work as far as outreach and especially educating kids in classrooms [and] in six years  time they’ve definitely made an impact giving local artists like myself a platform and a purpose as well as opportunities to work and uplift the community, noted Bay Area emcee/producer/painter Señor GiGio.  The prolific multi-talented underground Bay Area hip-hop artist is among Hip Hop For Change's talent-packed lineup at tonight's showcase that will also feature Kaila Love, TONE OLIVER, UnLearn the World, Khafre Jay, Versoul, Jane the Message, JPZ, Evan Steel, RSB the Songbird, DJ Lex, and Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist.

Counter to that negative stereotype of so much of today's high-profile popular hip-hop acts been all about image and lacking in substance or any philosophy,  HH4C has been consistently making a commitment to nurturing and empowering under-the-radar, thought-provoking artists with positive messages to share. "They’ve promoted my music along with other local hip-hop acts in their campaign to turn people onto music that represents our culture properly, specifically music and content that doesn’t degrade black & brown folk," said Senor GiGiO who is part of a new under-the-radar Bay Area hip-hop movement that's making some incredible music. Like so many involved in this new Bay Area musical movement, Senor GiGiO is vocally supportive of his fellow artists.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mark Duplass

Posted by Amoebite, April 25, 2019 12:21pm | Post a Comment

Mark Duplass - What's In My Bag?

It was a pleasure to have Mark Duplass visit Amoeba Hollywood recently for a What's In My Bag? interview. The director, producer, actor, writer, and musician went shopping for some of his favorite records and recent musical interests, and filled some holes in his library. "This is my favorite part about why records are important," he said, going on to share how our cameraman turned him onto German electronic music legends Tangerine Dream. "This is what happens when you come to Amoeba and walk around and shop for records, and you don't stay at home and listen on Spotify." Duplass' eloquence, passion, and easy-going attitude made for an engaging and entertaining episode.

Together with his brother, director Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass co-founded Duplass Brothers Productions. The company has produced films like The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Safety Not Guaranteed, The One I Love, and The Skeleton Twins, as well as the television series Togetherness and Room 104. The brothers also wrote and directed the 2010 comedy drama Cyrus, starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, and Catherine Keener. Mark co-wrote, produced, and starred in the horror film Creep; he co-wrote and starred in its sequel, Creep 2.

San Francisco Silent Film Festival, May 1 – May 5

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 22, 2019 02:50pm | Post a Comment

The 24th San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) runs May 1st – May 5th at the historic Castro Theatre! This year's festival features 25 programs (including an illustrated lecture presentation at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley), all with live musical accompaniment! There are films from ten different countries — Bali (Goona Goona), Czechoslovakia (Tonka of the Gallows), France (L’Homme Du Large), Germany (The Oyster Princess, Opium, The Love of Jeanne Ney), India (Shiraz: A Romance of India), Italy (Rapsodia Satanica, L'Inferno), Japan (Japanese Girls at the Harbor), Sweden (Sir Arne's Treasure), U.S. (Wolf Song, Husbands and Lovers, Lights of Old Broadway, Hell Bent, The Wedding March, and more), and the USSR (Earth) — and more than 40 brilliant musicians from around the world to accompany the films. Bookended by Buster Keaton classics The Cameraman (1928) and Our Hospitality (1923), the film selection has something for everyone, including melodrama, horror, adventure, westerns, and even Nordic noir.

All films at SFSFF are accompanied with live music by extraordinary musicians including Club Foot Gamelan, Frank Bockius, Guenter Buchwald, Stephen Horne, Sascha Jacobsen, Matti Bye Ensemble, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Philip Carli, Wayne Barker, Utsav Lal, and Donald Sosin.

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Record Store Day 2019 at Amoeba SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 16, 2019 09:05pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day at Amoeba SF, 2019
Photos by Kelly Sweeney-Osato. Words by Audra Wolfmann.

On Saturday, April 13th, Amoeba SF, along with hundreds of independently owned music stores around the world, celebrated Record Store Day. We opened at 8am for the first time in our 12-year history of RSD-ing. This may sound crazy early, but we opened the doors to a line that went down Haight Street, around the corner onto Stanyan, and down to Waller! RSD limited edition releases is what this crowd of early risers was after. If you missed the boat on this holy day, fear not as we still have a few titles online HERE.

In addition to the RSD limited edition releases, Amoeba SF had DJs from 8am to 3pm, setting the tone for the shopping extravaganza. Massive kudos to all of our DJs (Maria Victoria & Dizzy Miss Lizzy of Black Rhythm Happening, Mario Muse, Carolyn Keddy, Smash Hunter, B-Side Brujas, Digital KitKat), but most of all to DJ Bearzbub who played a bitchin' 8am set that has us all dancing in the aisles.

Yes, another glorious Record Store Day has come and gone, but that doesn't mean you need to wait another year the celebrate the virtues of vinyl. All three Amoeba Music locations are open year-round, fighting the good fight and listening to the righteous tunes.

Here's some photos from Saturday. Please see the complete set HERE.
 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with DJ/Producer Jamie Jones

Posted by Amoebite, April 16, 2019 02:09pm | Post a Comment

Jaime Jones - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Welsh DJ, producer, and Hot Creations label co-founder Jamie Jones did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. One of his current favorites is Negro Swan, the latest album by Blood Orange. Not only is he a huge Blood Orange fan in general, but Jones was especially fond of Georgia Anne Muldrow's guest appearance on the album. "I've heard a few of her songs before and I love what she does," he proclaimed. "I was going to buy this today and there was a vinyl copy which is even better."

Jamie Jones is known for his unique brand of warmer, more melody-driven techno. Named Resident Advisor's Top DJ of 2011, Jones first became a force in the scene through his mid-'00s DJs Can Dance warehouse parties in East London and summer gigs on Ibiza, including the Circoloco day parties at DC10. Inspired by Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage, Jones launched the now legendary Paradise series of parties. Born in Ibiza, Paradise regularly travels the globe. taking place in cities like NYC, Miami, LA, Toronto, and Moscow. 

Hot Creations labelAs a member of the British-American electronic group Hot Natured, Jones found mainstream recognition in the UK, after the group's single "Benediction" landed at #31 on the singles chart. A frequent honorary at the DJ Awards, Jones has been nominated multiple times for Best Tech House DJ, Breakthrough DJ, and Best International DJ. He has been awarded the crown of Best Deep House DJ several times. In addition to his performance career, Jones also heads the prolific Hot Creations label and its subsidiary labels, Emerald City and Hottrax.

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The Oaklash Drag Festival, April 26-28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 15, 2019 03:42pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is proud to co-sponsor Oaklash, the Bay Area drag and queer performance festival. ThisOaklash year's festival will feature a full weekend of nonstop DRAG including live performance, music, local vendors, DJs, art, and more! Queens, Kings, and friends from all over the Bay Area and beyond will come together in Oakland for this celebration of local queer culture.

The fun starts on Friday, April 26th at 8pm at Eli's Mile High Club (3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland) with BACKLASH: The Oaklash Kick-off Party. Spend the evening with Punk bands The Gooch Palms (Australia), Muñecas (SF), and Bitch Please (LA), plus a killer drag show featuring La Vanidad, The One And Only Rexy, and Kochina Rude.

The festivities continue into the weekend with the two-day festival on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th at Classic Cars West (411 26th St, Oakland) with shows from 2pm-10pm (doors at noon). Live music with bands Saturn Rising (LA) and Yayah (SAC) on Saturday, and Zedgar Infiniti (OAK) and Dollii (SF) on Sunday. Drag performances on Saturday feature Meatball (LA), Horrorchata (NYC), Cucci Binaca (SEA), Ti To (LA), Violet Hex (PDX), and local luminaries Juanita More, Jillian Gnarling, Nicki Jizz, Glamamore, and many more! Sunday's performances feature Lucy Stoole (CHI), Queef Latina (MIA), Andro Gin (MIA), HAIRY BRADSHAW (DEN), and local legends Mama Celeste, Peaches Christ, Fauxnique, Dulce De Leche, and more!

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Amoeba Hollywood's Record Store Day 2019 Recap

Posted by Amoebite, April 13, 2019 07:16pm | Post a Comment

record store day at Amoeba Hollywood Recap

At Amoeba Hollywood, fans began lining up the night before for their shot at grabbing some of this year's most exciting limited edition Record Store Day exclusive releases. When we opened our doors this morning, we were impressed by the passion, dedication, and celebratory spirit of the folks waiting in line, many of whom have visited Amoeba on Record Store Day for several years in a row! 

Our friends at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf were on hand bright and early this morning, serving up coffee and pastries to the the dedicated crew hanging out on the corner of Sunset and Ivar. Also pictured below is our newest t-shirt with a limited edition floral logo! This shirt made its debut on Record Store Day and is available in-store only at Amoeba Hollywood in sizes XS-XXL.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

RSD Customer in Costume

This dynamic duo celebrated their love for Record Store Day in style!

 

In addition to the usual slew of collectible LPs, 7"s, and picture discs, there were also day-long deals on used DVDs and Blu-rays (25% off). Turntables were 20% off (excluding the adorable and awesome RSD3 Mini Turntable). All mugs and used books were also 20% off.

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Top 10 Record Store Day 2019 Hip-Hop Vinyl [+ links to purchase @ 5am Sunday April 14]: Too $hort, Pete Rock, Ed O.G., RZA, ODB etc

Posted by Billyjam, April 13, 2019 10:21am | Post a Comment


Today is 2019 Record Store Day (RSD), the twelfth annual music holiday celebrating independent record stores all over including the three Amoeba locations (Berkeley, SF, LA) with all genres represented including, of course, hip-hop; a genre proudly born out of vinyl manipulation and sampling of records. This Amoeblog focuses on the best hip-hop vinyl picks for RSD 2019 including a top ten chart of this year’s exclusive RSD releases available at Amoeba. Note that while all are available on a first come, first served in-store purchase today, that many leftover titles will be available for sale online tomorrow (Sunday April 14th) from 5am local Pacific time. The Top 10 chart includes links to each of these but not that there is no guarantee that all of them will still be available tomorrow morning. Also note that all RSD sales, whether today instore or tomorrow online, are limited to one copy per title per customer.

While traditionally many RSD releases are reissues of long out of print on vinyl titles, special colored vinyl LP & 12" reissues, plus first time 7" pressings of previously released tracks there are also many brand new releases unveiled on Record Store Day or else released the day before (April 12) with an alternate version for RSD. This year these include such titles as the tight Vinnie  Paz  x Tragedy Khadafi Camouflage Regime LP via Jedi Mind Tricks and the Enemy Soil label plus the collaborative album from rapper Diabolic and producer Vanderslice and their anticipated album Collusion. Pictured right this is a must-get for any fan of roots hip-hop; IE golden era and nineties hip-hop layered with clever lyricism and soulful head-nodding production. Released via the always dependable hip-hop label Coalmine the vinyl for this new album comes in two different colors including two ‘pot luck’ color variants; Diabolic’s “Deviled Egg (white/orange color-in-color) and Vanderslice’s Hawaiian Shirt (white w/ blue and yellow splatter) with artwork designed by FRKO (Action Bronson), equipped with a dual-sided insert, as detailed by the RSD curators

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Nipsey Hussle’s “Celebration Of Life” Memorial Today @ STAPLES Center 10am-Noon To Be Widely Live Streamed & Broadcast

Posted by Billyjam, April 11, 2019 06:00am | Post a Comment

So beloved was Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed outside his Los Angeles clothing store on March 31st, that tickets for this morning’s “Celebration Of Life” honoring the slain 33 year old artist and activist born Ermias Asghedom at LA’s Staples Center reportedly got snapped up within 20 minutes of being made available online on Tuesday. Luckily for those unable to get tickets for the 21,000 capacity venue’s event as well as those outside the area the event, that will run from 10am until noon local Pacific time, will be live streamed and broadcast via BET with such local LA TV stations as Fox 11, NBC 4, ABC 7 and KTLA all planning on streaming the ceremony live with KTLA streaming the ceremony on its website as well as on Facebook. Immediately following the memorial there will reportedly be a 25 mile procession.

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Hip-Hop Weekly Top Five: Lil Baby, Gunna, Ski Mask The Slump Lord, Ceschi, People Under The Stairs' Final Album "Sincerely, The P"

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2019 11:13pm | Post a Comment

#1  People Under The Stairs  Sincerely, The P (avail on CD, cassette, and 2LP pre-order) (Piecelock 70)

While most hip-hop acts 20 years into their career might have have lost their edge and/or passion for an art form that won them over back in their youth, People Under The Stairs have remained consistently fresh and relevant with each anticipated release by the SoCal act. Further it seemed like PUTS would be recording and performing forever.  Hence when consistently independent duo, comprised of Thes One and Double K, announced that their new 2019 release Sincerely, The P would be their final/farewell album their dedicated fanbase were understandably sad. On a positive note however the new 56 minute album is one of their strongest full-lengths in an illustrious twelve album career spanning two decades. Released physically this past Friday via  Piecelock 70 on both CD and cassette, with colored double vinyl to follow next month (2LP pre-order one per customer) Sincerely, The P continues the pure underground hip-hop vibe that PUTS fans have grown to love since the hip-hop pair first arrived on the LA scene back in the late nineties.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Trixie Mattel

Posted by Amoebite, April 9, 2019 05:29pm | Post a Comment

Trixie Mattel - What's In My Bag?

Singer, actor, comedian, and drag queen Trixie Mattel did some shopping recently at Amoeba Hollywood and kept us laughing throughout the entire What's In My Bag? interview. Trixie's '90s nostalgia was on full display, as was her wit, charm, and ability to recall countless movie lines. Not only that, but she talked about some of her favorite music and comedy records and shared the unexpected album that inspired her to start playing guitar.

Trixie Mattel first attracted notice as a contestant on season seven of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2015. She made a triumphant return during the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, where she won the competition in the final lip sync battle. She also competed in 2018's RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular.

Outside of her Drag Race fame, Mattel has teamed up with fellow contestant Katya Zamolodchikova for the comedy web series UNHhhh and the Viceland program The Trixie & Katya Show. She has toured extensively with her comedy act, with her newest tour, "Now with Moving Parts" captured in the forthcoming documentary Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts. In 2017, she released the country-folk album Two Birds via ATO Records. One Stone was released the following year. (The two albums are available on one LP as Two Birds, One Stone.) She has named June Carter Cash and Dolly Parton as two of her greatest musical influences. 

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Tickets to Special Wax Trax! Events with Ministry & Cold Cave Available at Amoeba on Record Store Day

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2019 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax Records screenings

TO ATTEND THESE EVENTS: Purchase the Industrial Accident Record Store Day soundtrack LP in-store at Amoeba on 4/13.

** 2 VIP tickets will be included with the LP.

** The LP is available on a first come, first serve basis and will follow the Record Store Day purchasing setup at each store. There will not be a separate line for this LP.

** Supplies are limited. 

Please read all of the details below carefully.

One of the many Record Store Day releases we're excited about this year is the soundtrack to Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records. The documentary follows the rise and fall of Wax Trax! Records, the record store turned label that introduced the world to industrial music and bands such as Ministry, Front 242, and My Life With Thrill Kill Kult. The RSD release is pressed on blue vinyl, includes a 40-page book, and is limited to 800 copies.

In conjunction with the release, a few lucky cities will get special screenings of the documentary that also include a panel discussion, Q&A, and live performances by Ministry and Cold Cave! The Bay Area event is on Monday, April 22nd at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. SoCal fans get their chance the next night, Tuesday, April 23rd at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.

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Turn Music Lovers into Musician Lovers: New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 1, 2019 04:54pm | Post a Comment

By Shona

I love New Orleans, and if you’ve been there, you do too. (If you’ve never been, get yourself down there!) New Orleans is the birthplace and repository of so much important music and, more importantly, so much music is alive and swaggering there. It’s Jazz, it’s R&B, it’s Cajun and Zydeco, it’s Funk, it’s Mardi Gras Indians, it’s Rock & Roll, it’s brass bands, it’s Bounce and Hip-Hop, and we could go on. Let’s just say it’s all that and a bag of Zapp’s potato chips! It’s our past and present, but how do we keep it going for our future? We add Musician Lover to our identity as Music Lover. We support the music and culture by supporting the health and well-being of the people who create it.

Amoeba Music has a long history with the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) and the clinic they support, New Orleans Musician’s Clinic (NOMC). Their mission is to save New Orleans Music and one of the ways they do that is “preventing death by lifestyle.” If you’ve seen an episode of the David Simon HBO drama Treme, then you saw their work depicted. We are a business run by music lovers that caters to music lovers and, let’s be real, we gotta be Musician Lovers.

Every year, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival happens the last weekend of April. It’s an epic music festival, mixing big name, internationally known acts and hyper local artists. Last year they had almost 450,000 attendees over seven days. This year is their big 50th Anniversary, and the line-up is insane. Dave Matthews Band, Diana Ross, Katy Perry, Herbie Hancock, Leon Bridges, Logic, Big Freedia, Santana, Trombone Shorty, and more. NOMAF is holding a raffle and tickets are only $10 each! The grand prize is two Brass Passes (7 day access, VIP perks) to Jazz Fest. Trust, you want that prize. (They don’t take any federal funds, so they rely on year-round donations and special events to fund their programs.)

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