Make your soul resolution for the new year with Grits 'n' Gravy at the Southern. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: Grits ‘n’ Gravy

DJs Robin Tomlin and Colin Powell retrofit classical American soul for modern dance parties under the handle Grits ‘n’ Gravy. Their spin repertoire spans the canonical masters of soul from James Brown to funk dynamos Parliament, while including a bevy of lesser known acts. The duo blasts infectious dance tunes such as the Heatwaves’ blustering psychedelic romp […]

Former Charlottesville gal Ruby Ross returns with a jazzy new release and stories from the road. Publicity image

ARTS Pick: Ruby Ross

New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Ruby Ross makes a hometown return with local guest musicians to celebrate the release of her new EP, Solid Ground. Emotional and unpretentious vocals showcase her Appalachian roots, and NOLA jazz influences her folksy acoustic Americana on tunes that recall feminine folk icons like Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. Saturday 12/28 $5, 8pm. C’ville Coffee, 1301 […]

Blast through the midnight hour with the NOLA grooves of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. “We just play music, man, any style,” said baritone sax player Roger Lewis (second from left). Publicity image

Celebrating New Year’s Eve with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

It’s not likely you’ll find another band that’s opened for both Lionel Richie and Widespread Panic, in the same year no less. Call it a perfect example of the high-energy celebratory versatility of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a four-decade New Orleans musical institution that’s well known for delivering good time horn-driven grooves. “We just […]