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Karen Dalton-Beninato
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Karen Dalton-Beninato, freelance writer, uber-Tweeter, music industry consultant. Published in Forbes Travel, The New Republic, Earth Island Journal, here and afar. Newspaper features editor back when that was a thing. Married to uber-bass player Jeff.

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Love Is Love as Last State Issues First Gay Marriage License

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 7:54 PM

Louisiana, the last state to issue a same-sex marriage license, was off to a romantic start this afternoon. The first license was issued to a couple who work for the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court and have been watching for the state to comply with the Supreme Court's Marriage Equality...

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How to Get Meat Smart: Low and Slow 2

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 9:31 PM

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Just in time for BBQ season, New Orleans food writer Colleen Rush and beloved Chicago Barn & Co. pit master Gary Wiviott have come out with the book Low & Slow 2: The Art of Barbecue, Smoke-Roastings and Basic Curing. Clearly...

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From Elton John to Dr. John: Jazz Fest Weekend 2 Wraps

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 10:46 PM

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Weekend two at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival had everything: aboriginal bluesman Gurrumul; a second line funeral for 40-year Jazz Fest plumber John (JT the Flowmaster) Tamberella who was made one of The Ancestors; and...

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All About That Jazz: International Jazz Day at New Orleans Jazz Fest Day 4

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 11:30 PM

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International Jazz Day was celebrated, appropriately enough, in the city where jazz was born on the 4th day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015.

From the steps of the New Orleans Museum of Art, musicians Terence Blanchard and Poncho...

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The Good Life With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Jazz Fest Day 3

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 1:47 AM

"That's My Momma!" James Andrews said of the Baby Doll dancing during his New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival set. His show was a family affair, with wife Karen Gant-Andrews belting out an "At Last" that would have done Etta James proud. Andrews' grandfather was musician Jesse Hill, known for...

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The Who, Ryan Adams, John Legend Wrap Jazz Fest Day 2

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 2:22 AM

"The Gods of Rock wouldn't let it rain on The Who," shouted a voice in the crowd fleeing an afternoon storm at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. And They didn't -- the sun broke through by late afternoon, and The Who had the chance to sing "Talkin' Bout...

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Wilco Lights Up New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 12:22 AM

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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015 ended its first day with a bang. And a series of lightning flashes. Then torrential rain, but not before headliners from Wilco to Keith Urban to Jimmy Cliff worked in as much music as...

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All Over Including the Shouting: Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Fest Wraps

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 11:15 PM

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"I have to go channel my inner Stella," Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival President Janet Daley Duval says in passing. In an hour she'll be leaning off a balcony of the Pontalba Apartments over Jackson Square as contestants gather below...
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Usher in Spring in New Orleans With Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 10:37 AM

The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival ushers in spring with a five day literary event full of theater, dining and wall-to-wall author events. This year is no exception, with humorist Roy Blount, Jr. NPR commentator Amy Dickenson, poet Saaeed Jones (a/k/a @theferocity), playwright John Patrick Shanley, Pulitzer winner Vijay Seshadri and...

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Notes on a Midwestern Childhood as Ferguson Waits

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 5:25 PM

I grew up in a small town less than an hour from Ferguson, Missouri and since the shooting of Michael Brown, extreme police reaction to protesters, and now the wait for Grand Jury results, I've been recalling a Midwestern childhood where fear of the Otherness surrounding St. Louis was pervasive....

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Dream Team Realized: Dr. John's 'Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch' Honors Louis Armstrong

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 12:11 PM

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I first interviewed Dr. John (aka Mac Rebennack) about "Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch" a year ago when he described the album in progress as being inspired by a dream in which Louis Armstrong told him: "Do my music your way."...

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From Alabama Shakes to R&B Divas, Women Rock Jazz Fest

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2014 | 10:44 AM

"Ask me how I'm doin? I'm doin alright. I will remain alright. Cause this is up to ME," said Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, whose soulful set was quite alright with a huge audience as she closed out the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Friday night.

Across...

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Robert Plant, Big Freedia Rock: Good Day for Golden Gods and Goddesses at Jazz Fest

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 2:58 AM

Robert Plant was in fine form closing out the stage at Saturday's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, with Phish jamming across the track for hours. From Led Zepplin classics to thoughtfully curated covers, he did not disappoint. AXS Review: Here.


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Carlos Santana Rocks New Orleans Jazz Fest Day 1

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2014 | 1:48 AM

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival day one wrapped with a combination of die-hard Carlos Santana fans one of which is festival Executive Producer Quint Davis who ended up playing maracas with the band; and The Avett Brother whose fans cleared a path as Seth Avett jumped from the...

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Interview: Dr. John's Wishes for a Blessed Mardi Gras

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:26 AM

BREAKING: Now that Mardi Gras has passed, you can catch Dr. John at an all-star tribute on May 3 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music will feature Gregg Allman, Allen Toussaint, Widespread Panic, Mavis Staples, Lucinda...

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Partners Parse Popularity of Twitter Powerhouse: Doesn't End Well For Them

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 3:15 PM

More than one column today has taken on the odd, at best, tandem articles about private citizen Lisa Adams' cancer treatment and her Twitter feed from print power couple Bill and Emma Keller.

The best intra-medium summary is from Zeynep Tufekci at Medium. She...

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The Last First Day: My Favorite Read of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 6:24 PM

As The Last First Day (Random House) by author Carrie Brown was my favorite new book of 2013, I jumped at the chance to interview her when she passed through New Orleans. Our talk includes a minor amount of spoilers, but not enough to spoil your...

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That You Krampus? 19 Spine-Tingling Dolls of Golgothia

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2013 | 1:36 PM

As an early entry in the Visions of Sugarplums but Darker category, the Eerie Dolls of Golgothia show debuts tonight at Green Eyed Gator Gallery in New Orleans' French Quarter.

The show is curated by gallery owner and artist Shannon Kelley and artist Kook Teflon, and the dolls...

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Hurricane Katrina Note From New Orleans: 8 Is Enough

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 12:52 AM

Eight years ago I was on a week-long vacation before my new job was to start. My cat died the week before. Just before that, our car was totaled on a bridge in the rain, and my husband and I walked away without a scratch.

So there we were with...

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Dream Team: Talking With Dr. John About His Louis Armstrong Project

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 12:20 AM

When a friend calls you about a labor of love based on seeing his friend in a dream, it's generally not newsworthy unless your friend is Dr. John and his friend is Louis Armstrong. I had the chance to talk with old friend Dr. John (born Mac Rebennack) about his...

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