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Karen Dalton-Beninato
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Karen Dalton-Beninato, freelance writer and uber-Tweeter, is the New Orleans Guide for Forbes Travel and has contributed to The New Republic, Earth Island Journal and more. She was a newspaper features editor back when that was a thing. For freelance or booking information visit: KarenDaltonBeninato.com. Her husband, bass god Jeff Beninato, has produced Little Queenie, Twangorama and Micah McKee.

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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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Attention McHobbits: Interview With Terry McDermott of The Voice

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 7:14 PM

In honor of McMonday, The Voice Runner Up Terry McDermott shares his thoughts on this year's contestants; the state of the music industry, and his loyal legion of fans who call themselves The McHobbits. McDermott has navigated his journey from Scotland to New Orleans to Hollywood with a sense of...

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Reflecting and Recording in New Orleans Post-Fest (Photos)

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 4:17 AM

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has wrapped for the 44th year, but the music's still ringing across. Trombone Shorty and Aaron Neville closed out the two biggest stages this year, and across the festival track Wild Magnolias Big Chief Bo Dollis, his wife Big Queen Rita Dollis, and...

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Frank Ocean Wows Hometown Crowd at New Orleans Jazz Fest

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2013 | 3:35 AM

Frank Ocean returned to New Orleans Saturday, greeting the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival audience with an understated: "A lot has changed." The Grammy-winner took the music industry by storm with his debut album, came out in a sometimes homophobic industry, and won a parking lot war with Chris...

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Maroon 5, Jimmy Cliff, Willie Nelson: Jazz Fest Day 5 Trifecta

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 1:42 AM

Adam Levine started his Maroon 5 set wearing a jacket, as the record cold day at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival necessitated. Levine sang I'm At a Payphone while working the stage, the mic and the audience as the crowd went wild. Once he was down to his...

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Live from New Orleans: It's Jazz Fest in HD on AXS TV

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 6:10 PM

There's no way to check in with Festival Productions CEO Quint Davis this week without mention of weather at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. "Sunday I would say, was the best worst day of the festival. It was amazing, we had that big rain from 11 to 12...

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New Orleans Jazz Fest Day 3: Get Up and Live, You Ain't Dead No More!

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 2:44 AM

One of my annual traditions was calling my mother from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Gospel Tent to give her a gospel fix over the phone. The last year she could hold a phone, she listened along for awhile then asked: "Is that you? You sound good!" If it...

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Jazz Fest Day 2: Billy Joel Offers Honesty on Honesty, and New Orleans Legends Get Their Due

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 2:30 AM

Deacon John Moore offered a crystalline take on Steely Dan's Deacon Blues at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest on Saturday. Rounding the festival track later, my husband told Moore he remembered him playing his CYO dances in high school. "I was so much older then," Deacon John said...

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What the Elle? New Orleans Jazz Fest Is Style-Worthy

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2013 | 10:03 AM

"I have never attended a music festival," writes Joe Zee, Elle Creative Director in a May fashion spread. The white Prada onesie on his model styled for Lollapalooza suggests as much, because in a battle between a festival port-a-let and a model in a white onesie, the port-a-let would have...

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Roger Ebert: The Truth Is Still the Truth

(3) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 8:35 PM

Roger Ebert's passing today is heartbreaking to the writing community and to budding writers who need an example of what it is to have a voice in the world and use that voice to great effect.

Last year he quietly helped save the University of Illinois student newspaper...

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Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival Rocks. That Is All.

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2013 | 9:38 AM

In That Is All, former literary agent John Hodgman sets the end of the world at a New Orleans lit festival. If that's where it all unfurls, what a way to go. At last weekend's Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival, lovers of theater, literature, modern authors and...

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South by Southwest, Year of the Aspirational Hashtag

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2013 | 5:20 PM

P.R. Nelson, also known as Prince, blew Austin's South By Southwest festival away at a show hosted by Samsung last night. The concert was promoted with Twitter hashtag #thenextbigthing, though Prince may be better suited to hashtag #eternalpurplerockgod. It reminded me of the Super Bowl in New Orleans,...

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Mickey Hart's Love Song to Jersey Shore Supports Sandy Survivors

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 3:53 AM

Mickey Hart's childhood memories of the Jersey Shore inspired him to write a benefit song (HERE) for victims of Hurricane Sandy, and it's coming in a little later than the first wave of benefits for a reason. "I knew that it would need an afterburner. When I saw...

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The Wonder of It All: Super Bowl Eve Rocks New Orleans

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2013 | 3:13 PM

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Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monáe and Gary Clark Jr. (far right) perform onstage at Bud Light Presents Stevie Wonder and Gary Clark Jr. at the Bud Light Hotel (photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Bud Light)


Stevie Wonder at the top of his...

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New Orleans Food and Music Bucket List: Experts Share Top 10

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 1:14 PM

New Orleans is an embarrassment of riches in its food and music culture, as thousands of Super Bowl correspondents are currently reporting to the folks back home. One blessing from living in food and music central is the level of expertise to be found sitting right next to you on...

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