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

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

"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


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.


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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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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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