Loaded up on local CDs at the Louisiana Music Factory? You might need to buy another bag. Four more must-haves for NOLA music lovers:
Vinyl fan? An eye for unusual eyewear? Give Tipton Eyework’s Vinylize line a spin. Handmade in Hungry, the one-of-a-kind glasses are fashioned from cellulose acetate then fronted with reclaimed LPs and 45s. The durable frames, which retain the records’ original grooves, come with their own zippered carrying case constructed from a 7-inch single. You’ll spot them at Art & Eyes, along with the sculptural silk coatdresses of owner/designer Starr Hagenbring.
Love this year’s Jazzfest posters so much you wish you owned the entire series? You can. Art4Now, the local company that produces the annual collectibles, offers vintage New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival posters from 1975-1990 and 1994-2016, along with Congo Square renderings from fests past. Not enough wall space to fit them all? Downsize with a set of “PosterCards,” 4” x 6” full-color postcard reproductions that include edition details on their reverse sides. Drop a few in the mail to jealous friends, or frame them individually for your Jazzfest altar back home.
“Everything you see is sound. Everything you hear is photography.” That’s the concept behind local art team Louviere + Vanessa’s latest ambitious undertaking. With Resonantia, currently on view at A Gallery for Fine Photography, the creative duo bridges the gap between sight and sound by blurring the lines between the two senses. Using a handmade spectrograph tone generator, they first photographed the 12 notes used to create music then turned those images back into sound, which they then broadcast through a spectrometer and recorded. The result is a work of art unlike anything you’ve ever seen … or heard.
In a town filled with great music it’s hard to know just where to begin. Let guidebook author Michael Murphy lead the way. His latest release, Hear Dat, charts New Orleans music from jazz to bounce, Buddy Bolden to Big Freedia, with stops at top juke joints and legendary dive bars along the way. In addition to a Q&A with the late Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Allen Toussaint (one of his last interviews), the fun and informative tome guides readers through the city's dizzying array of annual festivals and free concerts, local music shops and classic songs. You'll find it on gift shop shelves citywide. Grab one, and get moving.