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Sundance: ‘Mudbound’ Premieres to Rapturous Standing Ovation and Oscar Buzz

A year ago, “Manchester by the Sea” debuted on the first Saturday of Sundance 2016. That same magic must have rubbed off on Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” an operatic drama about two families set in 1940s Mississippi Delta that premiered to the most enthusiastic standing ovation of this year’s Park City gathering so far.

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The Meters to Celebrate 50 Years of Funk at New Orleans' Orpheum Theater

The Meters will reunite and celebrate their 50 years in music with a concert at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans. The April 29 show precedes the legendary quartet’s just-announced closing night appearance at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 28-May 7).

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Louisiana Winners at the Grammy Awards

Louisiana musicians made another strong showing at the Grammy Awards last night, with The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) taking home the prize for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” with last year’s Book One CD. Trumpeter Terence Blanchard won the “Best Improvised Jazz Solo” award for the solo he took on the song “Dancin’ 4 Chicken.” See article for more Louisiana Grammy winners.

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Starlight movie studio opens in New Orleans East

The new Starlight Studios, a $12.5 million motion picture studio, opened near NASA's Michoud facility in New Orleans East on June 19. With a cavernous 45-foot tall, 32,000-square foot sound stage, plus a second 13,000- square-foot sound stage next door, the facility is the biggest in New Orleans, said Starlight Studios President Billy Burk. 

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Acadiana game company emerging with help of Lafayette tech incubators

A University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduate has helped create and launch a video game called 'Evangeline' with the goal of reconnecting players with loved ones.

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Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ Musical Is Broadway Bound

Jimmy Buffett’s tropical paradise is coming to Broadway — but not before going on tour. “Escape to Margaritaville,” Mr. Buffett’s musical featuring new songs and past hits, is scheduled to open on Broadway in spring 2018, its producers announced on Friday.

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BOBBY RUSH WINS GRAMMY FOR BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM

Mississippi blues man, Bobby Rush, won a Grammy for “Best Traditional Blues Album” at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. This project was recorded at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans.