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Louisiana Music Artist Directory: UNLV to Ed Volker
UNLV pioneering New Orleans rap group (Reginald "Tec-9" Manuel, Yaphet "Lil' Ya" Jones, Albert "Yella Boy" Thomas) signed with Cash Money Records in 1992; Thomas was shot & killed in New Orleans in 1997 (at age 23); UNLV successfully sued Cash Money in 2007 for failure to compensate the group for six recordings issued on the label

  • UNLV bio, cds, mp3 downloads (

The Uppressors reggae rock band from Thibodaux, LA; band appeared on the 2008 album "Spirits in the Material World: A Reggae Tribute to the Police"

The Uptights New Orleans pop/rock band active from late 70's - mid 80's

Uptown Okra bluegrass/country flavored group featured John Boutte on vocals

Vagabond Swing Lafayette, LA band mixes ragtime, gypsy/swing, ska and Latin rhythms

Kid Thomas Valentine early jazz trumpeter (1896-1987) joined the Pickwick Brass Band at age 14; Valentine later worked in a variety of bands, including his own Algiers Stompers; became a regular at Preservation Hall in the 60's, often working with George Lewis; performing career spanned 77 years

Valume Nob hardcore rock band formed by Marc Brignac (Bile, Graveyard Rodeo), Frey Theiler, Kirk Windstein (Down, Crowbar), and Sid Montz (Crowbar)

Van Cliburn celebrated classical performer hails from Shreveport, Louisiana

Vince Vance and the Valiants noted show band has been together since 1971; single "All I Want for Christmas is You" has been a perennial holiday favorite

Papa Don Vappie multi-talented tradional jazz musician performs regularly with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and also leads his own group, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders; seek out his "Creole Blues" album (from 1997); we highly recommend it!

The Viatones roots rock band formed in Nashville by Louisiana natives Dylan and Blayze Viator

Kira Viator young Cajun accordionist from Crowley, LA received a Governorís Arts Award in 1997 (at age 10); named Accordionist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year at the Le Cajun Awards in 2008

Moise & Alida Viator brother & sister duo play traditional French and Creole music; Moise and Alida also perform with the Creole jazz band Eh, Las Bas!

June Victory & The Bayou Renegades Mardi Gras Indian & New Orleans funk from guitarist June Victory

Vida Blue short-lived "supergroup" featured Page McConnell (Phish), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band), and New Orleans' own Russell Batiste (Funky Meters, Papa Grows Funk)

Johnny Vidacovich noted New Orleans drummer and session player is also a member of modern jazz group Astral Project

Sean Vidrine Zydecajun accordion player, vocalist & bandleader from Westlake, LA

The Vieux Carre Band New Orleans cover band blends funk and R&B

VivŠz Latin Band hot Latin Jazz, Salsa and Caribbean group led by guitarist Javier Gutierrez (formerly with Acoustic Swiftness)

Vivid New Orleans funk rock band started by multi-talented musician Desmond Venable

  • Vivid band page at MySpace

Voice of the Wetlands Allstars supergroup of Louisiana performers led by Tab Benoit was formed to bring awareness to the disappearing wetlands in southern Louisiana

Ed Volker keyboard player, percussionist and vocalist with The Radiators

  • Ed Volker cds and audio clips (LA Music Factory)

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