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April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one



Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year


Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic



Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town


Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler


One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil


Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band


What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films

NOPD Searches for Two Teen Girls

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing female juvenile in Algiers and a juvenile girl reported as a runaway from the Garden District. Both went missing this week in unrelated incidents. 

Overnight Crime Report: Two Armed Robberies, Two Rapes, Homicide

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw five crimes hit the city on Friday (4.28). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to two armed robberies, two aggravated rapes, and a homicide. 

Today in NOLA 4.29.17

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Jazz Fest continues on today with the second day of music, food, and fun at the Fair Grounds. The National Weather Service (NWS) anticipates temps in the mid 80’s throughout the day. Don’t let those grey skies get you down — the NWS predicts a one percent chance of rain. Today, the fest will feature Usher & The Roots, Maroon 5, Jon Batiste, New Breed Brass Band, Delfeayo Marsalis, and dozens more. After hours, Galactic and Roar will perform at Tip’s. Along Frenchmen St., head to Blue Nile to see Stooges or over to Maison to see NOLA all-stars team up for a super show. For folks who have already gotten their concert fix, the Theatre at St. Claude will stage their final performance of a historically-minded musical spoof. Happy Birthday to Master P, local rapper and label founder who makes 47 today. Now, more to do this Saturday. 

'Southern Charm' Comes to NOLA

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Listen up y’all, New Orleans is about to put its southern hospitality to the test. Bravo’s successful reality television franchise Southern Charm is set to come to the Big Easy to document the glamorous lives of Crescent City residents far beyond Bourbon Street. 

NOLA Lore: A Real American Horror Story

Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and sometimes unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. This week, learn about the horrors perpetrated by a society woman in the French Quarter, Madame Delphine LaLaurie.

The Heal Deal

Get to Know Dr. Jess Tregle, Msc.D., New Orleans Spiritual Health Guru

The young woman with multi-colored hair strands matching her kaleidoscopic paisley dress, as pictured on her homepage, might not appear to be your traditional doctor in white lab coat in a sterile examination room. She greets you — with a warm, “Hi beautiful soul!” — and offers prescriptions that cannot be filled at a pharmacy, but within the self. New Orleans-born Dr. Jess Tregle counts herself principally as a Natural Healing Specialist, Metaphysician, and Empowerment Coach. Dr. Tregle, whose book Heal Your Spirit & Empower Your Life, came out earlier this spring, recently shared her thoughts about holistic health, meditation, and expressions of self-love with NoDef. 

Southern Comfort

Deltaphonic On the Rise With 'See Red'

There is a little-seen neo-Western film from summer 2016 called Hell or High Water, about a pair of brothers who turn to a life of bank robbery to provide for their families in an economically destitute corner of West Texas. The film sports gorgeous landscapes, taut thrills, and great performances from its cast — all makings of an excellent film, but its most impressive quality is how its narrative and direction blends a variety of styles and genres that came before and creates a wholly original work with a style all its own for a new era. It’s a model that pays tribute to artistic predecessors while not resting on the work already made. That film comes to mind when listening to Deltaphonic, a New Orleans based blues-funk-rock duo. Their sound and their style would not have been out of place in the film’s rugged terrain. 


NoDef saw the band perform live at d.b.a on Frenchmen St., celebrating at their Easter Sunday record release party for See Red. A knowing crowd of about fifty people came out on the stormy night to watch the band thunder and roll through loud and powerful cuts off the new album. 

Big Easy Bucha’s Karl Hartdegen Becomes Eighth Certified Cicerone in Louisiana

Friday, April 28th, 2017

This week it was announced that Karl Hartdegen, brewer at Big Easy Bucha, has been recognized as a Certified Cicerone. Hartdegen is the eighth Louisiana resident in history — the sixth in New Orleans — to be designated this title in the competitive Cicerone Certification Program. 

NOPD Seeks Three Missing Persons, Continues Search for Juvenile Runaway

Friday, April 28th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in four missing persons cases in the city. The NOPD is renewing efforts to locate a 16-year-old girl who went missing in late March, as well as seeking help to find a juvenile girl, a 26-year-old woman, and 16-year-old female, who each went missing this week in unrelated incidents. 

Overnight Crime Report: Two Robberies, Rape, Suicide, Unclassified Death

Friday, April 28th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw five crimes hit the city on Thursday (4.27). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to a rape, simple robbery, suicide, armed robbery, and an unclassified death. 

Art Openings & Shows in NOLA

September 23-October 4

Art for Arts’ Sake is coming up on October 4, which means this week is your last chance to see just about every exhibition on Julia Street and at the CAC. Drop into Soren Christensen for a solo show by internationally recognized Pakistani-born artist Jamali, or get a sneak preview of what AFAS has to offer at Callan Contemporary and Octavia Gallery. This Friday, NOMA hosts its gala fundraiser Love in the Garden. Saint Claude is between openings, but there’s plenty of work to be seen this weekend.

Each week, NoDef brings you comprehensive listings of the visual arts in the Crescent City from St. Claude to Julia

Today in NOLA 4.28.17

Friday, April 28th, 2017

And so it begins … the 48th annual Jazz Fest starts at the Fair Grounds, but there is plenty more to do around town. Brass legends The Soul Rebels bring da funk to Frenchmen, while Questlove spins tunes at a midnight show at the House of Blues. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux teams up with his Golden Eagles and the funk rockers Flow Tribe, while Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals take the Orpheum stage. On this day in 1997, the FBI raided former Governor Edwin Edwards’ home after EWE was charged with racketeering and corruption. Now, more to do this festive Friday. 

Desiree Charbonnet, Possible Mayoral Candidate, Joins Louisiana Law Firm

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

There were whispers circulating around town for months that Judge Desiree Charbonnet would run for Mayor of New Orleans this fall when current Mayor Mitch Landrieu leaves office. In somewhat surprising news, it was announced on Thursday (4.27) that instead of seeking the office, Charbonnet will join the esteemed law firm Sullivan Stolier Schulze & Grubb, LLC. 

New Orleans Woman Engaged to Popeyes Chicken

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Have you heard the expression, “if you love it so much, why don’t you marry it?” One New Orleans woman took it a step further — and became a viral sensation. 

NOFD Under Fire After Monument Removal

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Following the take down of the Battle at Liberty Place monument early Monday morning by a team of masked movers, rumors abounded across the city and online that the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) was commissioned by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to remove the Confederate statue on Iberville Street. On Wednesday (4.26), New Orleans Firefighters Association President Nick Felton confirmed in a press conference that at least half a dozen firefighters were enlisted to take down the monument early Monday on Mayor Landrieu’s instructions. 

Overnight Crime Report: Two Stabbings, Shooting, Domestic Battery, Simple Robbery

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw five crimes hit the city on Wednesday (4.26). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to two stabbings, a shooting, domestic battery, and simple robbery. 

Today in NOLA 4.27.17

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Tonight is Jazz Fest Eve, and the lineups of power combos are just getting started. Before the madness ensues, there are plenty of events without music to pack in. Ready your fest-ness with screenings of short films from the first Jazz Fest in 1970, or see local talents perform at City Park for this week’s Threadhead Thursday. NOLA Distilling Co. will open its doors for the first time. Sum 41 & Pierce the Veil will take the House of Blues stage. On this day in 1806, Donaldsonville was officially dedicated. Now, more to do this Thursday.

All-Star Country Fest Celebrates the Sounds of Louisiana

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

For the New Orleanian who just ain’t getting their festival fix when Jazz Fest kicks off this Friday, look no further than a four-day celebration of Southern Americana music. Running April 30-May 3, the 2017 All-Star Country Fest will hop around town at a handful of venues in the Marigny and Bywater. Sponsored by NOLA County, a radio program showcasing Ameripolitan Music on WHIV 102.3FM, All-Star Country Fest features the sounds of Louisiana. The fest offers a lineup of honky-tonk, NOLA soul, rockabilly, Ameripolitan, Zydeco, Cajun, swamp-pop, country blues, and more. 

Best of the Fest

NoDef's Guide to Non-Jazz Fest Festivals

For many locals and tourists alike, the Fair Grounds will become a second home for the next seven days, offering a nonstop lineup of music, food, drinks, crafts, and fun.


But the party doesn't stop at Jazz Fest — many top NOLA talents will be taking the stage at your favorite venues across the city as part of the many mini festivals kicking off this week. 


On the eve on the 48th annual Jazz and Heritage Festival, NoDef offers a round-up of the best fests around town. 

How to Get to Jazz Fest

Tips to Ride, Shuttle, Bike, and Park

We’re less than 48 hours away from Jazz Fest, and locals and tourists alike are scrambling to figure out the most time and cost efficient ways to travel to, park, and navigate their way around the expansive Fair Grounds. With the 2017 fest bigger and better than ever before, The City of New Orleans encourages festival-goers to bicycle or carpool whenever possible, and to make use of the returning Jazz Fest shuttle system. 

Tea Party

Big Easy Bucha Leads the Farm-to-Bottle Kombucha Movement

Tucked amongst somewhat nondescript buildings in Gert Town is bright pop of color where New Orleans’ first and only small batch kombucha brewery, Big Easy Bucha, greets its visitors. That immediate splash of vibrancy is carried forward into the brewery, which crafts the fermented beverage of choice for both the health-conscious and trend-conscious of today. 

Promotin’ the General Welfare

Symbolic Gestures Are Not Enough

As different as we like to think we are here in New Orleans – one of the wonderful self-styled slogans we don’t deny is visiting here is like coming to another country – we are very very American. In fact, we may be the most quintessentially American of cities precisely because we flaunt our love of the provincial and quaint alongside our loyalty to larger tradition and culture. Patriotism is big here. We pretend we are so dangerously laissez-faire while strictly adhering to unofficial, but understood, codes of conduct that have been passed down through the generations. You can talk crazy all you want, but acting crazy is a whole ‘nother thing that might get you locked up, or worse, left out.

Jazz Feast: NoDef’s Guide Where to Eat

New Additions & Fest Traditions

The 2017 Jazz and Heritage Festival is just days away. By now, you’ve likely mapped out your custom schedule based on the Jazz Fest cubes, stocked up on sunscreen, and planned your fest-friendly fashions. Now, let’s turn our attention to possibly the most important aspect to any NOLA festival: the food. 

NOLA Lore: The Real Vampires of New Orleans

Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and sometimes unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. For the fourth installment, Lloyd continues with her experience meeting the real vampires of the Crescent City. 

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Frack Your Brain

This week, the Louisiana Lazarus ponders the Northshore's fracking-filled future.

Electro-Pop Star Nite Jewel Shares ‘Real High’ & Summertime Gasa Gasa Show

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Los Angeles-based Nite Jewel (née Ramona Gonzalez) released the title track off of her forthcoming album, Real High. The electro-pop star’s new album will drop May 5 through her own Gloriette Records just ahead of her U.S. and European tour that will bring her to New Orleans in late summer.

Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Filmmaker and NOLA Documentarian, Dies at 73

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Jonathan Demme, the Academy Award-winning director of films like Silence of the Lambs, The Manchurian Candidate, Philadelphia, among many other works, died on Wednesday (4.26) of cancer complications. He was 73 years old. 

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