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April 27th


NOLA Distilling Co. Grand Opening

NOLA Distilling Company, 3PM

Live music from Colin Lake, food from Frencheeze & La Cocinita food trucks


Movie Screening: Jazz Fest Shorts

The Old U.S. Mint, 6PM

Films from the inaugural 1970 Jazz Fest


Threadhead Thursday

City Park Botanical Gardens, 6PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Brass-a-Holics, and Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show


Sum 41 & Pierce the Veil

House of Blues, 6:30PM

The 'We Will Detonate!' tour


International Jazz Day

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, 7PM

Celebration of jazz music and its influence


Jazz & Heritage Gala

Hyatt Regency, 7PM

19th annual benefit feat. a Neville Family Funktion and more


St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Birmingham band promotes second album "Sea of Noise" 

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. 

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. 

Overnight Crime Report: Two Aggravated Burglaries, Two Simple Robberies, Attempted Armed Robbery

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

It was a theft-heavy day in the Big Easy. The New Orleans Police Department saw five crimes hit the city on Tuesday (4.25). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to two aggravated burglaries, attempted armed robbery, and two simple robberies.   

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.


April 28th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

And it begins! 


Yestadt Millinery Pop-Up

W New Orleans, 10AM

Shop the latest hat styles


Friday Nights at NOMA


A lecture on the hidden musicians of Venice: the fascinating story of Vivaldi's all-female orchestra


Movie Screening: Personal Shopper

Prytania Theatre, 6PM/8PM 

Kristen Stewart stars as a shopper who sees ghosts, screened as a closing event of the New Orleans French Film Festival


Bar Redux Third Anniversary

Bar Redux, 8PM

Feat. JD Hill and the Jammers


Dark Star Orchestra

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

The sound of the Grateful Dead


Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Harper reteams with his longtime supporting band


The Soul Rebels

Blue Nile, 10PM

Brass legends bring da funk to Frenchmen 


Flow Tribe and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Backbone crackin' music


Bayou Boylesque

GrandPre's, 10PM

All-male local burlesque



House of Blues, 12AM

The Roots drummer performs a late night DJ set


Screening: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog & Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Prytanian Theatre, 12AM

Screening of the Neil Patrick Harris show and Buffy's musical ep "Once More, With Feeling" 


April 29th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Day two 


Galactic + Roar

Tipitina's, 8PM

Funk jazz jam


Thunder from Down Under

Harrah's Casino, 8PM

Australian's Chipendales style male dancers


Shannon and the Clams

Siberia, 9PM

Garage indie surf-punk 


Stooges Brass Band

Blue Nile, 9:30PM

NOLA classics remixed with heavy hip hop influence


Mod Dance Party

Circle Bar, 10PM

Monthly 60's themed event, with DJ Matty


Honey Island Swamp Band

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Swamp Americana. Feat. The London Souls



Joy Theater, 10PM

Instrumental electronic rock


Gutenberg! The Musical! 

The Theatre at St. Claude, 10:30PM

Last night of the musical comedy about making a show about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg


The Heat

Maison, 11:30PM

Feat. Ivan Neville, Oteil Burbridge, Stanton Moore, and Eric Krasno


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 Runaways

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in locating a 16-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl, who went missing this week in unrelated incidents. 

Today in NOLA 4.26.17

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Tonight, celebrate the 40th anniversary (la-di-da) of Woody Allen’s classic Annie Hall. Alton Brown brings his food and science demo show to the Saenger, while Flow Tribe performs a free show in Lafayette Square. Dine al fresco on the farm with Paradigm Gardens’ outdoor dinner party. On this date in 2003, Jaime Foxx and his sister were arrested by NOPD following an argument with police officers at the casino. Now, more to do this Wednesday.  

Trombone Shorty Drops New Single ‘No Good Time’

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

New Orleans' favorite son Trombone Shorty made two big announcements this week ahead of the Friday release of his new album, Parking Lot Sympathy. On Monday (4.24), the Treme-raised bandleader dropped a new single called "No Good Time" and unveiled the fall dates for his 2017 tour with his band Orleans Avenue. 

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

Overnight Crime Report: Five Robberies, Two Rapes, Shooting, Stabbing, Homicide

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw ten crimes hit the city on Monday (4.24). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to three armed robberies, a shooting, two simple robberies, two aggravated rapes, a stabbing, and a homicide. 

Louisiana Ranks Top 10 Most Gambling-Addicted States

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Turns out there is a high cost to letting les bon temps roule. According to a new study by WalletHub, Louisiana is one of the top ten most gambling-addicted states in the country. 

Today in NOLA 4.25.17

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Today, live out your La La Land fantasy when d.b.a. is transformed into the film's jazz club Seb's. City Park hosts an Earth Day celebration in their botanical gardens. Nigerian director Araba Ifáyemí Elébuìbon will present a screening of latest film Ipileaye with the Congo Square Preservation Society. Come out and see NOLA's nightlife stars at an awards show held at Sidney's, or support horses in need at the Louisiana Humane Society's benefit party. On this day in 1999, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew were reunited on stage at Jazz Fest after 12 years. Now, more to do this Tuesday. 

French Quarter Bank Robbed Monday Afternoon

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Update 5:50PM 


The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is investigating a bank robbery that occurred at the Whitney Bank at 400 Chartres St. on Monday (4.24) afternoon. According to the NOPD's live social media updates, officers first responded to the scene at around 2:26PM. 

Bona Drag: Inaugural Bushwig South Festival Comes to NOLA

Monday, April 24th, 2017

New Orleans has no shortage of drag royalty and now, in true NOLA fashion, there is a festival to commemorate the boldest and brightest queer performers in town. Brooklyn’s biggest drag fest Bushwig will host its inaugural southern offshoot event on May 13th at Castillo Blanco Art Studios. 

Overnight Crime Report: Four Robberies, Two Rapes, Car Jacking, Attempted Robbery, Shooting, Stabbing

Monday, April 24th, 2017

The New Orleans Police Department saw ten crimes hit the city on Sunday (4.23). According to the Major Offense Log (MOL), the NOPD responded to three armed robberies, simple car jacking, two aggravated rapes, attempted armed robbery, a shooting, simple robbery, and a stabbing.

Trayvon Martin’s Parents to Speak at Dillard University

Monday, April 24th, 2017

It has been over five years since the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed on February 26, 2012, by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Martin’s death sparked a national outrage and a renewed dialogue across social media and countrywide leaders about the reality of racial injustice in the United States. Martin’s parents, activists Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, will appear at Dillard University on Monday (4.24) to discuss love, injustice, and the impact that their son’s short life has had on the international civil rights movement. 

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. 

Living in the New New Orleans

Salty on All Sides as Airbnb Legalization Changes Flavor of NOLA Tourism

In 2015, a record-setting 9.78 million visitors travelled to the Crescent City, contributing over seven billion dollars to the New Orleans economy. It was a 3.5 percent increase in tourist spending in comparision to the record set the year prior, according to numbers released by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. With all of that traffic in and out, and the Big Easy's reputation as a welcoming — if somewhat lawless — playground, long-term residents often get left holding the bag. One area of particular concern has been the rise of vacation rental platforms like Airbnb across the city, designed to give travelers a more “authentic” experience. Following many months of public forums, the oft-debated series of city ordinances are now in place.

Promotin’ the General Welfare: The Day After (The Monuments Come Down)

Well, it sho’ looks like it’s for real this time. According to an edict from on high – at least as high as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals – the imposing embarrassment of Confederate riches has been approved for removal, and much to Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser’s chagrin, there won’t be much anyone can do about it. (Word on the street was that our esteemed Lt. Governor was so upset by the City’s disrespect toward the legacy of the illegitimately formed Confederate government, he would personally appeal to the POTUS to pause Mayor Mitch from disgracing those sickening odes to things that once were…) So, with the coming down of these monuments, whenever that will be accomplished, here’s one significant concern: what will come on the day after? 


Hats Off to Mimi Holaday of HALO MIMI

The Emerging Designer Taking the New Orleans Fashion Scene

The last year has seen a meteoric rise for local fashion designer Mimi Holaday. Her collection HALO MIMI, which launched in 2016, recently won Holaday the Top Design Competition at the seventh season of New Orleans Fashion Week in March. But the designer's recent successes belie her impressive background. Having spent the last decade studying and working in different areas of fashion and business, Mimi Holaday is no simple overnight success. 

La Fest en Rose

French Film Festival Offers Classics, Premieres, and More

Starting this week, francophiles and cinephiles alike can support l’art pour l’art as the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) presents the 20th annual French Film Festival. Running Friday (4.21) through Thursday (4.27) at the Prytania Theatre, the fest highlights the crème de la crème of current and classic French cinema, with features starring the likes of fashion icon Catherine Deneuve and former vampire Kristen Stewart. 

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Frack Your Brain

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

Today in NOLA 4.24.17

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Today, the Ogden unveils some new work in honor of International Sculpture Day. The Carver will host the local favorite, Ooh Poo Pah Doo Monday Blues. The Andrew Jackson Hotel opens its doors for a sleepover ghost hunt while Cafe Istanbul screens a foreign film about the French presidential election. Also, on this day in 1877, reconstruction ended in Louisiana.

NOLA Begins Take Down of Confederate Statues

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Following many months of speculation, the process of bringing down New Orleans’s Confederate monuments began early Monday (4.24) morning with the removal of a statue honoring the Battle at Liberty Place. It was the first in a series of four monuments honoring the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy” that Mayor Mitch Landrieu has pledged to remove from the city’s landscape.  

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