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July 1st

Jon Cleary
Wednesdays at the Point, 5:30p.m.
Keys man plays popular free, outdoor concert


Gasa Gasa, 9p.m
Chapel Hill string band


Treme Brass Band
Candlelight Lounge, 9p.m.
See the legendary band on their home turf


Dinky Tao Poetry
Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 8p.m.
Weekly open poetry hour hosted by Jacob Dilson


"and yes I said yes I will Yes"

Irish House Ready for Bloomsday

To most, today, June 16, might just be another Tuesday. But for James Joyce fans around the world, June 16 marks the ever-important literary celebration, Bloomsday. In commemoration of the Irish writer’s novel Ulysses, The Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave.) will be hosting a reading of the epic story. Writers and literary enthusiasts from across the city will come out to narrate excerpts of the famously dense, Ulysess. 

State of Play: Theatre Listings 7.01-7.15

Compiled by Michael Martin

Save for the fifth anniversary of Debauchery, Pat Bourgeois’ much-loved monthly soap opera parody, July is filled with all-new productions. The Princess and the Pea and Pinochio will entertain audiences of all ages. Shakespeare is well represented Uptown and a "sidewalk sale" at the Old marquer celebrates smaller works. Click through for complete listings.

Fest Lineup Pops

Satchmo SummerFest Schedule Reveal

Satchmo Summerfest, the perennial summertime music festival in the French Quarter, released their 2015 lineup today. As the name suggest, the festival dedicated to New Orleans native musical deity, Louis Armstrong. The event will be held from Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd on the grounds of the old U.S. Mint at the corner of Decatur St. and Esplanade Ave.

Too Tango

Photos from the Fest

Photos by Andres Delmonte

The New Orleans Tango Festival returned last weekend (6.18-6.21) for its second year. The festival featured world famous Tango dancers along with twenty-four workshops, four social dance events called milongas and teacher performances. Andres Delmonte checked out some of these classes camera in hand. 

One For the Record Books: NOLA Preps for New Music Friday

by Alex MacDonald 

Tuesday’s gone, and Fridays are in for the release of new music in the United States and globally. Recording industry giant the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) recently announced that beginning July 10, all new albums and singles will be released at 12:01am each Friday. The change in rythm is not causing New Orleaniansto lose the beat.

Odesza Set for Joy

EDM crossover darlings, Odesza,announced today that the band will kick off the North American portion of their fall tour in New Orleans. The duo from Seattle will take “Phase 1” of their  In Return World Tour 2015 to the Joy Theater on October 30.

Writers' Progress?

A Look at the New Orleans City Guide

I was taught that travel is a chore. There were only two purposes for it: to drown yourself in history or to drown yourself in relatives (ideally both). This principle was propagated largely by my mother, but my father espoused it, too. He knew, as well as my sisters and me, that he would not be fed or clothed if he did not. Like attending mass each Sunday, it was compulsory.

Voodoo To-Do: 2015 Lineup Reveal

Festival Season may be winding down, but the folks over at Voodoo are ready for the fall season to begin. Today, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience revealed their lineup for the Halloween weekend (10.30-11.1) fete. Florence + The Machine, Jack Ü, Ozzy Osbourne featuring Geezer Butler, Tom Morello and Slash Modest Mouse, and the Zac Brown Band are heading the event.

Tango: The Forbidden Fest

By Lucy Leonard

Dust off your dancing shoes— The New Orleans Tango Festival is back this weekend (6.18-6.21) for its second year. The festival features world famous Tango dancers along with twenty-four workshops, four social dance events called milongas and teacher performances. Open to dancers of all levels, the Tango festival draws a crowd not only from New Orleans, but also from the larger worldwide Tango community. 

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