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April 24th

Big Freedia, The Star Steppin' Cosmonaughties, & More

Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)

Jazz in the Park continues with bounce, dance, and Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers 


New Orleans Nightingales

The Allways Lounge (9 p.m.)

Jazz Fest series gala kick off  


The Trio feat. Eric "Jesus" Coomes, Nicholas Payton

Maple Leaf (10 p.m.)

Funk bassist + New Orleans’ BAM (Black American Music) trumpeter  


Tinariwen and Bombino

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Desert rock inspired by the Sahara  


Bayous de Vilaine

Ogden Museum (6 p.m.)

Sippin' in Seersucker trunk show from Jolie & Elizabeth, plus music for tonight's after hours event 


Cirque d'Licious

Hi-Ho Lounge (10p.m.)

Ginger Licious hosts cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville and more!


Soul Rebels

Les Bon Temps Roule (11p.m.)

Roll with the Rebels on Magazine





April 25th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include The Avett Brothers, Public Enemy and, Aurora Nealand 


Underground Railroad Film Screening

NOMA (5 p.m.)

Fridays at NOMA features art and music inside, film in the Sculpture Garden, plus food and drink 


Rotary Downs + Mike Dillon 

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

New Orleans psych pop, rock n' roll 


Backbeat Jazz Fest Series  

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

Soul Rebels, Nigel Hall & the Congregation, and more 


Nina Simone Tribute

Cafe Istanbul (11 p.m.)

Tank and the Bangas + Mykia Jovan 


Andrew Duhon

Circle Bar (10 p.m.)

Local bluesy singer/songwriter  


Trombone Shorty + Orleans Ave.

House of Blues (8 p.m.)

Plus New Breed Brass Band. Tickets are $50  


Dumpstaphunk + Easy All Stars + More

Howlin' Wolf (10 p.m.)

Ivan Neville's band joins fellow funk bands on stage, with the Roosevelt Collier Band 


Bootsy Collins + DJ Soul Sister

Joy Theater (9 p.m.)

Funk legend joins New Orleans' own queen of rare grooves 


April 26th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Robin Thicke, 101 Runners, Branford Marsalis Quartet, and Phish 


Shamarr Fest

Shamrock (10 p.m.)

Shamar Allen & The Underdawgs, Hot 8 Brass Band, John Popper of Blues Traveler, and more


Cowboy Mouth

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

plus Honey Island Swamp Band 



Blue Nile (2 a.m.)

Funk, rock, and hip hop from San Francisco



Prytania Bar (9 p.m.)

All-vinyl dance party spinning Motown/garage rock/R&B/soul/oldies


HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister 

Hi Ho Lounge (11 p.m.)

Queen of rare grooves spins all-vinyl boogie, funk, and more into the wee hours of the morning 


Grayson Capps

Carrollton Station (10 p.m.)

plus the Lost Cause Minstrels + Jamie Lynn Vessels


April 27th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Vampire Weekend, New Birth Brass Band, John Boutte, and more


Swinging Sundays

Allways Lounge (8 p.m.)

Swing dance lessons and party, live band from 9 p.m.-midnight 



Civic Theatre (8 p.m.)

Prog rock, Majeure opens


George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Key holder to the city of New Orleans, Clinton, joins DJ Soul Sister


Southern Rep Plans Louisiana-Centered 2014-15 Season

Southern Rep continues to travel when it comes to venue, but the local theatre company's 2014-15 offerings indicate they still have a sense of home. All four of the productions next season are either written by Louisianans, or about Louisianans. 

Mercurio Voyage

New Material, Late Nights on Galactic's JazzFest Journey

April 24, 2014

Galactic bassist Robert Mercurio talks to NoDef about the JazzFest gig gauntlet, the band's upcoming album and tanning.

Undying Royalty

La. Indie Pop Band Royal Teeth Talks Upcoming JazzFest Performance

National acts like Vampire Weekend and Eric Clapton are sharing the stage with some local up-and-comers this year. Royal Teeth, an indie pop/dance band from Louisiana, talk to NoDef about their latest projects and upcoming performance. 

Expressionism! Whiteface! Peas!

Theatre Review: NO space’s Woyzeck at The Old Ironworks

“Fire! Blood! Booze!” That’s the promo slogan for NO space’s debut, Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, which recently closed a one-weekend run outside The Old Ironworks.

Today in New Orleans 4.23.14

Tonight, Swedish folk artist and violinist Theresa Andersson is performing in Lafayette Square, and funk duo the Caesar Brothers are on Frenchmen. Surf rock god Dick Dale is also in town. On this day in 1909, a fire in Lake Charles burned 109 buildings. Now, more hump day happenings. 

LPO Swings in the Oaks at City Park

The music of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is usually found filling the rarified air of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre and First Baptist Church. On Tuesday, however, the LPO will get a chance to play outside in the nice weather. The orchestra's Swing in the Oaks concert is set to fill City Park's Goldring/Woldenberg Lawn.

Today in New Orleans 4.21.14

Just in time for Lent’s end, there is a Dyngus Day celebration on St. Claude. Also in the Marigny, folk trio Pyeya is performing for this week’s musical meditation. On this day in 1970, the first annual Jazz Fest began at Armstrong Park. Performers included Mahalia Jackson, as well as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Now, more to do this Monday.  

Shadows and Fight

Ogden Museum Exhibit Trains Lens on Civil War Photography

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art opened the traveling exhibit “Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War” which features the best-known photographs of the Civil War, original photos by the period’s greats. 

A Walk in Her Shoes

Review: Solo Show 'Shoebox Lounge' at Shadowbox Theatre

NoDef reviews Jen Pagan's solo performance, a funny, sad tale of shoes, booze, and lost loves.  

Today in New Orleans 4.18.14

Today is Good Friday, but once the boils and fries are over, the fun continues at night. Local DJs and Austin’s Chicken George are performing an electronic takeover at Tipitina’s, NOMA is screening classic cinema in the Sculpture Garden, and rapper YG is making a New Orleans tour stop at House of Blues. On this day in 1924, late blues artist Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown was born in Vinton, Louisiana. Now, more to do this Friday. 

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