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Vendredi

May 6th

Katt Williams

UNO Lakefront, 8p.m.

Comedian brings his Conspiracy Theory

 

The Unnaturals

Bank St. Bar,

Beachabilly with a little swing, dress appropriately

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

d.b.a., 10p.m.

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Burlesque Ballroom

Jazz Playhouse, 10p.m.

Romy Kaye & the Mercy Buckets provide soundtrack

 

The Jesse Smith Project

Maison, 10p.m.

Big brassy swamp funk


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"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. 


Bey to Bring her Honey to NOLA


Last year, Beyonce spent a lot of time in Louisiana during shoots for her “Formation” and “Lemonade” videos, but the Crescent City did not make the cut for a tour to support the new projects. On Thursday (5.05), the Queen Bey remedied that omission, adding a NOLA stop to the Formation World Tour.


What NOLA Listens To (on Spotify)


Spotify has put together a very vague survey about the listening habits of New Orleanians. As unscientific as the piece is, it’s still pretty interesting. Spotify looked at what is “distinctive” in New Orleans and discovered that hip-hop rules the roost.


Hotline Sing: Drake & Kraftwerk Coming to NOLA


It’s easy to forget, but music in New Orleans will continue after Fest Season. Today, hip hop artist Drake and electronica pioneers Kraftwerk both announced September shows in the Crescent City.


Jazz Fest After Hours: 4.21.15


Jazz Fest does not begin until Friday (4.22), but the music elevates to another level tonight. Local favorites like Anders, Johnny V., and Stanton Moore will be joined by national names like Skerik, Charlie Hunter, and Oteil Burbridge this evening. Click on through for all the listings.


Essence Adds Acts


Essence Fest just got bigger. Today, the popular Independence Day weekend festival announced that Andra Day, Common, and Puff Daddy (a.k.a. P-Diddy, a.k.a. Puffy) will join the star studded lineup.


It Stakes A Village

Airlift's Music Village Finds Permanent Home



The Roving Music Village is known for rolling out news and events during fest season. This year, they announced their biggest news yet: the arts installation will no longer rove. Instead, the Music Village will forgo their nomadic ways for a permanent base camp.


Virtues of Vinyl


Vinyl is much more than a medium. To the faithful, the record is a religion and every April, a holy day is celebrated. Today (4.18), Record Store Day brings a bevy of new and special edition releases nationwide. The Day also provides a reason to celebrate the local, independent shops that keep the music available.


What’s So Tremendous About Comfort?

A Review of Laura Mullen’s Complicated Grief



Laura Mullen’s writing, especially her emphasis on genre hybridity, urges readers to face emotional and intellectual discomfort by committing to the (perceived) challenges of reading contemporary poetry and prose.


Poetry in Motion

Festival Celebrates Verse



Poetry lovers of the world, unite: not only is April National Poetry Month, but this weekend is the first annual New Orleans Poetry Festival (April 15-17), organized by Lavender Ink Press. While the Crescent City is no stranger to poetry events, reading series, and poetry-themed programming at its many festivals, the New Orleans Poetry Festival (NOPF) is New Orleans’ first festival specifically dedicated to the art.


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