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Snoop Dogg's Sign Language Interpreter Stole the Show at Jazz Fest


Snoop Dogg lit up the stage, both figuratively and literally, at Jazz Fest last weekend with a pyrotechnic show at the Fair Grounds on Saturday (5.6). The Grammy-winning artist and Martha Stewart's BFF played the Congo Square Stage to a riotous crowd. The attention however, may not have been exclusively for Snoop. 


Behind the Lens

The Hidden South's Brent Walker Talks Southern Stories & Creative Ambitions



There is nothing like having a story to tell and no way to tell it. Many of us often take to social media, to our miles long “friend” list, to tell the world of our woes. While it may be true that every person has a tale to tell, many people in this country often find themselves without a platform to express it, due to a number of circumstances.

 

Brent Walker, the creative force behind The Hidden South, has done just that. He has taken the stories of individuals who might have never been able to tell them otherwise, and gives them that platform to stand tall from, all while allowing them to be exactly who they are. NoDef had a chance to sit down with the artist to learn a bit more about the project, as well as give Walker the chance to tell his own story. 


Kendrick Lamar's 2013 Remake of the Hot Boys Hit “I Need A Hot Girl” Goes Viral


Kendrick Lamar is riding high following the April release of his fourth studio album DAMN. While the album is topping the Billboard 200 chart for a third week running, a piece from Lamar's archives is going viral on social media this week. Back in 2013, the rapper filmed his own version of “I Need A Hot Girl,” by the New Orleans rap collective Hot Boys. Scroll on to compare and contrast the original and Lamar’s rendition. 


Stoop Kids ‘Got Soul’ to Share


New Orleans genre-bending masters Stoop Kids dropped a new single on Thursday — the latest and final track ahead of the band’s new mixtape Queue, which will be released at midnight. The band’s signature doo-hop (a mix of hip hop and doo wop) is well repped in the new track, fittingly called “Got Soul.” 


New Orleans Culture Writer Deborah Cotton Passes Away At 52


New Orleans-based culture writer Deborah Cotton died on Tuesday (5.2), following complications to injuries she sustained during the Mother’s Day second line shooting in 2013. She was 52. 


Common, Questlove Surprise Local Youth Musician (Video)


Jazz Fest season is a time in New Orleans when musicians of all different genres and backgrounds come together to celebrate the power of music. While the fest's Sunday festivities got off to a rainy start, an impromptu music jam took place on Frenchmen Street between a young street performer and some national superstars. 


'Southern Charm' Comes to NOLA


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. 


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. 


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. 


All-Star Country Fest Celebrates the Sounds of Louisiana


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. 


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