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Defender Picks



November 1st

Voodoo Fest

 City Park, All Day

Outkast headline tonight


Gravity A

Blue Nile, 1a.m

Following Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers and Big Sam’s Funky Nation


Roger Bowie & the Midnight Visions

Bamboula’s, 12:30-4:30a.m.

Nola Party Music + 2nd set tribute to Band of Gypsies in the back room


Morning 40 Federation + Happy Talk Band

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Funk, Jazz, and Rock from dat 9th Ward


Flow Tribe

Gasa Gasa. 9p.m.

Homegrown Nola Funk for your earholes


Hurray for the Riff Raff + Clear Plastic Masks & Dante the Magician

Hi Ho Lounge, 10p.m.

Jam out with hometown heroes and company 


Donde Wolf + Blind Dumb Pilgrums and Charles Bronsons Bronze Sons

Howlin' Wolf - "The Den", 11p.m.



Halloween Aqua Circus Extravaganza

Joy Theatre, 10p.m. 

Fishbone & MarchFourth Marching Band


Debauche + Dirty Bourbon River Show + Ashton Hines and the Big Easy Brawler & More

The Maison, 10p.m. 


Jim Monoghan's 19th Annual Halloween Parade

Molly's at the Market, 6p.m.

Join The Storyville Stompers, The Kazoozie Floozies & More for Molly’s freak fest


Quintron & Miss Pussycat + Ballzack + Manatees

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m. (sold out)

Psychedelic Nawlins Soul


Galactic Special Halloween Show + Earphunk 

Tipitina's, 11p.m. (sold out)


26th Annual Lestat Coronation Ball

The Republic, 8p.m.-2a.m.

Anne Rice, SkinzNBonez, 504 Dancin Man, Mardi Gras Indian Wildman John, Mary Fahl, Nightbird, Zebra with New Orleans Native Keyboardist, and The Black Bats. 


LEFTOVER CRACK, Potato Pirates, Juicy Karkass, Rats in the Wall, Mea Culpa

Siberia, 9:30p.m.-2a.m.

CRACKTOBERFEST 2014 Punk/SKA extravaganza


Halloweird: A Warehouse Party

2735 Toulouse Street

Brian T. Simonson & Poorboyz Productions Presents Epic Live Music and Djs with St. Clair Pizza


NoDef's Ultimate King Cake Guide

The Gooey Details on 23 Carnival Confections

When ordering a King Cake, Crescent City sweet seekers can no longer uniformly expect the standard braided cinammon twist with more or less the same flavor profile. King Cakes have become a creative canvass for adventurous bakers across New Orleans. Allow NoDef to help you choose which will satisfy your palette. We combined three years of King Cake coverage for one ultimate guide. After reading these diverse offerings, you may even want the baby:

Farmers' Fete

Local Produce Trending at the French Market (Photos)

The Crescent City Farmers Market has taken to the streets of the French Quarter on Wednesday’s for the past few weeks. Located inside the French Market between Barracks and Governor Nicholls, it is open from 2-6p.m. every Wednesday. From local fresh produce to pastured meats, seafood, dairy, breads and baked goods, preserves, honey, pasta sauces, tapenade, fresh flowers, garden herbs and more. It’s a great new source of fresh eats for Quarter dwellers, locals and visitors alike! 

SOFAB's New Exhibit a CakeWalk

By Ashley Larsen

“Let Them Eat Cake.” The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard) is hosting a debut of photographs from The Birthday Cake Project. The project is the brain child of S. Louise Neal, a local artist, who baked and gave away one free birthday cake a day for the entire month of June. 

Drinking Culture

Vignette: A Night at Bacchanal

Gentle reader, if you’re trying to do anything at all, everything is a race against time. I was trying to see Helen Gillet play at Bacchanal on Monday night before the booze robbed me of my faculties to appreciate the wine and music to come. I’d been on a barstool all afternoon in Mid-City before our friend DJ Dino from WWOZ scooped me up in his car. The race was on! It was going to be close. 

Drinking Culture

Our Columnist Visits Brothers III After a Harrowing STD Test

Gentle reader, mistakes were made. All the dim memories of the past few months resolved in a golem of introspective terror when I awoke, worrying me from my bed and onto a path that led through the Reproductive Health Clinic on North Rampart and into one of the greatest dive bars in the Northern Hemisphere. Stay awhile, dear friends. I will be faithful.

Drinking Culture

NoDef's Bold Columnist Makes a Pilgrimage to See Clint Maedgen at Siberia

Gentle reader, Clint Maedgen has almost certainly gone insane. It hasn’t done him a bit of harm. But back to that in a moment.


My next journey began on a bright Sunday. It was fine weather for day drinking. Good, August heat for slow walking. I grabbed a beer at the Verti Mart and strolled into the Marigny. 

Emeril Celebrates National Gumbo Day (Recipe)

Today is National Gumbo Day. That's right, by act of Congress, America is celebrating Louisiana's signature dish. If the first rule of gumbo is "make a roux", the second rule might be "no one agrees on the best recipe". However, in honor of the occasion, Emeril Lagasse shared the recipe for a serious seafood contender with us. 

Drinking Culture

NoDef's Intrepid Columnist Ventures to Lucky Pierre's on Bourbon

Gentle reader, I have come to Bourbon Street! At the ironic insistence of Your Cousin Dimitri of WWOZ fame, I have come. And now that I am here, I take it as a public service to enter into the maw and go down into the belly so that you, gentle reader, might remain unsullied and yet still know.

Pie in the Sky

Blaze Pizza Coming to South Market

New Orleanians have long debated the hierarchy of pizzerias in the city. Now, a new contender is throwing their crust into the fray. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza is not made in a Bywater backyard. The new store is an offshoot of a national chain known for custom pies cooked in a 180 seconds.

Wey's Way

Nigerian Pop-Up Comes to NOLA

Tunde Wey, a Nigerian immigrant first came to America at the age of 16. And now, at the age of 31, he is bringing his authentic Nigerian cuisine to people all across America. His pop-up restaurant is coming to New Orleans October 17-18th, but will also be coming to San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Chicago. 

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