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Mercredi

April 23rd

Theresa Anderson, Paul Sanchez & The Rolling Road Show

Lafayette Square (5 p.m.)

Wednesday at the Square with folk, funk, food, and beer 

 

Dick Dale + High and the Unnaturals

Howlin' Wolf (9 p.m.)

Surf rocker makes NOLA tour stop. Tickets are $25 

 

The Caesar Brothers

Blue Nile, 10:30 p.m.

Funk duo on Frenchmen

 

Papa Mali + Pigeon Town

Gasa Gasa (8 p.m.)

Local rock n' roll singer/songwriter 

 

Little War Twins & Paper Bison 

Circle Bar (10 p.m.)

Alt group from Boston joins local bands. Tickets are $5 

 

Think You're Funny?

Carrollton Station (9 p.m.)

Stand-up comedy open mic in Riverbend

 

Walter Wolfman Washington

d.b.a. (10 p.m.)

Fiery blues on Frenchmen - every week

 

Major Bacon

Banks Street Bar (10 p.m.)

Blues rock and BLTs!

 

Hump Day SIN

Country Club (All Day)

Half-off admission to pool area for service industry members from 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.

 

Mississippi Rail Co.

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

Blues on Oak St.

 

Tin Men

dba (7p.m.)

Weekly Wed Gig- The world's premiere washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio.

 

Treme Brass Band

Candlelight Lounge (9p.m.)

Weekly Wed Gig- Pass on by and see the 6th Ward’s home band.

 

Jeudi

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

 

 

 

Vendredi

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 

Samedi

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 

 

Katdelic

Blue Nile (2 a.m.)

Funk, rock, and hip hop from San Francisco

 

Heatwave

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

Dimanche

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 

 

Mogwai

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


  Food

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:


Patois' Reef Mixes a Modified Vieux Carre (Video)


Uptown eatery Patois (6708 Laurel St.) recently launched a new late-nite Sinatra-esque lounge. With the exacting standards of the Chairman of the Board staring down at them with piercing blue eyes, the establishment raised the bar on their already excellent bar program. General Manager Lorenzo Reef taught NoDef a trick or two about mixing a modified Vieux Carre.


Ale in Comparison

Brews News: New Beers from NOLA Brewing, Bayou Teche



With spring comes bloom, but also new beers from local breweries NOLA Brewing Company and Bayou Teche Brewing.  NOLA Brewing introduced its Rebirth Pale Ale with a party at its brewery on April 16 while Bayou Teche is preparing to premiere Bayoust, a limited-release collaboration ale with French brewery Brasserie La Bambelle.  Bayou Teche is also currently preparing specialty beers for release in May and late summer.


Pho Cam Ly Open on Magazine


Vietnamese restaurants have been popping up all over the city in the past couple of years, and there is a new Uptown addition to the pho family. Pho Cam Ly opened in March 2014 and business has been steady, said general manager Kristina Bui.


Thirsty Throwback

Uptown Creole Eatery Patois Becomes 1940's Era Bar Every Friday



This Friday, cozy Uptown creole eatery Patois (6078 Laurel St.) will become a 40’s-style cocktail lounge for the night. The general manager, Lorenzo Reef, and co-owner, Leon Touzet, are launching a weekly throwback night, a shift from fine dining to casual, 40’s and 50’s  


Square Root Taking Reservations


The much-anticipated Square Root (1800 Magazine) is opening their two-tier double restaurant space on April 23. The Root derivative and self-proclaimed “progressive restaurant” eschews traditional dining arrangements for an open kitchen, with seating divided into four sessions of 16. 


Into the Fire

Brews News: Cajun Fire Brewing's Big Idea



With a recent boost from a victory at a local competition for entrepreneurs, the team behind Cajun Fire Brewing is poised to bring their beer and their story to a wider local audience.


In a Pinch

Author of Crawfish Cookbook Talks Cajun Country, Cultural Impact



Crawfish has always been an essential part of Louisiana culture, from backyard boils to fine dining. Self-proclaimed crawfish historian and Breaux Bridge native, Sam Irwin published a book about the state’s seafood superstar, Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean. NoDef spoke with the author about his favorite mudbug memories and recipes.  


Humble Bagel Rises on Freret


by Jessica Placzek

The recent closing of Artz Bagelz left Uptowners down a bagel spot, but the owners of a new shop are hoping to fill the hole on Freret. Humble Bagel (4716 Freret St.) opened its doors to New Orleans last Thursday. The shop's bagels are hand rolled and kettle boiled daily, and 


NOLA Brewing Releases Rebirth Pale Ale


by Stacy Coco

NOLA Brewing is proud to present its newest addition to the frothy family, Rebirth Pale Ale. Sales from the new brew will benefit the Roots of Music, a nonprofit co-founded by Rebirth Brass Band  drummer Derick Tabb. 


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