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April 18th

Sirens Album Release

Gasa Gasa (7 p.m.)

With Madonnathan & All People, Brent Houzenga, and more  


Nigel Hall and Friends 

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

with Eric Bolivar, Andrew Block, Eric Bloom, and Eric Vogel 


Uptown Get Down feat. Chicken George

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Plus DJ Quickie Mart, Unicorn Fukr & more


Ellis Marsalis Quartet

Snug Harbor (8 p.m., 10 p.m.)

Famous local Jazz pianist and bandleader performs  


Singin' in the Rain Screening

NOMA’s Sculpture Garden (5 p.m.)

Friday nights at NOMA and Moonlight Movies come together  



House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Rapper makes stop on his My Krazy Life tour  


Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Kermit’s Mother in Law Lounge (10 p.m.)

Bluesy New Orleans guitar   


April 19th

Booksigning with Arita Bohannan

Gallery Burguieres (7 p.m.)

Author reads and signs copies of crime drama ‘Docket 76’  


Easter Keg Hunt


NOLA Brewing (1 p.m.)

?Scavenger hunt beginning at the taproom, to benefit Gulf Restoration Network 


Gaynielle Neville

Maple Leaf (10:30 p.m.)

CD Release Party  



Howlin’ Wolf (9:30 p.m.)

Plus YMCMB Flow, G Unit’s Kidd Kidd, 5th Ward Weebie, and 3D Natee


SwampGrease feat. Nigel Hall & Terence Higgins 

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Andrew Block, Eric Vogel, Erica Falls, Kendrick Marshall, plus John Lisi and Delta Funk


Shoebox Lounge

Shadowbox Theatre (8 p.m.)

Shoes, booze, and prostitutes


Earth Day Fest

Armstrong Park (10 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Green Business Expo, music, and more from La. Bucket Brigade 


HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister

Hi Ho Lounge (11 p.m.- 3 a.m.)

Rare grooves from the '70's every Saturday 


Corey Henry's Treme Funktet

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

Local trombonist and his band play traditional NOLA music, from blues, to jazz, to gospel 



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:

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. 

French Quarter Feast

French Quarter Fest Vendors Talk Bites, Benevolence

For many fest goers, live music is only a peripheral distraction from the main attraction, food. French Quarter Fest boasts over 60 vendors at seven spots throughout the Vieux Carre. NoDef spoke to veterans from G.W. Fins about their experiences at the festival, as well as newcomers from Café Reconcile.

Good Peel: Crawfest at Tulane (Photos)

Photos by Rachel June 

The crawfish are not particularly large this season, but that didn't stop crowds from coming out to Tulane's 8th annual Crawfest. The university's massive crawfish boil boasted over 18,000 pounds of crawfish, live music, and more from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. yesterday, April 5. Click through for photos by Rachel June. 

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