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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





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 


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 



Blue Nile (2 a.m.)

Funk, rock, and hip hop from San Francisco



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


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 



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


Jazz Fest's BayouWear Releases 'What-a-Melon'

At the 2014 edition of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, watermelons aren't just for sacrificing. This year's official BayouWear pattern is sure to please Tutu Man and print subscribers alike, as the What-A-Melon design depicts watermelon, newspapers and, just as the designer hoped, a few surprises.

Bunarchy Hops Through Marigny

There is no better costume than a bunny for a bar hop, and the tall-eared hoards will take to the streets this Saturday night. Bunarchy will usher in Easter with a Saturday night bar crawl through the Marigny, with proceeds going towards NOLA’s Ark Animal Rescue. 

FLOTUS to Deliver Dillard University's Commencement Speech

Not long after President Obama expressed his gratitude for the City of New Orleans, FLOTUS is showing her love. On Saturday, May 10, First Lady Michelle Obama is making a stop in New Orleans. Mrs. Obama is giving Dillard University’s 2014 Commencement Address at 10 a.m., at the Rosa Freeman Keller Ave. of the Oaks.

Room 220: Sarah Vowell Set for Tulane Talk

from Press Street's Room 220

Best-selling author and media personality Sarah Vowell will give a presentation of her work at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, in the Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenburg Art Center on Tulane University’s campus.

SNL Spoofs Gov. Bobby Jindal (VIDEO)

Gov. Bobby Jindal will have to get used to being spoofed on Saturday Night Live now that he has gone public with possible White House ambitions. SNL opened with a Coachella skit that began with former Gov. Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan addressing young crowds at the fest. 

West Bank Mardi Gras Indians, Single Ladies Parade Sunday

The Single Ladies and the West Bank Mardi Gras Indians are steppin' out on Sunday, bringing the New Orleans-style celebrations beyond the French Quarter. The Indians will be out at West Fest at L.B. Landry High School (1200 L.B. Landry Ave), while the Single Ladies Social Aide and Pleasure Club steps off in Central City.

Gulf Wildlife Still Feeling Oily Impacts, Report Says

Deepwater Horizon oil may be buried these days, but the the Big Oozy's potential effects on wildlife are beginning to materialize on the surface. According to a new report released to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the Gulf oil disaster, the Macondo well's oil could be making its way up the marine life food chain.

The Iron Price: NOLA Bars Screen Game of Thrones

April has begun, but winter is coming. Season 4 of Game of Thrones premieres tonight, and local fans can stop frantically begging friends for HBO GO passwords. NoDef found a handful of local bars screening the premiere, from the Lower Garden to the Marigny. For those who can't wait for the next episode, NOLA is also offering up some gaming and liquid options.

Bayou Corne Sinkhole Burps, Swallows Trees (VIDEO)

The Assumption Parish sinkhole was quiet for a couple months, but the spring has brought feeding time to Bayou Corne. Over the last week, the 29-acre sinkhole has recorded two "slough-in" events that pulled previously above-ground areas of Earth down to the depths.

Fit & Faithful: Lenten Tips for Week 4

There are still over 20 days left of Lent, but NoDef is publishing our last installment in our 40 Lenten tips. In honor of the last ten, Salire Fitness owner Nolan Ferraro offers some advice for beginners, as well as believers.  

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