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May 31st


Siberia, 9p.m.

The next generation of death metal


Wail Watchers

Blue Nile Upstairs, 10:30p.m.

Free improv noize/punk jazz


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a, 9p.m.

The 6th Ward's brass band saunters over to Frenchmen, weekly



Maple Leaf, 11p.m.

Grammy winning brass kings, weekly


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8p.m.

Galactic drummer’s side project


Albinas Prizgintas

Trinity Episcopal, 6p.m.

Unparalleled organ master


Krampus Gras

NOLA Fetes Demon Who Visits the Night Before St. Nick

Krampus is the stuff of nightmares. His name is derived from the German word Krampen, or to claw, and the night before Nikolaustag (Saint Nick’s Day) the beast creeps into town and beats the children into being nice. Of course, New Orleans will be feting this anti-hero with a mini-fest on December 5.

Today in NOLA: 5.31.16

Today is the last day before hurricane season and there will be plenty of music to calm any concerns whether you’re looking for metal, classical organ, or experimental jazz. On this day in New Orleans history, the original Canal streetcar line made its last run in 1964. More from today:

Today in NOLA: 5.30.16

There is one last day of the long weekend remaining and there are plenty of ways to wrap it up in style whether you’re looking for a berl in the Quarter, music, or a more serious remembrance for the holiday. On this day in 1862, Union Admiral David Farragut captured Baton Rouge. Now, more to do, today.

Second Line Alert:Bayou Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Club

Get set for the rare Mid-City second line today. The New Orleans Bayou Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Club are ready to strut in their Parade For Peace Saturday (5.29) afternoon.

Today in NOLA: 5.29.16

Today in history: in a crushing blow to the Confederates, Union forces captured New Orleans on May 29, 1862. However, the city is thriving in 2016 with three fests and two great evening musical performances. For more to do, click on through.

Today in NOLA: 5.28.16

Memorial Day Weekend is in full force. There are four fests to keep you busy during the day. If you’re still standing this evening, music offerings span from Morning 40 to Doug E. Fresh to Johnny V.’s birthday bash. On this day in 1818, PGT Beauregard, inventor, first prominent general of the Confederacy, and Louisiana Lottery Commissioner was born in St. Bernard Parish. Now, more to today.

Today in NOLA: 5.27.16

Memorial Day Weekend is finally here. The annual Royal Street stroll will kick it off followed by a slew of indie bands in town for the night. On this day in history, Henry Shreve and his men began the creation of Shreveport (1836), and two regiments of former slaves freed by the Emancipation Proclamation made six unsuccessful charges on the Confederate fortifications at Port Hudson, LA (1863). But now for more on today:

Short Work of a Long Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend Events in NOLA

If you haven’t noticed by the gradual slowdown in work, Memorial Day Weekend is nearly upon us. Although some locals may be leaving town there is plenty to do here including three fests, a big boil, movies, and a more somber celebration of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

Today in NOLA: 5.26.16

Memorial Day weekend is beginning and New Orleans is hopping. Today sees some classic rock gods and some up-and-comers alike coming to town. Plus, there is free msuic outside, a party in the museum, and lots of local legends. On this day (5.26.15) many years ago, the U.S. Navy began the Mississippi River blockade, bringing the Civil War to Louisiana (1861), and the Army of Trans-Mississippi surrendered in New Orleans (1865). Now, for more on today.

Breesus Saves (Video)

Breesus continues to perform as many miracles away from the gridiron. This week Ellen DeGeneres checked hosted two friends with a touching story as well as their idol Drew Brees. The story is a moving NOLA tale.

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