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July 3rd

Essence Fest

SuperDome, All Day

NOLA fav Maze, Kem, India.Arie, Charlie Wilson



City Park, 7p.m.

Marine Corps Band, picnic, & pyrotechnics


Walter “Wolfman” Washington

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Free series continues with local legend


John "Papa" Gros, Russ Broussard, Eric Vogel and Andrew Block

Maple Leaf, 12a.m.

Get ready for NOLA funk


Tonya Boyd-Cannon

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

“The Voice” allum comes home


Flashback Friday with Doug E. Fresh

Republic, 10p.m.

Feat. Mannie Fresh, DJ Jubilee, DJ Red, DJ Mars


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: 7.03.15

America’s birthday weekend kicks off today. Da Dome will be busy with Essence and Mid City dwellers can enjoy a head start on the pyrotechnics. Doug E. Fresh, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and Tony Boyd-Cannon are just a few of the other artists playing this Friday. On this day in 1971, Jean Knight’s “Mr. Big Stuff” hit #1 on the R&B chart. Watch her performance on Soul Train and read on for more events tonight:

Today in NOLA: 7.02.15

New Orleans is gearing up for the Essence Festival and Fourth of July celebrations this weekend, but some of the fun is already beginning. Trey Songz and Kevin Hart are kicking off the Fest. Alvin Youngblood Hart is playing the Ogden. Cyclists are partying and Micah McKee is holding down his regular gig. And a happy 44th birthday to jazz guitarist and New Orleans native Todd Duke. Details tonight:

Today in NOLA: 7.01.15

Before the holiday, check out some music. Wednesdays on the Point is getting rolling and North Carolina’s Mipsho is in town. Hometown heroes are playing a regular gig in the Treme and Uptown, it’s poetry night. On this day in 1912, Louisiana officially adopted the pelican flag. The mother pelican and her three chicks form a stylized fleur de lis. Read on for details tonight:

Today in NOLA: 6.30.15

Tuesday has a little something for everyone. Jon Cleary and Sasha Masakowski will entertain music lovers. Jose Torres-Tamas is tackling immigration through art. For those staying in, stop by the Crescent City Farmers Market for some groceries. On this day in 1870, the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez embarked on a steamboat race; the Lee won. Read on for details tonight:

Pressure Drop: Audubon Edition

Uptowners have been struggling with construction detours and noise for several years in the name of improved drainage and waterlines. On Tuesday (6.30), Audubon residents will experience low water pressure for reasons that have nothing to do with Boh Brothers or water main replacements.

Today in NOLA: 6.29.15

As NOLA slouches towards the holiday weekend, today is a great opportunity to check out some local favorites. Bluegrass, Nevilles, and King James are all on the bill. Up at Zeitgesit, a SNL doc is screening. On this day in 1956, LSU’s original tiger mascot Mike I passed away. Read on for more details tonight:

Second Line Alert: Uptown Swingers (Route)

The Uptown Swingers are set to step out once again as the annual second line season winds down. The club is set to step out at 3:30p.m. from 4622 Loyola Ave. Click through for the full route:

Today in NOLA: 6.28.15

This afternoon, go get some pho and then decompress with an amazing selection of mescals at Cure tonight. Or if you feel like dancing, go check out alt-pop pioneers World Party at HOB. On this day in 1928, Louis Armstrong recorded “West End Blues.” Now, more to do this Sunday.

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