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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’  


Crescent City Classic

Loyola Ave. and Poydras (8 a.m.)

Annual 10k Ends near City Park 


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 



April 20th

Gay Easter Parade

Armstrong Park (4:30 p.m.)

Official Gay Easter parade rolls through the French Quarter


Goodchildren Easter Parade

Press & St. Claude (1:30 p.m.)

The Social Aide & Pleasure Club throws their annual parade through the Bywater


Todd Snider 

Tipitina’s (7:30 p.m.)

Folk-rock and Americana 


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf (10:30 p.m.)

Krown, Batiste, and Washington every Sunday 


French Quarter Easter Parade

Canal & Bourbon St. (1 p.m.)

Chris Owens leads the charge            


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf- The Den (10 p.m.)

Premiere NOLA brass with hip-hop, R&B and more 


Running Sucks: A Crescent City Classic Op-Ed

by Trey Monaghan 

Saturday is the Crescent City Classic, a race I have run more times than I can remember.  I plan to run it yet again, and I truly don't know why. I'm not running it to set a personal record,  or to impress a lady, or even to feel good. I'm just running to run. Over the past year I have become addicted to the run, and tomorrow is just another chance to feed that addiction.

NoDef Inbox: Sly Cox Has Local Internet Monopoly

by Douglas Duckworth

For some horrible reason, the NOLA City Council granted Cox Communications a cable Internet monopoly in the City of New Orleans. This seems rather odd as monopoly power only means innovation-stifling price gouging. As expected, Cox raised internet rates in Orleans Parish despite accruing nearly 15 billion in revenue annually.  

NoDef Mailbox: La. Expat Despondent Over JazzFest Lineup

by Margot Kern 

Reader Margot Kern sent NoDef this satirical letter via email. The Louisiana native mourns her absence for JazzFest 2014 after seeing the lineup. The acts for this year include Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Public Enemy, to name a few. 

Stop Dat

Op-Ed: 14 Habits that NOLA Should Stop in '14

In my past year working as NoDef's Deputy Managing Editor, I have been forced to remain neutral. I have bitten my tongue when faced with misguided Jindal jabs, needless transplant bashing, and the glorification of boring king cakes. In time for the new year, I summoned the hostility that I usually direct at my boss and channeled it into a list of things that I believe that New Orleanians should avoid in 2014. 

Age of Van: New Year's Eve

The Revivalists' Rob Ingraham Reflects on Past New Year's Eve Gigs

In his latest column, The Revivalists' saxophonist Rob Ingraham remembers every New Year's Eve gig, from Four Loko in Virginia to frisky fans on Frenchmen. 

Letter to the Editor: Flood Fight from Fl. to La.

Letter to the Editorby Torrey Craig

Torrey Craig moved to Florida from New Orleans over thirty years ago. However, flood insurance rates have remained a constant concern for the coastal dweller. Craig shared with NoDef his letter to his Congressman Gus Billirakis, which deals with the flood fight that Louisiana's Congressional delegation has championed, as well as land use. According to Craig, "Everyone from South Padre Island and Port Isabel, Texas to Wallace Cove, Maine has the same concerns regarding how flood insurance will be changed," and he aims to stir public debate.

They All Ask'd for Roux

Creole Cookin' with Anthony Scanio: Emeril's Delmonico Chef Offers Gumbo Wisdom, Recipes

Emeril Delmonico's Chef de Cuisine Anthony Scanio talks about his NOLA childhood, the universality of gumbo, and gives his favorite recipes. 

Local Natives Overwhelm, Disappoint at Tip's: Concert Review

When did Local Natives' crowd get so bro-y? Squeezing past high heels and purple polos at a sold-out Tipitina's on Wednesday night felt a lot more like Tigerland than an indie rock show. Not to be a hater. Bros need good music too. It's worth taking this opportunity to consider what, exactly, is propelling Local Natives from Pitchfork-secret levels to The-O.C.-soundtrack territory.

Dark Side of the Food

Age of Van: Revivalists' Rob Ingraham Talks Dietary Limitations on Tour

The rock n' roll lifestyle may be decadent, but that doesn't apply to the food plan. The Revivalists'  saxophonist Rob Ingraham talks about the unsavory meal choices musicians must make on the road. 

LA Ladies & Women's Equality Day

On the 93rd anniversary of women's suffrage, Louisiana ladies are still facing injustices in the home, the workplace, and in D.C. In honor of Women's Equality Day, officially known as Women's Suffrage Day, NoDef talks to experts about the issues facing New Orleans' women. 

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