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February 6th


Joy Theater, 10p.m.

Also ft. Skylar Spence


Soul Rebels

Gasa Gasa, 11p.m.

Post-parade jams


Pelicans v. Cavaliers

Quicken Loans Arena, 6:30p.m.

Nola vs. Cleveland


Krewe of Endymion

Mid-City, 4:15p.m.

One of the three Super Krewes


Sexual Thunder

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Carnival Romp!


February 7th

9th Annual Bacchus Bash

Tip’s, 10p.m.

Presented by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue


Krewe of Bacchus

Uptown, 5:15p.m.

Party with the Greek god of wine


Krewe of Thoth

Uptown, 12p.m.

Grab 3-D necklaces and stuffed polar bears


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Post-Bacchus bash

Lundi Gras

February 8th

Krewe of Orpheus

Uptown, 6p.m.

Usually with big musical guests


Quintron & Miss Pussycat’s Annual Lundi Gras Party

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

With guests BABES, Ernie Vincent and more


Bundi Gras

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10p.m.

BateBunda, Rusty Lazer, LoveBomb Go-Go and Valerie Sassyfras


Tank and the Bangas

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

With Alexis & the Samurai



Tip’s, 10p.m.

Post-parade jams


Pelicans v. Timberwolves

Target Center, 7p.m.

New Orleans takes on Minnesota

Mardi Gras

February 9th

The Fattest Tuesday All Day Extravaganza

Hi-Ho Lounge, 1p.m.

Music and the Krewe of Booze


Krewe of Zulu

Uptown, 8a.m.

Awake? Catch yourself a coconut.


Krewe of Rex

Uptown, 10a.m.

The King of Carnival


Mardi Gras with Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with your favorites


2 Chainz + Migos

Saenger, 8p.m.

Mardi Gras Madness


February 10th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Nola back home to take on Utah


Mildred Pierce

Prytania, 10a.m.

A mother heads towards disaster in this film noir


Station Eleven

Garden District, 6p.m.

By Emily St. John Mandel


World Music Wednesday

Maple Leaf, 8p.m.

This week ft. Cole Williams Band


Metry Feels The Bern

Metaire may be David Vitter’s hometown, but right now residents are feeling the Bern. Surging Democratic dark horse Bernie Sanders opened a campaign office in the New Orleans suburb on Sunday (1.31).

Phil Robertson: Same Sex Marriage "Evil" (Video)

For better or worse, Phil Robertson has become one of Louisiana’s highest profile personalities. And, recently, it feels a lot like the days when Bobby Jindal held that dubious distinction. While stumping for Ted Cruz in Iowa, the Duck Commander star assailed same sex marriage, labelling the institution “evil” and a sign “depravity” in America.

Mayor Mitch Reacts to #BlackLivesMatter Protest (Video)

This week, Mitch Landrieu joined almost 300 American other mayors in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Landrieu was front and center for the group’s opening remarks. That position also meant that Mitch was front and center when a Black Lives Matter protestor interrupted said opening remarks.

Bel Edwards Era Begins

"There is seriously a lot of work ahead of us!"

Bobby Jindal is no longer the governor of Louisiana. On Monday (1.11), John Bel Edwards was sworn in by Chief Justice Bernette Johnson as the Pelican’s State’s latest governor in a ceremony on the steps of the state Capitol. An uplifiting speech calling for unity and change then followed.

R.I.P. C.B. Forgotston

C.B. Forgotston served as the conscience of government in Louisiana for decades both within the system and then later as a pioneer of digital media in the state. On Sunday (1.03) evening, he died at the age of 70 years old according to “The Advocate.”

The Year in Jindal

Bobby J's Top Quotes in 2015

Bobby Jindal did not spend much of 2016 in Louisiana. Still, local voters received a hearty serving of soundbites from da Gov’. With his term nearing an end and his ill fated campaign rolled up, we won’t have too much Bobby in 2016. So, NoDef is looking back at our favorite Jindal quotes from 2015 on everything from Trump to discrimination.

La Delegations Parts With Bipartisan

On Friday (12.18), Congress passed a 1.1 trillion dollar spending bill with broad bipartisan support. The rare across-the-aisle vote was seen as a victory for new Speaker Paul Ryan and the inclusion of a proviso allowing for American oil exports was seen as a win for Louisiana’s energy heavy economy. However, several prominent names from the Pelican State cast their ballots against the bill.

Have A Cao Man

The race to replace David Vitter in the U.S. Senate is getting crowded. On Tuesday (12.15), former Congressman Anh Joseph Cao shot off an email to supporters that detailed his plans to seek the soon-to-be vacant office on Capitol Hill.

Vitter Won't Play Trump Card

David Vitter will be soon be trading the Beltway for the I-10. However, following his gubernatorial defeat, the senator is making the most out of his final days in the corridors of power. This week Vitter provided one of the few dissenting votes to the so-called “Trump Amendment.”

Cain Caves

No bull. Burl Cain is resigning his position as warden at of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and director of the state’s most popular rodeo. Like much of his 21 year tenure running the maximum security prison, Cain’s departure is marked by controversy.

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