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Defender Picks



April 23rd

Theresa Anderson, Paul Sanchez & The Rolling Road Show

Lafayette Square (5 p.m.)

Wednesday at the Square with folk, funk, food, and beer 


Dick Dale + High and the Unnaturals

Howlin' Wolf (9 p.m.)

Surf rocker makes NOLA tour stop. Tickets are $25 


The Caesar Brothers

Blue Nile, 10:30 p.m.

Funk duo on Frenchmen


Papa Mali + Pigeon Town

Gasa Gasa (8 p.m.)

Local rock n' roll singer/songwriter 


Little War Twins & Paper Bison 

Circle Bar (10 p.m.)

Alt group from Boston joins local bands. Tickets are $5 


Think You're Funny?

Carrollton Station (9 p.m.)

Stand-up comedy open mic in Riverbend


Walter Wolfman Washington

d.b.a. (10 p.m.)

Fiery blues on Frenchmen - every week


Major Bacon

Banks Street Bar (10 p.m.)

Blues rock and BLTs!


Hump Day SIN

Country Club (All Day)

Half-off admission to pool area for service industry members from 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.


Mississippi Rail Co.

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

Blues on Oak St.


Tin Men

dba (7p.m.)

Weekly Wed Gig- The world's premiere washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio.


Treme Brass Band

Candlelight Lounge (9p.m.)

Weekly Wed Gig- Pass on by and see the 6th Ward’s home band.



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 


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





Pot Shot

State Committee Rejects NOLA Senator's Proposal to Reduce Pot Penalties

A state Senate committee lit up Tuesday (4-22), but ultimately decided to clip the latest pot bill to come before the Louisiana legislature.

Bible Won't Be Official Book of Louisiana

The American Paint Horse and mayhaw may be declared state symbols this legislative session, but the Bible won't be joining them in Officialdom. Rep. Thomas Carmody (R Shreveport) ended his effort Monday to pass a bill that would have made the Bible the official state book.

Sound Advice

Vieux Carre Sound Ordinance Recs Set for Council, New Expert Offers Critiques

Dave Woolworth was not the only sound expert today in the City Council chambers, but his recommendations for a new sound ordinance that would govern Bourbon St. were up for discussion. Dr. Arline Bronzaft went before the Housing and Human Needs Committee to critique Woolworth's report, set to go before Council as-is for a vote this Thursday. 

Morial Maligns City Council's Residency Rule Decision

Marc Morial has moved on to become president of the National Urban League, but the former mayor still maintains his residency views. Following the New Orleans City Council's decision to do away with a City rule that required police officers, firefighters and other public safety workers live in Orleans Parish, Morial issued a lengthy statement calling the decision a "cop out."

Nagin Disputes Feds' Bribe Payback Plan

Ray Nagin is still facing off with the feds over money. A lawyer for the former NOLA mayor is disputing how much payoff money he should have to forfeit as a result of his conviction on corruption charges earlier this year, according to court papers filed Friday.

House Votes Down Bill to Repeal La. Sodomy Laws

After making it through committee last week, the bill to amend the state’s Crimes Against Nature law died in the House of Representatives. Rep. Pat Smith (D-Baton Rouge) authored the HB12, an attempt to get unconstitutional legislation off of the state's books.  

The Louisiana Approach

Breakdown of Louisiana's Same-Sex Household's Tax Return Process

Tax Day has soured the moods of millions of U.S. citizens, but marriage laws in certain states make the process particularly burdensome for many same-sex couples. In the 12 states that use the “Louisiana approach,” each spouse must file “as if” returns that estimate individual income for state returns, after both members have filed their federal returns jointly.   

Sen. Landrieu's New Ad Breathes Energy Into Campaign (VIDEO)

Healthcare has been a central focus of Rep. Bill Cassidy’s Senate fight, but incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu is steering her campaign towards oil and gas in her new ad. Landrieu released the latest commercial today. The one-minute video shows news clips of Landrieu on various TV screens, each scene depicting Landrieu as an advocate for oil and gas jobs.   

Petition Seeks 'Dunces' as State Book, Not Bible planted their placard in Louisiana with a billboard that drew a lawsuit from the lieutenant gov. Now, at least one of the left-leaning netroots org's many advocates is spinning Fortuna's wheel when it comes to our books, too. A petition recently posted to the site calls for John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces to be the official book of Louisiana.

Public Demo Aims to Improve CBD Transit Hub

Public transportation is not currently one of the Big Easy's strengths, but a local nonprofit is helping riders imagine a better transit system this Tuesday. Ride New Orleans is providing a demonstration of their most recent report,  “Smart Transit for a Smart Economy: Why New Orleans Should Invest in a CBD Transit Hub” by placing 200 chairs along the city’s busiest transit hub. 

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