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Voodoo Drops 2016 Lineup

As the mercury rises, thoughts are already turning to fall. Fortunately, there is lots to look forward to. Today, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience revealed their lineup for the Halloween weekend (10.28-10.30) fete. Tool, Arcade Fire, The Weeknd, The Chainsmokers, Die Antwood, and Les Claypool are just a few of the big names on the 2016 roster. 

Tip's Releases Foundation Free Friday Schedule

Not all free, summer concert series are outdoors. Just in time for air conditioning months, the legendary Tipitina’s dropped the schedule for their Foundation Free Fridays. And, locals will have plenty of live music to listen to from June to September.


Commencement Schedules for NOLA's Universities

For some portions of the City, this time of year is not Fest Season, but Commencement Season. Caps and gowns have already taken flight at Dillard and SUNO, but Tulane, Loyola, UNO, and Xavier will all be distributing sheepskins in the days ahead. With dozens of events, it’s easy to be confused. NoDef has the full schedules for the local schools below.

Pride 2016 Schedule Released

Decadence is not until the end of summer, but for those longing for some rainbow colored festivities relief is in sight. This week, organizers announced the details of the New Orleans Pride 2016 festival. 

Singing in the Rain

A Wet Saturday at Jazz Fest (Photos)

On Saturday (4.30), the Fair Grounds were wet, very wet. Still, early end aside, Jazz Fest did manage to pack in six solid hours of music and fun. For those that  braved the entire day, there were some intimate moments seeking shelter. Rachel June was in the trenches (literally) to photgraph it all. Click on through for scenes from the Fest.

Crescent City Cruise

Today, the organizers of the Jam Cruise announced the talent for their 15th annual event. The psychedelic ship might as well be called “NOLA Cruise.” Jam Cruise’s 25 act lineup is dominated by nine New Orleans acts, not to mention several special guests and an homage to Mardi Gras music.

Jazz Fest Weather Watch

With Jazz Fest days away, it’s once again time to start clicking refresh on your weather apps constantly. Right now, the National Weather Service is predicting sunny skies and highs around 80 during the first weekend of the fest. However, the next few days are looking wet which means that on Friday (4.22) will most likely mean that the hay and the mud is out at the Fair Grounds. Click on through for the full forecast.

Saints 2016 Schedule

Ready for football yet? The Saints released their 2016 schedule on Thursday (4.14) night— and it’s a tough one. The Black n’ Gold were handed the fourth most difficult schedule (statistically) in the league.

French Quarter Feat

The numbers are out for French Quarter Fest 2016 and they are, uh, yuge. The local music festival set an all-time record for attendance boasting over 760,000 festers over the course of the four day event.

Bayou Boogaloo Drops 2016 Lineup

Most locals are focused on the massive French Quarter Fest sweeping the Vieux Carré this weekend. However, the season is just beginning and the organizers of the annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo dropped their lineup for their free fete from May 20th through 22nd.

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