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Perfectly Imperfect

Grammy Winner Elle Varner Sounds Off on Artistic Inspiration

On Sunday night (7.2), Three Keys at The Ace Hotel hosted Soul in the Horn, brought to us by Essentials. True to the experience of Essentials, Soul in the Horn was a collaborative mash-up hosted and graced by the vocals of Elle Varner and other trending artists, as well as featuring legends of the NYC nightlife, D. Prosper and DJ Natasha Diggs. NoDef was able to interview Elle shortly before taking the Three Keys stage. We talked about her interesting upbringing, her experiences recording with artists such as Chance the Rapper (with whom she won a Grammy) and J Cole, her awards successes, and her plans for the future. 


Finding the Big Voice

Teedra Moses Talks Social Change, Celebrity, and Her NOLA Roots

Three Keys at Ace Hotel is hosting an intimate Essence Fest after party called Essentials, and it’s providing an opportunity “for local artists that may not be on the Essence bill this year but maybe could be would be or should be,” according to Jocelyne Ninneman, the music director at Ace New Orleans. Essentials features countless DJ’s as well as too-class acts such as PJ Morton, Grammy nominated Elle Varner, Teedra Moses, and features numerous guest performances. Teedra Moses sat down with NoDef after her show to talk about growing up in New Orleans and California and what it means to make music in 2017 America. 


Today in NOLA 7.1.17

Kick off Fourth of July weekend with a plant sale in the park, have a head-banging good time with some girls who rock, view a new art exhibition about our Jamaican neighbors, or continue on with Essence Fest festivities. On this day in 1929, one of the longest and most violent transit railway strikes began ... a strike which, strangely enough, gave birth to the po boy sandwich. Now, more to do this Saturday. 

The Drifter

Dip Into New Orleans’ Hottest Pool Party

The Drifter Hotel is not an easy place to find if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Tucked away on a confusing portion of Tulane Avenue not far from the Courthouse, it’s very close to the Brown Derby gas station that used to be stomping grounds for patrons of New Orleans' seedy underbelly. The once desolate area is slowly morphing into an up-and-coming corridor. In the last six months, several of the dilapidated, flea-ridden, pimp-frequented hotels that locals have long been accustomed to driving quickly by on Tulane have been purchased by investors who plan to bring back a 70’s feel, under the guise of trendy boutique hotels that hope to lure the sort of young, hip, bohemian transplants who previously would have only found themselves on the Avenue to make a court date, if then. 

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