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JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

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. 


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.


Fair Sounds

Jazz Fest Drops 2016 Lineup



Get your chairs ready! The lineup for the 2016 Jazz and Heritage Festival is out. Headliners include Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, and Snoop Dog.


Nice Cubes: Voodoo Releases Sched


Florence and the Machine or Girl Talk? Ozzy or Steve Angello? The fall is rife with music decisions. Voodoo Fest, which has followed Jazz Fest’s lead in referring to its schedule as “cubes,” released its stage-by-stage lineup yesterday evening.


Bayou Boogaloo Schedule


The weather has cleared up just enough for festers to get their Boogaloo on up in Bayou St.John. With four stages this year, there is plenty to check out. Today's roster icludes Woodenhead, the Wild Magnolias, Tony Hall, the New Orleans Suspects, Yojimbo, and Kristin Diable. Click on through for the full schedule.


Reveal Deal

French Quarter Fest Schedule Released



Festival season is knocking at the door. Today, the French Quarter Festival unveiled their 2015 schedule. Hundreds of performances over four days include local favorites like Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Raw Oyster Cult, and Amanda Shaw.


Setting the Stage

Jazz Fest Cubes Reveal



Today, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival released the fabled "cubes" for 2015. Choices abound: Snarky Puppy, Wilco, or Jimmy Cliff, Dr.John or Trombone Shorty? Dust off your chairs and let the planning begin!


Much Ado About the Boogaloo: Lineup Released


The “little festival that could” is returning from May 15-17. This weekend, the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo released their 2015 schedule. Bold faced names like Mannie Fresh, the New Orleans Suspects, Wild Magnolias, and an all-star team assembled by Mike Dillon pepper the roster.


Shaping Up: Wednesday at the Square Releases 2015 Schedule


The months ahead are filled with music and festivals, but one series of performances holds a special place in the hearts of many local. The Young Leadership Council (YLC) Wednesdays at the Square series is slated to return March 11. Today, organizers revealed the season’s schedule.


Festival International Releases Lineup


Jazz Fest is not the only celebration of Louisiana music at the end of April. Lafayette’s Festival International de Louisiane runs from April 22 to 26, drawing massive crowds. Today the Cajun cousins announced a 2015 lineup truly worthy of the title “international.”


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