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Jazz in the Park Drops 2016 Schedule

Local music lovers have Lafayette Square on Wednesdays, and Thursdays are for Jazz in the Park. The popular downtown free concert series announced their Spring 2016 lineup today.

Tricked in Treme

Don’t give a ride to strangers. After two motorists decided to pick up a stranger in the Treme, they wound up driving longer than planned and handing over a bunch of money according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

Movin' Rouge

Red Dress Run Primer

On Saturday (8.07), downtown residents will be seeing red—literally. Thousands of men and women dressed in red dresses will come jogging (mostly) through the city streets in an annual run (and drink) for charity.

Cajun-Zydeco Fest in Photos

Photos by Andres Delmonte

This weekend, Armstrong Park was awash with the sound of Louisiana music. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation hosted their annual Cajun-Zydeco Fest. Food, music, and dancing enveloped the space at the edge of the Treme. Andres Delmonte and his camera were on the scene to capture all of the washboards and two-stepping.

Hot & Spicy

Cajun Zydeco Fest Returns to Armstrong Park

Actually, I do have spicy news for you. The ninth annual Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival is set to two-step back in to Louis Armstrong Park (701 N. Rampart Street) this weekend, June 6th and 7th. Scott Aiges, Director of Programs, Marketing, and Communication with the Jazz and Heritage Foundation says that the culture involved is clear, but the origin of the term Zydeco is a bit of a mystery. Zydeco is believed to be derived from the French phrase “Les haricots ne sont pas salés,” which translates to “the snap beans aren’t salty” and somehow, idiomatically to “I have no spicy news for you.”

Treme Tunes: Spring 2015 Armstrong Park Concert Schedule Released

Tis’ the season for lineup announcements. Today, People United for Armstrong Park (PUFAP) rolled out the spring schedule for Jazz in the Park. The free series running from April 16 through June 11 will include performances by Kermit Ruffins, Soul Rebels, Honey Island Swamp Band, Raw Oyster Cult, James Andrews, The Honorable South, Glen David Andrews and New Breed Brass Band.

Mixing Pot

Gumbo Fest Returns this Weekend

New Orleanians love to debate gumbo. Throw a Cajun into the mix, and you might as well be trying to negotiate peace in the Middle East. However, all opinions will be entertained this weekend at the Treme’s Armstrong Park during the 7th Annual Creole Gumbo Festival. Boasting a wide array of signature gumbo, a Vegan Gumbo contest and performances by a host of local brass bands, this free festival will have your taste buds salivating and your feet noodling all weekend as you pay tribute to the file flavors of New Orleans’ most beloved dish.  

Today in NOLA: 9.18.14

Thursday evening means it’s time for Jazz in the Park. Shamar Allen and the Underdawgs perform tonight, along with Colin Lake and the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School Marching Band. For live music and air conditioning, drop in on singer-songwriter Edward David Anderson at Ogden After Hours. Plus, a special screening of short films shot exclusively on Super 8. Get all the details after the jump.

Today in NOLA: 9.11.14

Jazz in the Park bops back to Armstrong Park with soul singer and keyboard player Nigel Hall, backed by his band the Congregation and supported by rising young horn player Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill. Tennessee-based singer-songwriter Cory Branan performs at the Beatnik. And while most of us have adjusted to the Sometimes-Picayune, media scholars are still debating its import. Plus, weekend theatre picks tonight:

Today in NOLA: 9.7.14

Who Dat! The Saints are back for real, playing their season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. If pigskin’s not your bag, catch the Sunday matinee of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest or join the NOLA Social Ride at the Country Club this afternoon. Tonight, James Singleton leads his quartet at Snug Harbor and the Hot 8 Brass Band play on without their leader at the Howlin’ Wolf. See the details:

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