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March 24th

Basic Buddhist Meditation

LIFE Yoga, 7AM

An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri

 

Book Signing: Robert Wagner

Adler's New Orleans, 11AM

Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'

 

New Creations Brass Band

B.M.C., 11am

Local Brass Band brings a mix of standards and new creations

 

Bourbon Festival

Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM

Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest

 

DumbSmart Industries Showcase

The Broad Theater, 7PM

Short film showcase 

 

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 7:30PM

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen 

 

Matisyahu

House of Blues, 8PM

Hebrew hip hop

 

Varla Jean Merman Sings? 

Cafe Istanbul, 8PM

Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!" 

 

Flogging Molly

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister

 

Edwardian Ball Circus Soirée

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball

 

Kanye's Universe

Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM

Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

All-British dance party

 

Relapse 80s/90s Dance Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Party like it's 1999

SAMEDI

March 25th

Brunch Fest

Crescent Park, 10AM

Eat to benefit LA/SPCA

 

Princess, Ponies & Superheroes 

Fair Grounds, 12PM

Family day at the grounds

 

Tank and the Bangas

The Yum Yum, 6PM

NPR faves come home from tour

 

Movie Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

St. Mark's Church, 6PM

Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy

 

Charlie Wilson

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill

 

Chris Rock

The Saenger Theatre, 7PM

Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA

 

Biz Markie

House of Blues, 7PM

80s vs. 90s - decades collide

 

Fleur de Tease

One Eyed Jack's, 8PM

FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland" 

 

Pancakes and Booze Art Show

The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes

 

The Rock and Roll Extravaganza

The Willow, 9PM

Masquerade ball with live music

 

Mod Dance Party

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty

 

Daria & The Hip Drips

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Free show to move and groove

DIMANCHE

March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food

 

Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house

 

Red

Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko

 

Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician

 

LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more

 

Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington

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. 


Spring Lineup for Wednesday at the Square Drops


The next week of Carnival is sure to be a blur, but after the bleachers at Lafayette Square come down, a stage will go up. The Young Leadership Council (YLC) Wednesdays at the Square series is slated to return March 2nd. Today, organizers revealed the season’s schedule.


Greased!

Galactic & Tip's Team Up for The Landing



Regardless of Drew Brees’ shoulder, New Orleanians are guaranteed at least one touch-down this weekend. The Landing fest is is bringing music to the lakefront on Saturday (9.26) and Sunday (9.27).


Runnin' on the River

Rock n' Roll Marathon Returns Sunday (Route, Closures)



Before the debauchery of Carnival begins in full, New Orleanians are taking to the streets for a healthier parade. On Sunday (1.24), the annual Rock n’ Roll Marathon is back in town. More than 15,000 runners are expected to cover the 26.2-mile, 12.1-mile races, and new 10k races. The runs step off at 7 a.m. from Camp and Poydras St. The pounding of the pavement won't be the only sound, however, as a band will be playing on every mile of the course.


Make a Joyous Noise

New Year's Music Rundown



Many New Orleanians were so caught up in the holiday season that they did not even consider what to do on New Year’s Eve. For those undecided, NOLA has lots of music to offer. NoDef’s crack Listings Editor, Ashley Rouen, put together a roundup of all the show’s to usher in the year 2015 with.


War Song

Gambling Battles Southern at Dome Tonight (Videos)



There’s no question: NOLA’s got brass. So, the nation’s top marching band showdown fits right within the beat of the city. Tonight, ‘da Dome plays host to the Annual Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands. The event provides an intense hour plus of music and theatrics as two of the country’s best units face off.


Brass Menagerie: WWOZ Leads Super Second Line


WWOZ is in the midst of their fall funds drive cum celebration of New Orleans music. In appropriate fashion, there will be a massive second line on Saturday (11.08) to mark the occasion. Tonight, ten brass bands and a host of carnival marching krewes will form up for the Brass Menagerie Parade.


Today in New Orleans: 03.06.14


Tonight, local jazz drummer Jason Marsalis wows audiences at Snug Harbor, and the Steve Miller Band is making a New Orleans tour stop at the Saenger. On this date in 1867, General Philip Sheridan arrived in New Orleans to command the Fifth Military District during Reconstruction. Now, more to do this Holy Thursday. 


Bayou Classic Parades Today


The Bayou Classic may be a football game by definition, but devotees know that it's all about the bands. Those who do not have the opportunity to watch the Battle of the Bands at 'da Dome have a second chance to hear the music during today's Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade.


My Spilt Milk: Big Gigantic


From My Spilt Milk, by Brian Sibille

Jam bands age like any rock stars. The greats get older alongside fans, both eventually burnt out to some degree by now. The genre surely isn't dead as this weekend's Widespread Panic shows illustrate, but at American music festivals - Voodoo included - would keep the jam band culture's woozy, extended spirit alive in the bleeps and bloops of electronic music?


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Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith

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Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

Alexis Manrodt

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Editor Emeritus:

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock