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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

Gypsophonic Disko Shakes Up Shakedown Street


This weekend, the Grateful Dead are playing their playing their final “Fare Thee Well” shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field. While loyal Deadheads are struggling to figure out whether this is the end or the beginning, a slew of love and tributes are guaranteeing that the music never stopped. NOLA is prominent in that effort. On Friday (7.03), Gypsophonic Disko released their take on the classic “Shakedown Street.”


Deep Space Communication

Ben Ellman Chats About Galactic's Annual NYE Gig at Tip's



New Orleans is a city of tradition, holidays, and music. The three elements collide on schedule during Galactic’s annual New Year’s Eve show at Tipitina’s (501 Napoleon Avenue). NoDef chatted quickly with Ben Ellman to get the scoop on the show.


Gypsyphonic Remixes Mardi Gras


Galactic's Ben Ellman and DJ Quickie Mart built up a quick following after two servings of Balkan Bounce in their side project Gypsyphonic Disko. For their next project, the pair decided to come back home for Carnival, using nostalgic Mardi Gras classics as a base for a bounce remix. 


Treme v. The Wire Bands Weigh In Prior to Tipitina's Battle


After months of hype, it's Fight Night. Simon Bowl. Treme vs. The Wire. NOLA vs. Bal'more. Tonight, Tipitina's will host a battle of the bands pitting David Simon's two favorite cities against each other. Wearing the home uniforms will be Galactic and the Stooges Brass Band. Representing Baltimore will be Anwan "Big G" Glover and the Backyard Band and Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanos. Since Don King and Justin Bieber weren't available, we figured we'd give the bands a chance to improve their Standing before the bell rings. Here's what they had to say:


Flow Tribe V. The Revivalists

NoDef Dialogues



With Bayou Boogaloo in the air, locals Flow Tribe and The Revivalists  are getting ready to play Mid-City this weekend. Both bands are leaders of a strain of NOLA indie rock that's not afraid to wear its funk and dance influences on its sleeve, and have recently been paying their dues both in the studio and on stage.


Getting In Their Mix

Familiar Faces From Soulive, Galactic Duck Behind The Tables For Friday Night Sets



Friday night, some frequent visitors of the Big Easy will bring new looks to Tipitina's, as two familiar artists will be making their New Orleans debut with DJ sets.

 


A Gypsyphonic/Katey Red/Neil Diamond Xmas


Ah, the songs for St. Nick- love them or hate them, you can't escape them; the winter wonderland soundtrack invades radios, stores, supermarkets, and advertising starting pre-Thanksgiving, and holds the reigns until well beyond NYE. Fortunately some New Orleans locals provide an exhilarating alternative to holiday sound.  

 

When you need a break from the caroling and hymns, 'Drummer Boy Phonic' is dat dat new jam, featuring dynamic duo Katey Red and Neil Diamond (together at last!), and produced/mixed by Galactic Saxophonist Ben Ellman (aka DJ Natto) and DJ Quickie respectively. Together the two make up Gypsyphonic, a 'multi-culti dance party for the ages'. 


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