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Samedi

May 23rd

Greek Fest

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Eat, dance and drink wine from a tiny cup

 

Dax Riggs

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

Swampy southern folk rock plus opening band Strange Roux

 

Papa Roach

House of Blues, 7p.m.

Hard rock with heavy metal influence

 

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahalia Jackson, 7:30p.m.

Performance of Verdi’s Requiem with vocals by Elizabeth DeShong, Alfred Walker, Lori Guilbeau and Paul Groves

 

Say My Name, Say My Name: Stories of LGBT Youth

Ashe Powerhouse Theatre, 7p.m.

BreakOUT presents stories of transgender youth

 

Woodenhead Forty Year Itch

Chickie Wah Wah, 10p.m.

Instrumental rock on Canal

Dimanche

May 24th

Tom Leggett

30-90, 5p.m.

New Orleans based singer songwriter jazzes up the new Frenchmen St. venue

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Regular show featuring the “Wolfman” and Russell Batiste

 

Geoff Clapp Organ Quartet

Snug Harbor, 8p.m.

Clapp is joined by Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson on alto sax

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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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

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Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock