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Jeudi

April 24th

Big Freedia, The Star Steppin' Cosmonaughties, & More

Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)

Jazz in the Park continues with bounce, dance, and Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers 

 

New Orleans Nightingales

The Allways Lounge (9 p.m.)

Jazz Fest series gala kick off  

 

The Trio feat. Eric "Jesus" Coomes, Nicholas Payton

Maple Leaf (10 p.m.)

Funk bassist + New Orleans’ BAM (Black American Music) trumpeter  

 

Tinariwen and Bombino

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Desert rock inspired by the Sahara  

 

Bayous de Vilaine

Ogden Museum (6 p.m.)

Sippin' in Seersucker trunk show from Jolie & Elizabeth, plus music for tonight's after hours event 

 

Cirque d'Licious

Hi-Ho Lounge (10p.m.)

Ginger Licious hosts cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville and more!

 

Soul Rebels

Les Bon Temps Roule (11p.m.)

Roll with the Rebels on Magazine

 

 

 

Vendredi

April 25th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include The Avett Brothers, Public Enemy and, Aurora Nealand 

 

Underground Railroad Film Screening

NOMA (5 p.m.)

Fridays at NOMA features art and music inside, film in the Sculpture Garden, plus food and drink 

 

Rotary Downs + Mike Dillon 

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

New Orleans psych pop, rock n' roll 

 

Backbeat Jazz Fest Series  

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

Soul Rebels, Nigel Hall & the Congregation, and more 

 

Nina Simone Tribute

Cafe Istanbul (11 p.m.)

Tank and the Bangas + Mykia Jovan 

 

Andrew Duhon

Circle Bar (10 p.m.)

Local bluesy singer/songwriter  

 

Trombone Shorty + Orleans Ave.

House of Blues (8 p.m.)

Plus New Breed Brass Band. Tickets are $50  

 

Dumpstaphunk + Easy All Stars + More

Howlin' Wolf (10 p.m.)

Ivan Neville's band joins fellow funk bands on stage, with the Roosevelt Collier Band 

 

Bootsy Collins + DJ Soul Sister

Joy Theater (9 p.m.)

Funk legend joins New Orleans' own queen of rare grooves 

Samedi

April 26th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Robin Thicke, 101 Runners, Branford Marsalis Quartet, and Phish 

 

Shamarr Fest

Shamrock (10 p.m.)

Shamar Allen & The Underdawgs, Hot 8 Brass Band, John Popper of Blues Traveler, and more

 

Cowboy Mouth

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

plus Honey Island Swamp Band 

 

Katdelic

Blue Nile (2 a.m.)

Funk, rock, and hip hop from San Francisco

 

Heatwave

Prytania Bar (9 p.m.)

All-vinyl dance party spinning Motown/garage rock/R&B/soul/oldies

 

HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister 

Hi Ho Lounge (11 p.m.)

Queen of rare grooves spins all-vinyl boogie, funk, and more into the wee hours of the morning 

 

Grayson Capps

Carrollton Station (10 p.m.)

plus the Lost Cause Minstrels + Jamie Lynn Vessels

Dimanche

April 27th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Vampire Weekend, New Birth Brass Band, John Boutte, and more

 

Swinging Sundays

Allways Lounge (8 p.m.)

Swing dance lessons and party, live band from 9 p.m.-midnight 

 

Mogwai

Civic Theatre (8 p.m.)

Prog rock, Majeure opens

 

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Key holder to the city of New Orleans, Clinton, joins DJ Soul Sister

Jindal Thinking About POTUS Run (VIDEO)


Bobby Jindal's rhetoric appears to have moved on from the bedwetting phase, and is moving straight into the presidential dreams. In an interview with the Heritage Foundation's Foundry over the weekend, Jindal acknowledged that he's "thinking about" running for president in 2016.


Fixes Eyed on Oil and Gas Legacy Lawsuits, Offshore Lease Payments


The billboards are all about Obamacare these days, but Louisiana pols aren't turning their attention from oil and gas issues, or the money that surrounds the industry. This week, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a deal on long-term lawsuits between companies and landowners. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu continued her push to get more money for the state from offshore drilling activity in the Gulf.


Crime of 'Passion?'

Baton Rouge Billboard Battle Lands State, MoveOn.Org in Federal Court



With the state legislative session in full gear, Baton Rouge is in its annual free-for-all of horse-trading and designating. But this week, the biggest political battleground is on the side of the Red Stick highway, rather than the House that Long Built. The skirmish involves an influential national progressive organization, a pair of state GOP pols with designs on higher office and, as ever in the current political climate, Obamacare.


Chaos in Hell

Satirical Krewe Holds Public Officials, NOLA to the Fire



The Krewe of Muses remain Carnival's high fashion, but the Knights of Chaos offer also provide riposte on the route on Thursday (Feb. 27) night. Along with several floats once used by the Knights of Momus, the 14-year-old krewe keeps the tradition of satire alive on St. Charles. Take an early look at some of this year's floats:


Jindal Goes Off Script at White House Gov. Conference (VIDEO)


The White House was in the background on Monday, but all Bobby Jindal could think about was the white flag. The Louisiana governor joined a group of his fellow state chief execs in front of 1600 Pennsylvania after a meeting with President Barack Obama. The news conference was supposed to reflect harmony and cooperation between the parties, but Jindal had other ideas.


Cargo Ship Company Making Return Voyage to NOLA


A maritime company that was founded by the banks of the Mighty Mississippi is setting a course back to New Orleans. International Shipholding will move its corporate headquarters from Mobile to the Warehouse District, marking the return of a company that left town following the Federal Flood.


Jindal Pitches Higher Ed Funding Increase, with Workforce Training Program


After several years of inflicting cuts, Bobby Jindal is set to increase state higher education funding in next year's budget. The gov announced Tuesday that he is set to propose a $141.5 million increase in state-run colleges and universities for next fiscal year, which marks a 6.66 percent increase for 2013-14. More than a quarter of that money will go toward a program that provides money to colleges to partner with private industry, and implement workforce training programs for jobs in Louisiana's biggest economic sectors like oil & gas and manufacturing.


Vitter to Run for Governor


After taking the holidays to think it over, U.S. Senator David Vitter announced Tuesday that he will to run for governor of Louisiana in 2015. With Bobby Jindal set to time out due to term limits, the Metairie-based Republican throws his hat into the ring of an open race.


NoDef Nods: Politics

13 Stories from 2014, and 5 to Watch in the New Year



On the political scene, New Orleans saw some old names like Ray Nagin and Charles Foti return in 2013. Meanwhile, BP and Bobby kept the Bayou State in the national spotlight once again. Peruse all of 2013's top stories, and grab a handful for the new year on the way out:


Duck Dy-Nasty: A&E Suspends Phil Robertson Over Antigay Remarks, Jindal Weighs In


With campaign commercials and events, members of the North Louisiana family who star in A&E's Duck Dynasty haven't shied away from politics. Now, the pols -- including the governor -- are weighing in on their behalf. Phil Robertson was suspended from the show over this week over homophobic remarks. But Gov. Bobby Jindal leapt to the elder Duck Commander's defense Thursday, sounding the call of the First Amendment.


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