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Today in NOLA: 1.27.15

Tonight features lots of New Orleans staples. Treme is playing Frenchmen and Rebirth are holding down their weekly gig on Maple Street. Fresh groceries abound on Broadway. Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson passed away on this date in 1972 at 60 years old. Jackson was buried at Providence Memorial Park in Metairie. Now, more to do this Tuesday. 

Second Line Alert: Lady Jetsetters

On Sunday, the Lady Jetsetters are set to take to the streets once again. With the theme “Riding Out Into The Sunset,” the women will honor the retirement of founder Mrs. Naomi P. Gibson and “Forty Years of Great Memories.”

Today in NOLA: 1.11.15

Today, the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial commemorations are wrapping up. Comic Con continues to be super (hero) and a few NOLA staples are gigging. On this day in 1965, black professional football players boycotted the AFL Allstar game in New Orleans. Now, more ways to spend your Sunday before, during and after 2015’s playoffs.

Satchmo Still Swinging (Photos)

Satchmo SummerFest picked up steam during its second day. Hometown favorites, the Treme Brass Band, stole the show and the jazz was interrupted only by po boys, sausage, and Abitas. Simply put, it was a good day in New Orleans. NoDef's Rachel June was on the grounds to capture the sights amidst the sounds.

Hot 8's (Tour) Hiatus

Health Issues Sideline Brass Band's Leader

Hot 8 Brass Band leader and founder Bennie Pete has announced that, due to a serious illness, he will be not be performing, effective immediately.  The group, fresh off a successful European tour, will not be hitting the road until further notice.

Most Wanted Brass Band Stream New Album Free for Mardi Gras

Just in time for Mardi Gras, a new brass band hit the streets with a few recognizable members. A handful of former members of the Stooges Brass Band have reformed as the Most Wanted Brass Band. The band recorded a CD that's already making the rounds, and they're posting up at the Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude Ave.) for a Tuesday night residency. Click through for a fresh Mardi Gras soundtrack:

Treme Culture Fest Brings Music in the Streets

Treme has yet to start its final season on TV, but that doesn’t mean the party isn't grinding as always in the 6th Ward.  This weekend, the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network presents their annual Treme Culture Fest. 

Stooges Brass Band to Hit Rock Bottom Once a Week

The Stooges Brass Band found a new, but familiar, home for their Thursday night show—the Rock Bottom Lounge (3801 Tchoupitoulas St.). Beginning this Thursday, March 28, the band will return to the Tchoup spot for their weekly residency, giving second liners and music loving locals alike something to step out about.

Uncle Lionel Batiste Passes

Tremé Brass Band Bass Drummer, New Orleans Icon Dies at 81

Uncle Lionel Batiste, longtime bass drummer of the Tremé Brass Band and patriarch of the famed Batiste family, died Sunday morning of complications from Stage 4 cancer, NoDef confirmed with friends of Batiste Sunday morning. He was 81.

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