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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





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 


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 



Blue Nile (2 a.m.)

Funk, rock, and hip hop from San Francisco



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


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 



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

Pair Arrested in Uptown Home Invasion

NOPD made two more arrests Friday in an Uptown home invasion during which two Tulane students were tied up and robbed. Aaron Johnson, 17, and Kevin Jones, 18, were booked in connection with the April 4 burglary at a house in the 7800 block of Panola St.

Crime Bits: 4 Injured in Shootings, Carrollton Burglary

Updated 1:05 p.m.

A total of four people were injured in three separate Wednesday night shooting incidents, according to NOPD. The shootings all happened within 90 minutes of each other in Central City and Hollygrove, according to police reports.

Couple Tied Up in Garden District Burglary

Updated 5:30 p.m.

Burglars forced their way into a Garden District home and tied up the couple inside on Wednesday, according to a New Orleans police report. The trio of suspects were arrested less than two hours later in Jefferson Parish, police said. 

Burglary Suspect Climbed into Woman's Bed, Police Say

The Governor Nicholls napper wasn't the only criminal that ended up in his victim's bed this week. At a house near the corner of Bayou Rd. and N. Broad St. in Esplanade Ridge, a woman awoke early Saturday morning to find a man lying next to her, according to police.

Trashy Burglar Steals Cash in CBD (VIDEO)

The phrase "dirty money" took on new meaning on June 26, when a suspect was filmed wheeling stolen money away from a robbery scene via trashcan. The CBD restaurant, located in the 800 block of Gravier Street, was burgled around 4am Wednesday morning, and the suspect was last spotted on Gravier and Baronne.

Lakeview Lawn Larcenist Arrested

Police arrested a man Monday who is allegedly responsible for looting lawn equipment in Lakeview. According to officer Garry Flot, police spotted Kevin Alvis, 50, driving a car in New Orleans East that matched a stolen vehicle in a crime from June 9 on Louis XIV St.

Uptown Burglary Blitz Reported by Tulane Students

Updated 8:50 p.m.

A recent wave of burglaries in Uptown New Orleans has Tulane police turning to NOPD to increase patrols in the neighborhoods where students live off-campus. According to Tulane police logs, four off-campus burglaries, a car theft and a bike theft were reported between Sunday and Tuesday. The crimes were clustered around the 800-1000 blocks of Lowerline St. and Cherokee St.

Quartet of Burglars Busted in Mid-City

A Mid-City burglary was broken up and four people were arrested by police soon after the boost was finished Friday night, according to Officer Garry Flot. A gun was also found in one of the alleged thieves' shoes. About 1:30 a.m., police got a call about a burglary in-progress in the 2800 block of Conti St.

Bicyclists Robbed, Burglars Busted in Marigny-Bywater Over Weekend

In addition to crime in the French Quarter and the 7th Ward, the Marigny-Bywater saw a swell of swindles over the weekend, according to NOPD reports. The weekend crime wave started Friday, with a holdup on St. Claude that turned into a chase. On Saturday morning, two more robberies were committed five minutes apart against men riding bikes in the Marigny. On Sunday, police hauled in a pair of teens after they broke into a France Street house. Read on for details:

Crescent City Crime Bits

New Orleans Police Blotter: August 16-22

In this week's file of foul play, a mugger with a metal pipe struck twice, a teen was connected to a Saturday night out filled with carjackings and shootings and a man was tied up in his own home by a pair of acquaintances. Each week, Crescent City Crime Bits provides a full look at the past seven days on the police beat:

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