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JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

Farewell ChazFest


The Bywater is changing and some traditions are disappearing along with the transition. On Monday (2.15), Alex McMurray announced that last year was the final edition of ChazFest, the popular neighborhood music mini-festival on account of impending sale of the Truck Farm.


Today's Events: 5.2.12


Today, Megalomaniacs, Chaz, and Daze Between get their own Fests, and the Definition of Bounce becomes a documentary at Cafe Istanbul. This day in history, Gen Benjamin Butler's Order #28 is issued, making any woman who showed contempt for the Union Army guilty of soliciting prostitution (1862), and “Chapel Of Love” By the Dixie Cups entered the Billboard R&B Chart, where it eventually reached #1 during its 13 week run.


ChazFest Brings out the Russians, Riff Raff


by Brad Rhines

Jazz Fest offers plenty of fun in the sun for weekend warriors, but for daytime drinking and midweek music, you’ll have to head to the Bywater.  The 7th annual Chaz Fest happens on Wednesday, May 2, and was originally devised as an alternative to the big show at the Fairgrounds.  Intended as a venue for local artists who couldn’t get booked for Jazz Fest, Chaz Fest was started by Alex McMurray, who named the event after his friend and Tin Men bandmate, the beloved Washboard Chaz Leary.  


ChazFest Focus: Valparaiso Men's Chorus


The Bywater's annual celebration of one facet of the local music scene might be smaller and in a backyard, but that doesn't mean they don't employ some of the same tactics in scheduling. Like the all-star lineups that can be found dotting the JazzFest scheudle, the Valparaiso Men's Chorus is a confluence of downtown talent into a single entity. The ensemble is lead by ChazFest impresario and host Alex McMurray and made up of a lot of the people (including Chaz!) who are in his other bands (Tin Men, Alex McMurray Band, Happy Talk Band),. It's a celebration of a rarely excavated artform in the cradle of jazz: the Sea Shanty.


Today's Events: 5/4/11


May 4, the date of the first Grammy Awards (1959), The Kent State University student killings by members of Ohio’s National Guard (1970), the first Kiss concert (1976); the birthday of Audrey Hepburn (1929), Keith Haring (1958) and moonman Lance Bass (1979). It was also the date of Sherlock Holmes’ apparent death at Reichenbach Falls, Switzerland (1981). An impressive list of historic events, but nothing beats what’s on today’s NOLA plate:


ChazFest Cometh


Sure, Jazzfest is great, but those of us tucked away close to the Industrial Canal know something better... CHAZFest. Named for NOLA legend, Washboard Chaz, the local festival staged in backyards by Alex McMurray is always the Wednesday between the two weekends of JazzFest... that's tomorrow! Homegrown talent, Hot8 Brass Band, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, Happy Talk Band,, and of course Wahboard Chaz will be ripping it up.


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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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