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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

Christmas Crimes

One Shooting, Two Stabbings, & Many Muggings



Christmas may have been a holy night, but it was not a silent night for the men and women of the New Orleans Police Department. The NOPD responded to over a dozen felonies from the LGD to the Chef. A drive-by shooting provided a stark reminder of systemic crime, and a series of armed cast a pallor over the holiday.


Two Women Missing


Christmas is a day for most families to gather with their loved ones, but today, two New Orleans families are searching for missing members. The NOPD is seeking in help in locating two missing women: Erica Simone and Latrice Morgan.


Canal Street Tree Lighting Set to Flip the Switch


Over in the French Quarter, the shoppers are already rushing home with their reasonably-priced Scandanavian treasures. But the crowds are sure to flock to Canal St. tonight in search of cheap thrills that are even brighter. The annual downtown tree lighting ceremony is set to light up Canal Street on Tuesday night (11-26).


Christmas Cutting on Canal


A Christmas Day argument turned violent in the French Quarter, according to NOPD. About 5 a.m. on Canal St., two men got into an altercation. At some point during the fight, one of the men stabbed the other man in the hand. No arrests were reported in the incident.


Tornado Watch in Effect for South Louisiana


Updated 13:16 CST

White Christmases are a mixed bag in NOLA; Yule Day snow preceded both Betsy and Katrina. Today, we're looking at a different kind of white Christmas. Hail, ice, and tornadoes are threatening the region. The National weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch (effective until 8:00 PM,) a Wind Advisory (effective until 6 PM,) and a Hazardous Weather Outlook (through the night) for Orleans and surrounding Parishes. (Maps and details for weather geeks after the jump.)


Louisiana Christmas Classics (Video)


In SoLa,, music has its own seasons also. We have songs for the Saints, songs for Mardi Gras, and of course, we have songs for Christmas. NoDef's staff took to the YouTube to dig out a few of our favorites for y'all this Noel. Representing the Cajun tradition, we found Vin Bruce's "Christmas on the Bayou." Of course, December 25th can not pass without at least one play-through of Aaron Nwville's "Louisiana Christmas Day." Rounding out our selections is a contemporary classsic with 9th Ward flair: Benny Grunch & the Bunch's "12 Y'ats of Christmas." Click through to hear them all.


Santa Tracker Plots the Way to Crescent City Christmas


From bar crawls to Celebration in the Oaks, we've seen Santa plenty of times over the past month. But tonight is the real deal. On this night, the Claus takes no pause for a worthy cause. Thanks to the always-reliable folks at NORAD and an assist from the New Orleans-based 3-D modelers at TurboSquid, Santa watchers can follow along with the fat man's generous journey. Click through to view:


Recycled New Orleans Christmas Trees to Be Used for Wetland Restoration


Christmas is the one time of year that citizens are actually encouraged to leave their garbage loose on the street. Well, at least your Christmas trees. Once you’ve stored your Who Dat ornaments safely in their boxes and moved into Mardi Gras mode, just leave your trees curbside. Not only will the City take them, they’ll recycle your tree to protect the wetlands.  


Santa's Spirits: Krewe of Kringle Takes to the Streets Tonight


by Emma Boyce

There's no need to wait by the chimney. Hundreds of Santas, reindeers, abominable snowmen and drummer boys will take to the French Quarter streets Saturday night for the tenth annual Krewe of Kringle Santa Pub Crawl sponsored by Abita Beer.  


Hot 8 Brass, Live Reindeer to Fete on Fulton


It’s hot enough to ditch your Christmas sweaters, but Fridays on Fulton is faking it with a Winter Wonderland right outside of Harrah’s Casino. The event that happens on the first Friday of every month is back this weekend with a special Christmas edition, and they’re bringing art, food, faux snow, and jams from the Hot 8 Brass Band.


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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Ian Hoch, Will Dilella, Chris Rinaldi, Lianna Patch, Phil Yiannopoulos, Cate Czarnecki, Mary Kilpatrick, Norris Ortolano, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Kailyn Davillier, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham

Staff Writers

Kerem Ozkan, Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Listings

Elisabeth Morgan

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Robert, Daniel Paschall

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Deputy Managing Editor

M.D. Dupuy

Managing Editor

Stephen Babcock

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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