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Defender Picks



February 27th

Red Beans Parade

Marigny Route, 2PM

9th annual march celebrating NOLA's famous Lundi dish


Krewe of Proteus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:15PM

The second-oldest parading krewe offers a legendary look at Carnival festivities 


Krewe of Orpheus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM

Harry Connick Jr.'s superkrewe is joined by Westworld actors and an SNL comedian


Washboard Chaz

The Carver Theater, 7PM

Washboard Chaz takes a break from The Tin Men tonight to lead the Lundi Gras Blues Party


Igor and the Red Elvises

Siberia, 6PM

Russian surf rock comes to St. Claude


Big Chief Alfred Doucette

Bar Redux, 8PM

Flaming Arrow Warriors Chief is joined by JD Hill & the Jammers, Big Pearl, and the Fugitives of Funk


Alexis & the Samurai

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

Indie folk duo perform every Monday


The Soul Rebels

Blue Nile, 11PM

Brass legends bring da funk



Tipitina's, 11PM

Funk legends ($50)



February 28th

Jefferson City Buzzards

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:45AM

The world's oldest Mardi Gras marching club kicks off the day's celebrations


Lyons Carnival Club

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7AM

Catch them at one of their 10 stops, or meet them for drink at Molly's at the Market at the end of their parade


Mondo Kayo Social & Marching Club 

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7:45AM

Follow Mondo Kayo to be led to an all-day dance party on Frenchmen


Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7:45AM

Clarinet legend leads his walking krewe to wake up the city for its big party


Zulu Social Aide and Pleasure Club

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 8AM

Storied African American krewe is set to dole out coconuts and joy 


Societe de Saint Anne

French Quarter Route, 10AM

Wander the Vieux Carre for this parade 



French Quarter Route, 10:15AM

A "cyber" krewe of Carnival enthusiasts from all over the world



Uptown-St. Charles Route, 10AM

Keep an eye out for the iconic Bouef Gras float 


Elks Orleanians / Crescent City

Uptown-St. Charles Route, Follows Rex

These truck parades let anyone with wheels join in on the Mardi Gras fun


Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra Memoria for Big Chief Roddy Lewis & Tim Green

Hi-Ho Lounge, 3PM

Featuring Jimbo Mathus' Overstuffed Po-boys


Fat Tuesday Fish Fry

Bar Redux, 6PM

Annual Mardi Gras fry with local catfish, handcut fries, and homemade slaw


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Organized Crime

30/90, 9PM

NOLA funk-jam band with a rotating cast of band members 


Smokin' Time Jazz Club

The Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10:30PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Jason Neville Band

Vaso, 11:59PM

Member of the famed Neville clan leads his band



March 1st

Dr. Seuss Celebration

St. Tammany Parish, all-day

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with crafts, snacks, and many fantastical tales


Opening Reception: "Waltzing the Muse"

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Ogden's newest exhibition is a Jmes Michalopoulos retrospective


New Orleans Jazz Vipers

The Maison, 6:30PM

Local trad jazz standard bearers


Pelicans vs. Detroit Pistons

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and Pistons go head to head


Tin Men

d.b.a., 7PM

The world's premiere washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio


New Orleans Community Printshop and Darkroom

Community Print Shop, 7:30PM

Volunteer and members monthly meeting, get involved! 


Aurora Nealand & Tom McDermott

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

Nealand and McDermott have a fresh take on traditional jazz


Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra 

Snug Harbor, 8PM & 10PM

Traditional riff and blues sounds


Ash Wednesday Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Siberia, 8PM

Featuring Sam Doores, Alex McMurray, Julie Odell, and more


Niagara & The Asphalt Jungle

Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of two films noir featuring a young Marilyn Monroe


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

Weekly improv from Chris Trew and Tami Nelson


Walter "Wolfman" Washington

d.b.a., 10PM

Fiery blues on Frenchmen every week

Scenes From Coco Robicheaux's Jazz Funeral

There was no hearse baring Coco Robicheaux's body Monday afternoon. But when the police escort arrived late, a walk through the gates was in order. The huge brass band assembled played "A Closer Walk With Thee" and Jennifer Jones lead the procession from the corner of Chartres and Frenchmen into nearby Washington Square Park. With no internment necessary inside the gates, the party began. Hundreds gathered on the streets of the Marigny and French Quarter to Walk with the Spirit one final time, and send off the 64-year-old bluesman and New Orleans icon, who passed after collapsing at the Apple Barrel Nov. 25. Click through for photos.

Today's Events: 12.12.11

Today, we send off Coco Robicheaux with a second line and musical tribute, House of Pleasures screens at Chalmette Movies, and Strange Baby plays their first show at the Saint after a free screening of Dancehall Queen. But on previous 12/12s, Delhi replaced Calcutta as India’s capital (1911), Frank Sinatra was born (1915), the first motel (the Motel Inn) opened in California (1925), and Free Willy’s killer whale Keiki died (2003). Now back to today:

More Details About Coco Robicheaux's Second Line

As expected, the Dec. 12 second line to honor the life of the late bluesman and NOLA icon Coco Robicheaux is shaping up as a giant affair that will send off a beloved member of the community in high celebratory style. And, for the community of musicians and locals that congregate around Frenchmen Street, it's not the only celebration of life scheduled around that time Coco's close friend and longtime musical collaborator, Kenny Holladay, also died of cancer recently. Robicheaux was personally involved in putting together a benefit for Holladay, which is scheduled for Dec. 11 at Checkpoint Charlie's, said event organizer and Robicheaux friend Chris "Shaggy" Davis.

Flying Away

Two Second Lines Planned to Send off Coco Robicheaux

As the news of the sudden death of beloved bluesman and NOLA icon Coco Robicheaux settles in this week, plans emerged for two second lines that will help Coco pass back to the Spiritland.


Coco Robicheaux's Second Line Scheduled

Updated 11/29, 7 p.m.

Family members and kin have scheduled details of a memorial second line for recently passed bluesman and NOLA icon Coco Robicheaux. The procession is scheduled to begin on Frenchmen St. at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12. The march will end in the French Quarter at the House of Blues, where a night of music dedicated to the late 64-year-old Ascension Parish native is scheduled from 6 p.m. - til. 

Coco Robicheaux Passes

Iconic Bluesman & Friend to NOLA Heads "Home"

Bluesman and local icon Coco Robicheaux died Friday evening after suffering a heart attack at the Apple Barrel on Frenchmen Street, bar staff said. According to witnesses, paramedics were able to briefly revive the local legend. Bar staff said he passed an hour later at a local hospital. One confidante described his last words simply as, "I'm home."


Coco Robicheaux Passes

Bluesman and local icon Coco Robicheaux died Friday evening after suffering a heart attack at the Apple Barrel on Frenchmen Street, bar staff said. According to witnesses, paramedics were able to briefly revive the local legend. Bar staff said he passed an hour later at a local hospital. One confidante described his last words simply as, "I'm home."

Do Whatcha Wanna

Deconstructing the Season 2 Finale of 'Treme' with Coco Robicheaux and Mike Kimmel

 As Season 2 of 'Treme' came to an end Sunday night, NoDef once again went to Buffa's to talk with local characters who were in the show.

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