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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

Local & Nat'l Artists Join for Dr. John Tribute at the Saenger


The revamped Saenger Theatre has hosted Broadway musicals and national acts since they reopened last June, but fans will only have one night to catch Dr. John’s star studded tribute show. “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac and His Music” is coming to the Saenger this summer, and it will feature artists from Irma Thomas to Widespread Panic.


Trombone Shorty, Dr. John in NBA All Star Halftime Show (VIDEO)


Most of the players were from outside of Louisiana, but the NBA All Star Game's halftime show was filled with locals. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and friends and Dr. John joined Gary Clark Jr., Janelle Monae, and Earth, Wind & Fire for a performance that transitioned seamlessly from Mardi Gras classics like "Iko Iko" to Janelle Monae's R&B hit "Electric Lady." Click through to watch. 


Jam Session

Locals Kept in the Hoop for NBA All-Star Weekend



This weekend, the newly named Smoothie King Center will host the 63rd annual NBA All Star game. The Crescent City will again be the center of national TV attention for the dunk contest and other events of All-Star Saturday night, as well as the game itself on Sun., Feb. 16. But there are plenty of other events getting locals involved all weekend.  


French Quarter Fest Counts Down to Dr. John, Roots of Music


French Quarter Fest is back this year, bringing fresh local talent to the stage, along with some veteran musicians. Organizers, sponsors, and supporters of French Quarter Fest gathered in Jackson Square this morning to usher in the event's 31st run, and to introduce this year's poster. While Dr. John is returning after a 24 year hiatus from the fest, the young artists of the Roots of Music are getting a chance to perform on the big stage for the first time.


Six Months Later, Dr. John Responds to Jazz Fest Review


Some musicians claim to never read their reviews. Dr. John's approach apparently involves a cooling off period. Six months ago, the New Orleans piano master took some flack for his first JazzFest performance with his new band, the Nite Trippers. The April 28 review from NOLA.com's Keith Spera said the 72-year-old 's new band, which was led by trombonist Sarah Morrow, "never caught fire" at the Fair Grounds. Apparently, Dr. John couldn't let that one go. In a letter to the editor published today at website, the man born Mac Rebennack rebutted Spera.


Today in New Orleans 8.16.13


Tonight in City Park, jazz vocalist and guitarist Cristina Perez is keeping NOMA open late. Dr. John is at Tipitina's, and Who Dats will flock to the Superdome for the Saints' second preseason game. On this day in 1831, "The Great Barbados Hurricane" hit west of Baton Rouge and killed 1500 people. Now, more ways to kick off your weekend. 


Top Chef New Orleans Reveals Premiere Date, Guest Stars (VIDEO)


With the all the Padma sightings around town and video teasers, it's clear Bravo is jumping on the Big Easy bandwagon. Top Chef came to New Orleans for their 11th season, and now they've told us when the world will get to see it on TV. 


Today in New Orleans 4.27.13


If you’re looking for something to do on your way to the Fairgrounds, stop by 12 Mile Limit for a musical brunch. Later on, see Dr. John, or head to the Marigny for some giant puppets. On this day in 1874, the White League formed to intimidate African-Americans from voting and oust Republicans from office. Now, more to do before, after, and during the Fest.


Inside Tivoli & Lee

New Lee Circle Restaurant Offers Nods to Circle's Past, Modern Cuisine



Hotel Modern gets another update as southern and contemporary cuisines converge at their new hotel restaurant, Tivoli & Lee.  


WWOZ Kicks off Pledge Drive with New Swag, Studio Appearances


by Ryan Sparks

Whether it’s caught on a car stereo, an app on a smartphone, streamed through a computer, or bumping on the boombox in the corner of a barbershop, WWOZ is the soundtrack of choice for citizens citywide as well as aficionados around the world. The freeform station frequents 90.7 in airspace and handful of colorful rooms overlooking the French Market on your map, but without the support of listeners they’d be nowhere.


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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

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Kerem Ozkan, Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Listings

Elisabeth Morgan

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Robert, Daniel Paschall

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

Deputy Managing Editor

M.D. Dupuy

Managing Editor

Stephen Babcock

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B. E. Mintz

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