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Jeudi

April 17th

Jazz in the Park

Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)

This year’s free concert series kicks off with Fifth Ward Weebie, the Landry-Walker Marching Band, and Glen David Andrews  

 

Umphrey's McGee

Civic Theatre (7 p.m.)

with Lionize

 

Tuba Skinny

Ogden Museum (5:30 p.m.)

After Hours with food from Miss Linda’s Soul Food Catering, drinks, and more. Admission is $10  

 

Concerts in the Courtyard

Historic New Orleans Collection (6 p.m.)

French Quarter happy hour, with cocktails and music! This week, featuring the New Orleans Nightingales

 

The Breton Sound

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

with Pinkerton

 

Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Rock n Bowl (8:30 p.m.)

Zydeco Night!

 

Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule (11 p.m.)

Brass band jam on Magazine Street!

Vendredi

April 18th

Sirens Album Release

Gasa Gasa (7 p.m.)

With Madonnathan & All People, Brent Houzenga, and more  

 

Uptown Get Down feat. Chicken George

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Plus DJ Quickie Mart, Unicorn Fukr & more

 

Ellis Marsalis Quartet

Snug Harbor (8 p.m., 10 p.m.)

Famous local Jazz pianist and bandleader performs  

 

Singin' in the Rain Screening

NOMA’s Sculpture Garden (5 p.m.)

Friday nights at NOMA and Moonlight Movies come together  

 

YG

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Rapper makes stop on his My Krazy Life tour  

 

Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Kermit’s Mother in Law Lounge (10 p.m.)

Bluesy New Orleans guitar   

Drew Brees Sends Message to Harry Connick Jr. on American Idol (VIDEO)


Harry Connick Jr. is known for being harsh with contestants on American Idol, but Breesus appeared on the show to preach forgiveness to Connick. The locally bred musician and actor was defending his judging style on last night's episode, and Drew Brees made a special video appearance to ask Connick to give the kids a break. 


Drew Brees Reps Who Dat Nation on Colbert Report (VIDEO)


Stephen Colbert was graced by Breesus on yesterday's episode of The Colbert Report, and the Saints' humble quarterback had some Super Bowl advice for his peers Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson. Before shouting out to the Who Dat Nation, Brees praised both the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos and wished them well in Sunday's Bowl game.  


Drew Brees Talks Sherman, Extra Points on David Letterman (VIDEO)


The Saints aren't in the big game and we're not hosting, but New Orleans is still has a place in Super Bowl hype. A King Cake baby already made an appearance in the NFL's pre-Super Bowl late night talk show blitz. Now, it's Breesus' turn.


Drew Brees to Have Familiar Protectors at Pro Bowl


Sadly, Drew Brees isn't gearing up for the Super Bowl. But the Saints' exalted QB will still be calling signals this week and wearing the C on his shoulder. Brees was picked first by 49ers great Jerry Rice as a team captain for this weekend's Pro Bowl.


Litany of The Saints

Looking Back at the 2013 Team, and a Peek at Next Season



It's been a week since the New Orleans Saints' season lateralled forward to its soggy conclusion in Seattle. Most New Orleanians have just tried to start getting ready for Mardi Gras, while the true football addicts have already tried to hide their separation anxiety under salary cap talk.


Saints' Season Ends With 23-15 Loss to Seahawks


While the scoreline was much closer and the defense fought valiantly, the New Orleans Saints left Seattle Saturday night with a dejected feeling that is likely not that different from a month ago. While it wasn't a blowout, the Black and Gold's season ended with a 23-15 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. 


Saints-Seahawks Playoff Rematch a Measure of Mends


While New Orleans Saints fans can often be forgiven for being overly optimistic, this week they're excused for a bit of hedging. Whether it's a car salesman's entreaty from the sky to "Believe" or the musings of a barstool WhoDat talking about how the pressure is all on the other side, even the chest-beating ahead of the Saints' NFC Division playoff showdown with the Seattle Seahawks (3:25 p.m., FOX), seems resigned to the fact that Black and Gold victory will require an intangible or four bouncing New Orleans' way.


Playoffs, Popeyes Calling for Saints in Chilly Philly


Carnival doesn't start until Monday, but the New Orleans Saints are already steppin' out with new suits and Popeyes. The Black and Gold are in Philadelphia for Saturday's NFC Wild Card playoff clash with the third-seeded Philadelphia Eagles (7 p.m., NBC). Rather than blocking out the postseason distractions, the Saints are fully embracing the hype -- as long as it means they don't have to talk about how they've played on the road.


Saints Pulling Positives From Last-Minute Loss


By giving up their second game winning drive of the season with less than a minute left, the New Orleans Saints let a chance to win the division and wrap up a playoff berth slip through their fingers Sunday. Cam Newton's 14-yard touchdown pass to Domenik Hixon capped the Carolina Panthers' 17-13 the win at Bank of America Stadium. After the game, however, the Saints weren't all gloom.


Saints Rammed in St. Louis, 27-16


The New Orleans Saints fell victim to early turnovers and a ferocious pass rush in a road game on Sunday. Much like previous outings, that formula proved to be the undoing of the Black and Gold, as they lost 27-16 to the St. Louis Rams.


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