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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





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 


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 



Blue Nile (2 a.m.)

Funk, rock, and hip hop from San Francisco



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


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 



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

French Quarter Shooting Victim Runs Into Man Who Shot Him (VIDEO)

A man who was shot earlier this year in a French Quarter robbery attempt ran into the man who wounded him last week, and now police are looking for the suspect. The man who was shot gave police surveillance video of the suspect. Click through to view:

French Quarter Attack Suspect Caught on Video

NOPD detectives are hoping surveillance video will help them catch a man who attacked a French Quarter bystander last week. The attack happened about 3 a.m. on Oct. 31, according to police.

Fright Night

Halloween in the French Quarter (PHOTOS)

Hordes of costumed carousers took to the streets of New Orleans on Halloween, and, as ever, the center of the action was in the Vieux Carre. The annual Halloween parade at Molly's at the Market served as the focal point, but the crowds offered just as much to look at as the marchers. Brandon Robert's lens was onhand to take in the action:

Some French Quarter Thefts Downgraded by NOPD, IG Says

The state took a look at NOPD's crime stats on Monday, and found hundreds of crimes that were investigated by police, but went unreported. On Wednesday, the city's Inspector General released another set of findings, this time focusing on only the police district that covers the French Quarter, CBD and Marigny Triangle. The IG found that 177 crimes that should have been counted as thefts by the NOPD's 8th District were instead classified as miscellaneous crimes, or "lost or stolen" items.

French Quarter, Marigny Robberies Net $46, Cell Phones

If a pair Thursday morning incident are any indication, crime doesn't pay for much, but it does come with a free cell phone. In the French Quarter and Marigny, a pair of muggings netted the thieves a grand total of $46, according to police. Meanwhile, a trio of 7th Ward burglars entered a home where Diamond happened to be, but came away with $220.

French Quarter Crime: Jackson Sq. Stabbing, Scooter Theft (VIDEO)

French Quarter crimes rarely go unnoticed. Police are looking a pair of suspects who remain on the loose after recent incidents that were on public view, and caught on cam. On Monday, a man fled after an afternoon stabbing in Jackson Square, but police have now identified him. Another man was caught on video stealing a scooter over the weekend. Click through for more.

Speaking Neeli

Poet Neeli Cherkovski Talks Bukowski, LouJon and the Classics

Poet Neeli Cherkovski has spent time with Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Charles Bukowski. Recently, he spent some time with local writer Todd Cirillo, while visiting New Orleans.

UPDATED: SUV Sought in French Quarter Shooting (VIDEO)

Updated 6:40 p.m.: A man was shot in the French Quarter early Monday morning, and police are seeking a dark blue SUV in connection with the incident. The shooting happened about 3 a.m. near the intersection of N. Peters and Iberville Sts., according to officer Frank Robertson, a department spokesman. Surveillance video captured the vehicle of interest. 

Crime Bits: Hoodwinked Not Inked, Machete Attack

In this week's memo of misconduct, a tattoo appointment and a walk home from the bus stop turned into crime scenes. Elsewhere, a machete and glass turned into weapons. Click through to peruse all of this week's Crescent City Crime Bits.

Trio Arrested in French Quarter Robbery

After releasing a sketch and information on Sunday afternoon, police were able to track down three suspects in a weekend French Quarter robbery. On Sunday night, police arrested the trio that is allegedly responsible for a Saturday night robbery in the 900 block of St. Peter St.

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