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Defender Picks



April 25th

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Saenger Theater, 9:30p.m.

Rock, funk and one hell of a stage show from NOLA's favortie son


Colin Lake

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rising singer-songwriter


Pimps of Joytime + Vinyl

Maison, 2a.m.

Funk ensemble


HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister

Hi Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Beloved local DJ spins funk, soul, and more, always in the groove


Soul Rebels, Gravity A, Brass-A-Holics, Steven Bernstein

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

All-star lineup of local bands plus a great trumpeter


Mississippi Rail Company

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

NOLA rhythm & blues of quartet


The London Souls

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Energetic duo evoking classic rock sounds


Anders Osborne

Howlin’ Wolf, 9p.m.

Songs about struggling with drugs, love, and New Orleans.



One Eyed Jacks, 10p.m.

Ivan Neville's funk outfit




All trombone funk band


Father John Misty

The Civic Theater


The Meter Men, Page McConnell

The Joy Theater

Modeliste, Nocentelli, and Porter plus Phish keyman



Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

NOLA funk pioneers in their favorite venue


Fire Water

Steamboat Natchez, 10p.m.

All star lineup mashed up on the river


April 26th


Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Metal gods of yester-year offer an alternative to funk fest


Allen Toussaint

Snug Harbor, 9p.m., 11p.m.

A rare chance to see the master pianist and songwriter in a small venue


Helen Gillet

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Local avant-garde cellist


Country Music Fest

Mags, 7p.m.

Lineup includes he Best Western Swingers, Todd Day Wait's Pigpen, The Good Gollies and Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue


Dead Feat

Howlin Wolf

Anders Osborne, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett Acoustic Duo, Bill Kreutzmann, Billy Iuso


Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit

Rock n’ Bowl


The Nth Power


New big thing in funk mashes up with members of Dumpstaphunk, Glactic, and Bonerama


Adam Deitch, Donald Harrison

One Eyed Jacks


Tank & the Bangas, Sweet Crude

One Eyed Jacks

Two young Louisiana bands with distinct sound and show verging on performance art


The Word, Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Joy Theater


Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Wil Blades

Little Gem, 8p.m.

Jazz (not big brass) from three masters


JJ Grey & Mofro

Tips, 9p.m.

Southern rock, blues, and funk

Cane & Table Adds to Stable

Downtown hotspot Cane & Table (1113 Decatur Street) is adjusting to the cooler weather. The proto-tiki destination is rolling out a couple of new menus and longer hours. A new drink list, a happy hour, and a rotating lunch menu all debuted in the last few weeks.

Stabbing on Governor Nicholls

“Help. Help. Help.” Those were the desperate cries that rang out in the 1000 block of Governor Nicholls St. last night (12.17) when a 43 year old victim was stabbed. 

Lot of Crime

Crime never sleeps. It also doesn’t park. On Tuesday (12.16) night, a trio was mugged in the Premium Parking garage on the 400 block of North Rampart Street. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has identified three suspects.

NOPD Releases New Photo of Suspect in Failed Quarter Mugging

One woman's Christmas walk in the Quarter was interrupted by a pair of grinches who allegedly hit her after a failed mugging on Decemebr 4. However, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is not letting the case slide. Today a new image of a suspect was released.

Failed Mugging in French Quarter Results in Suspect Search

For some people Christmas time is more about the naughty then the nice. A string of muggings have recently swept the city and police are on the hunt for suspects in one failed attempt. Today, authorities released images of two men accused of instigating a failed French Quarter robbery on December 4.

Badine, a Small Street of Big Importance, to See Temporary Closures

Most New Orleanians have never heard of Badine Street. The stretch of road is small, basically one city block long with a small hook at the end. However, the small strip of asphalt will be closed next week which could mean headaches for holiday shoppers.

Cathedral Concerts Kick Off

Holiday time is perfect for music. Sometimes, the temperature is bit too cold for caroling, and New Orleanians must find their yuletide inside. Starting tonight (12.1,) Christmas New Orleans Style will be warming the souls and the ears of locals with their annual month-long concert series at St. Louis Cathedral.

No Quarter: Muggers Snatch Sneakers, iPhones in FQ

The French Quarter was the scene of two armed robberies early this morning (11.30.) In one case, another victim wound up barefooted after a thief stole his jewelry and his kicks. A second victim had his phone and his money stolen.

Beetlejuice & the Bandit

Cue the Harry Belafonte. Police are saying the name ‘Beetlejuice’ three times. A man resembling the bio-exorcist is the only clue that NOPD has in a brutal, November 1 French Quarter beating. This Beetlejuice tried to help the victims, not scare them away. He may also have key information about the suspects. 

Quarter Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

By Cody Hoover

Now that Halloween has ended the Christmas spirit has began its rapid infiltration of New Orleans. On Monday (11.17) I walked into Jackson Square where the staff of French Quarter Fest Inc. hung red bows from light poles and filled bushes with white lights. The organization is a 501C3 nonprofit that produces French Quarter Festival, Satchmo SummerFest, and Christmas New Orleans Style which will soon be underway.

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