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Today in NOLA: 5.06.16

As you recuperate from two weekends of Jazz Fest, there is still some music playing. Katt Williams is providing some laughs at UNO and things are getting steamy on Bourbon. On this day in 1996, Aaron Neville performed for then President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton on the White House South Lawn. Now, more to do this Friday.

Today in NOLA: 4.09.16

French Quarter fest is reaching a peak today with 23 stages open. After the free fest ends, there are plenty of opportunities to check out even more local music at venues across the Crescent City. On this day in 1864, the Battle of Pleasant Hill led to a Union victory in Louisiana. Now, more to do this Saturday. 

Today in NOLA: 4.03.16

Tech N9ne is set to tear up the House of Blues tonight and the Woilf is hosting an old-school dance music reunion. Weekly gigs also include comedy, the Hot 8, and Joe Krown. On this day in 1949, Edwin Edwards married his first wife, Elaine Schwartzenburg Now, more to do Sunday.

Today in NOLA: 2.21.16

Today, the LPO is telling the story of a courageous buoy in the Bay. Hot 8, Joe Krown, and Micah McKee are all playing their regular gigs. Mardi Gras 2016 is over, but today in 1900 the first electrically lit parade (Krewe of Nereus) rolled and became the first and last parade to actually roll on the street car tracks. Now, more on events this Sunday. 

Today in NOLA: 5.31.15

Today is the last day before hurricane season and the last day of Oyster Fest. Hot 8 is bringing the brass and Gal Holiday is offering some country. Uptown, the Prytania is screening an Orson Welles classic. On this day in New Orleans history, the original Canal streetcar line made its last run in 1964. More from today:

Today in NOLA: 1.11.15

Today, the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial commemorations are wrapping up. Comic Con continues to be super (hero) and a few NOLA staples are gigging. On this day in 1965, black professional football players boycotted the AFL Allstar game in New Orleans. Now, more ways to spend your Sunday before, during and after 2015’s playoffs.

Second Line Alert: Lady Rollers

Who Dats might be feeling some disappointment as the season ends with a meaningless game. Fortunately, the Lady Steppers are rolling out a massive second line. The Hot 8 Brass Band will be providing the music and some big food & drink names like Chris Hannah, Poppy Tooker, and the Yakamein Lady will be strutting their stuff.

Love and Eight

Hot 8 Brass Band Talks Grammy Nom, Jazz Fest, & the local Brass Scene

The Hot 8 Brass Band had a big year. Not only were they nominated for their first Grammy for the album In the Life and Times Of…, but the band went on an expansive international tour as well. Now that they have returned to New Orleans, they have gone back to being one of the hardest working bands in the city.  NoDef talks to the Hot 8 about their year, Jazz Fest, and the local brass band scene. 

NoDef Nods: Music

Top 13 of '13 in NOLA Music (& 5 to Watch)

New Orleans musicians have long gained attention around the country, but this year’s crop appear to have the kind of diversity that harkens back to the golden 90’s. Whether we’re settling into a new era of New Orleans influence remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt the entire local music community is showcasing a stylistic diversity that’s never been a secret to people who live here. Add in some controversy in the clubs, and we’re boiling much faster than a gumbo pot. Here’s 13 musical happenings of the last year, and 5 to watch out for in the New Year:

Today in New Orleans 3.3.13

Today, catch the fab four at the Mid City Theatre, folk-punk-bluegrass at Siberia, and some New Orleans funk on Oak Street. On this day in 1999, the Neville brothers performed “Mona Lisa” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Now, more to do this Sunday. 

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