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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

Runoff Election Results: Williams, Ramsey Cruise Onto Council


Updated 4:25 a.m.

Election results are coming in, and a longtime councilwoman is the first to fall. Jason Williams beat Current District D rep Cynthia Hedge-Morrell for the remaining at-large seat. Hedge-Morrell conceded the race, ending her attempt to stay on the council despite term limits. Williams handily won the race, securing 68 percent of the vote to Hedge-Morrell's 32 percent.


Runoff Rundown: Sheriff, Council, Audubon Millage on Saturday Ballot


It's time to stop the robocalls and head for the polls again. A slate of runoff races are on the ballot to determine the outcome of the local elections that weren't settled in the Feb. 1 primary. Three citywide races are in play, as well as a hotly-contested City Council district.


Mayor Mitch Helps Councilwomen Reload for Runoff


Mayor Mitch doesn't have to campaign for the upcoming runoff round of local elections, but he's still hoping to offer his coattails to a pair of candidates. Da Mayor is hosting a pair of fundraisers this week for two Councilwomen looking to remain on the city's legislative body, just with different seats.


Election Results: Landrieu Cruises, Runoffs in Sheriff, Council, Coroner


The Mitch is back. NOLA voters gave Mayor Mitch Landrieu a second term at the top of the City letterhead in Saturday's local primary elections. Landrieu secured 64 percent of the vote, easily avoiding a runoff in March. Former Judge Michael Bagneris was da Mayor's next closest competitor, with 33 percent of the vote, while local NAACP chapter president Danatus King finished third with 3 percent. More results:


Mayor Mitch Touts Rec Renewal


by Megan Pearl

Along with a new ad, Mayor Mitch and other city officials gathered for another end-of-year press conference on Thursday. Never one to shy away from a slide, da Mayor gathered city officials corporate sponsor representatives and a few strategically placed children to speak about the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission's programs and funding.


NoDef Nods: Politics

13 Stories from 2014, and 5 to Watch in the New Year



On the political scene, New Orleans saw some old names like Ray Nagin and Charles Foti return in 2013. Meanwhile, BP and Bobby kept the Bayou State in the national spotlight once again. Peruse all of 2013's top stories, and grab a handful for the new year on the way out:


Jackie Clarkson Announces District C Run, With Mayor's Backing


City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson was all set to retire, until Mayor Mitch came calling. At an event to formally announce that the longtime NOLA pol will run for the District C seat on the Council in February's election, Landrieu said he urged Clarkson to get into the race after sitting Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer decided not to run for the seat again.


Jackie Clarkson to Run for District C


Now that Kristin Gisleson Palmer is out of the race, Jackie Clarkson is moving in for a chance at her former District C council seat. The current Council Prez and former Representative for Algiers (District 102) is vying to continue her long history with Downtown and the West Bank. 


At-Large & In Charge

Plethora of Pols to Vie for Open Seats in 2014



Several City Council seats will be up for grabs in next year's slew of elections. Here at the Defender, we aim to keep you informed, and offer up the requisite knowledge to make an informed choice for the future of New Orleans. On that note, in this installment, we'll take a look at the early runners in the City's coming at-Large Council race.


Jackie Clarkson Stuck in City Hall Elevator for 45 Mins.


Many question Mayor Mitch’s plans to relocate City Hall to Charity Hospital, and perhaps all naysayers need to persuade them is a trip in one of the building’s elevators. Council President Jackie Clarkson was one of four today trapped in the lift for about 45 minutes, according to the Mayor’s Office. Landrieu’s Press Secretary Tyler Gamble gave NoDef the timeline, and he said the incident points to the city’s need for new digs. 


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