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Rampart Ramp Up

Before St. Claude was the new Frenchmen, and before Frenchmen was the new Bourbon, and even before Bourbon was Bourbon, New Orleans music came of age on South Rampart Street. Buddy Bolden, King Oliver, and Louis Armstrong all launched careers on the strip. On April 6th, a day of conferences and concerts will explore the corridor.

Today In NOLA 11.28.15

Today in New Orleans, the Pelicans take on the Jazz and the Bad Girls of Burlesque will get sassy at House of Blues. The Classic Weekend Jam will bring Yo Gotti and Rick Ross to Lakefront Arena, and the Bayou Classic is at the Superdome. Today in New Orleans history Tulane Green Wave beat LSU 34-7 for the Battle for the Rag in 1931. Also, local big haired musician Vince Vance was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 2010. Now, more for today.

Drinking Culture

Full Tourist on Frenchmen

Gentle reader, I found a hundred! I found a hundred! In a pile of my unwashed laundry, I found a wadded hundred dollar bill! And with the summer credit-wolves at the door, the time had come to do the responsible thing… to spread the wealth, my friends. Let’s be tourists in our own town and stimulate this goddamned economy. We’re off to the Marigny Triangle to spend a few bucks on music and food and perhaps a drink or two on Frenchmen Street.

Colbert Names Batiste Bandleader

HBO’s Treme provided some national television exposure for local musicians including Jon Batiste. However, Batiste is about to get a lot more tv time. Today, Stephen Colbert, heir to David Letterman’s late night show, announced that the scion of NOLA music royalty will be the be the bandleader on his show.

The Girls in the Band

by Ashley Rouen

Jazz Fest is just around the corner, but Jazz Heritage is a pillar upon which this city spins all year round, especially for our young musicians. On Jazz Fest Eve (4.23) next week, locals have will have a chance to help raise money for a girl's band camp by attending a film screening of "The Girls in the Band" at Funky Nola, located a stone's throw from the festival gates (1700 N. Broad,) at 6p.m. this Thursday (doors and refreshments at 5:30p.m.)

Trad Hop

Nesby & Fiend Bring Hip Hop to Pres Hall

Pres Hall Brass is known as the standard bearer for traditional New Orleans jazz, but sometimes the group is anything but traditional. Tonight (2.28), Pres Hall will dive into fusion. Hip hop artists Nesby and Fiend will join the band for a special show mixing the new with the old.

Riding With King: Jonathan Butler to Headline MLK Concert

Amidst the carnival season, there are a few reasons to pause the satire and remember the serious. Of course, serious does not mean that there should be no music. This week, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation (NOJHF) announced that Jonathan Butler will headline their annual Martin Luther King Jazz Journey concert on Friday (1.16).

Jazz Musicians & Poetraits Paint Portraits

Fusion is the latest trend in NOLA arts. Cafe Istanbul hosts “Poetraits of Sound” Tuesday (11.18) night at 6p.m. The Joe van Leeuwen Quintet will be teaming up with local artist Tony Hollums to combine contemporary jazz with abstract painting.  

Today in NOLA: 10.10.14

Friday nights are typically a fount of all things fun and unruly, and this week is shaping up to be no different. For starters, local rabble rousers Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers (spearheaded by the venerable Aurora Nealand) will bring their brand of theatrical rock n’ roll to One Eyed Jacks for their first ever album release party. Over at the Civic, New Jersey rock group the Gaslight Anthem will absorb fans with their signature brand of intensity along with opening punk group Against Me! For the enlightened crowd, options include Friday Nights at NOMA and a tribute to the Boswell Sisters at the Old U.S. Mint.

Song & Dance Show: "Neutral Ground" Merges Jazz and Tap

By Ashley Larsen

There is no shortage of performing arts in NOLA, but one group is merging genres to create something new. “Neutral Ground” is a live, seven-piece jazz ensemble where tap and jazz “collide”. The performance will be an homage to not only tap dancing but jazz and the city in which it was born, New Orleans.

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