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April 18th

Sirens Album Release

Gasa Gasa (7 p.m.)

With Madonnathan & All People, Brent Houzenga, and more  


Nigel Hall and Friends 

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

with Eric Bolivar, Andrew Block, Eric Bloom, and Eric Vogel 


Uptown Get Down feat. Chicken George

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Plus DJ Quickie Mart, Unicorn Fukr & more


Ellis Marsalis Quartet

Snug Harbor (8 p.m., 10 p.m.)

Famous local Jazz pianist and bandleader performs  


Singin' in the Rain Screening

NOMA’s Sculpture Garden (5 p.m.)

Friday nights at NOMA and Moonlight Movies come together  



House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Rapper makes stop on his My Krazy Life tour  


Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Kermit’s Mother in Law Lounge (10 p.m.)

Bluesy New Orleans guitar   


April 19th

Booksigning with Arita Bohannan

Gallery Burguieres (7 p.m.)

Author reads and signs copies of crime drama ‘Docket 76’  


Easter Keg Hunt


NOLA Brewing (1 p.m.)

?Scavenger hunt beginning at the taproom, to benefit Gulf Restoration Network 


Gaynielle Neville

Maple Leaf (10:30 p.m.)

CD Release Party  



Howlin’ Wolf (9:30 p.m.)

Plus YMCMB Flow, G Unit’s Kidd Kidd, 5th Ward Weebie, and 3D Natee


SwampGrease feat. Nigel Hall & Terence Higgins 

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Andrew Block, Eric Vogel, Erica Falls, Kendrick Marshall, plus John Lisi and Delta Funk


Shoebox Lounge

Shadowbox Theatre (8 p.m.)

Shoes, booze, and prostitutes


Earth Day Fest

Armstrong Park (10 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Green Business Expo, music, and more from La. Bucket Brigade 


HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister

Hi Ho Lounge (11 p.m.- 3 a.m.)

Rare grooves from the '70's every Saturday 


Corey Henry's Treme Funktet

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

Local trombonist and his band play traditional NOLA music, from blues, to jazz, to gospel 


Larry McKinley, Influential R&B Figure and Voice of Jazzfest, Passes

Larry McKinley, one of the behind-the-scenes movers who helped launch the careers of many New Orleans R&B legends, died Sunday at the age of 85. The cause was complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, his family said in a statement. After founding Minit Records and helping to launch the careers of Allen Toussaint and Ernie K-Doe, McKinley went on to work with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

May the Fest Bands Win: Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest Apps Due

Musicians are not known for punctuality, but they better get their acts together if they want to see their names in the spring cubes. The application deadline for Jazz Fest is October 1, and French Quarter Fest’s is a month later, November 1. 

Trombone Shorty Funks Up Red Rocks Amphitheatre (VIDEO)

Troy Andrews and his band made news with their closing set at Jazz Fest, but he had yet to climb the mountain until his performance this weekend. On Saturday, June 8, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue played the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Golden, Colorado, and it was broadcast live on AXS TV.

Jazz Fest Redux (PHOTOS)

Photographer Brandon Robert Revisits the Best of the Fest

After two weekends of food, art, mud, and a lot of music, the Fair Grounds are closed to fest goers. Here are some festival highlights to scroll through as you reminisce about this year's Jazz Fest. 

JazzFest After Dark: 5.5.13

JazzFest is closing out on Cinco de Mayo, so store up some energy for some Latin Funk after your fest. George Clinton is taking the House of Blues stage with DJ Soul Sister, Dumpstapunk is celebrating their 25th year, and Blue Nile is keeping is funky but better. Click through for what to do after the fairgrounds. 

Today in New Orleans 5.5.13

Close out your Jazz Fest with Trombone Shorty! All day long, enjoy a free festival with Quintron and Helen Gillet, see Los Po-Boy-Citos on Freret, and catch the last night of giant puppets! On this day in 1713, Antoine Cadillac was appointed Spanish Governor of Louisiana. Now, more to do this Sunday. 

Best of JazzFest: 5.3.13

Mud slides and small ponds won't be the only things to avoid at Fest on the Second Friday. With today's opening pushed back until noon, you'll also want to steer clear of missing an act that will be talked about all year. From Eastern European Blues to Black American Music, here's 5 picks to check out before the headliners:

Today in New Orleans 5.3.13

If you leave the Fest early this Friday, head to Octavia Books and hear Augusten Burroughs, or take the kids to New Orleans’ Giant Puppet Festival. On this day in 1995, the Neville Brothers, the Dixie Cups, Allen Toussaint, and Professor Longhair were inducted into the New Orleans Musical Walk of Fame. Now, more to do this rainy JazzFest Friday. Stay with NoDef for complete after dark events coverage. 

Fam Fest

Jazz Fest Parent Tips: Keep Moving, Break 'Em In Early

A year after defending the tents in his first Jazzfest as a new dad, Brad Rhines returns to the Fair Grounds for more adventures in parenting.

Up-to-Date JazzFest Weather

Rain won’t keep revelers from the Fairgrounds today, but pack a poncho if you're looking to stay dry. The chance of precipitation jumps to 70 percent by 4pm, and the forecast says the skies will stay open through Patti Smith. However, the temperature should hover around 74 degrees all day, so there’s no need for a jacket. Don’t wear fancy shoes, and white clothes are also not recommended. Click through for up-to-date weather. 

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