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July 24th

Service Industry Mondays

Drifter Hotel, 12PM

Drinks specials for all industry members, plus music and food truck


Happy Hour

Ace Hotel, 4PM

With SaudadeViVian


Happy Hour

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

With Justin Molaison


Not-So-YA Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 6PM

For adults who read young adult fiction


Stuart McNair

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Early blues and jazz


Tincture Making

Under the Waning Moon, 6PM

Get the 411 on herbal healing 


Tap That Yoga

NOLA Brewing, 6PM

Yoga + brews


Reiki Chakra Cleanse

Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, 6:30PM

Start your week right


Blue Velvet

The Neutral Ground, 7PM

+ Kawaii AF + Chris Billiot


Gypsy Juke Box

Dragon’s Den, 7PM

A very special Monday Night Swing


Cure For The Mondays

Buffa’s, 8PM

With Antoine Diel + Sam Kuslan


Blind Texas Marlin

One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

In the front lounge


Easter Teeth

Saturn Bar, 9PM

+ Landlocked Seas, Jonathan Brown, Raspy


Street Rat

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

+ Dolce, Blotchouts, Heaven Limosine, Sipalong


Pink Lion

Rare Form NOLA, 10PM

Enter a dreamy sonic world


July 25th

The Essence of Resurrection

Under the Waning Moon, 6PM

An intro to flower essences


Songwriter Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Ft. Jim. McCormick


Thinkin’ With Lincoln

Bayou Beer Garden, 7PM

Trivia on the patio


Eviction Second Line & Party

Frenchman Art Market, 7PM

Come say goodbye


Idina Menzel

The Saenger, 8PM

See the Tony-winning artist live


Dapper Dandies


Bringing back traditional jazz


Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B + Jazz classics


Elvis DeLarge

The Circle Bar, 10PM

The songs of Elvis Presley



Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

The Fake Ladies Of Wrestling are back for another round



July 26th

Gloria Park & the Arrowhead Jazz Band

The Mint, 2PM

Music at the Old U.S. Mint


Kaya Nicole Band

The Maison, 4PM

Samba & Bossa Nova sounds


Debachuerous Duets

Allways Lounge, 7PM

An erotic reading


The Rocketboys

Siberia, 7PM

 Feat. The Whistles & The Bells


Space Kadet

Howlin’ Wolf, 8PM

Their New Orleans debut


Rooftop Cinema

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A showing of The Boondock Saints



Side Bar, 8:30PM

Feat. Eric “Benny” Bloom + David Torkanowsky


Organized Crime & Friends

Maple Lead, 10PM

Feat. Cliff Hines


Antoine Diel & the Misfit Power

Spotted Cat, 10PM

A jazzy midweek show


July 27th

Antoine Diel Quartet

Hotel Monteleone, 5PM

At the Carousel Bar


Yoga Social Club

The Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get zen and ready to mingle


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Paul Sanchez


Book Signing

Alvar Library, 6:30PM

An appearance and reading by James Nolan


Crescent Fresh Open Mic

Dragon’s Den, 7PM

No cover


Singing In The Rain

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Free screening of the Gene Kelly classic


Meek Mill

Lakefront Arena, 8PM

Feat. Yo Gotti + YFN Lucci


Derek Brueckner

Art Klub, 8PM

Come observe and participate as you wish


Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mohogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B and Jazz classics



July 28th

Food Truck Friday

Champions Square, 11AM

Feat. even more trucks


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


John Waters Film Festival


The Pope of Trash's classic 1981 film, Polyester


Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

A night of Latin jazz


Akira Movie Night

Art Klub, 8PM

A night for anime


Corey Feldman

Southport Music Hall, 8PM

The 80's idol comes to town with his Angels 



Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Cave of Swimmers + Smoke


Blue Velvet

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Feat. Skelatin, Dusty_tupelo + The Family Band


Foundation Free Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Rory Danger & The Danger Dangers and more


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Feat. Zander, Javier Drada 

Essence Fest Attendance Tops Jazz Fest 2017

Updated July 6th, 11AM


The annual Essence Fest came to a close on Sunday (7.2), ending four days of music, movies, art, food, and fun. Over 200 artists and speakers took part in the festivities, including Diana Ross, Chance the Rapper, and Mayor Mitch Landrieu. This year, Essence reported pulling in a record-breaking 470,000 festivalgoers to their complete program of events. 

Watch: Trombone Shorty's Parking Lot Jam Session with 'Simpsons' Director

It’s been almost a week since Jazz Fest ended, but every day we keep finding goodies from the Fair Grounds. A clip that is making it’s rounds on the internet today features New Orleans’ favorite son Trombone Shorty jamming with David Silverman, a writer and animator best known for directing episodes of The Simpsons. 

Snoop Dogg's Sign Language Interpreter Stole the Show at Jazz Fest

Snoop Dogg lit up the stage, both figuratively and literally, at Jazz Fest last weekend with a pyrotechnic show at the Fair Grounds on Saturday (5.6). The Grammy-winning artist and Martha Stewart's BFF played the Congo Square Stage to a riotous crowd. The attention however, may not have been exclusively for Snoop. 

Jazz Fest Attracts 425,000 Attendees in 2017

The 48th annual Jazz & Heritage Festival came to a close on Sunday (5.7), ending a week’s worth of music, food, crafts, and — perhaps most notably — only one rainy day. This year, Jazz Fest attracted about 425,000 fans to Fair Grounds, according to a press release from the festival's team. 

Jazz Fest - Sunday 5.7 (Photos)

Photographer Stephen Charles Nicholson Shares Pics From the Fest's Final Day

Jazz Fest Weekend Two on Sunday, ending the 48th annual festival on a high note. New Orleans' favorite son Trombone Shorty closed out the fest's biggest stage, but plenty of other top talents performed in the final festival hours. Scroll on for photos from the kick off weekend by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Photos)

Stephen Charles Nicholson Photographs Jazz Fest's Final Performances

New Orleans' favorite son Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews celebrated the end of an exciting week with several hundred of his closest friends on Sunday (5.7), closing out the Acura Stage for the 48th annual Jazz Fest. Scroll on for photos by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 

Entergy Awards $30,000 to American Indian College Fund

American Indian culture is bountiful in Louisiana. The Native American Village at Jazz Fest returned for 2017, offering festivalgoers the chance to explore the heritage of the state's indigenous peoples with daily pow wow performances, educational workshops, and demonstrations on everything from woodcarving to basketweaving. On Friday (5.5), New Orleans-based energy company Entergy made a $30,000 donation to the American Indian College Fund. This is Entergy’s third year awarding the grant, and is part of the company's ongoing dedication to promote empowerment through education. 

Jazz Fest: Saturday Fest Fever (PHOTOS)

Photographer Stephen Charles Nicholson Shares Pics From Saturday (5.6)

Jazz Fest Weekend Two is underway, offering food, drinks, crafts, and of course music. Defying Jazz Fest traditions, Saturday was sunny all day. Scroll on for photos from the kick off weekend by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 

Jazz Fest - Friday 5.5 (Photos)

Photographer Stephen Charles Nicholson Shares Pics

Jazz Fest Weekend Two is underway, offering food, drinks, crafts, and of course music. Friday's bright skies provided the perfect scene at the Fair Grounds for fun in the sun. Scroll on for photos from the kick off weekend by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 

Jazz Fest - Thursday 5.4 (Photos)

Photographer Stephen Charles Nicholson Shares Pics

Jazz Fest Weekend Two kicked off yesterday, offering food, drinks, crafts, and of course music. The overcast skies didn't stop the fun on the Fair Grounds, with kids and adults alike splashing around in the puddles.  Scroll on for photos from the kick off weekend by Stephen Charles Nicholson. 

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