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Shania Twain to Bring Country Pop to NOLA


She’s still the one. A few weeks shy of the September 29th release of Shania Twain’s long-anticipated fifth album Now  her first in fifteen years! — the Canadian country pop star announced a major North American tour that will bring her to the arena next summer. 


Voodoo Drops 2017 Lineup


We’re barely into the summer season, but folks looking for some sweet relief from the heat can turn their attention to the fall. On Tuesday morning, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience revealed their lineup for the Halloween weekend (10.27-10.29) fete. Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem, and DJ Snake are just a few of the big names on the 2017 roster. 


All Greek to Me: Annual Greek Festival Returns This Weekend


Opa! All other festivals can go to hellenic, as this weekend toasts 44 years of the annual New Orleans Greek Festival on the banks of the Bayou St. John. For just eight bucks, attendees can eat Greek food, learn traditional moves from Hellenic dancers, and tour the cathedral and Agora marketplace. Better yet, festival-goers can do all that with gyro and ouzo in hand. 


7th Ward & Tremé Soirée


The historic neighborhoods of the Tremé and the 7th Ward are arguably the most culturally rich areas of New Orleans. This weekend, an inaugural festival will pay tribute to their traditions with food, music, art, and an epic bar crawl. 


Shuck Yeah: New Orleans Oyster Festival Drops 2017 Details


In just under two weeks, the annual New Orleans Oyster Festival will return for it’s eighth attempt at educating the country about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster, while celebrating the many restaurants and farmers who have made the French Quarter into the Oyster Capital of America. The free fest, which will run June 3-4, will feature food, drinks, crafts, and of course, live music. 


Best of the Fest

NoDef's Guide to Non-Jazz Fest Festivals



For many locals and tourists alike, the Fair Grounds will become a second home for the next seven days, offering a nonstop lineup of music, food, drinks, crafts, and fun.

 

But the party doesn't stop at Jazz Fest — many top NOLA talents will be taking the stage at your favorite venues across the city as part of the many mini festivals kicking off this week. 

 

On the eve on the 48th annual Jazz and Heritage Festival, NoDef offers a round-up of the best fests around town. 


All-Star Country Fest Celebrates the Sounds of Louisiana


For the New Orleanian who just ain’t getting their festival fix when Jazz Fest kicks off this Friday, look no further than a four-day celebration of Southern Americana music. Running April 30-May 3, the 2017 All-Star Country Fest will hop around town at a handful of venues in the Marigny and Bywater. Sponsored by NOLA County, a radio program showcasing Ameripolitan Music on WHIV 102.3FM, All-Star Country Fest features the sounds of Louisiana. The fest offers a lineup of honky-tonk, NOLA soul, rockabilly, Ameripolitan, Zydeco, Cajun, swamp-pop, country blues, and more. 


Get Lit at the Second Annual NOLA Poetry Festival


April is the cruelest month no more. For National Poetry Month here in New Orleans, the city welcomes everything from erotica in iambic pentameter (one hopes) to pizza poetry. Tonight marks the start of the second annual New Orleans Poetry Festival, organized by Lavender Ink Press and Trembling Pillow Press. The fest, which will run April 20-23 at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.), will feature four days of readings, panels, bookmaking workshops, walking tours, musical performances, and more odes to the art.


La Fest en Rose

French Film Festival Offers Classics, Premieres, and More



Starting this week, francophiles and cinephiles alike can support l’art pour l’art as the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) presents the 20th annual French Film Festival. Running Friday (4.21) through Thursday (4.27) at the Prytania Theatre, the fest highlights the crème de la crème of current and classic French cinema, with features starring the likes of fashion icon Catherine Deneuve and former vampire Kristen Stewart. 


Patois Film Fest Returns to the Broad Theater


In the uncertain political climate of today, there is no shortage of social issues that warrant a large-scale platform — from immigration and healthcare reforms to LGBTQ rights, racial protests, and gender inequality. This week, some of the most contentious concerns of our time will be examined as Patois: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival brings focus to these issues through the lens of the camera. 


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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