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Today in NOLA: 5.21.16

Festing continues in Mid-City all day, and the evening brings plenty of rawk to town. Plus, a couple gems of the local music scene are gigging. On this day in 1958, segregation of the New Orleans streetcars ended. Now, check out Saturday’s offerings.

Spring in Step: THNOC's Releases Courtyard Concert Lineup

For the next few months, NOLA will be blanketed with (even more) music lovers. The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) may be a museum, but they will not be left out. Today, the French Quarter institution released the schedule for the eighth annual Concerts in the Courtyard series. The monthly series will get started with the Lost Bayou Ramblers on March 13.

Today in NOLA: 12.27.14

Still feeling hungover after the holidays? Tonight, the Den puts on a party for the perpetually hungover.  Two classic showings of the Nutcracker will be held at the Saegner. And at Tip’s, the Cajun Lost Bayou Ramblers play tunes that mirror the ones they were raised on with a delightfully modern and energetic twist. On this day in 1966 Tom Fears was made the first head coach of New Orleans. Now, more on what's still happening in New Orleans for this holiday weekend. 



Lost Bayou Ramblers Release Live Album

Gasa Gasa Live the newest album from Grammy-nominated Cajun rock band Lost Bayou Ramblers is a combination of a happy accident and a pure unadulterated love for music. The band recorded the album May 2nd at Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret Street). According to Louis Michot vocalist for the band, the product is a “perfect snapshot of the band at the time.” 

Today in NOLA: 6.15.14

Take in the second day of the Cajun-Zydeco Festival in Armstrong Park today, or relive your high school punk days with MxPx at One Eyed Jacks. On this day in 1910, Louisiana created Evangeline Parish, naming it after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem about a young Acadian woman. More tonight:

Cajun Zydeco Festival Set For Louis Armstrong Park Debut

by Elizabeth Davas

New Orleans' mid-June Fais Do-Do is moving closer to Congo Square. The eight annual Lousiana Cajun Zydeco Festival is set to twirl into Louis Armstrong Park on June 14 and 15.

American Routes at Rock N' Bowl for 15 Years of Radio

by Devin Bambrick

Hardcore fans of Nick Spitzer's public radio juggernaut American Routes are no doubt quivering in anticipation for tonight's celebration of the program's fifteen year anniversary at Rock N' Bowl. 

Today in New Orleans 4.19.13

Tonight in Mid City, celebrate 15 years of American Routes with Nick Spitzer and a long list of the city’s best talents. Crystal Castles are at House of Blues, NOMA is screening a movie in the sculpture garden, and more. On this day in 1960, Louisiana elected Governor Jimmie Davis. Now, more to do to kick off your weekend.

French Quarter Fest Music Picks: Saturday

Saturday is High Fest, as 20 stages are available for listening pleasure in the French Quarter. Any stroll through the Vieux Carre is sure to tantalize the aural inclinations. Once again, April Siese mines the schedule for a handful of French Quarter Fest gems:

Fête Française Brings Weekend Block Party Near Magazine St.

by Elisabeth Morgan

When was the last time you ate escargot while drinking a beer and watching live Cajun music? If it's been a while (or never), Saturday, March 23, is the day to make it happen. This weekend École Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans hosts its 14th annual Fête Française from its location at 821 General Pershing Street to the corner of General Pershing and Constance.

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