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Jeudi

April 24th

Big Freedia, The Star Steppin' Cosmonaughties, & More

Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)

Jazz in the Park continues with bounce, dance, and Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers 

 

New Orleans Nightingales

The Allways Lounge (9 p.m.)

Jazz Fest series gala kick off  

 

The Trio feat. Eric "Jesus" Coomes, Nicholas Payton

Maple Leaf (10 p.m.)

Funk bassist + New Orleans’ BAM (Black American Music) trumpeter  

 

Tinariwen and Bombino

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Desert rock inspired by the Sahara  

 

Bayous de Vilaine

Ogden Museum (6 p.m.)

Sippin' in Seersucker trunk show from Jolie & Elizabeth, plus music for tonight's after hours event 

 

Cirque d'Licious

Hi-Ho Lounge (10p.m.)

Ginger Licious hosts cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville and more!

 

Soul Rebels

Les Bon Temps Roule (11p.m.)

Roll with the Rebels on Magazine

 

 

 

Vendredi

April 25th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include The Avett Brothers, Public Enemy and, Aurora Nealand 

 

Underground Railroad Film Screening

NOMA (5 p.m.)

Fridays at NOMA features art and music inside, film in the Sculpture Garden, plus food and drink 

 

Rotary Downs + Mike Dillon 

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

New Orleans psych pop, rock n' roll 

 

Backbeat Jazz Fest Series  

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

Soul Rebels, Nigel Hall & the Congregation, and more 

 

Nina Simone Tribute

Cafe Istanbul (11 p.m.)

Tank and the Bangas + Mykia Jovan 

 

Andrew Duhon

Circle Bar (10 p.m.)

Local bluesy singer/songwriter  

 

Trombone Shorty + Orleans Ave.

House of Blues (8 p.m.)

Plus New Breed Brass Band. Tickets are $50  

 

Dumpstaphunk + Easy All Stars + More

Howlin' Wolf (10 p.m.)

Ivan Neville's band joins fellow funk bands on stage, with the Roosevelt Collier Band 

 

Bootsy Collins + DJ Soul Sister

Joy Theater (9 p.m.)

Funk legend joins New Orleans' own queen of rare grooves 

Samedi

April 26th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Robin Thicke, 101 Runners, Branford Marsalis Quartet, and Phish 

 

Shamarr Fest

Shamrock (10 p.m.)

Shamar Allen & The Underdawgs, Hot 8 Brass Band, John Popper of Blues Traveler, and more

 

Cowboy Mouth

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

plus Honey Island Swamp Band 

 

Katdelic

Blue Nile (2 a.m.)

Funk, rock, and hip hop from San Francisco

 

Heatwave

Prytania Bar (9 p.m.)

All-vinyl dance party spinning Motown/garage rock/R&B/soul/oldies

 

HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister 

Hi Ho Lounge (11 p.m.)

Queen of rare grooves spins all-vinyl boogie, funk, and more into the wee hours of the morning 

 

Grayson Capps

Carrollton Station (10 p.m.)

plus the Lost Cause Minstrels + Jamie Lynn Vessels

Dimanche

April 27th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Vampire Weekend, New Birth Brass Band, John Boutte, and more

 

Swinging Sundays

Allways Lounge (8 p.m.)

Swing dance lessons and party, live band from 9 p.m.-midnight 

 

Mogwai

Civic Theatre (8 p.m.)

Prog rock, Majeure opens

 

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Key holder to the city of New Orleans, Clinton, joins DJ Soul Sister

Ballot Jocks

A Rundown of the State Races in Next Week's Election



Once again, the democratic process threatens to interrupt football and infiltrate our neutral grounds next Saturday, as elections will decide races across the state that settle old scores, and the effects of the map-slicing the legislature pulled off during redistricting.


Nods and Ends: Lieutenant Gov Candidates Dial Mardi Gras World, LSU Sports


When it comes to endorsements, the rotary club just won't do for the two Republicans running for lieutenant governor. Billy Nungesser, the challenger for the state's no. 2 post, has gone country and he's gone Costner. But earnest folksiness and the enviroment (specifically: water) will only go so far in this state. So, with the campaign against Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne entering the stretch run, the campaign wheeled out the original Mr. Mardi Gras, Blaine Kern, Sr. But it ain't even Twelfth Night yet so forget the floats. Kern's dynamite endorsement comes in front of a Saints helmet! Video and Dardenne gets his own celeb after the jump.


Billy Nungesser's Art House Campaign Ad


Billy Nungesser is no stranger to left-field tactics from behind the camera. During the Big Oozy, he was known to deploy the old "get-really-mad-and-red-in-the-face," or the even older, "get-really-mad-and-just-start-swearing." Now that he's running for lieutenant governor, though, Nungesser seems to feel that it's time to diversify. He's already pulled out the "get-a-country-music-singer-to-get-heartfelt-for-me." For his latest TV spot, "Other People's Money," it was apparently time to go all arty.


The Lieutenant Governor's Race Goes Neggy


The governor's race is a real snooze, unless you like watching Bobby Jindal talk over gratutiously patriotic music. But when it comes to the state's no. 2 seat, the calvaries are circling the wagons on all fronts. Not least of these is TV (and, by extension, the Interwebs), where potshots at your opponent are guaranteed to be viewed by the football-watching public (so..everyone). Click through to see the poke checks Jay Dardenne and Billy Nungesser have lobbed at each other so far.


Billy Nungesser Running for Lieutenant Governor


If you've felt a void because this year's summer nights haven't been filled with Billy Nungesser heating things up on CNN, pine no more. The Plaquemines Parish president officially announced his run for lieutenant governor today. In order to win the state's number two seat this fall, the Republican and occasional pop-top will have to challenge fellow GOPer and current lieutenant gov Jay Dardenne in the primary. With recent visibility and paternal pedigree (his daddy was a Republican leader in the days when the Democrats ruled the Bayou State), Nungesser seems poised to mount a formidable challenge.


Nungesser Might Run for Lieutenant Gov


Billy Nungesser's face gets pretty red when he's in front of the camera, but it's not due to shyness. Ever since the Big Oozy left the headlines, though, the glare of the spotlight that was once so omnipresent has now receded. So, Nungesser has decided to raise some money for a media campaign. Oh ya, and he's thinking about running for lieutenant governor, too. But nothing's official yet. You should still give him money, though!


True Blue


Showing that she's serious about spending a lot of money in her campaign for lieutenant gov, the novice-yet-blue-blooded Caroline Fayard has so far outspent state Secretary of State Jay Dardenne after raising a total of $1.4 million in the race - including a $440,000 loan to herself. Bet the interest will be nice! The blue support doesn't only come from her veins, as Fayard received a solid investment of about $430,000 from the state Democratic Party for advertising. Dardenne, meanwhile, has raised $1.5 million total, but still trails in spending. We're hoping he's planning to use it for a pre-election rally in the CajunDome with campaign X-factor and defeated Republican rival Sammy Kershaw.


The Votes Are In


With another edition of crunk time in the books, we can now turn our attention to the topic that takes up that sliver of civic-oriented brain space unoccupied by Saints arcana: local politics. The results are in on yesterday's elections, and we've got the full rundown on a smattering of races we've been paying attention to after the jump.


Vote or Fry?


It's a month before Election Day. You know what that means, Louisiana! It's time for... elections! Of the state and local variety, that is. Political wizards say fully less than 20 percent of you will go to the polls tomorrow to vote on a steaming gumbo of yokel issues and candidates. And, as ever, there are distractions, what with the opening of squirrel hunting season. More on the races after the jump. 


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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Ian Hoch, Will Dilella, Chris Rinaldi, Lianna Patch, Phil Yiannopoulos, Cate Czarnecki, Mary Kilpatrick, Norris Ortolano, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Kailyn Davillier, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham

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Kerem Ozkan, Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Listings

Elisabeth Morgan

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

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Brandon Robert, Daniel Paschall

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

Deputy Managing Editor

M.D. Dupuy

Managing Editor

Stephen Babcock

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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