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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’  


Crescent City Classic

Loyola Ave. and Poydras (8 a.m.)

Annual 10k Ends near City Park 


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 



April 20th

Gay Easter Parade

Armstrong Park (4:30 p.m.)

Official Gay Easter parade rolls through the French Quarter


Goodchildren Easter Parade

Press & St. Claude (1:30 p.m.)

The Social Aide & Pleasure Club throws their annual parade through the Bywater


Todd Snider 

Tipitina’s (7:30 p.m.)

Folk-rock and Americana 


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf (10:30 p.m.)

Krown, Batiste, and Washington every Sunday 


French Quarter Easter Parade

Canal & Bourbon St. (1 p.m.)

Chris Owens leads the charge            


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf- The Den (10 p.m.)

Premiere NOLA brass with hip-hop, R&B and more 

Convicted Councilman Set to Seek 9th Ward Zoning Favor

by Karen Gadbois, The Lens

Disgraced former City Councilman Jon Johnson plans a return to the Council Chambers Thursday, though from the other side of the dais, out with the cheap seats, as he begs for special after-the-fact permission from his former colleagues to build a three-plex in the Lower 9th Ward.

High-Rise Developer, Neighborhood Org Present Plans for Holy Cross School Site

by Stacy Coco

The Historical District Landmarks Commission (HDLC) deferred a vote on developer Perez, APC’s plans to build high rise structures along the riverfront in the Lower 9th Ward-adjacent community of Holy Cross. The Holy Cross Neighborhood Association recently reinvigorated discussions about the future of the existing Holy Cross school site. Aside from zoning issues, the proposed high rise buildings will dramatically increase density, the neighborhood association says.

Missing Lower 9th Ward Woman Sought

NOPD is asking the public's assistance in locating a missing 42-year-old woman from the Lower 9th Ward. Delores Hunter was last seen leaving her house Thursday morning in the 1400 block of Tupelo St.

Lower 9th Ward Murder Suspect Sought

NOPD is looking for a suspect who is accused in last Thursday's Lower 9th Ward murder. Savalas Richardson, 17, is wanted for the shooting death of Marvin Fields, police said.

Man Booked in Lower 9th Ward Murder

NOPD booked a man Friday in the killing of a woman whose body was found in the Lower 9th Ward last week. Briceson Carter, 29, who was already in OPP, was booked on second degree murder charges for shooting Brandy Keenan to death last week.

Woman Found Dead in Lower 9th Ward, Case Ruled Murder

A woman was found dead in the Lower 9th Ward on Thursday morning, according to New Orleans police. The woman's death was later ruled to be a homicide by the Orleans Parish Coroner's office. Police were alerted to the body at about 8:40 a.m. by an anonymous tip.

SCOUTS Rejects Federal Flood Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to wade into the MR-GO. The highest court in the land opted not to hear the appeal of a case that blamed damages from the flood following Hurricane Katrina on shoddy work by the Army Corps of Engineers on the since-closed Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet.

Todd Rundgren To Bang the Drum with Lower 9th Ward Youth Orchestra

by Joe Shriner

The 9th Ward is no stranger to world-renowned music legends. so perhaps it won’t come as much of a surprise when one of the most famous musicians and producers in pop history drops by. For New Orleans’ Youth Orchestra of the Lower 9th Ward, however, it’s an opportunity for the organization to meet and honor one of their biggest supporters.

Brad Pitt's Make it Right in Wrong Neighborhood, Says TNR

Once again, a national magazine writer has seen fit to opine the "gushy magazine coverage" given Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation with some not-so-gushy magazine coverage. Writing in The New Republic, Lydia Depillis says the Lower 9-focused organization could be doing more if its attention were instead turned to other New Orleans neighborhoods.

Lower 9th Ward Feels 'Sweet Burden' of New Construction

by Elaina Patton

At the corner of North Claiborne Ave. and Caffin St. in the Lower Ninth Ward, Mayor Mitch and city officials on Wednesday marked the groudbreaking of four new projects focused on improving the neighborhood's quality of life in  the wake of the Federal Flood. To a crowd mostly made up of local politicians, fire fighters and the occasional onlooker, Landrieu described the projects as efforts to “reaffirm commitment to the Lower Ninth Ward and the city of New Orleans.”

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