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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





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 


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 



Blue Nile (2 a.m.)

Funk, rock, and hip hop from San Francisco



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


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 



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

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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