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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

Parades APlenty: 6 Krewes, 1 Will Ferrell Roll on Bacchus Sunday


The parade route will be packed with marches today, as yesterday's rains sent krewes jostling for position to ensure all the hard work and money that went into their floats would still see the light of St. Charles. Despite a bigger build-up, this day remains Bacchus Sunday. Click through for details:


Inside Le Krewe d'Etat

Satirical Parade Sharpening Their Lampoons for This Year's Ride



In the year 1996, a call went out to all who basked in the imperious glow of Carnival revelry. Comfortable in their plush king’s chairs, the kings of Mardi Gras revelry were at risk of selling the parade season to the highest, and least funny bidder.

 


Today's Mardi Gras Parades: 2.17.12


Last night, we shopped til we dropped with the Muses, but don't take off your shoes just yet! Tonight, we continue to a-krewe Carnival mileage with Hermes, Le Krewe d'Etat and Morpheus. Click through for details:


Know When to Hold 'Em

A Guide to the Uptown Mardi Gras Parade Route's Bathrooms



With Carnival's biggest weekend upon us, the time has come to address that age-old parade route question: Where's the nearest bathroom?


Today's Mardi Gras Parades: 2.11.12


Out at the Mardi Gras, the St. Charles Ave. parade route hosts three processions, while the West Bank and Chalmette also open their routes to Carnival steppin'. Click through to see the schedule:


Gris Gris Strut Dance Troupe Strikes Up a Mardi Gras Band


by Mary-Devon Dupuy

Every Carnival lover knows the powerful drumbeats and boot-clicking accompaniment of the big parades’ marching bands. The Gris Gris Strut Dance Troupe is offering a new twist to the classic routine for the Carnival Parade Season. The co-ed, 11 person dance troupe will be strutting to the rhythm of their marching band, which features 30 professional musicians. But they'll also have a few guests along for the ride to make sure that the tradition carries on past the current generation.


Mayor Mitch, Serpas Spell Out Mardi Gras Don'ts


CBD - As New Orleans gets ready to open the Mardi Gras Mainline down St. Charles Ave. on Friday, Mayor Mitch gathered city officials and the press today to remind everyone that there will be police officers everywhere during Mardi Gras, that it is possible to be rude to others on the parade route and that the City of New Orleans now employs elbow grease. 


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Elisabeth Morgan

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Cheryl Castjohn

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Brandon Robert, Daniel Paschall

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Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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M.D. Dupuy

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Stephen Babcock

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B. E. Mintz

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