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JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

Krampus Gras

NOLA Fetes Demon Who Visits the Night Before St. Nick



Krampus is the stuff of nightmares. His name is derived from the German word Krampen, or to claw, and the night before Nikolaustag (Saint Nick’s Day) the beast creeps into town and beats the children into being nice. Of course, New Orleans will be feting this anti-hero with a mini-fest on December 5.


Vinyl Destination

Record Raid Returns for Spring Fair



For any music lover, it’s hard to beat the rush that comes with finding a hard-sought LP. “It’s a bit like treasure hunting,” said Hunter King, a WTUL DJ and founder of Record Raid. “There’s a sense like, ‘I can’t believe this found it’s way to me.’ And to play vinyl, it’s a bit ritualistic. There’s a ceremony to it, you know?” On Saturday (5.13), audiophiles and physical format neophytes alike will share in the day of digging with the music-focused flea market offering live DJs spinning music, raffles, food trucks, and of course, vinyl. 


Balancing Act

Stoop Kids Offer an Eclectic Sound on New Mixtape ‘Queue’



Several years back, indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch revealed his rules for making art — a list that culminated in the pronouncement that despite the gravitas that the public often awards its innovators, nothing is original. The true struggle of the artist, Jarmusch wrote, is to find a new way of expression. He wrote, “Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.” Stoop Kids, a New Orleans-born outfit self-described as a “psychedelic jukebox,” is a band in Jarmusch’s tradition. The group melds sunny surf-pop, heady psych-rock, with jazz, soul, hip-hop, and EDM production flourishes for a wholly unique sound that does right by its musical ancestors. 


Southern Comfort

Deltaphonic On the Rise With 'See Red'



There is a little-seen neo-Western film from summer 2016 called Hell or High Water, about a pair of brothers who turn to a life of bank robbery to provide for their families in an economically destitute corner of West Texas. The film sports gorgeous landscapes, taut thrills, and great performances from its cast — all makings of an excellent film, but its most impressive quality is how its narrative and direction blends a variety of styles and genres that came before and creates a wholly original work with a style all its own for a new era. It’s a model that pays tribute to artistic predecessors while not resting on the work already made. That film comes to mind when listening to Deltaphonic, a New Orleans based blues-funk-rock duo. Their sound and their style would not have been out of place in the film’s rugged terrain. 

 

NoDef saw the band perform live at d.b.a on Frenchmen St., celebrating at their Easter Sunday record release party for See Red. A knowing crowd of about fifty people came out on the stormy night to watch the band thunder and roll through loud and powerful cuts off the new album. 


Trombone Shorty Drops New Single ‘No Good Time’


New Orleans' favorite son Trombone Shorty made two big announcements this week ahead of the Friday release of his new album, Parking Lot Sympathy. On Monday (4.24), the Treme-raised bandleader dropped a new single called "No Good Time" and unveiled the fall dates for his 2017 tour with his band Orleans Avenue. 


Record Store Day Spins Through NOLA This Weekend


This Saturday (4.22), the 2017 Record Store Day will take place at vinyl outfitters across the nation. The 10th annual celebration of indie record stores toasts audiophiles, music makers, the vinyl devout — and, of course, the record stores that make it all possible. Record Store Day brings plenty of new and special edition releases nationwide. The day also provides ample reason to celebrate the local, independent shops that keep the music available. 


Naughty Professor Announces New Album Release and Tour Dates


After teasing fans with the release of a single last fall, New Orleans-based band Naughty Professor announced their long-anticipated new album Identity, to be released on June 23. Listen to their lead singles “Stray” and “Darker Daze,” and check out tour dates below. 


Dive in to Trombone Shorty's 'Dirty Water'


Trombone Shorty released a new single, a catchy souful song entitled "Dirty Water," on Friday afternoon (3.31). The tune is the lead single off of the New Orleans bandleader's new album Parking Lot Symphony, which will be released April 28th on Blue Note Records. 


Rock Legend Chuck Berry Dies at 90


Chuck Berry, the iconic guitarist and singer-songwriter who pioneered early American rock 'n roll and inspired artists as diverse as Miles & Betty Davis to Bob Dylan to The Beatles, has passed away. He was 90.

 


Check Out Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alyndra Segarra on 'The Daily Show'


Americana folk-blues band Hurray for the Riff Raff is celebrating the success of their newest release, The Navigator. Alyndra Segarra, the New Yorker-turned-New Orleanian lead singer of the band, sat down with comedian and host Trevor Noah to play an acoustic set off the album and discuss the perfomance identity explorations in the album on The Daily Show this week. 


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