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Defender Picks



November 27th

Pelicans v. Clippers

Staples Center, 9:30p.m.



New Orleans Suspects

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Old fashioned neighborhood party


Royal T

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Also ft. Painted Hands and Vapo Rats


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tip’s, 9p.m.

Classsic Nola jams


James Hall

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rock singer and guitarist


Young Jeezy

Republic, 10p.m.

Album release party


November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

Grounded: Pels' Perkins Out Indefinitely

The new Pelicans are starting to feel a lot like the old Hornets. After dropping their first three games of the season, the team announced some more bad news on Sunday (11.01). Offseason acquisition Kendrick Perkins will be out indefinitely due to a right pectoral injury.


Birds Lay Egg In Opener, But Look Ahead

The Birds are the word and it’s time to take flight. The Pelican’s season kicked off against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday (10.27) night. They lost against the defending champions, 111-95. Fortunately it’s an 82 game season and in no way, fate has been written. 

Shorty & the Tall Men (Watch New Pelicans Open)

The Pelicans have plenty fodder for highlight reels, but when it comes to a soundtrack, the edit suite had to call in a native New Orleanian. Today, Fox Sports rolled out a new opening segment featuring Trombone Shorty to air during the Birds’ 2015 season.

Ballin': Pels' Roster Ready

The NBA season starts on Tuesday (10.27) and the Pelicans are just about ready. Today, the team announced a final round of three cuts to bring the roster below the league mandated maximum.

Country Roads Take Pels Home

After Thursday (8.13) night’s retro ‘Aints preseason opener, many WhoDats are questioning the team’s training regimens. However, Team Benson is doubling down on the system. This weekend, Executive VP Mickey Loomis announced that the group’s other team, the Pelicans, will also move their training camp to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. 


The Pelicans Off-Season So Far

The NBA off-season has been busy for New Orleans. One head coach was fired, a replacement was hired, a burgeoning superstar signed an extension The Pelicans are set to soar. Like the New Orleans summertime lull, the NBA is also on break from the six-month long grind. However, for the Pels, the offseason was something closer to Mardi Gras with a flurry of moves and player intrigue capturing fans’ attention beyond the fabulous finals. The Pelicans are at a crucial point in franchise history with a real possibility of coalescing into a perennial playoff contender. 

Perkins Nests With Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans are continuing to make their nest in the offseason. On Tuesday (7.28), the team announced the signing of free agent Kendrick Perkins, a vet with plenty of postseason experience.

Feathering the Nest

The NBA Finals just ended, but the Pelicans are busy planning for next season. (This a familiar position for New Orleans hoops). The team just announced that Eric Gordon exercised a player option to stay on for another year, and newly crowned head coach Alvin Gentry will hold his first presser on Monday (6.22).

Flight Failure: Pelicans Abort Monty Williams Contract

The 2014-2015 NBA season saw the Pelicans return to the playoffs and New Orleanians responded with enthusiasm normally reserved for the Saints. However, the run was too little, too late for Pelicans brass. Tuesday (5.12), Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis announced that coach Monty Williams will not be returning next year. 

Nesting Season

Takeaways From the Pelicans Playoff Return (& Exit)

On Saturday (4.25), the New Orleans Pelicans were eliminated from the NBA playoffs. Fans will have to wait until next year to see Pierre and the Kingcake Baby again. However, management will be busy. There is plenty to learn from NOLA’s return to the postseason. 

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