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January 28th

Gregory Alan Isakov

One Eyed Jacks, 8p.m.

Isakov’s will be playing songs from his new album “The Weatherman”


Pelicans vs Denver Nuggets

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Another home game for the win!


Dial M for Murder

Prytania Theatre, Noon

Hitchcock thriller in 3D!


New Breed Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

A new breed of local brass gets the party going on Frenchmen


Walter “Wolfman” Washington & The Roadmasters

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

This New Orleans bluesman often plays guitar with his teeth


Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse

House of Blues, 7p.m.

Death metal bands unite in New Orleans ft. special guests


Mike Dillon

Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.

Gasa's resident percussionist plus Brian Haas and James Singleton


January 29th

St. Cecilia’s Asylym Chorus

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

Choral group welded through New Orleans eclectic music scene; $5


Jonathan Freilich

Ogden After Hours, 6p.m.

Hear the guitarist/composer play and speak at Thursday’s premier after hours event


Chrisette Michelle

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Grammy nominated singer for her album “Better” in 2013


Johnny Vidacovich

Maple Leaf, 12a.m.

Drumming sensation takes the stage with Mike Dillon and Brian Haas



Moth GrandSLAM Championship: 1

The Joy Theater, 7:30p.m.

Ten StorySLAM champs retell their tales to the theme “Fish Out of Water”



January 30th

Lynn Drury

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

New Orleans songwriter performs a solo show


Helen Gillet

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Cellist uses electronic loops to create compelling compositions


Pelicans vs LA Clippers

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

L.A. vs. LA


Donnie Darko

Prytania Theatre, 12:15 a.m. (also playing 31st)

Cult classic takes to the big screen…again


Soul Creole

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

A band made up of LA and TX natives mix up a pot of gumbo goodness with hints of zydeco, blues, soul and hip hop


Gravity A: Re-Orientation

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

New Orleans funk quartet gets reoriented with Sonic Bloom ft. Eric Bloom of Lettuce


In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Review

Saegner, 2p.m. and 7p.m.

13-piece band jazzes it up with six singer-dancers complete with WWII era costumes


Slippery When Wet

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A tribute to Bon Jovi


January 31st

Krewe du Vieux

French Quarter, 6:30p.m.

The raunchy and sarcastic Quarter parade is back and rolling down a new route


Krewe Delusion

French Quarter, 7:15

Burlesque diva Trixie Minx presides over Delusion rolling after Krewe de Vieux


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Get funky after Krewe de Vieux


’tit Rǝx Ready to Roll (Route, Details)

The smallest of all Carnival parades is getting ready to roll. The Krewe of ’tit R?x announced the details of their February 7 parade. Themed “L’Enfant Terrible,” the shoebox sized floats will travel on the same Marigny route the parade graced in 2014.

Today in NOLA: 1.27.15

Tonight features lots of New Orleans staples. Treme is playing Frenchmen and Rebirth are holding down their weekly gig on Maple Street. Fresh groceries abound on Broadway. Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson passed away on this date in 1972 at 60 years old. Jackson was buried at Providence Memorial Park in Metairie. Now, more to do this Tuesday. 

Drinking Culture

Walking on Kilts: Kajuns on Robbie Burns Day

Gentle reader, days of want and strife are upon us. The sunlight is brief and often wreathed in clouds. The despotic forces of hypocrisy have decreed the end of smoking in public. Criminals ravage the land while my tax return languishes and moans in the underfunded limbo of the Internal Revenue Service. And though I’ve always known, sometimes the truth comes too much home: there is no governing consciousness in the Universe. No help is on the way – ever – and our mortal kernel of awareness creeps ever-closer to an oblivion without end.  But at least I had the Robert Burns Day Celebration and Sparklehorse popup to attend at Kajun’s Pub on St. Claude Avenue yesterday.

After a Struggle, Cops Bag Man Accused of Robbing Hunter

Duck season is over in most of Louisiana. However, on Saturday (1.24), the New Orleans Police Department bagged one suspected crook after a hunter was robbed. 17 year old Kevin Allen is behind bars after allegedly robbing one man and assaulting the cops who came to investigate.

Shopping List: Costume Shops for Carnival

Krewe du Vieux is less than a week away, which means that it’s time to start taking Carnival seriously. No Mardi Gras is complete without a costume. But, NOLA has superior sartorial sensibilities and that vampire kit in a bag just won’t do. A good suit can take weeks to assemble. To get you started, NODef put together a list of our favorite shops to start.


Big Easy Globetrotter Breaks Hook Shot Record (Video)

NOLA sports fans are focused on the All-Star exploits of the Brow, but another local basketball star is also breaking records. Harlem Globetrotter Big Easy Lofton just broke the Guiness World Record for the farthest basketball hook shot at 61 feet 4 inches.

Two More Fatal Shootings Monday Morning

The week got off to a bloody start. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are investigating two more homicides. The West Bank and the East were the scenes of a pair of fatal shootings on Monday (1.26) morning.

St. Charles Stickup

Muggings are not exclusive to downtown. The New Orleans Police Department’s (NOPD) Major Offense Log (MOL) reported only one crime on Saturday (1.24) night. On the otherwise quiet night, officers responded to an armed robbery on St. Charles.

NOLA Bound Flight Diverted After Twitter Threat

New Orleans bound flights can be raucous affairs. However, some passenger en route to the Crescent City experienced a buzzkill on Saturday (1.24) when their plane was intercepted by fighter jets and diverted to Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson Airport.

Second Line Alert: Ladies & Men of Unity

Central City marches as one on Sunday, as the Ladies and Men of Unity step out for a Sunday second line. The parade starts at noon at the landmark address of Second and Danneel Sts., and ends at the same location. Four bands and lots of friends keep the parade going.

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