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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

Updated: Power Out on Frenchmen St.

Updated: About 150 homes and businesses lost power on Frenchmen St. and an adjacent area of the Marigny Wednesday evening, according to Entergy. The outage was due to a downed wire, according to the utility's View Outage map. 

Expressionism! Whiteface! Peas!

Theatre Review: NO space’s Woyzeck at The Old Ironworks

“Fire! Blood! Booze!” That’s the promo slogan for NO space’s debut, Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, which recently closed a one-weekend run outside The Old Ironworks.

Socialite Mickey Easterling Throws Posthumous Party

Mickey Easterling’s memorial service at the Saenger Theatre epitomized New Orleans’ approach to death. Friends, family, and followers of the philanthropist and socialite honored her one last time. Of course, Easterling herself was a prominent feature at her final party. Her body was positioned in a seated position, cigarette in one hand and a champage glass in another, wearing a pin that read “Bitch.”   

Today in New Orleans 4.23.14

Tonight, Swedish folk artist and violinist Theresa Andersson is performing in Lafayette Square, and funk duo the Caesar Brothers are on Frenchmen. Surf rock god Dick Dale is also in town. On this day in 1909, a fire in Lake Charles burned 109 buildings. Now, more hump day happenings. 

Man Shot in Central City

Updated 4.23, 1:50 p.m.

A man is in critical condition following a Tuesday night shooting in Central City, according to New Orleans police. The shooting was reported before 11 p.m. in the 1800 block of Seventh Street.

Moss for Words

Earth Day Look at Scenic City Park (Photos)

New Orleans' Earth Day celebrations will culminate at City Park today, April 22. Photographer Rachel June captures some of the park's natural delights, from rich Spanish moss, to towering oak trees, to ducks searching for stale bread.  

Today in New Orleans 4.22.14

Today is Earth Day. Tonight, local author John Griswold presents his latest essay collection, and Brooklyn-based blues singer-songwriter Dayna Kurtz performs at Café Istanbul.  On this day in 1782, Jean Lafitte was born in Port au Prince in Haiti. Now, more to do this Tuesday. 

Corps Closes Portions of Carrollton, Claiborne, Prytania

Uptown road closures don't end with Mardi Gras these days, as work continues on a massive project to keep water off the streets. The Army Corps of Enigneers is stanching the flow of traffic on a section of Prytania St. as they complete a drainage project.

NOPD: Shots Fired Near Frenchmen and Derbigny

Updated 3 p.m.

A man opened fire in the 7th Ward Monday morning, and police are looking for the suspect. About 9:10 a.m., police received reports that a man fired a gun near the corner of Frenchmen and Derbigny St.

Today in New Orleans 4.21.14

Just in time for Lent’s end, there is a Dyngus Day celebration on St. Claude. Also in the Marigny, folk trio Pyeya is performing for this week’s musical meditation. On this day in 1970, the first annual Jazz Fest began at Armstrong Park. Performers included Mahalia Jackson, as well as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Now, more to do this Monday.  

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