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Defender Picks



March 31st

Da Truth Brass Band & Action Jackson

The Bottomline, 10p.m.

WWOZ personality and band take the second line inside


Matt Rhody & John Rankin

Columns Hotel, 8p.m.

Fresh off a gig with Stevie Wonder, local violinist keeps it up


Ashlin Parker

Irvin Mayfields Jazz Playhouse, 8p.m.

Cold trumpeter in a hot venue


Dr. Dog

The Varsity (BR!), 8p.m.

Diehards can see the band in Baton Rouge


April 1st

April Toole’s Day

The Irish House, 7:30p.m.

A celebration of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces


Wednesday at the Square

Lafayette Square, 5p.m.

The Revivalists and Robin Barnes play for the seasonal fest


Shiba San

Hi Ho Lounge, 9p.m.

French DJ and producer


Hazy Ray Trio

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.

Rhythm and blues from the souls of local rockers


April 2nd

Boukou Groove

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

New Orleans funk


Woodenhead 40th Anniversary/CD Release Show

Tipitina’s, 8:30p.m.

With special guests John “Papa” Gros, Helen Gillet, Tommy Malone and The Bonerama Horns


Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Rock 'N Bowl, 8:30p.m.

Zydeco swamp pop


The Collossal Heads

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Surprise show with TCH plus  Bantam Foxes and Hello Nomad

Shows to Go: Pumpkins, Manson, Haynes Announce Dates

Living in New Orleans, it’s easy to forget that bold faced names in live music perform outside of festivals. Still, we do have shows that do not require bringing your own chair. Warren Haynes, the Smashing Pumpkins, and Marilyn Manson are just a few of the artists who announced NOLA dates today.

Four Arrested at Downtown Super Sunday

Downtown Super Sunday (3.29) presented the public with a slice of NOLA culture delivered in a technicolor rainbow of feathers and beads. While the violent days of past did not resurface, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) did arrest four men for firearms violations.

Today in NOLA: 3.30.15

Tonight offers a great opportunity to geek out in a competitive fashion. For those looking for something a bit funkier, George Porter is playing. If you would rather your music on the screen, check out Whiplash. On this day in 1870, the 15th amendment officially gave African-Americans the right to vote. Now, more to do this Monday.

Pigging Out

By the closing hours of Hogs, most attendees were contending with a mix of full and fatigue. The event’s growth has been nothing less than mercurial. Still, one detail remained: the titles. Chefs spend months preparing for the cook-off, but winning yields an entire year of bragging rights.

A Smokin' Cause

by Ashley Rouen

The first day of Hogs for the Cause (3.27) started off with a bang. Teams gathered Friday night to prepare for the BBQ feast and charity drive popping off today (3.28.) Drive-By Truckers headlined, as neon lights radiated from private tent parties throughout the night. Today the Soul Rebels close out the fest and the winners of the pork competition will be announced at 7:30p.m. So, get your forks ready for some pork and head out to City Park to support the cause if you're looking for a smoky way to spend your Saturday.

Today in NOLA: 3.28.15

The pork tasting competition begins for the second day of Hogs for the Cause, raising funds for pediatric brain cancer. Also tonight, world folk band hailing from all over the Southeast, Rising Appalachia is at the Civic Theater and will be joined by members from Toubab Krewe (also playing at Hogs) to kick off their show. Stein's Deli puts on Revolt of the Beavers, a Cripple Creek production. Delta Flight 727 from New Orleans to Dallas was hijacked and rerouted to Cuba on this day in 1984. Now, more on Saturday events. 

Baby Erin Bounces Back

Baby Erin taught us how to bounce our booties like basketballs, then she became teacher for a day. The “Princess of Bounce” is getting a little older, but she still has skills bigger than her size. This week she released a new video. Click through to check it out.

Suspect ID'd in Rapid Fire Revenge

Earlier this week, a man on this West Bank allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic rifle and opened fire. Today, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) ID’d a suspect in the incident.

Six Beers & the Truth

Eric Zurcher Talks Eats After Some Drinks

Having seen the spirits of New Orleans loosen even the tightest of tongues, your author was inspired to begin interviewing interesting people after a few libations. 'Six Beers and the Truth' is a series wherein the interviewee has enjoyed six beers before giving the interview. While some are emotional, some are funny and some are shocking...they are all candid and honest. Please enjoy 'Six Beers and The Truth with Eric Zurcher.

State of Undress: Drag & Burlesque Listings 3.26-3.29

By Angie Z.

Hey Kittens! GUESS WHAT! Bella Blue’s Blue Book Cabaret is back and better than ever at two new (for us) venues. You can now catch Bella and her band of sexy misfits at two locations: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at the Bourbon Street Pub, and Thursday and Sunday at Gravier Street Social. Come check out our new digs! The stages are lovely, the crowds have been raucous, and Gravier Street Social will be featuring drinks styled and named by the entertainers. Check out all the happenings in front of the velvet curtain.

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