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April 26th


Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Metal gods of yester-year offer an alternative to funk fest


Allen Toussaint

Snug Harbor, 9p.m., 11p.m.

A rare chance to see the master pianist and songwriter in a small venue


Helen Gillet

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Local avant-garde cellist


Country Music Fest

Mags, 7p.m.

Lineup includes he Best Western Swingers, Todd Day Wait's Pigpen, The Good Gollies and Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue


Dead Feat

Howlin Wolf

Anders Osborne, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett Acoustic Duo, Bill Kreutzmann, Billy Iuso


Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit

Rock n’ Bowl


The Nth Power


New big thing in funk mashes up with members of Dumpstaphunk, Glactic, and Bonerama


Adam Deitch, Donald Harrison

One Eyed Jacks


Tank & the Bangas, Sweet Crude

One Eyed Jacks

Two young Louisiana bands with distinct sound and show verging on performance art


The Word, Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Joy Theater


Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Wil Blades

Little Gem, 8p.m.

Jazz (not big brass) from three masters


JJ Grey & Mofro

Tips, 9p.m.

Southern rock, blues, and funk

Jazz Fest After Hours: 4.26.15

For those who are getting a little burned out on jazz and funk, Slayer is playing the Civic tonight. For everyone else, there are plenty of shows on tap. Allen Toussaint is playing on Frenchmen and  the Word are playing the Joy. The there are plenty of mashup of A-list talent to be found all over town. Details follow.

Corpse Pulled From Water By St. Claude Bridge

A mysterious body washed up on Saturday (4.25) night. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and the Orleans Parish Coroner are searching for clues after a corpse was pulled from the locks by the St. Claude Bridge.

Today in NOLA 4.26.15

Proper Fest weather is finally here in time for the much ballyhooed Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett pairing. For those not looking for music, there are lots of cool ships and a movie also. On this date in 2003, Jaime Foxx and his sister were arrested by NOPD following an argument with police officers at the casino. Now, more to do this Sunday. 

Jazz Fest Weather Outlook: NWS Issues Alerts

The weather took a turn for the worst for Festers this afternoon. Storms started around 1p.m. and it looks like they are going to be lingering for much of the day. At 1:46p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the area effective until 2:30p.m. The Warning is on top of a Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued earlier in the day and effective until 6:00p.m.

Jazz Fest After Hours: 4.25.15

Whether you braved the rain at the Fest today or rested up during daylight, there are so many acts tonight, that it is like an entire second festival. Trombone Shorty is hosting an all-star Bash, The Meter Men are playing with Phish’s Paige McConnell. Galactic is at Tips. Dumpstaphunk, Mississippi Rail Company, the London Souls, and Colin Lake are just a few of the acts rounding out the evening. Click on though for a full roundup.

Today in NOLA 4.25.15

The Fest is really heating up today with skies clearing and the Who scheduled to headline the Acura Stage. For those not looking for music, there is a seafood cookoff, lots of cool ships, and a movie also. On this day in 1999, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew were reunited on stage at Jazz Fest after 12 years. Now, more to do in 21st Century New Orleans.

Bad Trip

NOPD Make Big Bust Blocks From Fest

The vending rules at Jazz Fest are pretty strict. Even if you live nearby, the Fest frowns down upon unlicensed sales. If those unlicensed sales are enough drugs to stock Hunter S. Thompson’s suitcase, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) does not appreciate it either. Today, detectives busted a Mid City man for allegedly planning to sell a potpourri of recreational narcotics.

Jazz Fest After Hours: 4.24.15

The fest at the Fair Grounds closes around sunset, but New Orleans is not a city known for an early curfew (or any curfew for that matter). After dark, the Revivalists, Lettuce, the Meter Men, Warren Haynes, and a dozen more are all getting going. Check out all of tonight’s happenings below.

Today in NOLA: 4.24.15

Today is the big day! The Fair Grounds open their gates for Jazz Fest this morning and the music begins. For those looking for something more mellow than the after-hour shows, there’s a great NOLA doc at Indywood and an evening event at NOMA. Also, on this day in 1877, reconstruction ended in Louisiana.

Drinking Culture

Ooh Poo Pah Doo Creates a Disturbance, Is a Find

Gentle reader, the winds of change know no compass, no season. The gale erodes the old traditions as it sows the seeds of the new. But be not dismayed by smoking bans and kneejerk gentrification, my friends. Come with me instead to an institution in the making. We’re headed into the storied Treme neighborhood to visit that most excellent new addition to the downtown music scene, into that veritable living room of New Orleans musical royalty: The Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar!

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