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April 17th

Jazz in the Park

Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)

This year’s free concert series kicks off with Fifth Ward Weebie, the Landry-Walker Marching Band, and Glen David Andrews  


Umphrey's McGee

Civic Theatre (7 p.m.)

with Lionize


Tuba Skinny

Ogden Museum (5:30 p.m.)

After Hours with food from Miss Linda’s Soul Food Catering, drinks, and more. Admission is $10  


Concerts in the Courtyard

Historic New Orleans Collection (6 p.m.)

French Quarter happy hour, with cocktails and music! This week, featuring the New Orleans Nightingales


The Breton Sound

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

with Pinkerton


Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Rock n Bowl (8:30 p.m.)

Zydeco Night!


Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule (11 p.m.)

Brass band jam on Magazine Street!


April 18th

Sirens Album Release

Gasa Gasa (7 p.m.)

With Madonnathan & All People, Brent Houzenga, and more  


Uptown Get Down feat. Chicken George

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Plus DJ Quickie Mart, Unicorn Fukr & more


Ellis Marsalis Quartet

Snug Harbor (8 p.m., 10 p.m.)

Famous local Jazz pianist and bandleader performs  


Singin' in the Rain Screening

NOMA’s Sculpture Garden (5 p.m.)

Friday nights at NOMA and Moonlight Movies come together  



House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Rapper makes stop on his My Krazy Life tour  


Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Kermit’s Mother in Law Lounge (10 p.m.)

Bluesy New Orleans guitar   

Today in New Orleans 4.14.14

Tonight, superstar astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is at Tulane, the French Alliance (L’Alliance Francaise) is showing a comedy starring Audrey Tatou, and blues-rock band Charlie Patton’s War is performing at the Howlin’ Wolf Den. On this day in 1865, Fats Domino’s “Ain’t that a Shame” was released. 

French Quarter Fest After Hours: 4.12.14

Once the fest is done, the party goes on 'til Sun. On Saturday night in the clubs, Better Than Ezra hosts a giant fundraiser at the House of Blues, brass bands head to Blue Nile and Tip's, while a pair of dance parties unfurl on St. Claude and in Mid-City. Peruse all of tonight's post-French Quarter Fest happenings:

Suspect Sought in Saturday 7th Ward Shooting

A man was shot on St. Bernard Ave. in the 7th Ward early Saturday morning, and police are looking for the perp. Just after midnight, Myles Dolliole, 49, and a 40-year-old man got into an argument in the 1600 block of St. Bernard Ave.

Melissa Harris-Perry Moving from Tulane to Wake Forest

Melissa Harris-Perry is heading to North Carolina. The current Tulane professor and MSNBC host will join her alma mater of Wake Forest University, according to a news release from Wake Forest.

Into the Fire

Brews News: Cajun Fire Brewing's Big Idea

With a recent boost from a victory at a local competition for entrepreneurs, the team behind Cajun Fire Brewing is poised to bring their beer and their story to a wider local audience.

Pair Arrested in Uptown Home Invasion

NOPD made two more arrests Friday in an Uptown home invasion during which two Tulane students were tied up and robbed. Aaron Johnson, 17, and Kevin Jones, 18, were booked in connection with the April 4 burglary at a house in the 7800 block of Panola St.

Dashing NOLA Celebrates Grand Opening

by Hillary Ervin

Dashing NOLA, the bicycle boutique at 628 N. Rampart St., is marking French Quarter Fest 2014 with a Grand Opening celebration from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday (4/12). The event offers a chance to stop in and meet the team powering this funky new storefront space right across from Armstrong Park.

Today in New Orleans: 4.12.14

French Quarter Fest continues, and Better than Ezra is having their annual philanthropic performance at House of Blues. Jazz vocalist Cindy Scott is singing at the Louisiana Music Factory this afternoon. On this day in 1861, Louisiana General PGT Beauregard began the Civil War with the first shots on Fort Sumner. Now, more to do this Saturday.

Pols Reeling Over Shortened Red Snapper Season

In the midst of the pressure cooker of a U.S. Senate race, it's rare that political rivals agree on anything. But in Louisiana, red snapper fishing is having a rare unifying power for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep Bill Cassidy. Over the last two days, the opponents in the fall election have spoken out against the great injustice that looms with the potential of the shortest red snapper fishing season ever recorded in the Bayou State.

Arrest Made in 2 Carrollton-Area Home Invasions

Updated 5:35 p.m.

New Orleans police arrested a man "in the act" of a home invasion and sexual assault in the Carrollton area on Wednesday evening, Chief Ronal Serpas said Thursday. James Johnson, 21, is also one of three suspected perpetrators of another home invasion on Friday, April 4, in the 7800 block of Panola St.

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