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February 23rd

Knights of Babylon

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

This historic krewe takes its cues from ancient Mesopotamia and Carnival traditions from 75 years ago

 

Krewe of Chaos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Expect a satirical slant to this parade

 

Krewe of Muses

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Step aside, gentlemen. This all female krewe is one of the Mardi Gras all-stars

 

Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds go head to head with the Houston Rockets

 

Nicole Lynn Fox Variety Hour

The Allways Lounge & Theatre, 8PM 

Famed drag star hosts a drag and variety show

 

Better Than Ezra

The Civic Theatre, 9:30PM

New Orleans alt-rock trio perform on their home turf

 

Fast Times '80s Dance Night

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

A Mardi Gras-themed version of this weekly dance party ($5)

 

Ball of Joy 

Joy Theater, 11PM

A happiness-enducing Mardi Gras ball

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Weekly recurring engagement

 
Blue Nile, 11PM
Every Thursday night swing by for reggae-heavy dance beats

VENDREDI

February 24th

Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures or DIVA

French Quarter Route, 1:30PM

Watch this bustier-clad krewe as they traverse through the Vieux Carre 

 

Krewe of Hermes

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM

Celebrating its 80th year in Carnival

 

Le Krewe d'Etat

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:30PM 

An anarchic krewe that holds its own place in Mardi Gras lore

 

Krewe of Morpheus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7PM

A co-ed krewe known for elaborate floats and enviable throws

 

The Krewe of Debauche

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 9PM

A Mardi Gras debauchery ball featuring gypsy balkan beats, bellydance and more ($15)

 

The Get Money Stop Hatin Tour

Cafe Istanbul, 9PM

8th annual tour showcasing the biggest independent talents in hip hop ($20)

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

Dance to the swinging tunes of the UK underground 

 

A Queen and Bowie Tribute Show

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

Local talents come out to play the tunes of David Bowie and Queen

 

Grunge Night: NIRVANNA

House of Blues, 10PM

A Nirvana tribute concert featuring bands like The Kurt Loders

 

Burlesque Ballroom

Jazz Playhouse, 11PM

Burlesque pioneer Trixie Minx brings striptease to Bourbon 

 

Foundation of Funk

Tipitina's, 11PM

NOLA superground band is joined by special guests Anders Osborne & Jon Cleary

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Prytania Theatre, 11:59PM

A midnight showing of the penultimate movie about the boy wizard 

 

Today in NOLA: 6.10.16


Today in NOLA, there is music to suit all tastes. So, check out some brass, Americans, swing, or funk. On this day in 1961, the famous Preservation Hall officially opened its doors. Now, more to do this Friday.


Today in NOLA: 5.11.16


Keep your trench coats on for another night of The Cure today. There is lots of other music to check out, including a free show in Lafayette park, as well as a panel discussion at the Pharmacy Museum. On this day in 1988, a fire destroyed the top room of the Cabildo. Now, more to do in 2016.


Bey to Bring her Honey to NOLA


Last year, Beyonce spent a lot of time in Louisiana during shoots for her “Formation” and “Lemonade” videos, but the Crescent City did not make the cut for a tour to support the new projects. On Thursday (5.05), the Queen Bey remedied that omission, adding a NOLA stop to the Formation World Tour.


Before It Was Cool: NOLA "Hipster Hotspot"


“New Orleans is officially a hipster hotspot.” That is the judgment (and headline) of Jimmy Im over at the NY Post. Im continues to employ 833 words, several references to the Bywater, the David Bowie “second line,” and Shaya to put forth the un-ironic argument that NOLA is hipster haven. (Thanks for the, er, love NY).


What NOLA Listens To (on Spotify)


Spotify has put together a very vague survey about the listening habits of New Orleanians. As unscientific as the piece is, it’s still pretty interesting. Spotify looked at what is “distinctive” in New Orleans and discovered that hip-hop rules the roost.


Hotline Sing: Drake & Kraftwerk Coming to NOLA


It’s easy to forget, but music in New Orleans will continue after Fest Season. Today, hip hop artist Drake and electronica pioneers Kraftwerk both announced September shows in the Crescent City.


Fire on the Beyou

NOLA in Beyoncé's "Lemonade"



The Bey Hive is buzzing about New Orleans, but the Crescent City was not stung by the latest export from the Queen Bey. On Saturday (4.23) Beyonce dropped her one hour video art installment, “Lemonade” on HBO for one day. The 12 track film and album generated much lots of talk from culturistas, but at NoDef HQ, our priorities are local. The complete breakdown of the local references follows.


It Stakes A Village

Airlift's Music Village Finds Permanent Home



The Roving Music Village is known for rolling out news and events during fest season. This year, they announced their biggest news yet: the arts installation will no longer rove. Instead, the Music Village will forgo their nomadic ways for a permanent base camp.


Virtues of Vinyl


Vinyl is much more than a medium. To the faithful, the record is a religion and every April, a holy day is celebrated. Today (4.18), Record Store Day brings a bevy of new and special edition releases nationwide. The Day also provides a reason to celebrate the local, independent shops that keep the music available.


Today in NOLA: 4.13.16


Tonight, check out some rock from Georgia, or some country soul from NOLA. Plus, the traditional and avant-garde sounds of NOLA music can be heard. Today would have been the 90th birthday of local R&B pioneer Cosimo Matassa. Now, more to do this Wednesday.  


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