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Down River Fest Returns

Rum and sugar are not just for tiki drinks in New Orleans this week. The combo will provide a theme for the Down River Festival. For the third year, the fest will be returning to the French Market and the Old US Mint on Saturday (9.12).

Mint Condition

Satchmo Summerfest in Photos

On Sunday (8.03), Satchmo Summerfest presented by Chevron wrapped up their 15th weekend of celerbating trad jazz and NOLA's patron musician. The fest featured a bushel of brass, plenty of po-boys, and ample Abita. Rachel June was on hand to capture all of the excitement for NoDef's readers.

Bigger, Badder Satchmo SummerFest to Come With $5 Fee

The krewe behind Satchmo SummerFest rolled out some key details about the festival’s 15th anniversary this year. The most significant change will be the addition of five dollar admission daily fee.

Today in NOLA: 2.21.15

The Old US Mint celebrates the 250th Anniversary of Acadie Arrival today with performances by Bruce Daigrepont and more. Ashe Cultural Arts Center hosts a healing party to address the issue of violence against women. Rachmaninov, Debussy and Ravel come to life at Mahalia Jackson tonight with the help of pianist Alessio Bax. Lafayette resident Dax Riggs is at One Eyed Jacks. Mardi Gras 2015 is over, but in 1900 the first electrically lit parade (Krewe of Nereus) rolled and became the first and last parade to actually roll on the street car tracks. Now, more on events this Saturday. 

Today in NOLA: 1.20.15

Two of New Orleans finest female voices sing at the Old U.S. Mint today. Gravity A plays alongside Eric Bloom of Lettuce tonight at Tipitina's. A musical review of 1940s tunes is happening at the Saegner (two shows.) Creole Soul is at d.b.a. The Frostop on Jefferson Hwy closed on this day in 2007 post Katrina. Now, more on Friday events. 

An Old Time Good Time

New Orleans Vintage Fashion & Lifestyle Expo Returns

Providing New Orleanians with yet another excuse to dress up, drink, and be merry is always a crowd-pleaser. The New Orleans Vintage Fashion & Lifestyle Expo is returning for its second year at the Old US Mint. The event, also classified as a “pre-party” is for one-night only, October 2nd. The evening is followed by a weekend dedicated to American music and dance. 

Satchmo Scorcher

Louis Armstrong Fans Brave the Heat for Satchmo Summerfest, Give Tips on Staying Cool

It’s Satchmo time again and it’s going to be soaking wet, and it's a scorcher. Satchmo Summer Fest kicked off today with some free Brassercise dance lessons at the Cornet Chop Suey Stage, while New Birth Brass Band started the musical antics on the Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage. Oh yeah, it was 90 degrees with a heat index of 105.

Sure Fete

Bastille Day NOLA Brings Music, French Cuisine, Food Trucks, and Block Parties

Although the monarchy is alive and well in our Mardi Gras parades, New Orleanians will join France this weekend to celebrate the overthrow of the crown. Kicking off Friday night, festivities will unfold for Bastille Day, also known as France’s Independence Day, observed annually on July 14. 

Eaters Pair Off to Peel at FQ Fest Crawfish Contest

A festival smorgasbord of music, food, art, crafts and fun is set to be served up in the Vieux Carre this weekend at French Quarter Fest, the free opener of the spring festival season. The feasting reaches its most feverish pace tomorrow with the 4th Annual Rouses World Crawfish Eating Championship.

Ghost Hunters to Mint New Investigation

This ghost tour won't have hurricanes and history that seems a little far-fetched, but it will be on cable! The SyFy channel is bringing an episode of "Ghost Hunters" to town. The subject of this week's "investigation" is the Old U.S. Mint. You know even ghosts like to be at the place where they keep the money. In any case, the episode is scheduled for Wednesday at 8 p.m. Check out the preview here. Never did the examination of a door seem so...interesting.

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