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Today in NOLA 5.3.17

Tonight, the Mint celebrates a life half-fast with a Pete Fountain tribute. The New Pornographers play Tip’s, while Pixies take the Saenger stage. A crew of NOLA all-stars play tribute to NOLA R&B legend Lee Dorsey. On this day in 1995, the Neville Brothers, the Dixie Cups, Allen Toussaint, and Professor Longhair were inducted into the New Orleans Musical Walk of Fame. Now, read on for this Wednesday. 

Today in NOLA 4.13.17

This Wednesday, Chris Brown returns to the arena. Eric Benét and Marsha Ambrosius bring their talents to the HOB stage, while the Ogden stays open late for Helen Gillet. Learn about the half-fast life of Pete Fountain at the New Orleans Jazz Museum’s free lecture. Happy Birthday to Cosimo Matassa, born on this day in 1926. Now, more to do this Thursday. 


Ogden After Hours (Ogden Museum, 6PM)

A Talk Half-Fast

Tim Laughlin Sounds off on Pete Fountain at French Quarter Fest

Jazz legend Pete Fountain is synonymous with the city of New Orleans. Before his passing last summer, Fountain was renowned for his famed Half Past Marching Club; his television appearances with Lawrence Welk as well as his dedication to local fans; and of course, his skills on the clarinet. He was a founding member of French Quarter Festival and a regular performer the event. In 2017, French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron will celebrate Pete’s legacy with a panel at Let Them Talk, the lecture series located inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. The panel takes place on Sunday (4.9) at 2:30PM, with moderator duties performed by Louisiana State Museum's Music Curator David Kunian. 

A Life Half-Fast

New Orleans Jazz Museum Celebrates Pete Fountain

2017 marked the first Mardi Gras in over forty years that Pete Fountain did not lead his merry krewe through Uptown to wake up the city to the day’s offerings. The legendary clarinetist died last August, but New Orleanians could take comfort that during Carnival his spirit was very much alive. There is a similar feeling walking through The New Orleans Jazz Museum’s new exhibition, “Pete Fountain: A Life Half-Fast.” Perhaps it's the dozens of album covers, Jazz Fest posters, and photographs that cover the walls, or perhaps it’s the life-sized figure of Fountain himself holding court in the corner of the exhibition room — but within the walls of the Old U.S. Mint, Fountain never left us. 

Mardi Gras 2.12.13

Happy Mardi Gras! There's a little something for every kind of reveler going on today, from St. Anne to St. Charles. On this day in 1861, Louisiana adopted her official flag of the Republic of Louisiana. Click for more events, and get ready, it's Carnival time! 

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