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Defender Picks



October 4th

Anatomy of a Murder

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of the Halloween Classic Series


Gay Day at da Zoo

Audubon Zoo, 10a.m.

Prideful adventure through the zoo


Saints v. Cowboys

Superdome, 7:30p.m.

Nola Saints take on Dallas Cowboys at home



Marigny Opera House, 8p.m.

World premier of this contemporary ballet


Taste The Rainbow

The AllWays Lounge, 9p.m.

Drag and burlesque presented by Dykeadence


October 5th

Mac McClelland

Tulane LBC, 8p.m.

Award-winning human rights journalist and author


In The Valley Below

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Also ft. The Moth & The Flame



Peace Officer

Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.

Documentary about police militarization and brutality


Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Sybil Haydel Morial’s memoir


Nikki Glaser

Freret St. Publiq House, 7p.m.

Comedian as a part of Hell Yest Fest



October 6th


Mardi Gras World, 8p.m.

Latch, Help Me Lose My Mind musicians



Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Flick about child assassins


Night Bus to the Afterlife

Columns Hotel, 7p.m.

Mortality and the Gulf South


Tommy Malone

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Nola native guitarist


Open Ears Music Series

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

This week ft. WATIV


October 7th


Champions Square, 8p.m.

English indie rock band


George Ezra

The Civic, 7:30p.m.

Also ft. Andrew Duhon


Brand New

UNO Lakefront Arena, 7:30p.m.

Alt-rock band from Long Island


Screwtape Letters

The Saenger, 8p.m.

Theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ novel


South Toward Home

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Travels in Southern Literature


October 8th

ASAP Rocky

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Harlem rapper come to NOLA



The Civic, 8p.m.

Swedish heavy metal band


Twin Shadow

Republic, 8p.m.

Dominican-American musician


Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. King Edward


Creole Son

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Account of Edgar Degas in Nola


October 9th

Ariana Grande

Smoothie King Center, 7:30p.m.

Pop musician known for licking donuts she doesn’t buy


Kacey Musgraves

Howlin’ Wolf, 6:30p.m.

Country and Western Rhinestone Revue


Blackest of the Black ft. Danzig

The Civic, 6:30p.m.

Also ft. Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Opening of Traditions Transfigured


La Traviata

Mahalia Jackson Theater, 8p.m.

Opera story of love and sacrifice


October 10th

Dwight Yoakam

Orpheum Theater, 8:30p.m.

Singer-songwriter and country music pioneer


Meg Myers

OEJ, 7p.m.

Smoky Mountain singer-songwriter


Moon Taxi

The Civic, 8p.m.

Nashville rock band



HOB, 7p.m.

Reggae from Cali


Suggestive Gestures

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Experimental feature and drag performance


Moonlight Market: A Celebration of 20 Years of CCFM

Reyn Studios, 7p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser


October 11th

Bent, Not Broken Gallery Talk

Ogden, 2p.m.

With Curator, Michael Meads


Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of Halloween Classic Series


Masters of Illusion

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Magicians from the hit TV show


Papa Mali

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

George Porter Jr., Robert Hunter and Bill Kreutzmann

Pres. Hall Jazz Band on CBS Morning (VIDEO)

New Orleans was on the national news this morning, with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band taking an eight-minute segment of CBS' Sunday morning. Director Ben Jaffe, co-founder Sandra Jaffe, as well as band members Ronell Johnson, Mark Braud, and 81-year-old Charlie Gabriel discussed the unique venue and their role in maintaining it. Click through to watch: 

Pete Seeger, RIP: Folk Singer's La. Connections

Legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died late Monday at the age of 94, ending a run of more than 70 years devoted to the spread of song. Seeger's ties are strongest in the Hudson River Valley to New York City, but the champion of American folk music also inevitably traveled down to Louisiana on a few occasions.

Today in New Orleans 12.25.13

The fat man in the red suit jingled and jangled his way through the bayou last night, but the music never stops in New Orleans. Benny Grunch and the Bunch are kicking off an early 12 Yats of Christmas performance in Mid-City. Later, the grownups can see live jazz from Oak Street to Preservation Hall. On this day in 1913, radio personality and musician “Candy” Candido was born. Now, more to do this Christmas.

Voodoo After Dark 11.3.13

The festival gates close for the year tonight, but there is still after hours music from Frenchmen to Preservation Hall. Tonight, locals and out-of-towners alike are filling up venues outside of City Park, offering those who missed the music this week some late night opportunities to catch their favorite acts. 

Trombone Shorty, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Bring NOLA to Late-Night TV (VIDEO)

New Orleans music is no stranger to late nights, but on Wednesday a pair of our finest players aimed to please even those who stayed home. The boob tube offered a twofer of local musicians on the late-night talk shows, as Trombone Shorty played Leno, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band got their mojo working on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Click through for video.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Plays Jimmy Fallon (VIDEO)

Trombone Shorty may get the most air time, but the rising star is not the only NOLA export to get gigs on live tv. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band gave the young artist a run for his money last night on Jimmy Fallon. The world famous ensemble played a catchy track from their latest album That's It! Click through to watch. 

Best of JazzFest: 5.4.13

There will be crowds and mud on JazzFest's second Saturday, but we know you don't have to think twice about heading over to the Fair Grounds. While you're awaiting the final hour pile up of Fleetwood Mac, Frank Ocean and Phoenix, check out a little fife, hip-hop and, from out of left field, Norah Jones. Here's today's non-headliner picks:

Dr. John, Frank Ocean Win Grammys (VIDEO)

Carnival celebrations in New Orleans kept the local buzz about Sunday's Grammy awards in second place. But, don't worry, the music industry's big showcase brought a little bit of the Crescent City to the broadcast. Two of New Orleans' own took home golden record players. Later, Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band joined the Black Keys on their award-winning "Lonely Boy."

Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Play Letterman

Finally, Preservation Hall gets its Ed Sullivan moment. Well, kind of. The Hall's house band will join sometime collaborator Del McCoury tonight for a performance at the Ed Sullivan Theatre. They'll be on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman to promote their new album, "American Legacies." The show airs at 10:30 p.m. locally. Before the performance, there was apparently a little time for hijinks. Check out this photo of Band member Rickie Monie sitting in Paul Shaffer's seat.

Bonnaroo Ducks Into Preservation Hall

The name of the Bonnaroo festival was birthed in our own city, by one of our own legends. This year, that Tennessee bachannal even gets that man, Dr. John, plus the reunion we've been pining after for years (The Meters). What do we get in return? Well, let's put it this way. The fest's theme song won't be sung by Tennessee Jed. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band teamed up with sometime collaborator and bluegrass deity Del McCoury to ramble off Bonnaroo (Feel the Magic), this year's fest theme song. The two legends are on tour together, and plan to play the fest. The song is billed as a one-off, but, true to form, it sounds better than the product of people's long, hard toil. Maybe McCoury will be out for the Hall's 50th anniversary celebration at Pres-Fest tonight. You won't know unless you go.

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