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March 24th

Basic Buddhist Meditation

LIFE Yoga, 7AM

An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri

 

Book Signing: Robert Wagner

Adler's New Orleans, 11AM

Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'

 

New Creations Brass Band

B.M.C., 11am

Local Brass Band brings a mix of standards and new creations

 

Bourbon Festival

Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM

Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest

 

DumbSmart Industries Showcase

The Broad Theater, 7PM

Short film showcase 

 

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Blue Nile 7:30PM

Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen 

 

Matisyahu

House of Blues, 8PM

Hebrew hip hop

 

Varla Jean Merman Sings? 

Cafe Istanbul, 8PM

Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!" 

 

Flogging Molly

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister

 

Edwardian Ball Circus Soirée

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball

 

Kanye's Universe

Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM

Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

All-British dance party

 

Relapse 80s/90s Dance Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Party like it's 1999

SAMEDI

March 25th

Brunch Fest

Crescent Park, 10AM

Eat to benefit LA/SPCA

 

Princess, Ponies & Superheroes 

Fair Grounds, 12PM

Family day at the grounds

 

Tank and the Bangas

The Yum Yum, 6PM

NPR faves come home from tour

 

Movie Screening: But I'm a Cheerleader

St. Mark's Church, 6PM

Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy

 

Charlie Wilson

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill

 

Chris Rock

The Saenger Theatre, 7PM

Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA

 

Biz Markie

House of Blues, 7PM

80s vs. 90s - decades collide

 

Fleur de Tease

One Eyed Jack's, 8PM

FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland" 

 

Pancakes and Booze Art Show

The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM

NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes

 

The Rock and Roll Extravaganza

The Willow, 9PM

Masquerade ball with live music

 

Mod Dance Party

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty

 

Daria & The Hip Drips

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Free show to move and groove

DIMANCHE

March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food

 

Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house

 

Red

Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko

 

Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician

 

LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more

 

Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington

Music of Mardi Gras

NoDef's Annual Carnival Playlist



Fat Tuesday is upon us! The hours are slipping away before New Orleanians must once again pack their favorite Carnival albums and wait a year. If you don't feel like strolling down Bourbon St. in the interim, NoDef has put together a playlist for you with all the classics from Dr. John and Professor Longhair to Al "Carnival Time" Johnson. Very few cities have music for every season, and none have better music in any season than New Orleans.

Click through to listen to our annual playlist.

 


Prez Picks


April is festival season in New Orleans and music lovers are saturated with options. In addition to all of the visiting bands visiting town, plenty of local groups are planning special shows for the month-long music marathon. Today, Prez Hall dropped their loaded lineup for the peak of the season. Check it out below.


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."


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