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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.

 


Professor Longhair's Family Home Restored


Music was back at the house at Professor Longhair's family home on Friday, as the Stooges Brass Band played in a ceremony that officially marked the restoration of the Central City house where the patron saint of New Orleans music once lived. The Tipitina's Foundation spearheaded a multiagency effort to restore the Federal Flood-damaged home at 1738 Terpsichore St. so the legendary musician's daughter and grandson could once again live there.


Fess Fest Brings Hugh Laurie, Joe Jackson to Tipitina's


Thursday night at Tipitina’s, famous artists from near and afar are performing in honor of a late great. Professor Longhair’s Terpsichore residence remains in disrepair after The Storm, and the Tipitina’s Foundation has invited Hugh Laurie, Joe Jackson, Jon Cleary, Donald Harrison Jr., George Porter Jr. and many more to play a benefit to restore Fess’ family home. 


Inside Tivoli & Lee

New Lee Circle Restaurant Offers Nods to Circle's Past, Modern Cuisine



Hotel Modern gets another update as southern and contemporary cuisines converge at their new hotel restaurant, Tivoli & Lee.  


Mardi Gras Music for 12th Night (Video)


Even if they tried, other cities couldn't replicate the one element of Mardi Gras that makes it so distinctly New Orleanian--the music. Carnival season has its own merry soundtrack, full of funk, brass, and the traditional sound that could have only emerged out of a city as rich as ours. Here are a few of NoDef's favorite Carnival songs to get you pysched for the season. 


Fess Indeed: First Bogalusa Blues Fest Worth the Trip


by Jeremy Ford

BOGALUSA -- Amid the rain soaked mud pits of Cassidy field, the inaugural Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival offered a hefty load of music, food, and beer in the small town just seventy miles north of New Orleans. Though it rained for all but the last half hour at the Saturday soiree, attendees enjoyed the comfort of friends and family, home cooking, and good Southern blues.  


Racing for Restoration

On Saturday, Tipitina's is hosting a 5K Run and Party to Preserve Professor Longhair's Childhood Home



New Orleanians are known more for music than for athletic prowess, but this weekend’s 5K combines both in the name of charity. If you’re looking for something to do with your Saturday evening, head to Tipitina’s by 4pm tomorrow to register for their Rhythm and Blues 5K Run, a fundraiser to restore Professor Longhair’s childhood home. 


Bead Dogs, Saints and Love Headline Busy Week of New Orleans Benefits


by Emma Boyce

Feeling altruistic?  Come support some great local causes.  Of course everything done in New Orleans, even philanthropy, is done with a drink.  So whether you end up with the dogs in City Park, the ex-employees of our beloved Times-Picayune at the Howlin’ Wolf, golfers at the club for Grace House or at Tip's to save Professor Longhair’s house, you are in for a good night.   


Today's Events: 12.19.11


Today, it's the birthday of two New Orleans greats. Kermit Ruffins and  Henry Roeland Byrd, aka Professor Longhair, were born on the same date - 46 years apart. Longhair would've turned 93 today, but his place in the soul of New Orleans has yet to be surpassed. And Kermit Ruffins is holding up his own piece of the bargain with BBQ and music tonight! In things that are actually happening, the New Orleans Community Print Shop throws a party for cheap art, and Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship? play Siberia. Click through for details:


Fess, Booker Honored with Fests This Weekend


Perhaps it's not coincidence that Professor Longhair and James Booker were born only two days apart. There's nothing in the zodiac literature about whether Sagiattarians have particularly strong left hands. But, either way, we're going to take the weekend to thank the cosmos for two of the best keys men that ever came Earth's way. Tomorrow, Booker's birthday will be celebrated at Hi-Ho Lounge with a few fine piano men in their own right. On Sunday, it's the Professor's turn for a tribute, as a huge bill at Tipitina's being billed as Fess Fest sends up the north star of New Orleans music.


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