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Samedi

April 25th

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Saenger Theater, 9:30p.m.

Rock, funk and one hell of a stage show from NOLA's favortie son

 

Colin Lake

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rising singer-songwriter

 

Pimps of Joytime + Vinyl

Maison, 2a.m.

Funk ensemble

 

HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister

Hi Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Beloved local DJ spins funk, soul, and more, always in the groove

 

Soul Rebels, Gravity A, Brass-A-Holics, Steven Bernstein

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

All-star lineup of local bands plus a great trumpeter

 

Mississippi Rail Company

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

NOLA rhythm & blues of quartet

 

The London Souls

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Energetic duo evoking classic rock sounds

 

Anders Osborne

Howlin’ Wolf, 9p.m.

Songs about struggling with drugs, love, and New Orleans.

 

Dumpstaphunk

One Eyed Jacks, 10p.m.

Ivan Neville's funk outfit

 

Bonerama

Republic

All trombone funk band

 

Father John Misty

The Civic Theater

 

The Meter Men, Page McConnell

The Joy Theater

Modeliste, Nocentelli, and Porter plus Phish keyman

 

Galactic

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

NOLA funk pioneers in their favorite venue

 

Fire Water

Steamboat Natchez, 10p.m.

All star lineup mashed up on the river

Dimanche

April 26th

Slayer

Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Metal gods of yester-year offer an alternative to funk fest

 

Allen Toussaint

Snug Harbor, 9p.m., 11p.m.

A rare chance to see the master pianist and songwriter in a small venue

 

Helen Gillet

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Local avant-garde cellist

 

Country Music Fest

Mags, 7p.m.

Lineup includes he Best Western Swingers, Todd Day Wait's Pigpen, The Good Gollies and Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue

 

Dead Feat

Howlin Wolf

Anders Osborne, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett Acoustic Duo, Bill Kreutzmann, Billy Iuso

 

Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit

Rock n’ Bowl

 

The Nth Power

Republic

New big thing in funk mashes up with members of Dumpstaphunk, Glactic, and Bonerama

 

Adam Deitch, Donald Harrison

One Eyed Jacks

 

Tank & the Bangas, Sweet Crude

One Eyed Jacks

Two young Louisiana bands with distinct sound and show verging on performance art

 

The Word, Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Joy Theater

 

Mike Clark, Nicholas Payton, Wil Blades

Little Gem, 8p.m.

Jazz (not big brass) from three masters

 

JJ Grey & Mofro

Tips, 9p.m.

Southern rock, blues, and funk

Six Beers & the Truth

Eric Zurcher Talks Eats After Some Drinks



Having seen the spirits of New Orleans loosen even the tightest of tongues, your author was inspired to begin interviewing interesting people after a few libations. 'Six Beers and the Truth' is a series wherein the interviewee has enjoyed six beers before giving the interview. While some are emotional, some are funny and some are shocking...they are all candid and honest. Please enjoy 'Six Beers and The Truth with Eric Zurcher.


Steady Stream

A Listing of the Uptown Mardi Gras Parade Route's Bathrooms



Benny Grunch famously crooned, “Ain’t no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day.” However, there are actually hundreds of places to go along the parade route. Options span from the 250 free port-a-potties set up by the City to bars selling wristbands. NoDef compiled a list of options for relief flanking the Uptown route.


Martinique Bistro Closes, Lama's 'Avo to Open


Martinique Bistro (5908 Magazine Street) joined the “ain’t dere no more” list. After 20 years, the popular  uptown eatery closed their doors on Monday (1.05). Nick Lama, 33, the chef de cuisine at Gautreau’s, will move into the space.‘Avo,’ an Italian-inspired restaurant is slated to open this March.


Cane & Table Adds to Stable


Downtown hotspot Cane & Table (1113 Decatur Street) is adjusting to the cooler weather. The proto-tiki destination is rolling out a couple of new menus and longer hours. A new drink list, a happy hour, and a rotating lunch menu all debuted in the last few weeks.


Drinking Culture

NoDef's Bargrapher Hops Up to a Pop-Up at Carrollton Station



Gentle reader, a pestilence is sweeping across our city as it does every winter. Close quarters, questionable personal habits, and the inability of us service industry employees to call-in sick are the villains. But even the worst upper respiratory infection could not have kept me from Carrolton Station on Sunday where Marcus Jacobs and Caitlin Carney of Herbsaint popped up their Sparklehorse Grill for the afternoon. 


Roam for the Holidays


By Ashley Larsen

Christmas is a day to be spent with family and friends, and one can hardly do that slaving over a hot stove. Several restaurants in the New Orleans area are open up on the big holiday and will be offering up all the traditional meals without all the dishes. 


Taking Turkey Time on the Road (Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner)


By Ashley Larsen

Thanksgiving is a stressful time. The day is full of back-breaking kitchen work, family drama, and what seems like an endless supply of dirty dishes. More and more New Orleanians are taking the opportunity to dine out on Thanksgiving. NoDef has compiled a list of restuarants offering all the great food and none of the dishes or the prep work. 


CBD Business Burglary Binge


NOLA’s glazers were busy this weekend. Six establishments had to replace windows after a Central Business District (CBD) burglary binge in the early hours of Saturday (11.22) morning. Four of the businesses will also be replacing their cash registers, but one thief learned that the tills are emptied before the shops lock up for the night.


Ground Floor at 511 Marigny Zoned for Restos


by Richard Carman 

After today’s City Planning Commission meeting, the posh new digs at 511  may soon play host to one or two restaurants on the ground floor. The CPC granted the three-story warehouse-turned-condominium building their requested change of use. The proposed usage sparked some debate, as the pitfalls of certain types of enterprises were discussed.


Know When to Hold 'Em

A Guide to the Uptown Mardi Gras Parade Route's Bathrooms



With Carnival's biggest weekend upon us, the time has come to address that age-old parade route question: Where's the nearest bathroom?


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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock