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February 25th

Krewe of Iris

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

All-female group is one of Carnival's oldest krewes

 

Krewe of Tucks

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

1,300 men and women make up one of the most satirical and irreverent krewes in Mardi Gras

 

Krewe of Endymion 

Mid-City Route, 4:15PM

One of the biggest and most extravagant parades, Endymion is long enough to last all night

 

Big Freedia

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Bounce Queen moves ‘dat azz

 

Leroy Jones Quartet

The Bombay Club, 8:30PM

Classic jazz trumpet

 

Sticky Fingers

House of Blues, 8PM

Australian reggae rockers

 

SiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic

Tipitina’s, 11PM

First-rate funk band is joined tonight by Stoop Kids

 

Hustle with DJ Soul Sister

Hi-Ho Lounge, 11PM

Underground disco and rare groove dance party 

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10PM

Beloved brass band takes the stage

 

Washboard Chaz Blues Trio

Blue Nile, 7PM

The iconic Washboard Chaz takes a break from the Tin Men to lead this trio 

DIMANCHE

February 26th

Krewe of Okeanos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

Celebrating it's 68th year, Okeanos is heavy on tradition

 

Krewe of Mid-City

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11:45AM

Yes, the Mid-City krewe is parading along the Uptown route

 

Krewe of Thoth

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

Thoth seeks to bring Carnival joy to the sick and infirm 

 

Krewe of Bacchus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:15PM

Celebrating the God of wine, feasts, and general good times, Bacchus is one of the most anticipated parades 

 

Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers

Rare Form, 4PM

NYC-based hot jazz, blues and swing

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Academy Awards Watch Party

Prytania Theatre, 6PM 

Enjoy snacks, cocktails and more as the rich & famous vie for those golden statuettes ($25)

 

Swingin’ Sundays

The Allways Lounge, 8PM

Weekly recurring dance lessons to live swing music (FREE)

 

LEON + Jacob Banks

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

European invasion from Swedish indie pop star LEON and UK-based R&B singer Jacob Banks ($15)

 

Dumpstaphunk + Miss Mojo

Howlin' Wolf, 10PM

Ivan & krewe bring da funk, joined by Miss Mojo

 

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & John Papa Gros

d.b.a., 11PM

Golden Eagles Chief brings Mardi Gras Indian funk

 

Jason Neville Band

Vaso, 11PM

Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose

Today in New Orleans: 3.8.14


Today, St. Claude Ave. is celebrating a host of educational nonprofit orgs, and a new pocket park. Plus, Alabama garage mod band St. Paul and the Broken Bones are at One Eyed Jacks, and Big Freedia and Katey Red are popping for charity on St. Claude. On this day in 1836, New Orleans was divided into three “cities” including the Vieux Carre. Now, more to do this Saturday.


'Bayou Maharajah' to Premiere at SXSW (VIDEO)


The eye patch and left-hand technique leave no doubt that James Booker is of New Orleans, but Austin - and the New Orleanians in the Texas capital for the week - will get the first look at Lily Keber's long-gestating documentary on the infamous piano man. Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, which features a lot of Booker archival footage and attempts to put fact to drug-addled myth, will premiere Thursday, March 14, at SXSW.


Today in New Orleans 2.15.13


Today, enjoy art after hours in City Park, bounce on St. Claude, see Flogging Molly at HOB, and more. On this day in 1956, Federal Judge S. Wright ordered the desegregation of New Orleans schools. Now, click through to plan your Friday.


Today's Events: 3.19.12


Today, it's St. Joseph's Day here in New Orleans. Whether you're out to catch an Indian or contributing to an altar, keep the day as it should be kept. SXSW is over deep in the heart of Texas. But New Orleans keeps getting the upstart indie rock blowing through town. On this day in Louisiana history, Cajun music greats Albert Fontenot (1932) and Leo Soileau (1904) were born, as was bluesman Henry Gray (1925) and Swamp rock harp man Joe Johnson (1942). Now see what's in today's lineup:


'Tchoupitoulas' Turning Heads at SXSW


Bands and Bounce artists are showing the hordes at SXSW what it's like to be inside a club, but it was left to film to give a glimpse of New Orleans' after-dark street life. A NOLA-set film that premiered over the weekend in Austin is already picking up some buzz for its unique take on our nocturnal ways through the eyes of a pair of young brothers. Still, the movie's commercial chances were immediately thrown into question as filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross chose to the name the piece after that street that no tourist can pronounce: Tchoupitoulas. The LA Times saw the film. So did Unicorn Booty.


Today's Events: 3.12.12


Today, SXSW is around the corner, and that means indie bands are swinging through New Orleans. A big garage showcase and Girls play in New Orleans tonight. On this day, the boat of Captain H. Shreve's boat was confiscated (1817), Thibodaux native Edward Douglass White was appointed to the Supreme Court (1894) and Edwin Edwards received $400K in a briefcase from the owner of the San Francisco 49ers (1997). Now back to these days:


Bounce Big Shots Stage Siberia SXSW Fundraiser


Like so many across the nation, SXSW organizers have found themselves trying to make it Bounce in front of the mirror, and they want to see the real thing. But before the half-dozen NOLA artists who have been invited to play Austin's annual love-in between music industry types, lovers and artists can make their way to Texas, they've got to be sure they can pay the bills. So, in true NOLA fashion, they're having a benefit.


Alex Chilton, R.I.P.


Alex Chilton passed away last night. The musician rose to fame at age 16 as the lead singer of the BoxTops, garnering fame for hits such as The Letter. Chilton then went on to form Big Star and influence a generation of musicians, also gaining fame for his eccentricity.  And, where else would an eccentric musician land, but New Orleans! He talked about our city (and ripped on Memphis) in this great footage. Chilton even inspired a song by the Replacements.

Popeater offers a comprehensive look at the man's work. Ben Greenman at Moistworks provides some eloquent thoughts.

And, simply a great story here.


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