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Jazz Fest After Hours: 5.01.15

Tonight, the music truly never stops. After the fest ends, Grateful Dead 50th anniversary celebrations are in store all around NOLA. If your face has already been stolen, there is plenty of funk to groove to with the New Master Sounds in town. Local singer-songwriters Colin Lake, Maggie Koerner, and Kristin Diable are all gigging as well. Click on through for full listings.

Today in New Orleans: 2.28.13

It’s not the weekend yet, but that’s no reason to stay in tonight. Enjoy a record release party at the Little Gem Saloon, Creole Jazz on Frenchmen, and Zydeco in Mid City. On this day in 1985, former Governor Edwin Edwards was indicted on 51 counts of federal racketeering charges. Now, more to do this Thursday.

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.  

JazzFest All Night: Sunday, May 6

The closing sets may have already wrapped up inside the gates, but they saved the last dance for the clubs. Tonight, Tip's dives into the Dumpstaphunk, the Funky Butt returns on Frenchmen and a New Orleans jazz master has one last gasp at Snug Harbor.

JazzFest All Night: April 29, 2012

If the Boss and all the rest of the great JazzFest music left you wanting more, there's plenty happening in the clubs tonight to keep the groove going. There may be fewer gigs than the past couple of days, but the lineup is still uncanny. From a huge Bounce show at Republic to a very special North Mississippi All-Stars gig at Maple Leaf Bar later tonight, check out the details:

Today's Events: 4.25.12

Today, Wednesday at the Square goes down da Bayou, Lawrence N. Powell, author of The Accidental City speaks on his book at The healing center, and Ben Sandmel discisses his biography of Ernie K-Doe at the Garden District Book Shop. This day in history, New Orleans falls to Admiral Farragut's US Fleet (1862),  "King of Cajun Singers" Vin Bruce was born in Cut off (1932)

Today's Events: 5.25.11

May 25, when Oscar Wilde was sentenced to two years of hard labor for sodomy (1895), when the Isley Brothers released “Twist and Shout” (1962), when Muhammad Ali KO’d Sonny Liston, becoming heavyweight boxing champion (1965), when Return of the Jedi was released (1983). It's the day when Saints tackle Alan Kline (1971), Louisiana twins Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush, who played the role of Carrie on “Little House on The Prairie”(1970), Raymond Carver (1938), and Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803) when born, and Desmond Dekker (2006) and Japanese Emperor Murakami (926) die. That list is almost as jam packed as today’s enrichment:

After the Fest, Day 2

After a full day of cubin’, it’s back to the drawing board for post-Fest options. There’s more on the list than fit on NoDef’s fingers and toes, but here’s where we’d try to be:

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