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May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery


Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band


Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez


Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between


Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo


Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists



May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more


Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art


Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork


YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families


Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye


New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop


Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

Today in NOLA 5.3.17

Tonight, the Mint celebrates a life half-fast with a Pete Fountain tribute. The New Pornographers play Tip’s, while Pixies take the Saenger stage. A crew of NOLA all-stars play tribute to NOLA R&B legend Lee Dorsey. On this day in 1995, the Neville Brothers, the Dixie Cups, Allen Toussaint, and Professor Longhair were inducted into the New Orleans Musical Walk of Fame. Now, read on for this Wednesday. 

Today in NOLA 4.29.17

Jazz Fest continues on today with the second day of music, food, and fun at the Fair Grounds. The National Weather Service (NWS) anticipates temps in the mid 80’s throughout the day. Don’t let those grey skies get you down — the NWS predicts a one percent chance of rain. Today, the fest will feature Usher & The Roots, Maroon 5, Jon Batiste, New Breed Brass Band, Delfeayo Marsalis, and dozens more. After hours, Galactic and Roar will perform at Tip’s. Along Frenchmen St., head to Blue Nile to see Stooges or over to Maison to see NOLA all-stars team up for a super show. For folks who have already gotten their concert fix, the Theatre at St. Claude will stage their final performance of a historically-minded musical spoof. Happy Birthday to Master P, local rapper and label founder who makes 47 today. Now, more to do this Saturday. 

Today in NOLA 4.1.17

Today, be sure to get out and visit the many fests around town — between Freret Street and the final day of Hogs for the Cause, you can't go wrong. If a day of food, booze, and music en plein air doesn't capture your attention, thankfully there's plenty more to do in NOLA. Check out the art openings on Julia St., or watch the ponies at the 104th Louisiana Derby. Cali-based rockers Allah-Las play One Eyed Jacks, while Memphis all-stars Southern Avenue will take the stage at Tip's. Watch drunken tellings of drunken tales at Hi-Ho's regular Close Me Out series. Dirty Bourbon River celebrates the release of their 10th album at Maple Leaf. On this day in 1718, land began being cleared for city of New Orleans.  No doubt, city founder Jean-Baptiste Le moyne de Bienville of the French Mississippi Company was seduced by the majestic bloom of the Louisiana Iris. Now more to do this Saturday. 

Today in NOLA 3.4.17

The Harlem Globetrotters bring their showmanship to Smoothie King tonight while RiFF RaFF hopes to share the importance of tip-toeing in Jordans to the crowd at Republic. Plus, Tip's is hosting a heady look back at the Grateful Dead and Little Freddie King is doing his thing at the Louisiana Music Factory. On this day in 1938, Mayor Robert S. Maestri helped New Orleans become "America's Most Improved City" by paying off the final bank loan debt and saving the city from bankruptcy. Now, more to do this Saturday. 

TODAY in NOLA 2.24.17

We're kicking off the last weekend before Mardi Gras, so be sure to check out the ribaldry and satirism on the streets tonight thanks to krewes like DIVA and Le Krewe d'Etat. Or check out the most classic parades put on like Hermes and Morpheus. Be sure to check out one of the many Mardi Gras balls tonight. Now, more to explore this fine Friday.

Tip's Releases Foundation Free Friday Schedule

Not all free, summer concert series are outdoors. Just in time for air conditioning months, the legendary Tipitina’s dropped the schedule for their Foundation Free Fridays. And, locals will have plenty of live music to listen to from June to September.

Tip's to Honor Jimmy Glickman

New Orleans music legend Jimmy Glickman will receive the sendoff that he deserves. Glickman, owner of the New Orleans Music Exchange and father figure to local musicians, will be honored by the Tipitina’s Foundation with a second line and memorial concert on February 20th from 2p.m. to 6p.m.


Galactic & Tip's Team Up for The Landing

Regardless of Drew Brees’ shoulder, New Orleanians are guaranteed at least one touch-down this weekend. The Landing fest is is bringing music to the lakefront on Saturday (9.26) and Sunday (9.27).

Instruments Cometh

by Ashley Rouen

Tonight, Tipitina’s Foundation hosts the 14th annual Instruments A Comin’ benefit to raise money for instruments in area schools. The party starts at 6p.m. on the neutral ground outside the historic venue and concludes with a concert afterwards featuring some phenomenal local musicians, including Anders Osborne, Honey Island Swamp Band, Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, as well as the Wild Magnolias & Cha Wa doing a Tribute to Big Chief Bo Dollis.

Today in NOLA: 9.27.14

The weekend kicks off with drama, education, and lots of musical opportunities. Start off your day with the annual Smithsonian Museum day, followed by an exciting drama by a NOLA native, and end your day with some good old fashioned funk. On this day in 1983, native New Orleanian, Lil Wayne was born DeWayne Carter. 

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