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Today in NOLA 4.17.17

Today, check out jazz artist Tom McDermott's debut book of poetry and illustrations. The Blue House wraps up their three-part free film series on Iranian director, Abba Kiarostami. Monkey Hill Bar plays a supernatural thriller set in Terrebonne Parish. Psych-rock outfit Foxygen plays One Eyed Jacks. On this day in 1811, Attakapas Country was abolished and established as St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes. Now, more to do this Monday.

Today in NOLA 2.22.17

Tonight, rock legend Sting is performing at the Lakefront Arena. If you're looking for more local music, Delfeayo Marsalis is leading The Uptown Jazz Orchestra on Frenchmen at his weekly gig, and Walter "Wolfman" Washington plays up the street. Or, check out the Krewe of Nyx and the Krewe of Ancient Druids as they kick off the week-long countdown to Mardi Gras. On this day in 1936, Ernie K-Doe, New Orleans music star and self-proclaimed “Emperor of the World,” was born at Charity Hospital. Now, more music to check out this Wednesday.

Today in NOLA: 2.18.15

Today is Ash Wednesday and the countdown to Mardi Gras 2016 has begun. For those not taking the night to recover, New Orleans still has plenty of music to offer. The Wolfman is playing on Frenchmen and Meschiya Lake and Tom McDermott are bringing a classic sound to MidCity. Music-lovers looking for something harder can see The Menzingers at the Civic. On this day in 1989, Louisiana elected former Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke to the legislature. Now, more to do in 2015. 

Today in New Orleans: 5.03.14

Those missing the Boss at Jazz Fest can still choose from a host of local artists to see all over the city in the daytime hours. Pianist Tom McDermott, guitarist Alex McMurray, and many more are performing during the day. On this day in 1699, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville returned home to France after exploring the northern coast of the Gulf. Now, more to do this Saturday, and stay with NoDef for tonight’s after hours picks. 

Today in New Orleans 6.5.13

Tonight, see Radiation City’s Circle Bar tour stop, catch the Yat Pack in Mid-City, or hear some of the city’s best jazz at Snug Harbor. On this day in 1953, Louis Armstrong started working on the film The Glen Miller Story. Now, more hump day happenings.

Today in New Orleans 3.13.13

Tonight, get some street food grub at NOLA's first Vendy Awards. Emmylou Harris is in town at House of Blues, and Filligar is in Lee Circle. Happy Birthday to the award-winning trumpeter and NOLA native Terrence Blanchard, who turns 51 today. Now, more hump day happenings. 

Today in New Orleans 11.21.12

Just one day shy of Turkey day, and there’s still plenty to do tonight in the Big Easy. Hear music at Tip’s, the Maple Leaf, and of course, on Frenchmen. Meschiya Lake and Tom McDermott are on Canal for their weekly gig. Happy Birthday to Dr. John! The legendary local turns 72 today. Now, for more hump day happenings.

Today in New Orleans 11.07.12

There’s plenty to do this Wednesday evening, whether you want to catch some early opera with a few cold ones in the Warehouse District, hang out with service industry folk in the Bywater, or see some Austin rockers playing at One Eyed Jack’s.  On this day in 1848, Louisiana native Zachary Taylor was elected President of the United States. Now, more Wednesday events. 

Today in New Orleans 10.03.12

It’s a Wednesday packed with activities around the Big Easy, whether you’re in the mood for a free show after work or a concert from one of the three big acts in town tonight. Music lovers can choose from Victor Wooten at the Howlin’ Wolf, Dinosaur Jr. Uptown, and Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes in the Treme. On this date in our state’s history, Hurricane Hilda hit St. Mary Parish in 1964, causing 100 million dollars in damages. Now for today’s events: 

Today in New Orleans: 9.26.12

Today in the Big Easy, dance in Lafayette Square after work, hear local gigs all over the city, or bounce into the late night hours at the Big Top. For those looking for something a little off the beaten path, “Esoterotica,” is at the Allways with original erotic readings from local writers. Happy Birthday to the trumpet player and UNO Alum Nicholas Payton, who makes 39 today. The son of late bassist Walter Payton won a Grammy Award in 1997 for his song “Stardust.” Now, more on what’s happening today in New Orleans.

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