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Vendredi

April 25th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include The Avett Brothers, Public Enemy and, Aurora Nealand 

 

Underground Railroad Film Screening

NOMA (5 p.m.)

Fridays at NOMA features art and music inside, film in the Sculpture Garden, plus food and drink 

 

Rotary Downs + Mike Dillon 

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

New Orleans psych pop, rock n' roll 

 

Backbeat Jazz Fest Series  

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

Soul Rebels, Nigel Hall & the Congregation, and more 

 

Nina Simone Tribute

Cafe Istanbul (11 p.m.)

Tank and the Bangas + Mykia Jovan 

 

Andrew Duhon

Circle Bar (10 p.m.)

Local bluesy singer/songwriter  

 

Trombone Shorty + Orleans Ave.

House of Blues (8 p.m.)

Plus New Breed Brass Band. Tickets are $50  

 

Dumpstaphunk + Easy All Stars + More

Howlin' Wolf (10 p.m.)

Ivan Neville's band joins fellow funk bands on stage, with the Roosevelt Collier Band 

 

Bootsy Collins + DJ Soul Sister

Joy Theater (9 p.m.)

Funk legend joins New Orleans' own queen of rare grooves 

Samedi

April 26th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Robin Thicke, 101 Runners, Branford Marsalis Quartet, and Phish 

 

Shamarr Fest

Shamrock (10 p.m.)

Shamar Allen & The Underdawgs, Hot 8 Brass Band, John Popper of Blues Traveler, and more

 

Cowboy Mouth

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

plus Honey Island Swamp Band 

 

Katdelic

Blue Nile (2 a.m.)

Funk, rock, and hip hop from San Francisco

 

Heatwave

Prytania Bar (9 p.m.)

All-vinyl dance party spinning Motown/garage rock/R&B/soul/oldies

 

HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister 

Hi Ho Lounge (11 p.m.)

Queen of rare grooves spins all-vinyl boogie, funk, and more into the wee hours of the morning 

 

Grayson Capps

Carrollton Station (10 p.m.)

plus the Lost Cause Minstrels + Jamie Lynn Vessels

Dimanche

April 27th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Vampire Weekend, New Birth Brass Band, John Boutte, and more

 

Swinging Sundays

Allways Lounge (8 p.m.)

Swing dance lessons and party, live band from 9 p.m.-midnight 

 

Mogwai

Civic Theatre (8 p.m.)

Prog rock, Majeure opens

 

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Key holder to the city of New Orleans, Clinton, joins DJ Soul Sister

Three-Legged Alligator Angles for Better View at Zurich Classic (VIDEO)


With their humble beginnings on the putt-putt green, golfers are plenty accustomed to alligators as obstacles on the course. But at this stage of their career, the pros competing this weekend at the Zurich Classic in Avondale probably weren't expecting live reptiles. On Thursday's opening round of the competition, an alligator with three legs climbed out of the water and started making its way onto the course, and it got about as . Click through to view:


NOPD Officer Does the Parade Route Wobble During Mardi Gras (VIDEO)


TV news viewers saw Mayor Mitch do the Wobble over Mardi Gras, but he wasn't the only one cutting a rug in an official city capacity. A police officer on parade duty surprised revelers as he joined them on the greatest dance craze since the Cupid Shuffle. Click through to view the video that's quickly going viral:


Mardi Gras Beatdown Caught on Video


One man's Carnival ended down with the uncaught throws after he threw a beer at police, then followed the move up by swinging at a cop. The video of the scene, in which police pile on the man and administer some fist justice, is fast going viral. Click through to view.


'Mixologist' Parodies Craft Cocktail Scene (VIDEO)


Just in time for next week's Tales of the Cocktail, the white guy rappers from the other LA that brought you that Whole Foods parody of Mr. Ghetto's Wal-Mart chime in with a send-up of the fancy drinking scene. With references to cocktails from "pre-Civil War New Orleans," the Ramos Gin Fizz, and huge ice cubes that seem like they would do the trick on an afternoon when the Heat Index is hovering around 110, New Orleanians can find plenty to relate to in "Mixologist." On the other hand, the coasts can have their laughs during the part about $20 cocktails. Certain things are too frightening to be funny. Click through to view:


Les Miles Disowns 'Tiger Son' (VIDEO)


Les Miles has many children, but until today many didn't know about his paternal relationship with Mike the Tiger. In a new ad designed to spotlight a new feature in the NCAA Football 13 video game that allows gamers to swap players among teams, The Mad Hatter's catches the mascot playing as LSU with Robert Griffin III. The lines he delivers next have all the makings of a Tiger Nation craze. Forget the Honey Badger, this thing could be entering Charlie Sheen territory. Watch the ad after the jump:


Horn-Toting German Youth Doesn't Blame Trombone Shorty...For That (VIDEO)


When Trombone Shorty was the same age as Thomas, he was already leading his own brass bands. Being from Germany, the youngster might not have had a to get out in front of a second line quite yet. But a YouTube camera is another story. In a video that Shorty called "one of the best gifts I've ever received," our young singer-trombone player looks into the eyes of his hero's picture, and belts out an accent-heavy rendition of the Tampa Red cut, "Don't Blame Shorty for That." Now isn't that just the cutest thing come over here and let me get a....just watch it:


VIDEO: Bobby Hebert Gives Voice to the LSU Frustrated


As T-Bob's dad and a former Saints Quarterback, Bobby Hebert could probably get an audience in the Mad Hatter's lair anytime he wants. But, empowered by fans' boos of Jordan Jefferson and his media credentials, Hebert decided to lambaste Les Miles during the postgame press conference Monday night. For 43 seconds, Hebert tore into the Mad Hatter because the Tigers didn't play QB Jarrett Lee, or create any offense in the BCS Championship. Since the New York Times says it will live on long past this game, it's probably worth a look:


VIDEO: 'LSU Championship Bounce' Backs That BCS Up


In case you ain't heard, LSU is going to the BCS Championship. Well, actually, they're coming to the championship, because the most important game ever played in the history of college football (Part II) is happening right here in New Orleans. In a related development, it appears the Bounce stylings DJ Jubilee have managed to travel all the way up I-10 to Baton Rogue, and Tiger Stadium is the new Wally World. In a YouTube video that appears poised to go viral titled "LSU Championship Bounce," some LSU students send up their gridiron heroes. Azz not included, so it's safe for work. Now eat grass with it:


Cows Thinking About Forming Social Aide and Pleasure Club


Here in New Orleans, we know that the best way to attract a crowd is to get a few friends and their horns together, and start in with a standard. But French quintent, The New Hot 5, is taking a more scientific approach. And since there are animals involved, it's perfect for YouTube. In this viral video that's taking Europe, "Jazz for Cows," the group plays before a pasture in the countryside, only to have a herd of cattle crowd near them. Look closely, and you might see one of the heifers start to buckjump. Click through to see the video!


Who is Mr. Ghetto?

NoDef Talks to the Man Behind the 'Walmart' Video



A moment of fussing wih the tape recorder provided just enough time for Mr. Ghetto's phone to ring, again.

 

"Wally wally wally wally wally wally wally wally. "


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