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December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON


Glen David Andrews

d.b.a., 10p.m.

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday ($5)


Ice Cold Comedy

Siberia, 9p.m.

Free comedy hosted by Fayard Lindsay


Bluegrass Pickin’ Party

Hi Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Bring your stringed instruments to jam; $2 red beans and rice


Claude Bryant & The Allstars

Banks St. Bar, 9p.m.

Free red beans; $3 Jameson


Christmas in the Oaks

City Park, 6p.m.-10p.m.

The lights go out on Jan 3, don’t miss your chance to catch the show


Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Nealand and her band have a fresh take on traditional jazz


December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show


Open Ears Music Series

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

In the Balcony room  featuring Silky Fire - Lott/ Peake/ Addison


Punk Night

Dragon’s Den, 1a.m.

Every Tuesday is for the punks


Loose Marbles

The Maison, 9p.m.

These yankee born musicians have made a home in New Orleans


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9p.m.



Anders Osborne + John Fohl + Johnny Sansone

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

Local greats take the stage at this Canal St. haunt


Progression Music Series Christmas Party

Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.

Mulled wine and hot buttered rum drink specials


Jason & Ellis Marsalis Christmas Duo

Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, 8p.m.

Drummer and pianist of this local musical family play a holiday duet


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10:30

Rebirth always brings the heat in this intimate Oak St. venue


Ernie Elly

Preservation Hall, 8p.m.

Traditional New Orleans jazz with the Preservation Hall-Stars


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8p.m.

Galactic’s drummer stunts the funk


Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns

Spotted Cat, 6p.m.

Blues with a bite


Comedy Catastrophe

Lost Love Lounge, 10p.m.

Cassidy Henehans hosts; $2 Tecate, $4 Rye and Ginger Beer, $5 Sailor Jerry Dark and Stormy

Mercredi (Christmas Eve)

December 24th

Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 1p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson; $30


DJs D. Lefty Parker & Fensterstock Happy Hour

Siberia, 6p.m.-9p.m.

Last chance to hit Siberia before Christmas when it's closed



Clockwork Elvis: Acoustic Blue Xmas

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

Off the wall King caroling blues


Irvin Mayfield’s NOJO Jam

Royal Sonesta, 8p.m.

Featuring the music of Duke Ellington


Ceasar Brothers Funk Box

Maison, 9:30p.m.

New Orleans sons make the funk do what they want


3rd Annual Christmas Film Festival

Buffa’s, various times

Ranging from A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation all day


Jeudi (Christmas Day)

December 25th


Fast Times

One Eyed Jacks, 10p.m.

An 80s & 90s dance party; $5


Late Night

House of Blues, 11p.m.

No strings attached holiday party


Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 10p.m.

Brass rebels do what they do best, get down


The Trio ft. Johnny Vidachovich

Maple Leaf, 12a.m.

Local funkadelic jazz stars play for Christmas



December 26th

A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Presented by William Credo Agency ft. the Molly Ringwalds, Mixed Nutes, Chee Weez and more


Earphunk + Gravity A

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Funk rockstars keep the spirit going into the new year; $15


The Hitchhiker

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

With DiNOLA plus Donde Wolf; $10


December 27th

Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A night of burlesque and bad girls playing their roles


Lost Bayou Ramblers

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Plus Colin Lake, Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters; $12


Holiday Hangover

Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.

Unicorn Fukr, Marshall Monica, Junk Yard Rhythm Section and more


Dirty Dozen Brass Band

d.b.a., 11p.m.



Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Saenger, 3p.m. & 7p.m.

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without Tchaikovsky and life size Matrushka dolls


Dax Riggs

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

Folk music fit for the apocalypse; $12


Pelicans vs. Spurs

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Big Easy basketballers take on San Antonio


Today's Events: 7.24.11

July 24, when Mormon leader Brigham Young arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley and said, "This is it" (1847), when the rotary-type printing press was pantented (1847), when Machu Picchu was discovered in Peru (1911) and when 91-year-old Hulda Crooks became the oldest woman to climb Japan's highest mountain. Happy birthday to Simon Bolivar (1783), Michael "Kramer" Richards (1949), and Jennifer Lopez (1970). One of the following events might be "it" for you:

Today's Events: 7.22.11

July 22, when Gen. Moses Cleaveland founded The city of Cleveland (1796), when Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world, traveling 15,596 miles in one week (1933), when The Senate rejected President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court (1937), when Emma Lazarus (1849), Oscar De La Renta (1932), Tom Robbins (1936), and Funkadelic George Clinton (1941) were born, when Carl Sandburg died (1967). So let your mothership land at these spots:

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