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Bayou St. John (12:15 PM-9:15 PM)
A music fest on the water featuring Alexis and the Samuri, Remedy Krewe, Fleur de Tease, Hot 8 Brass Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more
Bayou St. John (11:00AM-1:00PM)
Pocket Aces Brass Band and Bone Tone Brass lead this year's second line, which starts and ends at Bayou Boogaloo!
Central City (1 p.m)
Second lines! Won't bow down!
Mid-City (All day)
Church and a parade to celebrate the club's 104th year
House of Blues (9:00 PM)
The Comedy Central comedian is here for some standup!
Big Top (7 p.m.)
8-16 piece traveilling circus punk troupe. Need we say more? Is there anymore to say? with Sammy Kay and the East Los Three, Dead Legends
Art Klub, 513 Elysian Fields Ave (8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Joe Krown feat. Russell Batiste and Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Maple Leaf (10:30PM)
Weekly gig on Oak with Krown on the organ, Washington firing up the guitar strings, and Batiste on the drums.
Hot 8 Brass Band
Howlin’ Wolf Den (10:00PM)
Weekly gig from some of the city’s best in brass
Sunday Youth Music Workshop
All ages workshop with Johnny Vidacovich. Bring your instruments!
Cajun Fais Do Do
Bruce Daigrepont is playing the washboard and getting you to bed early
Krewe du Guza
Le Bon Temps Roule (10:00PM)
Sunday Funday weekly gig from the husband and wife duo
Today in New Orleans: 7.5.12
Ninety-nine years ago today, rhythm and blues musician Smiley Lewis was born in De Quincey, Louisiana. Lewis recorded “I Hear You Knockin’” in 1955, and it made the mid-century Billboard Charts. Sixty years later, Essence Fest is back in the city, and it’s a good day for art lovers of all kinds. More bookish lovers of soul can check out the Bayou Soul Writer’s and Reader’s Conference. If that doesn’t leave you feeling empowered enough, there’s still enough time to catch Lanford Wilson’s Civil Rights Era play, The Gingham Dog, at the Elm Theatre on Julia.
Essence Music Festival (Superdome, through the weekend) All day at the Dome from July 5-8, Essence fest will be providing fierce, fun, and fabulous music with a healthy dose of empowerment. On the agenda for today is OMG Girlz, Kaitlyn Nichol and the Roots of Music. You can visit the festival's site for more info.
Bayou Soul Writers & Readers Conference Every Essence Fest weekend, readers, authors, publishers, and established writers come together to share ideas and empower the city’s potential young literary talent. On July 5-6, book lovers can attend panels, celebrity speakers, and lunches with some the New Orleans’ finest writers. 2012’s conference, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” is partnering with M Francis Gallery, 604 Julia St. For more info or to register for the conference, visit the BSWRC’s website.
The Gingham Dog (Elm Theater, 220 Julia Street, 8pm) Lanford Wilson’s play takes place in 1968 and follows the separation of an interracial couple, Gloria and Vincent. Tensions mount as the pair divide their possessions and uncover the racially charged animosity underneath years of their struggling marriage. You can still catch Wilson’s play until July 7.
Helen Gillet’s Wazozo Zorchestra (Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles, 10pm)Local cellist and singer is playing at Lee Circle tonight, and she’s bringing her big band with her. The style of Gillet’s Wazozo Zorchestra differs from her usual jazz improvisation, and you’re likely to hear everything from American Underground to French pop tunes sung by the native speaker herself.
Meanwhile, Geno Delafose plays Zydeco Night (Rock n Bowl, 8pm), and Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers (Vaughn’s, 9pm) will be playing their usual gigs, and cellist Helen Gillet is bringing her one of a kind “zorchestra” to the Circle Bar.
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