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Defender Picks



May 30th

Down on Their Luck Orchestra

Music at the Mint, 2PM

Jazz at the Old U.S. Mint


Craft Happy Hour

Ogden, 6PM

Learn to make paper magnolias with Suzonne Stirling


Vibrational Sound Therapy

Glitter Box, 6PM

Discover the energetic magic of Himalayan Singing Bowls with Faun Fenderson


Monty Banks

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Trad Jazz, rat pack era swing and more



Peristyle in City Park, 6:30PM

High Intensity Interval Training



Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield


Gender 101

LGBT Community Center, 7PM

Expand your understanding of gender


Thinkin' with Lincoln

Bayou Beer Garden, 7PM

Trivia on the patio


Spring Wrap-Up Show

Arts Estuary 1024, 8PM

Performances and screenings by the artist residents


High Profile

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

NOLA drag stars host a variety talent show, The Stage


May 31st

Abe Thompson

Market Café, 3:30PM

Feat. The Doctors of Funk


Food Waste Collection

Children’s Resource Center, 5PM

Bring your frozen food scraps to be composted


Weird Wine Wednesdays

Spirit Wine, 6PM

Free wine tasting


Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Food, drinks, yoga


CeCe Winans

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Part of the “Let Them Fall In Love” tour


Dance for Bathrooms

Three Keys, 8PM

Benefitting Music Box Village


Rooftop Cinema

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A showing of But I’m A Cheerleader


Major Bacon

Banks St. Bar, 10PM

Sizzlin blues and free BLTs


Caleb Ryan Martin

Check Point Charlie, 11PM

Acoustic blues and roots


June 1st

Jazz in The Park

Armstrong Park, 4PM

Jon Clearly + the Absolute Monster Gentlemen


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing of My Love Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris


Mardi Gras Concert

Tipitina’s, 6PM

Benefitting Marty Hurley Endowment Center


Summer Of Sustainability

Aquarium Of The Americas, 630PM

Enjoy oysters in a unique setting


Magical Burlesque

The Willow, 7PM

Harry Potter themed burlesque show


Bonnie Bishop

One Eyed Jack’s, 9PM

Sweet country rock



14 Parishes, 9PM

Roasts, toasts and laughs


Una Walkonhorst

The Circle Bar, 930PM

Also feat. Patrick Sylvester


Lost Stars

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Support by Mighty Brother 



June 2nd

Symphony Book Fair

Lakefront Arena, 9AM

Benefitting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra


Summer Kick Off Film Party

Second Line Stages, 5PM

Supporting BREASTS the film


Nateus Photography Opening

Cherry Espresso Bar, 6PM

Photos as a medium of self expression, snacks included


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Zoo, 6PM

Showing of the movie Moana


Self Absorbed


A peek inside fifteen artists


Lagniappe Performance Series

Loyola Univeristy @ Marquette Hall, 7PM

Performance by Mikhala W. Iversen


As One

Marigny Opera House, 8PM

A transgender musical odyssey


Joel Wilson

The Building, 9PM

Also featuring Simon Lott as Context Killer



Blue Nile, 11PM

GoGo Brass Funk band 



June 3rd

Grand Opening Party

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

Pouring on all 12 taps


Water Words

New Orleans Public Library, 11AM

Exploring the special role of water in our city and in life


Basics of Beekeeping

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn how to start your own apiary


First Saturday Gallery Openings

Arts District, 6PM

Check out new and returning exhibitions


Harrison Avenue Stroll

Harrison Avenue, 5PM

Food, drinks, fun


Louisiana Wetlands

Carol Robinson Gallery, 5PM

Original art by Dave Ivey


Moonlit Paddle

Manchec Swamp, 545PM

Enjoy an evening of paddling close to home


Final Gala Concert

Jazz and Heritage Center, 8PM

Closing out the Birdfoot Festival


Canine Karaoke

Homedale Inn Bar, 9PM

Supporting the Love A Pit Foundation



Poor Boys Bar, 12AM

Resident DJs, along with special guest


June 4th

June Puppy Social

Louisiana SPCA, 10AM

Toys, treats, low impact agility


Jazz Brunch

Josephine Estelle, 11AM

Live sounds served sunny side up



The Drifter Hotel, 12PM

Presented by Techno Club


Book Discussion

Garden District Book Shop, 12PM

C.D. Colins discusses her memoir


Summer Reading Kick Off

NOPL Youth Services, 1PM

Feat. Roots music and books by Johnette Downing


Saving Abel

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

With support by Akadia and First Fracture


Open Mic and Slam

Ashé Cac, 7PM

Team SNO + Jahman Hill


Edge Film Festival

Zeitgeist Center, 730PM

Short film screenings + awards


Frontier Ruckus

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Enjoy some multi genre rock

Balancing Act

Stoop Kids Offer an Eclectic Sound on New Mixtape ‘Queue’

Several years back, indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch revealed his rules for making art — a list that culminated in the pronouncement that despite the gravitas that the public often awards its innovators, nothing is original. The true struggle of the artist, Jarmusch wrote, is to find a new way of expression. He wrote, “Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.” Stoop Kids, a New Orleans-born outfit self-described as a “psychedelic jukebox,” is a band in Jarmusch’s tradition. The group melds sunny surf-pop, heady psych-rock, with jazz, soul, hip-hop, and EDM production flourishes for a wholly unique sound that does right by its musical ancestors. 


To ask a Stoop Kid himself, you would get a similar response. Frontman Griffin Dean told NoDef that their sound is "a mix of old genres. Doo wop, first and foremost. But also soul, blues, Hawaiian surf rock, psychobilly, hip hop, classic rock." The band all bonded over music while attending college in the Crescent City, introducing each other to their respective favorite influences. Though the long list might read undisciplined, there is a clear distillation in Stoop Kids' sound that reveals a musical methodology to their madness. 


True to their penchant for honoring their musical roots, a move to Nashville earlier this year does not change the Stoop Kids’ consideration that they are a New Orleans band. The five-piece outfit is fronted by Dean, who performs vocals, guitar, songwriting, and rapping duties. Thomas Eisenhood (baritone saxophone, harmonies), Sam Fruend (bass, harmonies), David Paternostro (guitar, keys), and Joe Tontillo (drums) round out the sound. 


Their newest effort, Queue, is an auditory bricolage of influences. The band refers to the output as a mixtape rather than an album due to its intentional lack of thematic or generic cohesion. According to Dean, it is “purposefully all over the place. Life is so often in flux, so the music is in flux.” And lest fans think it’s a mixtape in name alone — the boys personally made cassette tape compilations of Queue for limited edition sale, in addition to releasing digital copies on Spotify and SoundCloud. 


Any attempt to pin point the sound of the 10-track Queue will be in vain, but that frustration is all part of the fun. It’s a grand Stoop Kids tradition to fuse multiple genres into one cohesive, singular sound. “Good Enough” a timeless yet referential pop tune, blends the nostalgic harmonies that remind the listener, from moment to moment, of surfy Beach Boys to soulful Temptations. The retro vocals are matched with a contempo-psych style that put Stoop Kids in the company of Foxygen and Tame Impala. 


The album then moves to “Motions,” the third official single off of Queue which tracks the group’s funk explorations. The song is capably shaped by retro-filtered production touches that call back to Mark Ronson’s work with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars. It is also the track, along with “Good Enough,” that the band has the most fun performing live, according to Dean. 


The transition from the catchy “Curious Man” to make way for the dreamy hip hop track “Hey Banana” illustrates how dexterous this quintet is in adopting and reinventing sounds. The group welcomed rapper J.O. to latter, a predominantly psych-surf tune. In the capable hands of J.O., the only musical collaborator featured on the album, the hip hop verse wisely bridges the seemingly disparate sounds. For the Gen X listener, Queue then transitions to the 90’s rock inspired “Tahoe,” written about their time on the road. 


A stand-out track from the album is Stoop Kids’ latest single “Got Soul,” which dropped hours before Queue’s release on Friday (5.5). The song mixes late-90’s slow jams sensibilities with electronic-filtered vocals, brass instrument accompaniment, and a damn catchy hook. The refrain, “When you get high, I get high / When you get low, I get high” will sure to get you boppin’. What is most interesting is how each of these separate elements come together over each verse; the band teases each separate feature, allowing them to meld together with room to breathe. By the end of the track, it is a cohesive and soaring sound of unanticipated proportions.


Looking toward the future, the band is happy to get back on the road for an extensive tour promoting Queue. They will drop back by NOLA when they take the stage this summer at Mid-City’s Bayou Boogaloo


Though Queue has been released just a few days, Dean says that the band already has songs written for another EP, anticipated for a 2018 release. Their new work will be a more definable offering than the expansive Queue — a mixture of their leading influences, nostalgic doo-wop harmonies and modern hip hop, into a sound that Dean terms ‘doo-hop.’


Keep in the know with Stoop Kids here


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