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August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

Beausoleil Day

Fete to Honor 250th Anniversary of Acadian Arrival

Expelled from their home in Acadie, 202 refugees later to become known as Cajuns arrived in New Orleans 250 years ago. On Saturday (2.21), a program of readings, music, dance, and food at the Old U.S. Mint will commemorate that arrival at 2:30p.m.


Organizer Warren Perrin elaborates, “We are going to stage a two hour event that consists of historical readings of the only remain historical documents that record the arrival of Beausoleil and the Acadians. There will also be singing, dancing, praying—things that Acadians did when they arrived and what they experienced during they four months that they were in New Orleans.”


Highlights include performances by Bruce Daigrepont including his celebrated historical ballad, Acadie á La Louisiane. New Orleans based filmmaker Glen Pitre and Dr. Michael Vincent will act out the reports of the émigrés arrival by Acting Gov. Aubry and Denis-Nicolas Foucault. Perrin says that the afternoon will end on a “optimistic note” with a song from the third grade students at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans.


The nations of France and Canada will both send official representatives as well.


The event marking the sestercentennial was inspired by a book co-authored  by Perin along with his wife Mary Broussard Perrin, and frequent collaborator Phil Comeau. Acadie: Then and Now is a people’s history of the Acadians told through 65 different articles. However, the book and forum are just two elements in a larger celebration of the anniversary called the Grande Reveil.


Perrin tells NoDef, “The word connotes the reawakening. It’s similar to reveillon dinners in New Orleans.”


The day is intended to provide a reminder of the past as well as the special role that Acadians still play. “Every group of Francophone that came to Louisiana assimilated except for one the Acadians,” Perrin says as he explains how the people completed transplanted their culture across the continent. “And, they fought for two hundred and fifty year to make sure that those efforts weren't in vain.”


Perrin notes that only one half of one percent of New Orleans residents indicated Cajun ancestry in the last census, yet the culture is ubiquitous. “It’s hard to walk through the French Quarter and not hear Cajun music, or see ads for Cajun food or culture. Clearly one of the facts that the non assimilation of the Acadians is a vital part of our tourist industry. It was not intended this way, but it is unintended effect. We didn’t become a Disneyland. Other groups came to North America to be Americas, but we did not. We are a culture that developed entirely in North America. It developed in Acadie and was transplanted to Louisiana. That benefits everyone. Tourists come to see a culture that has not become a Disneyland or a caricature of itself.”


Organizers were emphatic about the community support they have received including National Park Service; the Louisiana State Museum; Gregor Trumel the French Consul-Gen. of New Orleans; the French American Chamber of Commerce;; Perrin & Associates Architects; the Boudreaux Family Association; CODOFIL-West Bank Chapter; CODOFIL; the Francophone Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association; Andrepont Printing, Inc.; CAFA Inc., Good Old Cajun seasonings; Gerami Academy of Fine Arts; New Orleans Conventions and Tourist Bureau; the Acadian Memorial; Renaissance Cadienne; NAP; Festivals Acadiens et Creoles; and Louisiane-Acadie GRA2015.

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