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VENDREDI

April 28th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

And it begins! 

 

Yestadt Millinery Pop-Up

W New Orleans, 10AM

Shop the latest hat styles

 

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

A lecture on the hidden musicians of Venice: the fascinating story of Vivaldi's all-female orchestra

 

Movie Screening: Personal Shopper

Prytania Theatre, 6PM/8PM 

Kristen Stewart stars as a shopper who sees ghosts, screened as a closing event of the New Orleans French Film Festival

 

Bar Redux Third Anniversary

Bar Redux, 8PM

Feat. JD Hill and the Jammers

 

Dark Star Orchestra

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

The sound of the Grateful Dead

 

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Harper reteams with his longtime supporting band

 

The Soul Rebels

Blue Nile, 10PM

Brass legends bring da funk to Frenchmen 

 

Flow Tribe and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Backbone crackin' music

 

Bayou Boylesque

GrandPre's, 10PM

All-male local burlesque

 

Questlove

House of Blues, 12AM

The Roots drummer performs a late night DJ set

 

Screening: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog & Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Prytanian Theatre, 12AM

Screening of the Neil Patrick Harris show and Buffy's musical ep "Once More, With Feeling" 

SAMEDI

April 29th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Day two 

 

Galactic + Roar

Tipitina's, 8PM

Funk jazz jam

 

Thunder from Down Under

Harrah's Casino, 8PM

Australian's Chipendales style male dancers

 

Shannon and the Clams

Siberia, 9PM

Garage indie surf-punk 

 

Stooges Brass Band

Blue Nile, 9:30PM

NOLA classics remixed with heavy hip hop influence

 

Mod Dance Party

Circle Bar, 10PM

Monthly 60's themed event, with DJ Matty

 

Honey Island Swamp Band

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Swamp Americana. Feat. The London Souls

 

STS9

Joy Theater, 10PM

Instrumental electronic rock

 

Gutenberg! The Musical! 

The Theatre at St. Claude, 10:30PM

Last night of the musical comedy about making a show about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg

 

The Heat

Maison, 11:30PM

Feat. Ivan Neville, Oteil Burbridge, Stanton Moore, and Eric Krasno

DIMANCHE

April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one

 

Breakfest

Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year

 

Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic

 

Dan TDM

Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town

 

Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler

 

One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil

 

Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band

 

What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films


Birdfoot Begins

Birdfoot Festival Brings Chamber Music to New Orleans



A chamber music festival has begun in New Orleans, but you should probably leave your tuxedos and evening gowns at home.

 

Between May 19 and May 25, the second annual Birdfoot Festival will be bringing to New Orleans live performances of some of the most celebrated chamber music ever written and presenting innovative programming in unexpected and easily accessible locales. Venues include Snug Harbor, the recently opened Little Gem Saloon, and Tulane University’s Dixon Hall. Featuring works ranging from Bach to Brahms, Mozart to Messiaen, and Ravel to Reich, this festival has something for classical aficionados and dilettantes alike.

 

There was once a time when classical concerts weren’t the formal, staid affairs many have come to expect today, with reticent patrons only applauding in accordance with some outdated rules of etiquette.

 

Take, for example, the premiere of Mozart’s “Paris” Symphony in 1778. In an ensuing letter to his father, the gifted composer spoke enthusiastically of the boisterous crowd in attendance: “Right in the middle of the First Allegro came a Passage that I knew would please, and the entire audience was sent into raptures...” The emphatic response was so affirmative that Mozart treated himself to some ice cream on his way home.

 

For Jenna Sherry, artistic director and contributing violinist for the Birdfoot Festival, her retelling of Mozart’s experience highlights the intimate bond between musician and audience and the problem with formality surrounding classical music performances.

 

“Does that sound like a classical music concert? If I applaud during concerts, I get glared at,” Sherry said with a laugh. “The term ‘classical music’ makes it sound like it belongs in a museum. And it doesn’t. It’s live. And never the same twice.”

 

“I want the performance experience to be a living thing.”

 

Though now a resident of the UK, New Orleans-born Sherry understands the power of live music in the city and the openness of local audiences to new and eclectic music. This is one of several reasons, Sherry explained, that she was so eager to establish a festival in her hometown. It also explains why Birdfoot will be offering its concerts in relaxed, atmospheric spaces typically occupied by jazz or blues bands. With crowds physically closer to the stage, and by presenting chamber music in a setting that may challenge listener expectations, Sherry hopes that audiences will be so engaged as to start asking questions about their relationship with the music and how the space and presentation of the music shapes their experience.

 

“In order for art to be alive and thriving in this age, it has to keep asking these questions,’ she said.

 

With less than two weeks of joint rehearsals, sixteen highly regarded musicians from across the globe will be presenting the evocative chamber works. Included in this company is acclaimed British pianist Danny Driver, who performed just last March with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and has a long association with New Orleans. Also featured is Borromeo String Quartet violinist Kristopher Tong and Israeli clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein.

 

On Sunday, May 19 at 5:30 pm Birdfoot will be granting access to an open rehearsal at Madewood Plantation House in Napoleonville, followed by a big-ticket dinner with the musicians featuring the cuisine of Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon, 2011 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: South award.

 

Back in New Orleans on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 pm is “Birdfoot Backstage with WWNO 89.9 and Gwen Thompkins” at the Jewish Community Center in Uptown. This event will feature the host of Music Inside Out engaging in a discussion with performers about their craft and insights about their relationship with music. This will be taped live for a later broadcast on WWNO. Admission is free, though reservations are highly recommended.

 

For additional information on this and upcoming events in New Orleans, visit the Birdfoot website or call 504-451-6578. Also stick with the NOLA Defender for previews of upcoming Birdfoot events.

 

Full Schedule:

 

Sunday, May 19: A Musical Feast, Madewood Plantation House, 5:30pm-9pm

 

Tuesday, May 21: Birdfoot Backstage with WWNO 89.9FM, Jewish Community Center, 7:30pm

 

Thursday, May 23: Night Train at Snug Harbor, 8pm & 10pm

 

Friday, May 24: Salon at the Little Gem, 8pm

 

Saturday, May 25: Final Gala Concert, Tulane's Dixon Hall, 8pm  

 

 

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Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt


Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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