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February 25th

Krewe of Iris

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

All-female group is one of Carnival's oldest krewes

 

Krewe of Tucks

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

1,300 men and women make up one of the most satirical and irreverent krewes in Mardi Gras

 

Krewe of Endymion 

Mid-City Route, 4:15PM

One of the biggest and most extravagant parades, Endymion is long enough to last all night

 

Big Freedia

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Bounce Queen moves ‘dat azz

 

Leroy Jones Quartet

The Bombay Club, 8:30PM

Classic jazz trumpet

 

Sticky Fingers

House of Blues, 8PM

Australian reggae rockers

 

SiriusXM Jam On Presents: Galactic

Tipitina’s, 11PM

First-rate funk band is joined tonight by Stoop Kids

 

Hustle with DJ Soul Sister

Hi-Ho Lounge, 11PM

Underground disco and rare groove dance party 

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10PM

Beloved brass band takes the stage

 

Washboard Chaz Blues Trio

Blue Nile, 7PM

The iconic Washboard Chaz takes a break from the Tin Men to lead this trio 

DIMANCHE

February 26th

Krewe of Okeanos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11AM

Celebrating it's 68th year, Okeanos is heavy on tradition

 

Krewe of Mid-City

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 11:45AM

Yes, the Mid-City krewe is parading along the Uptown route

 

Krewe of Thoth

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 12PM

Thoth seeks to bring Carnival joy to the sick and infirm 

 

Krewe of Bacchus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:15PM

Celebrating the God of wine, feasts, and general good times, Bacchus is one of the most anticipated parades 

 

Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers

Rare Form, 4PM

NYC-based hot jazz, blues and swing

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Academy Awards Watch Party

Prytania Theatre, 6PM 

Enjoy snacks, cocktails and more as the rich & famous vie for those golden statuettes ($25)

 

Swingin’ Sundays

The Allways Lounge, 8PM

Weekly recurring dance lessons to live swing music (FREE)

 

LEON + Jacob Banks

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

European invasion from Swedish indie pop star LEON and UK-based R&B singer Jacob Banks ($15)

 

Dumpstaphunk + Miss Mojo

Howlin' Wolf, 10PM

Ivan & krewe bring da funk, joined by Miss Mojo

 

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & John Papa Gros

d.b.a., 11PM

Golden Eagles Chief brings Mardi Gras Indian funk

 

Jason Neville Band

Vaso, 11PM

Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose


Blue Oak Bringing BBQ to Chickie Wah Wah


by Sam Nelson

A pair of local smoker savants are looking to fill up the 'cue on Canal. Starting October 1, Blue Oak BBQ will move in permanently to the kitchen at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St.), replacing The Sammich. To kick off the transition, Blue Oak is going whole hog with a pig roast for the Saints game on Sunday, September 15.

 

The barbecue joint opened in July 2012 in the kitchen at Grit’s bar in Uptown, where they’ve served food six nights a week.

 

“We’re very excited about these guys coming,” Chickie Wah Wah’s co-owner, Dale Triguero said.  “They serve great food. They are young, ambitious, and serious about what they do."

 

The pig roast on Sunday is a chance for Blue Oak proprietors Ronnie Evans and Philip Moseley to introduce their food to Mid-City.

 

“We want the neighborhood to get to know what we do before we move in,” Evans said. “For us, it’s just a new neighborhood we love about this city.  And it’s a great venue for music that we think will be good for barbecue.”

 

Evans and Moseley will begin roasting a 45 lb. piglet at 3 a.m. and smoke it for almost 12 hours before serving it during the Saints game, which kicks off at 3:05 p.m.

 

“We’ll have a big old smoker parked right in front of the bar,” Evans said.  “It’s a process, but when it’s all said and done, it’s worth it.”

 

Blue Oak will also be selling brisket, pulled pork, fried green tomatoes, St. Louis-style ribs, their version of deviled eggs, mac and cheese, brussel sprouts, and their signature dish “smoked chicken wings.”  All food is smoked over local oak wood they source from a farm on the West Bank, Evans said.

 

“We’re still working on our menu for the kitchen, though,” Evans said.

 

Beginning October 1, Blue Oak BBQ will open its kitchen weekdays daily at 4 pm for happy hour (featuring $2 domestics at the bar) and stay open until midnight, Triguero said. They will serve food on weekends for LSU and Saints games.  

 

Triguero noted that everyone knows Chickie Wah Wah for its music.  

 

“But we only have music three out of 24 hours in a day," he said. "I really prefer people to think of us a eatery who just happens to have music. That would be ideal.” 

 

Blue Oak BBQ will begin serving food at 2:30 pm before the Saints-Bucaneers game.  Immediately after the game, Andreux and the See of Sounds will play a live music set.  

 

“We think it’s going to be the start of a good relationship,” Triguero said.  




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