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March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food

 

Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house

 

Red

Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko

 

Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician

 

LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more

 

Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington


Bourbon Street Dive Johnny White's to Close at End of June


by Mary-Devon Dupuy

It’s hard to find a local on Bourbon St., at least one that isn’t on the job. The majority of the time, natives leave the hand grenades, t-shirt shops, and strip clubs for the tourists. But one corner watering hole bar sets itself apart as “the bar that never closes,” and NoDef is sad to report that Johnny White’s Sports Bar is losing that title after 22 years in its current location. On June 30, the bar will shut its doors. There may even be a lock involved.

 

 

In a city where dive bars seem to be in a race to the bottom, Johnny White's stands out even among the crowded field. Full of dust and in possession of one of the most rickety staircases this side of a horror film, the bar wears its years proudly. Located at 720 Bourbon Street, it's a local's bar that sits in the middle of a tourist strip where everyone else is trying to pack 'em in. The space is simple and seats no more than a dozen, without any of the glitzy Bourbon Street decorations or neon signs outside. There are Mardi Gras beads hanging from the doors, but what else would they use to lock the doors?

 

The 24/7 watering hole gained a place in the national media in the wake of Katrina, when the bar became a safe haven for those who stayed in the area for the storm. Without the locks on the doors and safe on the original high ground, patrons and employees kept the bar open throughout Katrina despite the lack of water or electricity.

 

JD Landrum said the owners of the building have decided not to renew his lease. The long time owner says he’s “not bitter about it.”

 

“It was a good 22 year run. I tried to extend it for another five years, mostly for the employees,” JD said.  




Well... Johnny whites been

Well... Johnny whites been gone and Melvin also..time for the new generation to even .... that up. I knew it was bad the day they took that juxebox out..lol.. new orleans is for sure lost....

The bar will reopen in

The bar will reopen in September. And no, it will not be a daiquiri bar or a tourist trap. It will be a safe, clean place for locals to gather and proudly carry on the name of Johnny White. A lot will change, but a lot will stay the same. Same great prices; new, clean restrooms; and no more episodes of 'Undercover Stings' will be filmed there:) Give the White family a chance - you will pleasantly surprised!

So I guess there will be

So I guess there will be another "neon, daiquiri bar" in its place to trash up Bourbon. Probably with a loud cover's band blaring their obnoxious sounds out onto Bourbon ST. Shame on the owners of the building.

Yo, J.D. - I remember the

Yo, J.D. - I remember the beginning and the years before that on St.Peter St.! Hope you're well...

What the hell, our favorite

What the hell, our favorite place

"The owners" of the building

"The owners" of the building are the family of Johnny White that are finally letting a lease written by Johnny almost as a favor expire. Now Johnny's family can do with it as they please and not have someone else use his name.

Now the actual owners of

Now the actual owners of Johnny White's can take over.

ahh noo!

ahh noo!

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