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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

Burning Han?

SciFi Krewe Ready to Chewburnitall

The planet Kashyyyk is home to the wookies. The Nevada desert is home to Burning Man. But, only New Orleans can call themselves home to the first annual IGNITION:Chewburnitall. The three day art, music, and science extravaganza from the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is set to lift off October 15th through 18th.


Space Commander Chewbaccacabra (Overlord) Ryan Ballard explains, “We kind of decided to take the best parts of a subgenius revival and combine it with the Chewbacchus thing, and the best parts of T-Bois. And, burn some big sculptures like many of us do at Burning  Man. It has little bits and pieces inspired by many things.”


The inaugural event will best staged at an urban campground. Ballard says that the find was accidental, “It’s a beautiful campground right next tot he Industrial Canal. It’s a little gem that we noticed during MOM’s Ball last year. It has a pond, it’s wooded. It even has a little natural amphitheater.”


After fest-goers arrive and set up camp for the weekend, they will find no shortage of sensory delights. Interactive art including Spiders from Mars (incorporating projector-mapped images onto custom made puppets), a hypnotic Crystal Matrix Portal, and downtown icon Gilliam, a magical 50-foot cloud whale will on all be on hand. For those in elevated states, the glowing Consciousness Transfer Dome will be a draw.


The event may be surreal, but it is still a New Orleans gathering. So, there will be music. The lineup includes The Jerk Officers, DJ JayRad (Brooklyn), DJ Mic Phedusha, DJ Otto, DJ Tristan Dufrene, DJ Javier Drada, and Carey Stewart.


Of course, Chewburnitall will feature some burning. On the first night, the massive “Deep Thought,” a flammable homage to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will be sparked up. On the second evening, the “The Wicker Wookiee” (exactly what you think it is) will be set ablaze first. While that is happening, Chewbacchians will vacate fest HQ a.k.a. “Mission Control.” Then said SuperDome-flying saucer command center will also feel the torch.


Ballard stresses that the burning is celebratory “We are doing this to honor the great god Chewbacchus. We are releasing the pure energy from the sun. The sun shines on the earth and the plants. Leaves soak in sunlight and trees grow, creating wood. Trees are eventually and cut down and we use the wood to create the idol of Chewbacchus. When we burn, we are releasing the star, the sunlight itself back into the atmosphere. Even the great god Chewbacchus must be returned back into the essence of starlight.”


The Burning Man influences extend beyond the bonfires. Ballard explains that many of the organizers are avid Burners and plan to carry those values into Chewburnitall. One group set up a team to make certain that the “leave no trace” ethos is successfully executed. Philosophies like radical expression, self reliance, and the gift economy will all filter into the fest. Said gift economy means that some krewes are planning to set up kitchens and feed the fest. (However, for those who prefer fiat currency in their transactions, food trucks will be on hand).


For lagniappe, organizers teamed up with New Orleans Video Assist to create Radio Free Chewbacchus! Promotional materials explain that RFC is “An interactive live broadcast for the IGNITION: Chewburnitall event. Featuring a rotating cast of characters and live DJ performances, Radio Free Chewbaccus will be your source for weather, interviews with artists, theme camp event promos and late breaking important information at IGNITION.”


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