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Defender Picks



October 7th


Champions Square, 8p.m.

English indie rock band


George Ezra

The Civic, 7:30p.m.

Also ft. Andrew Duhon


Brand New

UNO Lakefront Arena, 7:30p.m.

Alt-rock band from Long Island


Screwtape Letters

The Saenger, 8p.m.

Theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ novel


South Toward Home

Maple Street Book Shop, 7p.m.

Travels in Southern Literature


October 8th

ASAP Rocky

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Harlem rapper come to NOLA



The Civic, 8p.m.

Swedish heavy metal band


Twin Shadow

Republic, 8p.m.

Dominican-American musician


Ogden After Hours

Ogden, 5:30p.m.

This week ft. King Edward


Creole Son

Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.

Account of Edgar Degas in Nola


October 9th

Ariana Grande

Smoothie King Center, 7:30p.m.

Pop musician known for licking donuts she doesn’t buy


Kacey Musgraves

Howlin’ Wolf, 6:30p.m.

Country and Western Rhinestone Revue


Blackest of the Black ft. Danzig

The Civic, 6:30p.m.

Also ft. Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain


Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5p.m.

Opening of Traditions Transfigured


La Traviata

Mahalia Jackson Theater, 8p.m.

Opera story of love and sacrifice


October 10th

Dwight Yoakam

Orpheum Theater, 8:30p.m.

Singer-songwriter and country music pioneer


Meg Myers

OEJ, 7p.m.

Smoky Mountain singer-songwriter


Moon Taxi

The Civic, 8p.m.

Nashville rock band



HOB, 7p.m.

Reggae from Cali


Suggestive Gestures

Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.

Experimental feature and drag performance


Moonlight Market: A Celebration of 20 Years of CCFM

Reyn Studios, 7p.m.

Crescent City Farmers Market fundraiser


October 11th

Bent, Not Broken Gallery Talk

Ogden, 2p.m.

With Curator, Michael Meads


Odd Man Out

Prytania, 10a.m.

Part of Halloween Classic Series


Masters of Illusion

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Magicians from the hit TV show


Papa Mali

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

George Porter Jr., Robert Hunter and Bill Kreutzmann

Chris Trew Talks Wrestlemania with Sgt. Slaughter

by Chris Trew

Chris Trew is gearing up for Wrestlemania 30, set for April 6 at the Dome. The comedian and wrestling enthusiast talked to the event's former headliner, Sgt. Slaughter, about his career, hopes for the upcoming event, and New Orleans.   


Sgt. Slaughter is truly an old school professional wrestling superstar. He was world champion when the E was an F (as in World Wrestling Federation) and his most famous storyline involved the Gulf War, where he played the role of an Iraqi sympathizer.


That heel turn (wrestling talk for "bad guy") led to the man born Robert Remus headlining Wrestlemania 7 against the immortal Hulk Hogan. We're now well on the road to Wrestlemania 30 which will take place in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday April 6th. With it comes a slew of events that will take over New Orleans and the WWE sent Sgt. Slaughter to the site of the big one a little early to spread the word. 


Sgt. Slaughter is no stranger to the Big Easy. "Always great to come back in New Orleans. I started coming here in 1975 working for Bill Watts. Wasn't as gifted as I am today in the ring but it was a learning experience. Always enjoyed coming to New Orleans, it was always a treat. It's a different place from Shreveport (where we were based)."


In terms of matchups Sgt. Slaughter would like to see, the hall-of-famer said his number one would be to see "Brock Lesnar take on the Undertaker."  


"I know some things that I’d like to have happened. I really look forward to the anticipation of WrestleManias. After each one, I wonder how they’re going to top [each other]. But they always do," said Sgt. Slaughter. 


Sgt. Slaughter told Trew, "Other things I’m kind of looking at in the back of my mind, there are some hall-of-famers who are going to be involved in Wrestlemania. If Wrestlemania 1 was thirty years ago, why not try to get some of the players that were at Wrestlemania 1—Hulk Hogan, Mr. T’s, Bob Orton," he continued. 


Sgt. Slaughter shared his story of becoming a villain. "I was sitting at home on a Sunday afternoon watching NASCAR racing and the phone rang, and I answered it," said Sgt. Slaughter. The call was from Vince McMahon. "'You ready to go back to work?' he asked."


McMahon pitched the idea to Sgt. Slaughter. "He started laying this idea out about me being an Iraqi sympathizer, and going against America, that we were weak and letting Iraq push them around…he made the whole thing up. He showed me a model of the Coliseum in ’08, wanted to break the record for Wrestlemania 3," said Sgt. Slaughter. 


If he were an active wrestler, Sgt. Slaughter said he'd be feuding with Dolph Ziggler. "He reminds me a lot of Ricky Steamboat or Mr. Perfect. A little bit of Ric Flair," said Sgt. Slaughter.  


Sgt. Slaughter offered some predictions for Wrestlemania 40. "I predict it will be in a spaceship going around Mars. Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan. Or Shane McMahon's children," he said. 


Listen to the entire interview at Trew 2 the Game, courtesy of Nola Defender. Tickets are on sale now for all of the events surrounding Wrestlemania 30, including the Hall of Fame, Axxess and Monday Night Raw. 

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