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Dimanche

April 20th

Gay Easter Parade

Armstrong Park (4:30 p.m.)

Official Gay Easter parade rolls through the French Quarter

 

Goodchildren Easter Parade

Press & St. Claude (1:30 p.m.)

The Social Aide & Pleasure Club throws their annual parade through the Bywater

 

Todd Snider 

Tipitina’s (7:30 p.m.)

Folk-rock and Americana 

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf (10:30 p.m.)

Krown, Batiste, and Washington every Sunday 

 

French Quarter Easter Parade

Canal & Bourbon St. (1 p.m.)

Chris Owens leads the charge            

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf- The Den (10 p.m.)

Premiere NOLA brass with hip-hop, R&B and more 

Lundi

April 21st

Traditional Irish Music

The Irish House (7p.m.)

Murphy's bangers are the most authentic in town, & get the Gaelic jam is straigh outta Offaly

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Prytania Theatre

(12, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)

Wes Anderson's latest features a star studded cast as his signature eccenctrics, this time set in a luxury lodge.

 

Pyeka Balkan Trio

The Marigny Opera House (7p.m.)

A night of "musical meditation" scored by an all female vocal trio.

 

 

Magnetic Mondays with Magnetic Ear

Gasa Gasa (10 p.m.)

Free weekly show from Martin Krusche’s jazz group

 

King James & the Special Men

BJ's Lounge (10p.m.)

Weekly Mon Gig- Burgundy in the Bywater for that downtown rhythm and blues.

 

Glen David Andrews

d.b.a. (10p.m.)

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday


 

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

NOLA funk-gypsy-rockers in Carrollton

 

Charmaine Neville Band

Snug Harbor (8p.m., 10p.m.)

Weekly Mon Gig- The Neville niece brings her soul and her band to Frenchmen

Lundi

April 22nd

Octavia Books (6p.m.)

Reading: Pirates You Don't Know and Other Adventures in the Examined Life

 

Monty Banks as Frank Sinatra

Mahogany Jazz Hall (at the Harem)

Old Blue Eyes Impersonator at a Gentlemen's Club

 

Dayna Kurtz w/Rob Mache

Cafe Istanbull (8p.m.)

Sultry songstress belts out rare gems of the past and originals 

 

Albinas Prizgintas 

Trinity Episcopal Church (6p.m.)

Classical organist creates “nights full of mystery”

 

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band

 

Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

Bullet’s Sports Bar (7p.m.)

Come see Kermit at home in the 7th Ward, and get to bed early

 

Most Wanted Brass Band

Hi-Ho Lounge (10 p.m.)

Ex-Stooges members retake the St. Claude spot

 

Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway St Market (9a.m.-1p.m.)

Weekly Tues Gig- Uptown edition of the city's prime local market

 

Treme Brass Band

d.b.a (10p.m.)

The 6th Ward's home brass band saunters over to Frenchmen for some New Orleans music.


Circling the Food Trucks

Coalition Seeks to Change Laws that Limit NOLA's Moveable Feasts



New Orleans’ food truck operators are putting it into overdrive as they look for ways to fight city hall and expand their presence in the city.  With the recent formation of the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition, and the coalition’s partnership with the community-minded web project Neighborland, the city’s fledgling fleet of food trucks hopes to gain grassroots support for New Orleans’ food truck culture and lobby for friendlier laws to encourage the growth of the scene.

 

 

The New Orleans Food Truck Coalition’s founding members include local trucks Taceaux Loceaux, La Cocinita, and Geaux Plates, along with Baton Rouge truck Curbside, Miss Linda’s Catering (better known as the yaka mein lady) and the folks from www.NolaFoodTrucks.com.  

 

NoDef checked in with Alex del Castillo of Taceaux Loceaux for a better understanding of the coalition and their mission. 

 

“We’re basically a bunch of truck operators who got together to try and coordinate our efforts with the city in trying to build a constructive dialogue with them,” said del Castillo.

 

Specifically, the coalition wants to open up the CBD to food trucks, a part of the city that’s currently off-limits, presumably to protect the interests of brick-and-mortar restaurants who don’t want added competition from the trucks.  Laws also prohibit food trucks from parking within 600 feet of a restaurant and require trucks to keep moving after 30 minutes at a location.

 

Does del Castillo think Taceaux Loceaux is a threat to restaurants in the CBD?  Hardly.

 

“We’re very popular with some of the best chefs in town,” he said.  “They eat at the truck. If we’re at odds with anybody, we’re at odds with people who run crappy restaurants who survive by being in the CBD and not having any competition.”

 

In addition to the laws that should be changed, the coalition also wants to revampand clarify other laws that were originally intended to regulate “mobile vendors,” which not only includes food trucks, but could also apply to fair and festival vendors and smaller carts and wagons, like the Lucky Dog carts dotted across the French Quarter.  It isn’t clear how Lucky Dog manages to operate in the Quarter while all other mobile vendors are restricted from doing so, but their perceived monopoly illustrates the need to take a new at city regulations with contemporary vendors in mind.    

 

“The laws,” said del Castillo, “are complicated, and seemingly contradictory, and enforced incorrectly.”

 

He tells the story of recently being kicked out the CBD because of an inconsistency between his permit and the ordinance regarding the official boundaries of the CBD.
If laws are clearer and more consistent, then del Castillo believes more entrepreneurs would be willing to take the risk of starting a truck of their own.

 

“I want there to be more trucks,” said del Castillo, who values culture over competition.  “I think our food truck culture is still growing, and we’re such a food culture town.”  It’s embarrassing, he says, to hear people brag about the food truck scenes in place like Austin and Portland, while New Orleans is still a hostile environment.

 

Neighborland has joined the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition in their fight, becoming an on-line hub for like-minded community activists.  In addition to raising awareness by providing a platform for the issue, Neighborland also hosted on on-line petition that gained over 750 signatures in a week.  

 

The two groups are also planning a food truck round-up to attract more attention to the city’s meals on wheels and promote the idea of permanent food truck lot.  
Many people don’t realize that food trucks operators are required to have a state-licensed commercial kitchen, or “commissary.”  Paying rent and taxes on a commercial space, in addition to the upkeep of the truck and the rolling kitchen, can make operating costs add up quickly, which is where the coalition can help.

 

“We’re trying to be a sort food truck incubator for young entrepreneurs and help get them in the business and actually grow the sector,” said del Castillo.  It’s important, he adds, to have “a central kitchen that everyone can share, because that’s one of the key things, having a commissary that meets the state requirements.”

 

While the New Orleans’ food truck scene has so far been rooted mostly in the weekend bar scene, del Castillo believes there is potential for a lot more.  He believes food trucks can enhance the city’s culinary reputation and be an economic driver for more small business.    

 

“There are other cities that have trucks downtown,” said del Castillo.  “It’s not like an insurmountable problem.  There are ways to do it equitably where everyone wins.”

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