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Defender Picks

 

Lundi

April 27th

Marco Benevento

Blue Nile Balcony, 10p.m.

Multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist

 

Eric Lindell

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Local singer-songwriter with a funky edge

 

FREQUINOX

Blue Nile, 9:15p.m.

Stanton Moore, R.Walter, W.Bernard, Donald Harrison, Mercurio + Ronkat & Brian J

 

DRKWAV

Maison, 10p.m.

John Medeski, Skerik & Adam Deitch, and Yojimbo

 

Joan Armartrading

Civic Theater, 9p.m.

British singer-songwriter

 

Amanda Shaw

Rock n Bowl

Fiddle phenom matured and so has her sound

 

Instruments A Comin’

Tips, 8p.m.

Benefit to help kids with music feat. HISB, Johnny Sketch, New Orleans Suspects, Paul Barrere, Wild Magnolias, Galactic, Anders

 

Marcia Ball

HOB, 8p.m.

Godmother of New Orleans Soul

 

Jimbo Mathus

d.b.a 10p.m.

Squirrel Nut Zippers alum plays solo singer-songwriter work

Mardi

April 28th

Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, Johnny Vidacovich

Maple Leaf Bar, 10p.m.

 

DRAGON SMOKE

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

Stanton Moore, Ivan Neville, Eric Lindell, Robert Mercurio

 

The WHIP!

Blue Nile, 12a.m.

Brian J(Pimps), Ron Kat, Robert Walter, Pete Shand, Corey Henry, John Staten

 

Skerik

Blue Nile Balcony, 10p.m.

Experimental sax virtuoso

Mercredi

April 29th

Bob Dylan

Saenger Theatre, 8p.m.

The master returns to the town he says “saved his life”

 

Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend

Hi Ho Lounge, 9p.m.

Side project from Yojimbo and Skerik

 

Johnny Vidacovich, Ivan Neville, June Yamagishi & George Porter Jr.

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

 

Megalomaniacs Ball

Howling Wolf, 10p.m.


Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson Hearing Call of Congress, Says D.C. Mag


Louisiana political fixers and A&E execs thought the Bayou State's love of reality shows and charismatic campaigners would find a happy medium with a show about Edwin Edwards. But a special election has things moving toward a different dynasty. According to the Washington Examiner, Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson is being prodded to run for the special election to fill the spot of departing North Louisiana Congressman Rodney Alexander.

 

Robertson, a Republican from West Monroe, has made no formal announcement about his intentions. He is a self-styled "redneck millionaire," ardent pro-lifer and avowed fan of the American flag headband. In addition to the hunting and general antics depicted on the reality show, he's also been seen praying at a Nascar race

 

The show that made his bearded band household names is the top-rated reality show on cable. But these days he's hearing a different call. "Key Republican operatives" are urging Roberston to get into the race to replace Alexander, who he is reportedly "friendly with," according to the Examiner. Alexander resigned last week in a huff about partisan politics, then promptly signed up to take a seat in Gov. Bobby Jindal's cabinet.

 

Like the Duck Commander family's bad ideas, elections make good TV. So, the Beltway is already salivating at the prospect of headlines during a slow election cycle. But one advisor cautioned the Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard not to read too much into things, just like Willie.

 

"Celebrity candidates are very appealing to inside-the-Beltway consultants and reporters, but they usually run lousy campaigns," an unnamed operative told the Examiner. "That, and Louisiana tends not to favor celebrity candidates."

 

After Alexander's announced retirement from Congress and subsequent re-entry into the political sphere, Jindal set a special election for Oct. 19. So far, announced candidates for the race include state Reps. Neil Riser, Jay Morris and attorney Jeff Guerriero on the Republican side. State Rep. Marcus Hunter is throwing his hat in the ring on the Democratic side, with more potentially to follow.

 

The 5th Congressional district, which is centered primarily on Monroe, runs from the Arkansas border south to parts of Baton Rouge, and east to portions of the Florida parishes.

 

Here's Robertson talking family values with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News:

--Stephen Babcock




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