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April 18th

Sirens Album Release

Gasa Gasa (7 p.m.)

With Madonnathan & All People, Brent Houzenga, and more  

 

Nigel Hall and Friends 

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

with Eric Bolivar, Andrew Block, Eric Bloom, and Eric Vogel 

 

Uptown Get Down feat. Chicken George

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Plus DJ Quickie Mart, Unicorn Fukr & more

 

Ellis Marsalis Quartet

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

Famous local Jazz pianist and bandleader performs  

 

Singin' in the Rain Screening

NOMA’s Sculpture Garden (5 p.m.)

Friday nights at NOMA and Moonlight Movies come together  

 

YG

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Rapper makes stop on his My Krazy Life tour  

 

Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Kermit’s Mother in Law Lounge (10 p.m.)

Bluesy New Orleans guitar   

Samedi

April 19th

Booksigning with Arita Bohannan

Gallery Burguieres (7 p.m.)

Author reads and signs copies of crime drama ‘Docket 76’  

 

Easter Keg Hunt

 

NOLA Brewing (1 p.m.)

?Scavenger hunt beginning at the taproom, to benefit Gulf Restoration Network 

 

Gaynielle Neville

Maple Leaf (10:30 p.m.)

CD Release Party  

 

Mystikal

Howlin’ Wolf (9:30 p.m.)

Plus YMCMB Flow, G Unit’s Kidd Kidd, 5th Ward Weebie, and 3D Natee

 

SwampGrease feat. Nigel Hall & Terence Higgins 

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Andrew Block, Eric Vogel, Erica Falls, Kendrick Marshall, plus John Lisi and Delta Funk

 

Shoebox Lounge

Shadowbox Theatre (8 p.m.)

Shoes, booze, and prostitutes

 

Earth Day Fest

Armstrong Park (10 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Green Business Expo, music, and more from La. Bucket Brigade 

 

HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister

Hi Ho Lounge (11 p.m.- 3 a.m.)

Rare grooves from the '70's every Saturday 

 

Corey Henry's Treme Funktet

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

Local trombonist and his band play traditional NOLA music, from blues, to jazz, to gospel 

 


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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Elisabeth Morgan

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Stephen Babcock

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