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April 17th

Jazz in the Park

Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)

This year’s free concert series kicks off with Fifth Ward Weebie, the Landry-Walker Marching Band, and Glen David Andrews  

 

Umphrey's McGee

Civic Theatre (7 p.m.)

with Lionize

 

Tuba Skinny

Ogden Museum (5:30 p.m.)

After Hours with food from Miss Linda’s Soul Food Catering, drinks, and more. Admission is $10  

 

Concerts in the Courtyard

Historic New Orleans Collection (6 p.m.)

French Quarter happy hour, with cocktails and music! This week, featuring the New Orleans Nightingales

 

The Breton Sound

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

with Pinkerton

 

Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Rock n Bowl (8:30 p.m.)

Zydeco Night!

 

Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule (11 p.m.)

Brass band jam on Magazine Street!

Vendredi

April 18th

Sirens Album Release

Gasa Gasa (7 p.m.)

With Madonnathan & All People, Brent Houzenga, and more  

 

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   


FLOTUS Michelle Obama to Close Out Latino Gathering in New Orleans


Michelle Obama may not be getting her dream vacation in the French Quarter, but that isn't stopping her from paying us a visit. The First Lady will be featured as the keynote speaker at the Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, marking the final day of a 4-day conference and expo put on by the National Council of La Raza. 

 

The four-day convention is one of the largest gatherings of Latinos is the country.

 

“Our community is eager to hear from such a prominent and passionate public figure who, in her time as first lady, has shown unwavering commitment to important causes for the growing Latino community such as children’s health, nutrition and education,” Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR, said in a statement.

 

FLOTUS is following in the footsteps of her husband and Joe Biden, who have spoken at past NCLR conferences. This year’s other speakers have included legendary entertainer Rita Moreno, Former NOLA mayor and National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, W.K. Kellogg Foundation President and CEO Sterling Speirn, Girl Scouts of America CEO Anna Maria Chávez, baseball great Minnie Miñoso. 

 

The Annual Conference and the Latino Family Expo, which run concurrently, focus on issues that affect the Latino community, especially health and wellness issues.  Numerous workshops were held over the course of the conference, which also discussed such topics as technology, community, culture and education. 

 

“We empower the Latino community to strengthen the larger community in which they live, not not helping only Latinos but everyone,” said spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga.  

 

The free-admission expo featured over 200 vendors this year and attendees had the opportunity to obtain free health-related services such as health screenings, vision and dental checks, blood pressure and cholesterol checks, and more.  There were also activities designed to get participants moving, such as exercise and dance classes, and a soccer tournament.   

 

Moyarga was grateful for how the city has embraced the NCLR durings its inaugural stint in New Orleans. 

 

“We are so pleased," she said. "The city has been so welcoming. They have really embraced and supported us in the months leading up to the conference and over the last few days.”

 

With final tallies yet to come, Moyarga was impressed with the turnout for the conference and expo.  Organizers planned for about 20,000 attendees, and Moyarga is optimistic that they reached their target.      




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