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June 23rd

Silk Screening Workshop

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn the ins and outs, ages 12-17


¡Que Calor!

Parleaux Beer Lab, 4PM

BBQ + Beer


Marvel Universe LIVE!

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

Defending the universe against evil, of course


Redemption Family

Vintage Arts Center, 7PM
Celebrating the release of their newest album


Summer Solstice 2017

New Orleans Ballet Theatre, 8PM

The Dancers of NOLA in new light


Nick Name & The Valmonts

Banks St. Bar, 9:30PM

Plus Swingin Doors and Trash Night


Naughty Professor 

Tipitina's, 10PM

Album release party with a free concert at Tip's

Sam Price & The True Believers

Blue Nile, 10PM

With special guest, Robin Clabby


The Horrorist

Poor Boys Bar, 10PM

Plus Caffetine + DJ Mange



Techno Club, 10PM

A special edition of Disco Devils



June 24th

Arts Market

Palmer Park, 10AM

June edition of the monthly market


Maw Maw’s Brew Release

Brieux Carre, 11AM

Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association


Cajun Zydeco Festival

Louis Armstrong Park, 1130AM

An ever growing collection of great artists


Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn to grow veggies for cheap


Art & Flea Showcase

Sidney’s Saloon, 4PM

Art and goods for show and sale


NOLA Caribbean Festival

Central City BBQ, 5PM

Admiring the deep roots of the city


Island Vibes

14 Parishes, 11PM

Official Caribbean Fest after party


Mike Dillion Band

d.b.a., 11PM

Some vibraphone, some rants


June 25th


The Drifter, 12PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Tristan Dufrene, Otto


The Tangiers Combo

Bacchanal, 12PM

A mid-afternoon match made in heaven


Gentilly Stompers

Bamboulas, 1PM

Get jazzy with it


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 2PM

Tanisha Jones, Mark of The Fallen


Moonshine Taste

Three Keys, 7PM

A POC Cabaret Series


Guy Fieri’s Rockin Road Show

Tips, 8PM

Feat. Cowboy Mouth


Sam Price & The True Believers

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

The final show


Unfortunate Side Effect

Banks St. Bar, 8PM

Plus Voodoo Wagon and Bad Mimosas


Girls Night Out

Rare Form NOLA, 9PM

A rare male revue show

Flower Power

This Saturday, an epic plant-themed experiential party will channel the powers of the summer solstice and inspire New Orleanians to come into bloom, as the team at the Airlift’s Music Box Village host a seasonal shindig at their Bywater home, neighboring the End of the World. 


Dubbed Bloomsbotanica, the event will feature an afternoon of free fun in the sun (think waterslidin’ to some live music), evolving from a family friendly affair to a more adult-oriented experiential dance party into the evening. “It’s the last chance to be outside for the season, really,” said Jay Pennington, co-founder of New Orleans Airlift. Bloomsbotanica, he said, is "similar in format to some of our other parties, Halloween and Mardi Gras in particular” — a reveling combination of live music, interactive activities, and pop-up performances. “It’s always so cool to see people be in the space and have everyone really interact and shape the night.” 


During the daytime block party, Pennington will supply music as his alternate persona DJ Rusty Lazer, performing along with DJQ for the free party running 2-6PM. After 6PM, the evening will play host to Quintron performing with his light-activated Drum Buddy, as well as Room Thirteen, rap royalty Delish Da Goddess, and Ratty Scurvics on the calliope and grand piano. There will also be experiential performative and musical moments from Yamil Rodriguez, Brandon Johnson, Elizabeth Seleen, Nikki Crooke, Oblivia of Local Honey, and plenty more performers. 


The performances Saturday evening will run the gamut of songs and short scenes to experiences more attuned to the power of the solstice ceremony. “There will be some more ritualistic moments, more intentionally repetitive behaviors throughout the night to witness as well,” said Pennington. 


The dress code is “floral botanical experimental tropical” — a fitting style for an event celebrating the solstice (which is in fact to occur on Tuesday, June 20th), as well as for the fundraising initiative behind the party. Music Box Village will be raising funds to build the Music Box Herbal & Edible Garden, a partnership with the Edible Schoolyard that will eventually allow for Airlift to be self-sufficient with their edible needs. The team is also accepting plant cuttings to begin the garden. For people who cannot attend Bloomsbotanica but would still like to make a financial contribution, donations are accepted on the Airlift website. 

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