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Vendredi

April 24th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds

Keith Urban, Wilco, Jimmy Cliff headline today

 

Revivalists River Jam

Steamboat Natchez, 9:15p.m.

Rock n roillin' on the river

 

Government Mule

Saenger Theater, 8p.m.

Warren Haynes project jams again with lots of guests

 

Africa Brass

Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.

World music mixed with some familiar NOLA sounds

 

Lettuce

Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Jazz and funk from Soul Live alums and friends

 

Ashton Hines and the Big Easy Brawlers

Maison, 12:30a.m.

Brass with a big presence and a rock beat

 

Flow Tribe, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Mia Borders, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, The Stooges

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

Packed evening of NOLA music spanning several genres of jazz, soul, and funk

 

Anders Osborne

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Local singer-songwriter with a big national footprint

 

Dumpstaphunk/Gravity A

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Ivan Nevile, Tony Hall, Nikki Glaspie lay it down

 

The Meter Men, Page McConnell, Earphunk

The Joy Theater, 9p.m.

Much awaited Meters reunion with Phish keys player subbing in for Neville

 

The Greyboy Allstars

Tipitina’s

Boogaloo and soul jazz

Samedi

April 25th

Trombone Shorty

Saenger Theater

 

Colin Lake

Circle Bar

 

Pimps of Joytime + Vinyl

Maison, 2a.m.

 

HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister

Hi Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Beloved local DJ spins funk, soul, and more, always in the groove

 

Jazz Fest – The Who

 

Soul Rebels, Gravity A, Brass-A-Holics, Steven Bernstein

Blue Nile

 

Mississippi Rail Company

Gasa Gasa

 

The London Souls

House of Blues

 

Anders Osborne

Howlin’ Wolf

 

Dumpstaphunk

One Eyed Jacks

 

Trombone Shorty

Saenger Theater

 

Bonerama

Republic

 

Father John Misty

The Civic Theater

 

The Meter Men, Page McConnell

The Joy Theater

 

Galactic

Tipitina’s

 

Fire Water

Steamboat Natchez, 10p.m.


Gang Roundup Nets 3NG


Authorities rounded up the second score of alleged gang members in as many months on Thursday. Beginning at 6 a.m., police fanned out to pick up members of the 3NG gang as part of a 30-count racketeering indictment filed today in state court. Authorities have pinpointed as many as 21 people in connection with the gang, which counts its boundaries as S. Galvez St., S. Claiborne Ave., Washington Ave. and Jackson Ave.

 

Two of the 21 members remain at large, according to NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas. They are Kentrell "Black" Hickerson and Kevin Lynch, who is also known as "Weefus," or "Pee Wee."

 

"We are on them. Turn yourself in," Cannizzaro said of the fugitives.

 

3NG members are accused of responsibility for 10 murders since October, 2008, including the death of 2-year-old Keira Holmes just before Christmas in 2011, said Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro. Gang members Tyrone "T-Bone" Knockum and Terrioues "T-Red" Owney are accused in the murder, which occurred outside the B.W. Cooper Housing Complex while children were playing. Police later determined 19-year-old Emmett Allen, who was walking in the area at the time, was the itended target.

 

Investigators tracked the gang's operations to May, 2005, according to Cannizzaro. 3NG members trafficked in drugs and violence to maintain control of their territory, Cannizzaro said.

 

Local authorities traced the group using the recently formed Multi Agency Gang Unit, which pools resources between the police, feds, district attorneys office and other local law enforcers. The 3NG roundup follows the recent state indictment against the 110ers gang, which was found responsible for the death of five-year-old Briana Allen. Last week, members of Allen's family were charged in a federal drug indictment.

 

Even as the arrests are piling up, the strength of the case against the various gang members remains to be tested in court. Cannizzaro was asked whether the complexity of the cases is a drain on an already overloaded state court system.

 

"If you're telling me these are too complicated cases for the courts to handle, I say that's too bad," Cannizzaro said. "We're not going to modify our standards for what may be the least common denominator in that building."

 

Orleans Parish in particular has seen many high-profile arrests fail to result in convictions. Cannizzaro said charging all of the gang members in one indictment allows prosecutors to paint a clearer picture of criminal activity to the jurors. By trying the members all at the same time, the DA's office can now detail the "whole story," including sagas including drug sales, murders and retribution killings.

 

"We can give the jury the entire picture of how dangerous those individuals are for that particular Uptown neighborhood," Cannizzaro said.

 

Here are pictures and names of the alleged 3NG members, provided by NOPD:

 




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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin

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Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock