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April 16th

Honey Island Swamp Band

Lafayette Square (5 p.m.)

Plus Bill Iuso and the Restless Natives 

 

The Goodnight Show with Luke Winslow-King

Café Istanbul (8 p.m.)

Plus Bruce Davenport Jr., Jacinta Gonzales, and more  

 

Noah Gundersen feat. Armon Jay

Gasa Gasa (8 p.m.)

Folk singer/songwriter and guitarist from Seattle performs after neo-folk artist Armon Jay   

 

Shotgun Cinema

Marigny Opera House (7 p.m.)

Film series presents Lithuanian psychosexual thriller, Vanishing Waves

 

Big Fat & Delicious CD Release

Siberia (10 p.m.)

New album “Eureka,” other acts include The No Shows and Zach Quinn   

 

Cliff and Sasha 

Allways Lounge (10:30 p.m.)

Progressive music duo 

 

Think You're Funny?

Carrollton Station (9 p.m.)

Stand-up comedy open mic in Riverbend



 

Walter Wolfman Washington

d.b.a. (10 p.m.)

Fiery blues on Frenchmen - every week


 

Major Bacon

Banks Street Bar (10 p.m.)

Blues rock and BLTs!


 

Hump Day SIN

Country Club (All Day)

Half-off admission to pool area for service industry members from 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.



 

Mississippi Rail Co.

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

Blues on Oak St.


 

Tin Men

dba (7p.m.)

Weekly Wed Gig- The world's premiere washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio.


 

Treme Brass Band

Candlelight Lounge (9p.m.)

Weekly Wed Gig- Pass on by and see the 6th Ward’s home band.

 

Jeudi

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  

 

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   


Government Shutdown Hits New Orleans


Some of the federal government has gone fishin', but it's not because of an abundance of redfish. Congress couldn't come to a comrpomise on Obamacare, so a government shutdown was put in place as Tuesday began. From national parks to women, infants and children, the shutdown is putting federal functions on ice. Click through for some of the closures caused by the many furloughs and funding freezes are affecting New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana.

 

Since the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives couldn't agree on a spending bill to fund the federal government for the next year, the government went into the vegetative "partial shutdown" mode on Tuesday night. Usually, passing the federal budget measure in question is a routine matter, considering that much of the U.S. government needs money approved on a yearly basis to keep rolling. But an effort by some House Republicans to insert a measure that will hold up Obamacare brought the gears to a stop.

 

Despite the shutdown, mail is still being delivered, and airport security checks are still being performed. Don't try anything sneaky, either, as the FBI is still investigating cases, and federal prisons are still staffed. Social security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are still being processed, and food stamp payments are still being issued.

 

Across the country, however, key functions of the federal government ground to a halt Tuesday as employees were suddenly broken into such morale-boosting categories of "essential" and "nonessential." Some of the nationwide services that are stopped included student loan processing, immigration and passport application processing and, in some cases, benefits for veterans.

 

Here's some of the closures that have a direct impact on New Orleans:

 

National Hurricane Center/NOAA The National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service will continue issuing tropical weather advisories and other weather reports. However, the bulk of NOAA employees are furloughed.

 

Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans' Army Corps of Engineers office remains fully staffed for the time being, but funds could run out if the shutdown drags on. A spokesperson said the Corps is evaluating on a "day-by-day basis." The City's hurricane protection system is fully funded, and remains operational during the shutdown.

 

Louisiana National Guard The Bayou State's chapter of the National Guard put 876 civillian employees on furlough. Another 156 civilian employees are still on-duty. Active duty guardspeople are still on duty supporting "key military operations, emergency services, homeland security, counter-drug operations and others that support these efforts," according to a spokesperson.

 

National Parks New Orleans is home to a number of federally-run parks and other gorgeous natural sanctuaries, all of which are now closed. The Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve, which includes the Jazz National Historic Park and French Quarter Visitor's Center and Chalmette Battlefield, among other local spots, is closed. The Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, and all other federally-run parks and national wildlife refuges in Louisiana are also closed.

 

WIC Program Officially, funding for the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC), which provides nutrition and health care servies for children up to the age of five pregnant women and postpartum women, is suspended during the government shutdown. However, WIC said Tuesday that contingency funds will be released to states to continue to pay the benefits. If the shutdown continues, however, that money could begin to dwindle.

 

Social Security Benefits and new applications are still being processed by the Social Security Administration, and local offices are open. However, the SSA isn't issuing new or replacement Social Security or Medicare cards, nor are they issuing proof of income letters. Application processing for new benefits is also likely to slow down.

 

Military The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, headquartered in Belle Chasse, furloughed about 1,800 civillian workers. Another 5,000 military employees stayed on the job.

 

Federal Courts The U.S. Eastern District of Louisiana and the rest of the federal judiciary remained open on Tuesday, and will continue to be open for about ten business days. If the shutdown is still in effect at that time, then the courts re-evaluate whether to remain open. The BP Trial is continuing during the shutdown.

 

U.S. Attorney's Office The U.S. Department of Justice will continue to work on criminal cases, but most civil cases will be curtailed during the shutdown. Federal lawyers across the country are filing motions to postpone those civil cases until the funding comes through.

 

National Finance Center The headquarters for human resources and other administrative functions for 130 federal agencies is located in New Orleans East at the Michoud facility. Due to the shutdown, the NFC is operating on an abbreviated schedule, open from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Small Business Administration SBA Disaster Recovery Loans will still be processed during the shutdown. However, activities surrounding all of the other loans offered by the Administration are suspended.

 

Oil and Gas Permitting The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which regulates the oil and gas industry, is keeping 403 out of 772 employees onboard. Permitting and enforcement operations will mostly continue during the shutdown, according to BSEE. Fellow regulators the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will not be performing environmental reviews or renewable energy work during the shutdown. However, that Bureau will continue its work to help BSEE permitting. At BOEM, 477 out of 549 workers are being furloughed. Both agencies have large offices in New Orleans.

 

Michoud Assembly Facility New Orleans East's own NASA facility will have to halt their new launch system for now, as 97 percent of the space agency's employees are furloughed. 

 

Members of Congress Louisiana's Congressional delegation remains in Washington as the budget remains in limbo. The two senators and six members of the U.S. House of Representatives are still pulling down a paycheck during the furloughs.

 

NoDef will post more local effects of the shutdown as we receive information.




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