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Bayou St. John (12:15 PM-9:15 PM)
A music fest on the water featuring Alexis and the Samuri, Remedy Krewe, Fleur de Tease, Hot 8 Brass Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more
Bayou St. John (11:00AM-1:00PM)
Pocket Aces Brass Band and Bone Tone Brass lead this year's second line, which starts and ends at Bayou Boogaloo!
Central City (1 p.m)
Second lines! Won't bow down!
Mid-City (All day)
Church and a parade to celebrate the club's 104th year
House of Blues (9:00 PM)
The Comedy Central comedian is here for some standup!
Big Top (7 p.m.)
8-16 piece traveilling circus punk troupe. Need we say more? Is there anymore to say? with Sammy Kay and the East Los Three, Dead Legends
Art Klub, 513 Elysian Fields Ave (8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Joe Krown feat. Russell Batiste and Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Maple Leaf (10:30PM)
Weekly gig on Oak with Krown on the organ, Washington firing up the guitar strings, and Batiste on the drums.
Hot 8 Brass Band
Howlin’ Wolf Den (10:00PM)
Weekly gig from some of the city’s best in brass
Sunday Youth Music Workshop
All ages workshop with Johnny Vidacovich. Bring your instruments!
Cajun Fais Do Do
Bruce Daigrepont is playing the washboard and getting you to bed early
Krewe du Guza
Le Bon Temps Roule (10:00PM)
Sunday Funday weekly gig from the husband and wife duo
Greeks Bearing Gifts
NOLA Greek Festival Pays Homage to the Island of Santorini
Though Deutches Haus will be monitoring the situation closely, organizers say there is no need for austerity measures at this year's NOLA Greek Fest.
The annual fete by the Bayou is back for its 39th year, and set to bring all the Hellenic dancing, imported libations, and curious cuisine that New Orleanians can handle in one Memorial Day weekend. New additions to the fest include an homage to Santorini, featuring wine, food, art, and music inspired by the picturesque island.
The annual Fest takes place outside local Greeks' spiritual home: the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 1200 Robert E Lee Blvd. The imposing structure is set to be the backdrop for a celebration of one of the lesser studied parts of the country that gave the world democracy, philosophy, theatre and minor historical blips like that.
Santorini is a small island in the southern Aegean Sea with a population of about 13,000. It was formed out of remnants of an enormous volcanic eruption that occurred over 3000 years ago, and it can thank the destruction for its distinctive appearance. From a distance, the raised island looks like a village on a hill, and the collapsed caldera makes the settlement appear as if it is sloping into the Aegean Sea.
Gail Psilos, co chairwoman of the festival, told NoDef a little bit more about how the fest will celebrate the culture of this tiny island. In addition to selling ready-to-eat treats like tomato fritters made with fava beans straight from the island, fest goers can also find foods and wines of Santorini in The Greek Grocery at the Hellenic Center.
The grocery will be selling white and red wines called “Atlantis,” that are imported from Santorini. The name comes from Santorini’s strong connection with the mythological land, which some believe was destroyed and replaced by Santorini following the massive volcanic eruption. If you’re looking for something heartier, Psilos also advises to go try the goatburgers, the newest addition to the fest’s menu that she says are “absolutely delicious.”
Alpha Omega will be performing traditional Greek tunes again this year, so don’t miss out on all those Hellenic dancers and the rowdy crowds that will follow suit. Despite all of the wine and ouzo, Greek Fest is still very much a family festival.
“We have the children’s area which is wonderful because we have face painting and inflatables for kids,” said Psilo.
The fest will also feature hot dogs called ‘Greek dogs’ for children whose palates may not be accustomed to the more sophisticated Greek treats.
“It’s just a wonderful family atmosphere and the Greek Festival is a New Orleans tradition, Psilo said.”
Events will take place from 5pm-11pm on Friday, 11am-11pm on Saturday, and 11am-9pm on Sunday at the Hellenic Center, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd. For more information on the fest or to get directions, visit www.greekfestnola.com.
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