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Defender Picks



August 21st

Solar Eclipse Paddle

Canoe and Trail Adventures, 10:30AM

Explore the swamps and bayou during the eclipse


Energy Clearing Class

Swan River Yoga Mandir, 7:30PM

Solar eclipse reiki course to clear your self


Monday Night Massacre

Rare Form, 8PM

Feat. Phantom of Paradise and Cannibal The Musical


Betty Who

Republic NOLA, 9PM

90's tinged Aussie artist, feat. Geographer



The New Movement, 9:30PM

Battle of the funniest 


Instant Opus

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Feat. Eric Bloom, Russell Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Chris Severin


August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

Hang Tin: Chaz Fest Recap (PHOTOS)

Photos by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

According to a friend of mine, the homes in the Bywater are “so close together you can hear your neighbor reading a magazine.”  This past Wednesday, the two stages of Chaz Fest brought more interesting noises to incidentally overhear if you were in the neighboring blocks.  


The sounds of merriment are available as soon as you start walking down the driveway that separates two of the houses that border the “Truck Farm.”  This spacious, tree-shaded acre was created a decade ago by removing the chain link fences that separated various backyards and combining them into one property. 


Improvements to the grounds include fluorescent orange spray-painted tree roots and string lights of varying sizes and colors.  The off-kilter shack that seems to have been planted by a tornado, the faded paper lanterns tacked up with rusty nails, and the bright, hand painted signs give the sub-tropical spot a Neverland type of feel.  As soon as you’ve spent an hour there dodging palm fronds at eye level and drinking the oft-advertised Hard Liquor, you may find yourself forgetting about the outside world.


If the Truck Farm is Neverland, then its residents and custodians are the Lost Boys and Chaz Fest is the festival that refuses to grow up.  The festival, with its thumb-your-nose origin story and perceived remoteness maintains an imperviousness to capitalization or cultural commodification.  Alex McMurray, musical polygamist and Chaz Fest’s chief organizer, has no aspirations of becoming Quint Davis, and over the years has learned that DIY comes with its fair share of PITA. He darts around the grounds either double-checking the PA, side-hugging a friend, or swaying from his ankles onstage: producer, patron, and participant. 


Which isn’t to say that the day is disorganized or unprofessional.  The food--some homemade, some provided by local restos like Yuki and the Joint BBQ--was first rate, and the schedule never suffered from overlong sets or technical difficulties.  Often a band on one stage would start immediately after another had just finished, pulling the crowd through the thickets with intentional chords.  The artists themselves seemed to enjoy the laid back nature of the festival.  With no backstage, private tents, or golf cart chauffeurs the artists were free to stash their gear and rejoin the crowd as audience members. 


The lineup provided an uncropped snapshot of the local scene.  There are, of course, the bands that Alex McMurray fronts, the Tin Men and the Valparaiso Men’s Chorus--as comfortable at Le Bon Temps and Carrollton Station as they are at home in a Ninth Ward venue, but doubly confident letting loose outdoors.  Helen Gillet played as part of an ensemble.  The Geraniums don’t gig that much anymore, but their set of post-punk favorites lit a candle for the long-departed, less self-referential New Orleans of the nineties. 


The Tintypes are hard to write about without using the cliche “fresh faces,” because that’s exactly what the earnest, young country roots band has.  The TBC Brass Band played an energetic set, segueing as they usually do from song to song, drawing a dancing mob to the loose straw in front of the main stage.  Walt McClements from Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship? went one-man gypsy music peddler as Lonesome Leash, grabbing some hometown love before heading to France.  R. Scully and the Rough Seven closed out the night and either wore you out or pumped you up for another couple hours of partying.


Beyond the edges of the stages, the festival-goers provide their own cross-section of the city.  While Chaz Fest has a reputation as a renegade festival with a penchant for rum and whiskey drinking, the reality is that, just like another festival that takes place this week, there is something for everyone.  At the Truck Farm this correspondent encountered people operating with the most tenuous grasp on consciousness.  Whether they were overindulgent adults or tired toddlers propped against their parents’ legs, they nodded in time with the music while around them everyone else visited, held hands, laughed, and swiped crumbs out of their laps. 


One of McMurray’s most apt sing-along choruses goes, “If you can’t make it here, then you better not leave,” a warning to the loser who thinks he might have it easier in a different city.  It’s a humorous concept, not completely off base.  But next year, whether you’re an out of towner or a citizen whose knowledge of street names gets foggy past Elysian Fields, take this as a challenge: if you can make it here, you won’t want to leave. 




Erin Rose
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