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Defender Picks



November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

Heartbreaker: Tom Petty's Guitars Stolen in Front of JazzFest Date

When Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers touch down at the Fair Grounds in a couple weeks, their sound may be lacking some its usual vintage. A Culver City, Calif., burglar jacked five of the famed band's 1960s guitars last week, including Petty's famous, jangling Rickenbacker (circa 1967).


The guitars (see them here) were stolen from the soundstage where the band was rehearsing for the tour that is about to start. With the tour not quite begun, Petty is hoping the thief will have a Change of Heart.




The band is offering a $7,500 reward for the return of the guitars. Meanwhile, JazzFest continues to stretch its bench, with the guitars added to a disabled list that includes Eddie Vedder's arm, John Mayer's throat and a mystery Jill Scott predicament.  At least we still get Petty and the Heartbreakers in the flesh.

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