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Defender Picks



June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation


Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes


Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia


Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 


Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir


Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics


Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa


Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues


Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden


A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love


Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez



June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan


Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare


Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community


MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered


Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts



Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along


Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock



Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute



June 28th

Noontime Talk


Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord


Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans


Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils


Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye


Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights


Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays


WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more


Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy


Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow


Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition


Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis


June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place


Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders


Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon


Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 


Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29


Book Signing


SHOT by Kathy Shorr


BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam


Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater


Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends


Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul


Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy



June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions


Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world


Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act


Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch


Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones



Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents


The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant



July 1st


The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar


Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management


Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more


Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase


Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds


Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception


Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson


CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia


Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set


Jason Neville Band


With Friends for Essence Fest


July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus



The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane


Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee


The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales



One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch


Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff



The Dragons’s Den, 10PM



International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year


New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance


Helen Gillet

Music Playlist Series

Hola Nola, and hola local cello whiz, Helen Gillet.


Ms. Gillet was raised in Belgium, Singapore and the heartland of America before coming to New Orleans. Fresh off a new CD release (Running of the Bells), Gillet has taken her cello, loop pedal, and vocals to Europe for a two month summer tour. If you missed her final gig on New Orleans soil at the Blue Nile last week, don’t fret. She’ll be back soon. And you won't be the only one to miss her. Like many of the artists we've featured, Gillet counts herself a mere element of many local musical compounds, namely Wazozo, Schatzy, Happy Talk Band, One Man Machine, the Naked Orchestra, the New Generation Orchestra, VocaCello, the Impenus Trio and the Krusche-Gillet-Lott trio. While she’s away, keep up with Gillet through her personal playlist below.


From Helen:

Music saves me, and for those of you who know me more personally, PRINCE saves me...everytime! Never fails! I have been influenced by so many amazing performers, recording artists, sound sculptors, poets, characters, composers. Here I am now to share some of the really inspiring people and performances that have kicked my butt as a person and performer.  


1. “When 2 Are In Love” -- Prince  

What can I say...when I first heard Prince, my world changed and has never been the same. He was influenced by Joni Mitchell, whom I also love. He continues to rock my world.


2. “Down by the Water” -- PJ Harvey

I love how honest and brave PJ Harvey is. I also admire how she lets herself evolve musically to whatever she hears and cares to share with the world.  Another one of hers that remains very inspiring to me is "Man Size."  


3. “Time After Time -- Miles Davis

This one covers both Miles David and Cindy Lauper. I love Miles Davis' amazing melodic sculpting and the freedom he had to follow his creative muse throughout his life to whatever music captured his attention. Cindy Lauper's hit song from her album "She's So Unusual" was probably one of the first ten albums I ever owned.


4. “Skin No. 1” -- Julius Hemphill

Cellist Abdul Wadud remains one of the most influential cellists on my development as an improviser. You can hear how rhythmic his playing is here - an important driving percussive force in this group. The track I really would have wanted but couldn't find on YouTube is “The Hard Blues” by the Julius Hemphill Sextet. A great tune, with Abdul Wadud shaking the boat in his amazing way.


5. “Proud Mary” -- Tina Turner (Live performance)

Love me some Tina Turner...pretty much anything she does or says is golden with me.


6. “Oh Bondage - Up Yours!” -- X-Ray Spex

"Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard...but I say..."


7. “Hidegen Fuinak A Szelek” -- The Ex + Tom Cora 

Tom Cora is a gritty, beautiful improviser and rhythmic rock monster on the cello. In yet another strange coincidence, I learned this song in a "trade" with a friend in Hungary. His name was Robby and he asked me to teach him how to sing “Milord” by Edith Piaf in exchange for a Hungarian song named “Hidegen Fuinok a Szelek”. Six months after coming back to New Orleans from that trip a friend was playing a tape in the kitchen that had this song on it and I flipped out. Tom Cora's solo work is also worth checking out!


8. “Chanson pour l'Auvergnat” -- Georges Brassens

I listened to Brassens in the back of my parents’ car during my childhood. He is a master of lyrics and poetry, not to mention a brilliant melody weaver. I believe him to be most influential out of a long list of French songwriters: Boris Vian, Felix Leclerc, Patachou, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Julos Beaucarne, Camille, Charles Aznavour...


9. “Unnacompanied Cello Sonata (mvt.1)” -- Zoltan Kodaly 

This piece requires the cello to be tuned differently than usual, a process called scordatura (mis-tuned), which enables the cello to capture the harmonies of the folk music that influenced this piece; I love it so much. Alongside the Bach unaccompanied cello suites, it continues to be a major resource.


10. “Who Is It” -- Bjork (live first run through of song in Rome)

Bjork makes me feel lucky to be alive at this time in human history.

Helen, you are a real

Helen, you are a real treasure. Keep up the good work :)

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