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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


Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster


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

Hit Me With Your Best Song

by Ashley Rouen

The ultimate songwriting challenge is back for a Mardi Gras special. Hit Me America Jam Session features some of Louisiana’s top songwriters, who participate in writing a hit song with the help of a live audience in one hour. This installment of the series will be held at Spirits on Bourbon (2.11), where dueling pianists TJ Zino & Todd Adams will be put to the test.


For the first hour of the show, Zino and Adams play a classic musical show traditional in many local bars. Their pianos will duel, and when the hour is up, they write. The event will be filmed and broadcasted at a later date. 


Producer/filmmaker Steven Scaffidi has added another twist to the competition this time around. One of Spirits’ top bartenders will undertake a second challenge: concoct an original cocktail inspired by the song Zino and Adams eventually write. The “Hit Me Highball” will become a staple of the bar’s drink menu.


“Anything is possible,” says creator Scaffidi. “The artist has no idea what the song will be like. The lady in the front row might yell something,” says Steven, “Someone in the back plays a drum riff on a coffee table. The artist can take or reject the ideas.” 


Scaffidi’s local production company, Ghost Rider Pictures, will film the event for both TV and YouTube. The song will be recorded and produced afterward for distribution on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify. 20 percent of the music royalties will go towards Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center. In fact, each Session names a charity of choice to donate a portion of the song's earnings. And for Wednesday’s Session at Spirits on Bourbon, 100 percent of all Hit Me Highball sales will also go to the charity as well.


At the inaugural jam session, Rockin’ Dopsie, with the help of a live audience at the Children’s Hospital, wrote and recorded “Easy Breezy,” inspired by the local football loving crowd. The next episode will feature Scott Lee Tully at Morning Call in City Park on Sunday, Feb 22 at 2p.m.  Later in April, Lynn Drury is slated to perform at Café Istanbul. Check out the full schedule here.


The Hit Me America Jam Sessions call upon the local community to host private jams with any of the artists listed on the website. They could be held at private residences, coffee shops, bars, schools, or even large venues like the Mahalia Jackson. Those interested in hosting a private party can invite their friends to be a part of the filming and creation of a hit song. There is a form available on the website for any individual or group interesting in hosting a session. 


“The concept is good for artists,” continues Steven, “And gives the public a chance to be a part of the music. “ 


WHAT:           Hit Me America Jam Session featuring TJ Zino & Todd Adams.

WHEN:           Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TIME:              6pm-9pm

WHERE:         Spirits on Bourbon, 615 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130


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