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Vendredi

April 24th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds

Keith Urban, Wilco, Jimmy Cliff headline today

 

Revivalists River Jam

Steamboat Natchez, 9:15p.m.

Rock n roillin' on the river

 

Government Mule

Saenger Theater, 8p.m.

Warren Haynes project jams again with lots of guests

 

Africa Brass

Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.

World music mixed with some familiar NOLA sounds

 

Lettuce

Civic Theater, 8p.m.

Jazz and funk from Soul Live alums and friends

 

Ashton Hines and the Big Easy Brawlers

Maison, 12:30a.m.

Brass with a big presence and a rock beat

 

Flow Tribe, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Mia Borders, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, The Stooges

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

Packed evening of NOLA music spanning several genres of jazz, soul, and funk

 

Anders Osborne

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Local singer-songwriter with a big national footprint

 

Dumpstaphunk/Gravity A

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Ivan Nevile, Tony Hall, Nikki Glaspie lay it down

 

The Meter Men, Page McConnell, Earphunk

The Joy Theater, 9p.m.

Much awaited Meters reunion with Phish keys player subbing in for Neville

 

The Greyboy Allstars

Tipitina’s

Boogaloo and soul jazz

Samedi

April 25th

Trombone Shorty

Saenger Theater

 

Colin Lake

Circle Bar

 

Pimps of Joytime + Vinyl

Maison, 2a.m.

 

HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister

Hi Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Beloved local DJ spins funk, soul, and more, always in the groove

 

Jazz Fest – The Who

 

Soul Rebels, Gravity A, Brass-A-Holics, Steven Bernstein

Blue Nile

 

Mississippi Rail Company

Gasa Gasa

 

The London Souls

House of Blues

 

Anders Osborne

Howlin’ Wolf

 

Dumpstaphunk

One Eyed Jacks

 

Trombone Shorty

Saenger Theater

 

Bonerama

Republic

 

Father John Misty

The Civic Theater

 

The Meter Men, Page McConnell

The Joy Theater

 

Galactic

Tipitina’s

 

Fire Water

Steamboat Natchez, 10p.m.


Jindal to Decline Health Care Exchange For Louisiana


The presidential race is over, but Bobby Jindal's campaign has only begun. A day after the gov gave a long interview to Politco about his vision for the future of the Republican Party, Jindal let another national media outlet in on a bit about the future of the state he governs. Jindal told Huffington Post he is set to formally reject the health care exchange set forth in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), making good on a statement he made during the presidential campaign

 

The exchanges were a centerpiece of the health care law. Once implemented on the state level, they are set to provide a way for health insurance companies to compete with each other while meeting government standards, and let citizens apply for subsidies that will lower their health care costs. Jindal said the state would send the feds a letter Friday with intentions to opt out of the program.

 

"It doesn't make sense for us to do that," Jindal told HuffPo.

 

In response to a question about what he would do to change health care, Jindal said he thinks the president should make Medicaid more "market-based," and - like former VP candidate Paul Ryan - implement premium-support payments that would be given to beneficiaries indirecelty. Opponents of Ryan's plan have said these payments amounted to vouchers. 

 

With Jindal apparently positioning himself for a presidential run in 2016, he talked directly about the Obama administration allowing states to implement their own reforms.

 

"Obviously he's going to have to decide whether he wants to work with us or not," Jindal told HuffPo.




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Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

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Michael Martin

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Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

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Jason Raymond

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Paolo Roy

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