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December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON


Glen David Andrews

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

Treme trombone man brings it on a Monday ($5)


Ice Cold Comedy

Siberia, 9p.m.

Free comedy hosted by Fayard Lindsay


Bluegrass Pickin’ Party

Hi Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Bring your stringed instruments to jam; $2 red beans and rice


Claude Bryant & The Allstars

Banks St. Bar, 9p.m.

Free red beans; $3 Jameson


Christmas in the Oaks

City Park, 6p.m.-10p.m.

The lights go out on Jan 3, don’t miss your chance to catch the show


Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Nealand and her band have a fresh take on traditional jazz


December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show


Open Ears Music Series

Blue Nile, 10p.m.

In the Balcony room  featuring Silky Fire - Lott/ Peake/ Addison


Punk Night

Dragon’s Den, 1a.m.

Every Tuesday is for the punks


Loose Marbles

The Maison, 9p.m.

These yankee born musicians have made a home in New Orleans


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9p.m.



Anders Osborne + John Fohl + Johnny Sansone

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

Local greats take the stage at this Canal St. haunt


Progression Music Series Christmas Party

Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.

Mulled wine and hot buttered rum drink specials


Jason & Ellis Marsalis Christmas Duo

Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, 8p.m.

Drummer and pianist of this local musical family play a holiday duet


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10:30

Rebirth always brings the heat in this intimate Oak St. venue


Ernie Elly

Preservation Hall, 8p.m.

Traditional New Orleans jazz with the Preservation Hall-Stars


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8p.m.

Galactic’s drummer stunts the funk


Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns

Spotted Cat, 6p.m.

Blues with a bite


Comedy Catastrophe

Lost Love Lounge, 10p.m.

Cassidy Henehans hosts; $2 Tecate, $4 Rye and Ginger Beer, $5 Sailor Jerry Dark and Stormy

Mercredi (Christmas Eve)

December 24th

Creole Christmas

Preservation Hall, 1p.m.

Holday jams with Lars Edegran and Big Al Carson; $30


DJs D. Lefty Parker & Fensterstock Happy Hour

Siberia, 6p.m.-9p.m.

Last chance to hit Siberia before Christmas when it's closed



Clockwork Elvis: Acoustic Blue Xmas

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

Off the wall King caroling blues


Irvin Mayfield’s NOJO Jam

Royal Sonesta, 8p.m.

Featuring the music of Duke Ellington


Ceasar Brothers Funk Box

Maison, 9:30p.m.

New Orleans sons make the funk do what they want


3rd Annual Christmas Film Festival

Buffa’s, various times

Ranging from A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation all day


Jeudi (Christmas Day)

December 25th


Fast Times

One Eyed Jacks, 10p.m.

An 80s & 90s dance party; $5


Late Night

House of Blues, 11p.m.

No strings attached holiday party


Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 10p.m.

Brass rebels do what they do best, get down


The Trio ft. Johnny Vidachovich

Maple Leaf, 12a.m.

Local funkadelic jazz stars play for Christmas



December 26th

A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Presented by William Credo Agency ft. the Molly Ringwalds, Mixed Nutes, Chee Weez and more


Earphunk + Gravity A

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Funk rockstars keep the spirit going into the new year; $15


The Hitchhiker

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

With DiNOLA plus Donde Wolf; $10


December 27th

Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A night of burlesque and bad girls playing their roles


Lost Bayou Ramblers

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Plus Colin Lake, Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters; $12


Holiday Hangover

Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.

Unicorn Fukr, Marshall Monica, Junk Yard Rhythm Section and more


Dirty Dozen Brass Band

d.b.a., 11p.m.



Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Saenger, 3p.m. & 7p.m.

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without Tchaikovsky and life size Matrushka dolls


Dax Riggs

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

Folk music fit for the apocalypse; $12


Pelicans vs. Spurs

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

Big Easy basketballers take on San Antonio


King Cake Vodka to Be Available Thursday in New Orleans, Producer Says

Right around the time that the wait for King Cake was over, New Orleans was forced to question whether we had in fact backtracked to that pre-Christmas season of waiting called Advent instead of moving ahead to the time of pagan revelry, as we were required to keep vigil for yet another treat. The word went out to the masses that King Cake Vodka was on its way. In the early days, a few lucky players got to try the spirit,. But the rest were left to keep offering Jello shots at early Carnival parties. According to the founder of the company who produces the spirit, however, the wait will be over this week.


All week, King Cake Vodka producer Lucky Player has been advertising that the French-distilled vodka would arrive Thursday Feb. 2. We asked Lucky Player founder Alfredo Diaz more about the plans.



"The inventory arrives tomorrow here in Louisiana, and will be available for purchase on Thursday across Louisiana," Diaz said.


Prior to Diaz' remark, Rouse's appeared to throw a wrench into the Florida-based company's air of finality with a Facebook posting that said they were only willing to say was that the Vodka was on the way "VERY soon."


"We are hesitant to post our expected delivery date, since we've been told a few different dates in the past that have come and gone," the statement said. "


However, Rouse's also revealed that they will be the first retailer to receive King Cake Vodka. In fact, they will be the only retailer carrying King Cake Vodka for a "very short time."


"We will, however, still be buying the bulk of the shipment coming in, and so will have the largest supply of King Cake Vodka in the area (by far!)," the statement said.


In the meantime, A Mountain of Crushed Ice offers a way to start planning what to use for a mixer. And, NoDef will be on the lookout for sightings. Stay tuned!



Is ther any place in Portland

Is ther any place in Portland Oregon where this is available?



What about in New York City?

What about in New York City? I wanted to throw a Mardi Gras themed party for my friends.



Can we buy it over here in

Can we buy it over here in Colorado?????

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