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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

Little Gem Saloon Unearthed

Early Jazz Landmark Roars Again in the CBD

Stepping into the Little Gem Saloon one might think they’ve traveled back to 1903, when Frank Doroux first opened the joint.


Once a watering hole for legendary jazz musicians like Louis Armstrong and Buddy Bolden, this Little Gem at 445 S. Rampart St. in the CBD packs a lot of history -- a fact owners Nicolas Bazan, Charles Clark and Tim Clark don’t want customers to forget.  


“We’re trying to revive that era with the food, music, décor and ambiance,” said manager Jose Torres, who is aiming for an early 1900s vibe.       


With Chef Robert Bruce of Palace Cafe and Chophouse unpacking his knives in the kitchen, the Saloon is in good hands. For a more authentic turn of the century feel, Bruce unearthed old family recipes, including a particularly arduous recipe for oxtail soup that takes two days to prepare. His authentic Creole cuisine stays true to the past.  


“If the ingredients didn’t exist back then we’re not using them,” said Torres.  “We use a slow cook process.” 


Aside from a slow simmering oxtail soup, Little Gem also offers deviled eggs, a staple of the era, baked oysters gratinee, gumbo and “unique sandwiches reminiscent of the things they used back then like marble rye bread.”   


The bar, by turn, uses hand chipped ice for drinks and old style cocktail recipes.  


While downstairs looks like your typical restaurant/ jazz club with a layout akin to Galatoire’s, upstairs’ dark wood, rich red velvet drapes and baroque chandeliers connote a Storyville scene of bordellos and speakeasys.   


“It’s a night club atmosphere that looks kind of like the swanky speakeasy of the day,” said Torres.  


Prior to Bazan and Clark’s purchase, the building sat dilapidated and forgotten on the corner of South Rampart. While the building underwent much construction to bring it back to life, the owners maintained its historic integrity.  


“We restored everything, but we didn’t change anything,” said Torres.  


The building’s vital role in the New Orleans jazz scene earned it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and, according to the Smithsonian, became one of the most important places to jazz music in the world.  


“We took that seriously; something that should be revived,” said Torres, noting the historical significance of the building.  


Downstairs, daily jazz piano pays homage to the musicians that made New Orleans music what it is today. Upstairs, a local talent buyer and former Tipitina’s employee will choose more popular acts, including last night's inaugural musical performance by Meschiya Lake. Saxophone player Donald Harrison also played to a full house over the New Year's soft opening.  


Despite good food and music, Torres emphasizes that the business is more than just a restaurant, it’s a concept.  


“A strong push is the food and the music, [but] we’re not counting on any one in particular. We’re bringing back the old 1903 era and making it popular again,” said Torres.  


After a couple of successful soft openings, Little Gem Saloon officially opened for lunch last Monday.    


“We’re at a competitive price point.  Today we filled up for lunch and each day we’re getting better,” said Torres.   


For a music schedule and menu samples, visit the Little Gem Saloon website.

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