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LUNDI

April 24th

Zurich Golf Classic

City Park, 11AM

Kick off to a 4-day stop on the PGA Championship tour

 

Crystal Energy Healing & Dream Play

1112 Mandeville St., 2PM

Talk dreams and crystals

 

Andrew Jackson Hotel Ghost Hunt

Andrew Jackson Hotel, 4PM

Sleepover ghost tour at the infamous hotel

 

International Sculpture Day

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 5:30PM

Artists Tara Conley, Rachel David, and Ashley Pridmore will discuss their work

 

Big Easy Entertainment Awards

The Orpheum Theater, 6PM

29th annual event

 

New Orleans Baby Cakes

Shrine On Airline, 7PM

Baby Cakes go up against the Omaha Storm Chasers

 

Movie Screening: La Bataille de Solférino

Cafe Istanbul, 7PM

French film about the 2012 presidential election, following Macron and Le Pen's victories during this weekend's round one

 

Cacao Ceremony

Nola Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Set intentions for the Full Moon and share a cacao elixir

 

Ooh Poo Pah Doo Monday Blues

Carver Club, 8PM

Hosted by the bar's owner Miss Judy Hill

MARDI

April 25th

Earth Day Celebration

City Park, 4PM

Kiddie crafts, cooking demos, native plant sale, yoga, and more

 

April Hobnobber

The Country Club, 5:30PM

Sip and socialize, with complimentary wine and live music

 

Movie Screening: Ipileaye

Ashé Cac, 6PM

Story of the creation of the world 

 

Pony Up for Horses

Eiffel Society, 6PM

A benefit to aid horses in need

 

Vinyasa & Vino

Nola Yoga Loft, 6:30PM

All-levels yoga following by wine and dinner

 

Swing in the Oaks

City Park, 7PM

Annual free outdoor concert feat. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

 

New Moon Medicine Circle

Yes, Yoga., 7:30PM

Celebrate the cycle with visualizations, meditations, journaling, ritual, and group energy healing

 

Aaron Cohen Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local faves, feat. Danny Abel Band, Shhh

 

High Profile | New Orleans Nightlife Awards

Sidney's Saloon, 10PM

Celebrate NOLA's nightlife with Garlic Junior, Jassy, and DJ Visqueen

MERCREDI

April 26th

Wednesdays at the Square

Lafayette Square, 5PM

Feat. Flow Tribe and Robin Barnes

 

Blackout Poetry Workshop

Norman Mayer Branch Library, 5PM

Teen poetry event in blackout poetry of public library books

 

Evenings with Enrique

City Park, 5PM

Feat. Raphael Bas

 

Vietnamese Style Crawfish Boil

Black Penny, 6PM

The famous boil across from Armstrong Park returns

 

Paradigm Pizza & Pies

Paradigm Gardens, 7PM

Urban farm hosts outdoor dinner, with Ancora Pizzeria

 

Eat Your Science

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Alton Brown live

 

Movie Screening: Annie Hall

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Rooftop screening of the Woody Allen classic

 

Sound Observatory New Orleans: The Shape of Jazz to Come

Three Keys, 9PM

This month's event features Ashlin Parker Trio 

JEUDI

April 27th

 

NOLA Distilling Co. Grand Opening

NOLA Distilling Company, 3PM

Live music from Colin Lake, food from Frencheeze & La Cocinita food trucks

 

Movie Screening: Jazz Fest Shorts

The Old U.S. Mint, 6PM

Films from the inaugural 1970 Jazz Fest

 

Threadhead Thursday

City Park Botanical Gardens, 6PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Brass-a-Holics, and Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show

 

Sum 41 & Pierce the Veil

House of Blues, 6:30PM

The 'We Will Detonate!' tour

 

International Jazz Day

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, 7PM

Celebration of jazz music and its influence

 

Jazz & Heritage Gala

Hyatt Regency, 7PM

19th annual benefit feat. a Neville Family Funktion and more

 

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Birmingham band promotes second album "Sea of Noise" 


Noble Brass

Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band Makes 30, Celebrates with Two Nights of Music at Howlin' Wolf



The band that Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea, calls “hard as hell” and “free as a ray of light” celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend with two shows at the Howlin’ Wolf.  Inside and outside the city, people recognize Rebirth Brass Band for its edgy blend of brass, hip-hop and funk that always draws a full crowd.

 

Founded in 1983 by Philip and Keith Frazier and Kermit Ruffins, the group graduated from performing in their high school band to performing on a national stage.  While now the band plays to a primarily adult audience, Rebirth’s initial inception came as a result of a fortuitous alcohol restriction.    

 

“We got a couple of guys together to play at the Sheraton hotel, but they were serving alcohol at the function,” said Rebirth bass drummer and co-founder Keith Frazier, who remembers being turned away from the venue as a result.  Under age and instruments in tow, they switched gears to the only place that welcomes underagers, Bourbon.  

 

“We went down to Bourbon Street and played for tips,” said Frazier.  The Bourbon street fluke would turn into a summer long gig. 

 

“I can remember the first time playing in the French Quarter,” said Frazier, who can hardly believe thirty years have passed.  “It doesn’t seem that long ago.  That was a quick 30.  I’m looking forward to the next 30.” 

 

Over those three decades much has changed.  Not only has their following reached enormous numbers across the US, but they have also opened up their music to a wide range of styles. 

 

“When we first started, we played traditional songs like “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and now we incorporate songs from every genre,” said Frazier.  “We play reggae, R&B, funk, traditional; all types.” 

 

Although frequently on tour, the group that once featured Kermit Ruffins embraces its New Orleans roots with a weekly Tuesday night gig at the Maple Leaf.  While turning 30 at the Maple Leaf might have been sentimentally appropriate, the small venue couldn’t hold their ever-growing fan club.   

 

“Since we’ve grown so much Howlin’ Wolf [fits because it’s] probably one of the larges venues and not far from where we started,” said Frazier. 

 

After Hurricane Katrina, the term Rebirth took on a deeper meaning as the city began to rebuild.  Despite destroyed neighborhoods, FEMA fallouts and funky fridges, music like Rebirth laid the firm cultural foundation that allowed the city to move forward.  Among their many awards, they earned their first Grammy for their 2011 album ReBirth of New Orleans.  

 

Despite their mainstream success, Rebirth remains inextricably tied to New Orleans. The band shares their label, Basin Street Records, with other legendary locals such as Irvin Mayfield, Dr. Michael White, and Jon Cleary.

 

Basin Street's co founder, Mark Samuels, said the milestone reflects the band's commitment to their craft.  "I am amazed as a record labelist that has been working for 15 years that a band has been together for thirty.  As someone who has managed and booked and tour managed bands I know how hard it is to keep a band together and that is an amazing accomplishment," said Samuels.

 

Before hanging up Frazier encourages people to “continue to support live music and the Rebirth Brass Band.” 

 

Friday’s show features the “queen of rare grove,” DJ Soul Sister, and special guests, while Saturday’s show features Jermaine Quiz. 

 

Both nights begin at 10 pm with doors opening at 9 pm.

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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Linzi Falk, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

Photographers


Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt


Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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