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DIMANCHE

June 25th

THINK DEEP

The Drifter, 12PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Tristan Dufrene, Otto

 

The Tangiers Combo

Bacchanal, 12PM

A mid-afternoon match made in heaven

 

Gentilly Stompers

Bamboulas, 1PM

Get jazzy with it

 

Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 2PM

Tanisha Jones, Mark of The Fallen

 

Miami Ice

Black Penny, 3PM

Krewe of Goddesses host a popsicle party

 

Grill Out with Your Gills Out

Bayou St. John, 3PM

Krewe of Mermoux Benefit BBQ for NOAGE

 

Moonshine Taste

Three Keys, 7PM

A POC cabaret series at the Ace

 

Guy Fieri’s Rockin Road Show

Tip's, 8PM

Feat. Cowboy Mouth

 

Unfortunate Side Effect

Banks St. Bar, 8PM

Plus Voodoo Wagon and Bad Mimosas

 

Girls Night Out

Rare Form NOLA, 9PM

A rare male revue show

Lundi

June 26th

Pizza For Pitbulls

Reginelli’s, 11AM

Eat pizza to help dogs, really. Benefitting the Love A Pitbull Foundation

 

Justin Molaison

Chickie Wah Wah, 5:30PM

Happy hour tunes

 

Let’s Get Quizzical

Port Orleans Brewing Co., 6:30PM

Food, drinks, trivia

 

Salves + Infused Oils Workshop

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Last class of the Heart of Herbal Medicine Series 

 

Choral Festival

St. Louis Cathedral, 7:30PM

Presented by the N.O. Children’s Choir

 

Breathe LOVE Yoga

Revolution Fitness, 7:30PM

Hatha Yoga Basics

 

Little Tybee + Cliff Hines + Friends

Hi Ho, 8PM

Elements of folk, jazz, psych, and bossa

 

Mondays with Tasche

Mags, 8PM

Vintage soul and modern blues

 

Charlie Gabriel & Friends

Preservation Hall, 8PM

Joined by Taslimah P. Bey, Djallo Djakate, Marion Hayden

 

A Motown Monday

Circle Bar, 9:30PM

With DJ Shane Love

 

Monday Music Therapy

Lucky’s, 10PM

With CSE & Natasha Sanchez

 

MARDI

June 27th

Movie Screening

Broad Theater, 5:30PM

An intimate screening of America Divided

 

Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Appearences by Courtney + J.P. Sloan

 

Movie Screening

Café Istanbul, 6:30PM

Trapped: A story of women + healthcare

 

Song Writer Sessions

Foundation Room, 7PM

Supporting NOLA’s songwriting community

 

MORBID ANGEL + Suffocation

House of Blues, 7PM

With support by Withered

 

Astrology | Transits

School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

A lecture on reading transits in natal charts

 

Boston

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Get ready for a giant sing along

 

Blato Zlato + Toonces

Siberia, 8PM

Balkan tunes + art-rock

 

Progression

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Static Masks, Shame, Annette Peacock Tribute

 

MERCREDI

June 28th

Noontime Talk

NOMA, 12PM

Jim Steg: New Work, with Curator Russell Lord

 

Books Beer & Bookworm Babble

Urban South Brewery, 5PM

A fundraiser for Friends of New Orleans

 

Local Intro to Oils

Monkey Monkey, 6PM

Get the 411 on essential oils

 

Rye Tasting

Grande Krewe, 6PM

A flight of rye

 

Stick To Your Guns

Republic, 6PM

With support by Hawthorne Heights

 

Free Yogalates

The Mint, 6:30PM

Part of Wine Down Wednesdays

 

WNOE Summer Jam

House of Blues, 7PM

Jerrod Neimann with Michael Ray and more

 

Comedy Gold

House of Blues, 7PM

Stand up comedy from the Big Easy

 

Corks & Colors

NOLA Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Let the paints and wine flow

 

Weird Wednesday’s

Bar Redux, 9PM

The Extra Terrestrial Edition

 

Mighty Brother

Saturn Bar, 10PM

With Grace Pettis

JEUDI

June 29th

Essence Festival

Superdome, 10AM

All your favorites in one place

 

Talkin’ Jazz

Jazz Museum, 2PM

With Tom Saunders

 

Ogden After Hours

The Ogden, 6PM

Featuring Andrew Duhon

 

Movie Screening

Carver Theater, 6PM

FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade 

 

Bleed On

Glitter Box, 6PM

Fundraising for We Are #HappyPeriod, powered by Refinery29

 

Book Signing

TREO, 7PM

SHOT by Kathy Shorr

 

BYO #Scored

Music Box Village, 730

Presenting “Where I’m From”

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

Get ready to jam

 

Henry & The Invisibles

Hi Ho, 9PM

With support by Noisewater

 

Soundbytes Fest Edition

Three Keys, 9PM

With PJ Morton + Friends

 

Trance Farmers

Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Support by Yung vul

 

Push Push

Banks St Bar, 10PM

With Rathbone + Raspy

 

VENDREDI

June 30th

Electric Girls Demo Day

Monroe Hall at Loyola, 1:30PM

Check out the newest inventions

 

Field to Table Time

NOPL Youth Services, 2PM

Learn how growing + cooking = saving the world

 

Dinner & A ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls

 

Movie Night in The Garden

Hollygrove Market, 7PM

A showing of Sister Act

 

Songwriter Night

Mags, 9PM

Ft. Shannon Jae, Una Walkenhorst, Rory Sullivan

 

Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 9:30PM

Ft. DJ Pasta and Matty N Mitch

 

Free Music Friday

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring DJ Chris Jones

 

Spektrum

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. CHKLTE + residents

 

The Longitude Event

Café Istanbul, 10PM

Presented by Urban Push Movement

 

Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Maggie Koerner & Travers Geoffray + Cha Wa

 

Gimme A Reason

Poor Boys Bar, 11PM

Ft. Tristan Dufrene + Bouffant Bouffant

 

SAMEDI

July 1st

SLOSHBALL

The Fly, 12PM

Hosted by Prytania Bar

 

Organic Bug Management

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about pests + organic management

 

Mystic Market

Rare Form NOLA, 2PM

Author talk, live music, art and more

 

Girls Rock New Orleans

Primary-Colton, 2:30PM

The official camper showcase

 

Serious Thing A Go Happen

Ace Hotel, 4PM

Exhibit viewing, artist talk, and after-sounds

 

Art NO(w)

Claire Elizabeth Gallery, 5PM

An eye popping opening reception

 

Antoine Diel Trio

Three Muses, 6PM

With Josh Paxton + Scott Johnson

 

CAIN Ressurection

Southport Music Hall, 9PM

Support by Overtone plus Akadia

 

Grits & Biscuits

House of Blues, 10PM

A Dirty South set

 

Jason Neville Band

BMC, 11PM

With Friends for Essence Fest

DIMANCHE

July 2nd

The Greatest Show On Earth

Prytania Theater, 10AM

Dramatic lives within a circus

 

THINK DEEP

The Drifter Hotel, 2PM

Ft. RYE, Lleauna, Tristen Dufrane

 

Night Market

Secondline Arts, 6PM

With Erica Lee

 

The Story of Stories

Académie Gnostique, 7PM

Learn about the practical magic of fairy tales

 

Silencio

One Eyed Jacks, 8PM

A tribute to David Lynch

 

Alex Bosworth

Bar Redux, 9PM

With Diako Diakoff

 

Church*

The Dragons’s Den, 10PM

SHANOOK, RUS, KIDD LOVE, ZANDER

 

International Flag Party

Howlin Wolf, 11:30PM

The hottest dance party of the year

 

New Creations Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 12AM

A special closing performance

 

NoDef Nods: Classical Arts

10 Best New Orleans Orchestral and Chamber Performances of 2013



2013 was a tremendous year for the New Orleans classical arts scene, accentuated by outstanding achievements from individuals and smaller groups. Here are the top 10 performances from 2013:

 

1. Copland’s Clarinet Concerto – On February 21, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra found themselves in quite a pinch. On their Thursday night program was Aaron Copland’s 17-minute concerto requiring skills of a clarinet virtuoso, and the LPO’s guest soloist had fallen suddenly and violently ill. During their emergency intermission, the orchestra’s own 21-year clarinetist Chris Pell courageously stepped forward and volunteered to perform the piece without having practiced a single note. Violist Matt Carrington summed it up best: “It’s every orchestral musician’s dream to sort of step up and save the day and be in the limelight—and music-making captures the feeling of music when it can be so spontaneous and impromptu.” The hall filled with nervous energy, the LPO and audience connected in a way not seen before or since. Pell performed the piece flawlessly and brought the house down. With leaping ovations, ecstatic hollering, and conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto thrusting his fists in the air, the last-minute concerto was akin to a sporting event, and high point of classical arts concerts this year.

 

2. Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time – On May 24, Birdfoot Festival had already wowed audiences at the Little Gem Saloon with chamber works by György Kurtág and Fauré before presenting the centerpiece of the festival and finest classical performance of the year: Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.” Featuring former New Orleans resident and piano virtuoso Danny Driver and showcasing clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, the quartet’s interpretation of the masterwork had an obvious affect on audiences. Rarely have classical listeners been seen more quiet and attentive, and their reactions ran the gamut from teary-eyed to solemn to blissful. The performance generated one of the longest-running standing ovations of the year, and it continues to be one of the most talked about Birdfoot pieces of 2013.

 

3. Britten Violin Concerto – It was a good year to be living in New Orleans for fans of Benjamin Britten. While there were centennial celebrations around the world, the LPO made New Orleans one of a handful of American cities that offered a complete program of the British composer’s music on his birthday. The highlight of the November 22 concert was a performance of “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra,” featuring Karen Gomyo soloing on the demanding work. Conducted by Maestro Prieto, the LPO offered a sturdy foundation for Gomyo’s impressive playing. Once concluded, a smiling Prieto offered Gomyo a bouquet of flowers and she was called back onto the stage three times. During intermission, concertgoers were abuzz, many having heard the piece for the first time that evening, and reveling in newfound interest in the composer.

 

4. Noah’s Flood – A week prior to Britten’s birthday, the New Orleans Opera Association offered their take on the worldwide centennial, presenting the composer’s short opera Noye’s Fludde to packed houses at Trinity Episcopal Church. Using both expert and amateur performers, operagoers got to experience something sincere and unique—an expertly performed work that brought together musicians and singers of all ages from throughout the community. In addition to demonstrating the brilliance of Britten and showcasing the expressive bass of Arthur Woodley and mezzo-soprano Victoria Livengood, the opera was fun and made for an enchanting evening.

 

5. Vespers of 1610 – The sleeper hit that ended the year was Marigny Opera House’s mid-December production of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Combining the talents of the intrepid New Resonance Orchestra (conducted by Francis Scully), 13 singers (led by gifted soprano Mattea Musso), and nine dancers (choreographed and directed by Diogo de Lima), the masterwork of early music came to life in the Marigny to sold-out crowds. If the performance proved anything, it was that the classical arts aren’t just for the time-honored organizations in the city. New Orleans has much to look forward to as the Church of the Arts continues its ambitious programming into the next year with multiple dance performances and New Resonance’s spring premiere of a song cycle by local composer Tucker Fuller.

 

6. Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 – November 12 marked an awkward moment in the classical arts community, when two world famous string quartets performed shows at the same time in different venues. The CAC presented Kronos Quartet while Friends of Music hosted Pacifica Quartet at Dixon Hall at Tulane University. Concertgoers who chose the latter program were fortunate to hear one of the best Crescent City performances of the year as Pacifica offered a flawless rendition of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor. The Russian composer’s oeuvre, especially the exacting chamber pieces, are not easy to pull off, and Pacifica progressed confidently from one movement to another with great fluidity and expertise.

 

7. Frank Bridge’s Lament for Two Violas – In October, Musaica Chamber Ensemble’s first program of their eighth season began with a magnificent execution of Frank Bridge’s Lament for Two Violas, featuring local musicians Bruce Owen and Ila Rondeau. Bridge was a British composer who was perhaps most famous for mentoring Benjamin Britten. His work for two violas showcases how much he would influence young Britten. The duet soared under the capable hands of Owen and Rondeau, showing just how moving the viola can be.

 

8. Britten's Phantasy Quartet – The final concert of this year’s Birdfoot Festival was slightly different from the first two nights, being presented with a little more formality and more distance between the performers and audience. This did not affect the performances, however, with two works marking some of the best of the festival and 2013. Their rendition of “Phantasy Quartet,” was one of the first Britten pieces performed this year, highlighting the composer’s range but also local oboist Jaren Philleo’s virtuosic abilities.

 

9. Ravel’s Piano Trio – Featuring Danny Driver again on piano, Birdfoot artistic director and violinist Jenna Sherry, and cellist Calab van der Swaagh, the performance of the impressionistic work by French master Maurice Ravel, left many in their seats silently swaying with their eyes shut. Passionately moving as they performed, it appeared that all three musicians became one with the music. When they finished, an older woman sitting in the back could barely contain her enthusiasm, screaming “Bravo!” which kicked off the standing ovation from the rest of the audience. If Birdfoot is able to generate the same enthusiasm in 2014 as they did this year, chamber music lovers will have much to look forward to.

 

10. Barber’s Violin Concerto – Opening their current 2013-14 season, the LPO was joined by master violinist Gil Shaham for an expert performance of Samuel Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. The performance was a fine example of what audiences could expect from the new season: the LPO in fine form, presenting a version of a work that audiences may not be too familiar with, and doing so with grace and élan. Attendees were so moved after each movement, they burst into applause, despite tradition prohibiting such action. A standing ovation ended the performance, and Maestro Prieto insisted that the soloist do an encore, starting a tradition of his own for the next several concerts.

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Alexis Manrodt

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