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Defender Picks



July 26th

Gloria Park & the Arrowhead Jazz Band

The Mint, 2PM

Music at the Old U.S. Mint


Kaya Nicole Band

The Maison, 4PM

Samba & Bossa Nova sounds


Mid-Week Mindfulness 

Longue Vue, 6PM

Decompress from the stress


Debachuerous Duets

Allways Lounge, 7PM

5th anniversary of Esoterotica's duets


The Rocketboys

Siberia, 7PM

Feat. The Whistles & The Bells


Space Kadet

Howlin’ Wolf, 8PM

Their New Orleans debut


The Boondock Saints

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A rooftop showing 



Side Bar, 8:30PM

Feat. Eric “Benny” Bloom + David Torkanowsky


The Love Witch

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Free screening of the Anna Biller feminist flick


George Romero Retrospective

Bar Redux, 9PM

Dawn of the Dead, The Crazies, Night of the Living Dead  


Organized Crime & Friends

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Feat. Cliff Hines


Antoine Diel & the Misfit Power

Spotted Cat, 10PM

A jazzy midweek show


July 27th

Antoine Diel Quartet

Hotel Monteleone, 5PM

At the Carousel Bar


Yoga Social Club

The Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get zen and ready to mingle


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Paul Sanchez


Book Signing

Alvar Library, 6:30PM

An appearance and reading by James Nolan


Crescent Fresh Open Mic

Dragon’s Den, 7PM

No cover


Singing In The Rain

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Free screening of the Gene Kelly classic


Meek Mill

Lakefront Arena, 8PM

Feat. Yo Gotti + YFN Lucci


Derek Brueckner

Art Klub, 8PM

Come observe and participate as you wish


Tony Seville & The Cadillacs

Mohogany Jazz Hall, 9PM

R&B and Jazz classics



July 28th

Food Truck Friday

Champions Square, 11AM

Feat. even more trucks


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Trolls


John Waters Film Festival


The Pope of Trash's classic 1981 film, Polyester


Astrology: Basics of Chart Reading

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Demystifying the chart: glyphs, houses, aspects, and more


Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

A night of Latin jazz


Akira Movie Night

Art Klub, 8PM

A night for anime


Corey Feldman

Southport Music Hall, 8PM

The 80's idol comes to town with his Angels 



Siberia, 9PM

Feat. Cave of Swimmers + Smoke


Blue Velvet

Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Feat. Skelatin, Dusty_tupelo + The Family Band


Foundation Free Fridays

Tipitina's, 10PM

Feat. Rory Danger & The Danger Dangers and more


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Feat. Zander, Javier Drada 


July 29th

Cocktail Treasure Hunt

Chartres House, 10AM

Hosted by the Krewe of Crescent City Dames


Stretch Your Day Out

The Drifter Hotel, 10AM

Poolside yoga


Summer Shrimp Boil-Off

Seaworthy, 2PM

Three chefs compete to make the best boil


Brush Lettering Workshop

Lionheart Prints, 2PM

Learn the art of penmanship


Cool Down Block Party

4100-4300 Magazine St., 5PM

Live music, free drinks, special sales, and more



Pan American Stadium, 6:30PM

Gaffa FC versus Cajun Soccer Club


Hot Summer Nights in the Ice Pit

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

A night of comedy


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8PM

Monthly showcase at HOB


Mythological Hybrids 

Bar Redux, 9PM

Psych-rock sci-fi


Rocky Horror Picture Show

MechaCon Convention, 12AM

Feat. shadow cast, costumes, props 


July 30th

Brunch & Burn

St. Roch Market, 10AM

Yogalates, with food & mimosas to follow


Free Yoga Class

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

$1 off beers for all attendees


Sacred Marketplace

Congo Square, 12PM

Unveiling the refurbished historic marker


Harry Potter's Birthday Party

Tubby & Coo's, 2PM

It's the boy wizard's bday


Cauche Mar & Evers

Castillo Blanco Art Studios, 9PM

Feat. Delish Da Goddess, Ekumen, Pine Box Social



Prytania Theatre, 10PM

Christopher Nolan's mind-bending masterpiece


July 31st

The Well

St. Anna's Episcopal Church, 2PM

A woman's poetry circle


Start-Up Institute for Small Businesses

Urban League of Louisiana, 5:30PM

Start of month-long business training program


Larry Correia

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing and reading from Monster Hunter Siege


Elemental Dignities

New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts, 7PM

Working with the elements in tarot


August Alsina

House of Blues, 7PM

NOLA-born musician


Helen Gillet

Bacchanal, 7:30PM

Sip some wine and listen to the jazzy starlet 


Burlesque Bingo

Bar Mon Cher, 8PM

Lefty Lucy presents the art of the tease and bingo


Faun and a Pan Flute

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Atlanta musicians take over the Instant Opus series

NOLA Lore: The Makings of American Voodoo

Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. This week, learn about the origins of Voodoo in America.


It came from the West Indies. Haiti, to be more specific. Its birth was structured upon West African tribal religions with a long tradition in the belief of the immortal spirit. It developed freely of its own accord due to the isolation of its native country. Its name means 'god' or 'spirit'. Traditionally, it's a religion known as Vodu. Here in New Orleans we call it Voodoo. Its practice is widely fantasied in the realm of books and movies and the fiction of it all only serves to propel the mysterious and exotic nature that surrounds the religion. As mysterious as it may seem, giving rise to voodoo dolls and zombies, make no mistake: Voodoo is a legally recognized faith and the world, as a whole, has well over 50,000,000 followers of the religion.

The Voodoo religion began during the French Colonial Period with its foundations brought to Haiti on the backs of slaves from the Dahomey kingdom. While the religion was in its infancy, Haitian slaves borrowed from their West African captors, using many of their spiritual beliefs to lay the groundwork for what would later become Voodoo. Many West African tribes practiced religious rituals that revolved around music, particularly dancing, drumming, and singing and these practices would eventually become a staple in the newly developing religion. Another core concept in West African religious practices involved the worship of ancestral spirits and the belief in the ability to be possessed by immortal spirits.

With the combination of tribal influence, shared beliefs, and interests deeply rooted in tradition, the population of Haitian slaves gave rise to their new religion as a way to cope with the hardship and suffering the human spirit faced while bound to enslavement. Eventually, the religion gained popularity and began to move out of Haiti as more and more slaves converted to the Vodu beliefs.

Though it took some time, the religion did finally reach the shores of America. Voodoo arrived in New Orleans some 250 years ago via slaves brought directly into the city from the likes of Africa. During the early years of slavery, slave owners rigorously attempted to convert their slaves to Catholicism which eventually lead to some adopted Catholic practices within Voodoo as the religion progressed within the United States. While Catholic hymns and saints were taken into consideration as additions to the Voodoo faith, slaves weren’t so easily swayed into conforming to their masters’ singular Christian beliefs. The enslaved held strong and true to their original traditions and religious practices, even if it meant continuing their practices under the simple guise of song and dance gatherings. Additionally, due to New Orleans being a place that supported free people of color, the Voodoo religion started making its way from the shadows in to the light by way of public practice. After all, the free person could exercise whatever religion he or she so wished.

A slave revolt on the island of St. Domingue in 1791 would eventually bring scores of refugees from the region to New Orleans. New Orleans being especially attractive to the fleeing slaves because of the French influence shared with their home country. With the influx of refugees came a strengthening of the Voodoo religion in Louisiana. Since the religion was already a full-fledged and well developed practice in the refugees’ homeland of Haiti their arrival only served to spread and reinforce the traditions evolving in New Orleans at the time.

While Voodoo was being practiced throughout Louisiana its notoriety in New Orleans specifically would not become a force to be reckoned with until the introduction of an infamous woman by the name of Marie Laveau. Laveau said to be born to a Creole woman and a white planter was lucky enough to live outside the clutches of slavery spending her entire life as a free woman. Marie Laveau's roots were traditionally Catholic, yet many believe that her origin in Voodoo was matrilineal thus learning the traditions from her grandmother and mother who both practiced the religion and refused to convert to Catholicism.

Marie got her start in the community as a hairdresser who served the upper-class white individuals of New Orleans. Serving the elite gave her a valuable insider’s angle on the gossips continuously circling within the French Quarter. Such insights into the workings of the city gave Laveau an invaluable upper-hand in the community she would ultimately claim as her own.

With such in-depth knowledge of the city’s happenings and its people, Laveau quickly gained a monopoly over the local voodoo religion and spread its traditions to slaves and socialites alike. All walks of life came to her for assistance in their personal matters for she had the power to both heal and curse with chants, potions, spells and power. Simply put, the woman was magic. It was because of this magic that she became the most powerful and well known Voodoo Priestess in American history.

Due to her wide and reaching grasp, Marie Laveau single handedly influenced the progression of Voodoo moment within the US. She called to the religion knowledge and popularity like no other before her. Although she never abandoned her Catholic roots, it was the Voodoo Priestess Laveau who set the course for American Voodoo as we’ve come to know it today.


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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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