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LUNDI GRAS

February 27th

Red Beans Parade

Marigny Route, 2PM

9th annual march celebrating NOLA's famous Lundi dish

 

Krewe of Proteus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:15PM

The second-oldest parading krewe offers a legendary look at Carnival festivities 

 

Krewe of Orpheus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM

Harry Connick Jr.'s superkrewe is joined by Westworld actors and an SNL comedian

 

Washboard Chaz

The Carver Theater, 7PM

Washboard Chaz takes a break from The Tin Men tonight to lead the Lundi Gras Blues Party

 

Igor and the Red Elvises

Siberia, 6PM

Russian surf rock comes to St. Claude

 

Big Chief Alfred Doucette

Bar Redux, 8PM

Flaming Arrow Warriors Chief is joined by JD Hill & the Jammers, Big Pearl, and the Fugitives of Funk

 

Alexis & the Samurai

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

Indie folk duo perform every Monday

 

The Soul Rebels

Blue Nile, 11PM

Brass legends bring da funk

 

Galactic

Tipitina's, 11PM

Funk legends ($50)

 

MARDI GRAS

February 28th

Jefferson City Buzzards

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:45AM

The world's oldest Mardi Gras marching club kicks off the day's celebrations

 

Lyons Carnival Club

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7AM

Catch them at one of their 10 stops, or meet them for drink at Molly's at the Market at the end of their parade

 

Mondo Kayo Social & Marching Club 

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7:45AM

Follow Mondo Kayo to be led to an all-day dance party on Frenchmen

 

Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7:45AM

Clarinet legend leads his walking krewe to wake up the city for its big party

 

Zulu Social Aide and Pleasure Club

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 8AM

Storied African American krewe is set to dole out coconuts and joy 

 

Societe de Saint Anne

French Quarter Route, 10AM

Wander the Vieux Carre for this parade 

 

KOE

French Quarter Route, 10:15AM

A "cyber" krewe of Carnival enthusiasts from all over the world

 

Rex

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 10AM

Keep an eye out for the iconic Bouef Gras float 

 

Elks Orleanians / Crescent City

Uptown-St. Charles Route, Follows Rex

These truck parades let anyone with wheels join in on the Mardi Gras fun

 

Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra Memoria for Big Chief Roddy Lewis & Tim Green

Hi-Ho Lounge, 3PM

Featuring Jimbo Mathus' Overstuffed Po-boys

 

Fat Tuesday Fish Fry

Bar Redux, 6PM

Annual Mardi Gras fry with local catfish, handcut fries, and homemade slaw

 

Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf

 

Organized Crime

30/90, 9PM

NOLA funk-jam band with a rotating cast of band members 

 

Smokin' Time Jazz Club

The Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10:30PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band

 

Jason Neville Band

Vaso, 11:59PM

Member of the famed Neville clan leads his band

 

MERCREDI

March 1st

Dr. Seuss Celebration

St. Tammany Parish, all-day

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with crafts, snacks, and many fantastical tales

 

Opening Reception: "Waltzing the Muse"

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Ogden's newest exhibition is a Jmes Michalopoulos retrospective

 

New Orleans Jazz Vipers

The Maison, 6:30PM

Local trad jazz standard bearers

 

Pelicans vs. Detroit Pistons

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds and Pistons go head to head

 

Tin Men

d.b.a., 7PM

The world's premiere washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio

 

New Orleans Community Printshop and Darkroom

Community Print Shop, 7:30PM

Volunteer and members monthly meeting, get involved! 

 

Aurora Nealand & Tom McDermott

Chickie Wah Wah, 8PM

Nealand and McDermott have a fresh take on traditional jazz

 

Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra 

Snug Harbor, 8PM & 10PM

Traditional riff and blues sounds

 

Ash Wednesday Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Siberia, 8PM

Featuring Sam Doores, Alex McMurray, Julie Odell, and more

 

Niagara & The Asphalt Jungle

Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of two films noir featuring a young Marilyn Monroe

 

Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

Weekly improv from Chris Trew and Tami Nelson

 

Walter "Wolfman" Washington

d.b.a., 10PM

Fiery blues on Frenchmen every week


Playoffs, Popeyes Calling for Saints in Chilly Philly


Carnival doesn't start until Monday, but the New Orleans Saints are already steppin' out with new suits and Popeyes. The Black and Gold are in Philadelphia for Saturday's NFC Wild Card playoff clash with the third-seeded Philadelphia Eagles (7 p.m., NBC). Rather than blocking out the postseason distractions, the Saints are fully embracing the hype -- as long as it means they don't have to talk about how they've played on the road.

 

As the week started, WR Robert Meachem mentioned a meal of Popeyes chicken the players had before their Super Bowl win in 2010. By Friday morning, the entire locker room was enjoying Al Copeland's recipe.

 

 

Sean Payton acknowledged that the Saints' nutritionist wasn't likely to approve, but even the laser-focused head coach was acknowledging the intangibles. Lauded for his attention to detail, Payton started the week by saying numerous elements surrounding the players would be taken into consideration.

 

"We are going to look at, shoot, everything from what we eat, the Gatorade color we are choosing, the sweats we are wearing, and we will change all of that," Payton said.

 

The coach was especially comfortable talking about the new sweatsuits when the topic of the team's road play came up. Meanwhile, Brees even said he was willing to change up his famed Beefy Mac recipe.
 

 

Asked whether it affects the team when the media keeps bringing up the
fact that the franchise has never won a road playoff game, Payton was
more concerned with other threads.

 

“Once they try on the sweatsuits I think they are going to realize, man, the way they fit, you ought to see them, they're pretty special," Payton said.

 

Ever tenacious, Payton wouldn't relent on the topic of the sweatsuits when away games came up. So, a reporter asked him straight up if he was trying to dodge the question.

 

"Our road record since 2006 is pretty good. I think our road record since 2009 is pretty good," the Coach said. "But I think it would have been better if we had been wearing these sweatsuits, too."

 

To keep their season alive, the Black and Gold will also have to change up their attack on the field Saturday night, as RB Pierre Thomas was listed out for the game with a chest injury. Along with his prowess catching the screen pass, Thomas' 549 yards were the most production the Saints got out of a member of their stable of running backs on the ground during the regular season.

 

Darren Sproles is perhaps even more dangerous on the screen, but neither he nor Mark Ingram have been as consistent as Thomas between the tackles this season. The Eagles rank dead last in the league pass defense, so the Black and Gold will likely be able to do plenty of damage if the offensive line can give Brees enough time to look down field. But the frosty conditions (gametime forecast: 26 degrees) and road environment will likely make the run game important when it comes to ball control and wearing out a tough defensive front that includes Trent Cole -- who registered 8 sacks over the last 8 weeks -- and former SEC terror Fletcher Cox. Tough pass rushes in St. Louis, Seattle and against the New York Jets took the Saints out of their rhythm in prior road losses, so the blockers' ability to protect their QB could become a huge factor.

 

Along with the pass rush, the Saints have also seen their rushing defense carved up in their road losses. The front seven has risen to the occasion against hard-nosed NFC backs like San Francisco's Frank Gore, but was gashed by the likes of the Jets' Chris Ivory and St. Louis' Zac Stacy. On Saturday night, they'll be tasked with shutting down the NFL's leading rusher in Lesean McCoy. Shady, who racked up a pair of league-best stats with 1,607 rushing yards and 2,146 all purpose yards, has thrived under first-year head coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense. Never one to line up the tackles and run straight at the defense, the former University of Oregon coach deploys his featured backs in a variety of looks that even the creative Payton isn't used to seeing.

 

"This is a unique offense though in the type of runs you’re receiving compared to maybe a more conventional run list that you might see on a week-to-week basis," Payton said. "Finding your gaps and being on top of where the runner is, all those things are important.”

 

The other key to Kelly's transition to the NFL has been QB Nick Foles. The second-year signal caller out of Arizona rose to the starting spot when Michael Vick was plagued by injuries, but has quickly adapted to the up-tempo style that is known for alignments that will look unusual (even to Saints fans) and snapping the ball as quickly as possible after it's placed. In preparation, Rob Ryan's Saints defense has also been in a hurry this week, and it's not just because they had less time than usual between games.

 

"Nobody is practicing at a faster tempo than us in the history of football so I think we will be ready to go," Ryan said. "I know they will be faster than I have ever seen, but that's fine.”

 

For all of Foles' hurrying, however, Brees remains ahead. Though it was ten years apart, the two attended the Westlake High School outside Austin, Tex. Often fond of recalling his first taste of glory upon winning the state championship, Brees is very familiar with Westlake's record ever since -- including the year where a Foles-led went to the championship game and lost.

 

"I know they went to at least three or four state championships after my class left. They haven’t won another one though," Brees said. "We have the only state championship victory."

 

On Saturday, Brees can ensure that he remains the only of the pair with a Super Bowl victory, as well. The elder Westlake alum can stay a step ahead by keeping the ball out of Foles' hands early in the game. Another characteristic that has remained constant in the Saints' last three road losses is early turnovers that came out of number 9's hands.

 

With a +12 turnover ratio during the regular season, the Eagles' defense will be licking their chops to pounce on a Breesus transgression.

 

"I definitely say there is something with momentum on the road especially when you are in a hostile environment," Brees acknowledged. "Don’t give them a reason to get excited. Don’t give their fans a reason to stand up and get crazy."

 

In the regular season finale against Tampa, the Saints clocked an early touchdown to set the tone. The early TD was also a hallmark of the 2009 season, which laid down a path to glory.

 

"I think one of our things is we really haven’t started fast on the road and that is something certainly we can improve on,something we are focusing on and that can be a big part of our success too," Brees said.




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