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Defender Picks



May 24th

Jazz Pilates

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 12PM

Led by renowned jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan


Happy Hour Sessions

The Foundation Room, 5PM

Featuring the raw blues and smokey femininity of Hedijo


Shake It Break It Band

21st Amendment, 5PM

Step back in time and enjoy some tunes


Lighting from a Theatrical Perspective

NOLA Community Printshop, 6PM

Hosted by veteran Lighting Designer, Andrew J. Merkel


Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Free yoga, optional beer and food


Big Easy Playboys

Bank Street Bar, 7PM

Mixing roots, rock, and blues


Think Less, Hear More

Hi-Ho Lounge, 9PM

Spontaneous compositions to projected movies




May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery


Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band


Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez


Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition


JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between


Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo


Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists



May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more


Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art


Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork


YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families


Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye


New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop


Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

Preview: Bourbon Festival 2017

A New Fest with an Age Old Spirit

Bourbon and whiskey lovers rejoice! The inaugural New Orleans Bourbon Festival officially kicks off this Friday (3.24), leading revelers into three brim-filled days of spirit-centric tastings, talks, and parties.


Hosted by the Convention Center Marriot & The Sugar Mill, Bourbon Fest allows one to pick their own alcoholic adventure, as a whopping 84 spirits are slated for feature throughout the festival — showcasing favorites like Bulleit and Woodford Reserve alongside smaller distillery productions by Virgil Kaine and Tuthilltown Spirits. Moderation will be key for Friday and Saturday’s Grand Tasting at The Sugar Mill, where not only will the venue be transformed into a 1920s style New Orleans speakeasy, but all bourbons will be available to taste. 


If partaking in an event that'll leave you with a hangover lasting into the middle of the week doesn't fit your 9-to-5 lifestyle, Saturday afternoon’s lineup can bring one to a state of mental intoxication instead. An impressive list of speakers are scheduled to espouse all things bourbon. Greg Davis, Master Distiller and Director of Distillery Operations for Maker’s Mark, will be hosting Maker’s Farm to Bottle Process. The Women in Bourbon Panel will feature Carla Carlton, Susan Reigler, Peggy Noe Stevens on hand to discuss the ever-expanding role of women within all facets of the industry. Rounding out the list of must-see events, historian Michael Veach will lead audiences through Bourbon’s New Orleans Connection, where the “origin of Bourbon as a whiskey developed to sell in New Orleans” will be explored. 


Closing out the weekend will be an Awards Brunch, where the best of the best will be celebrated. Bourbon Fest’s tickets are tiered and offered for each individual event, but the “Connoisseur” packages is NoDef's best bet. Available for both Friday and Saturday, the $189 ticket allows access to all afternoon seminars of your choice as well as an inclusive Grand Tasting experience in the evening. Most seminars have limited room, so reserving a seat is in order. 25% of profits from the festival will be donated to the St. Michael Special School. 


Pro-Tip: Thursday the 23rd, in conjunction with Bourbon Fest, many area restaurants will be hosting bourbon dinner pairings priced at $130. See the full list here


Learn more about the first ever New Orleans Bourbon Festival here

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