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August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

Record Store Day Spins Through NOLA This Weekend

This Saturday (4.22), the 2017 Record Store Day will take place at vinyl outfitters across the nation. The 10th annual celebration of indie record stores toasts audiophiles, music makers, the vinyl devout — and, of course, the record stores that make it all possible. Record Store Day brings plenty of new and special edition releases nationwide. The day also provides ample reason to celebrate the local, independent shops that keep the music available. 


For their tin anniversary, the RSD team has appointed guitar virtuoso St. Vincent to act as artist ambassador to spread the word on the importance of independent music retailers. 


The nationwide event features a series of special releases including first releases, exclusives, limited runs, regional releases, and reissues. RSD will honor recently departed icons David Bowie, with a live 1974 concert recording Cracked Actor and a demo promo dubbed BOWPROMO. Special 12” maxi-singles and 7” picture discs from Prince’s catalogue will be released, as will a tribute album dedicated to the late Leonard Cohen. 


Participating artists include David Crosby, The Veldt, Blind Mr. Jones, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Townes Van Zandt, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Drive By Truckers, Sting, Shooter Jennings, Slick Rick, Run the Jewels, Tegan and Sara, Talking Heads, Spoon, and many more. Author Ken Kesey’s The Acid Test will be released on vinyl, as will Lin-Manuel Miranda’s tune from Moana and a children’s album from the late Johnny Cash. 


The full list can be seen here.


NoDef spoke to Scott Wells of Skully’z Recordz in the French Quarter a few years back when Record Store Day first spun through New Orleans. “The resurgence of vinyl has really made a big difference for record stores and allowed them to continue,” Wells said in 2014.  "That is our main seller now.”


And despite what you might've heard, heading to the record store doesn't mean you'll be judged. “Records store snobs a la High Fidelity do exist, and I’ve known a lot of them. But, that’s one thing that we try to discourage here. We’re trying to fight the myth, and be the nice record store guy.”


For those in the mood to find some new records that might make your own list today, here's a list of New Orleans record stores:


Euclid Records (3301 Chartres St.) 

Sisters in Christ (5206 Magazine St.) 

NOLA Mix Records (1522 Magazine St.)

The White Roach (5704 Magazine St.)

Peaches Records (408 N. Peters St.) 

Skully’z Recordz (907 Bourbon St.)

The Mushroom (1037 Broadway St.)

Louisiana Music Factory (421 Frenchmen St.)


Portions of a previous interview were used in this article.


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