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Vendredi

April 25th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include The Avett Brothers, Public Enemy and, Aurora Nealand 

 

Underground Railroad Film Screening

NOMA (5 p.m.)

Fridays at NOMA features art and music inside, film in the Sculpture Garden, plus food and drink 

 

Rotary Downs + Mike Dillon 

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

New Orleans psych pop, rock n' roll 

 

Backbeat Jazz Fest Series  

Blue Nile (10 p.m.)

Soul Rebels, Nigel Hall & the Congregation, and more 

 

Nina Simone Tribute

Cafe Istanbul (11 p.m.)

Tank and the Bangas + Mykia Jovan 

 

Andrew Duhon

Circle Bar (10 p.m.)

Local bluesy singer/songwriter  

 

Trombone Shorty + Orleans Ave.

House of Blues (8 p.m.)

Plus New Breed Brass Band. Tickets are $50  

 

Dumpstaphunk + Easy All Stars + More

Howlin' Wolf (10 p.m.)

Ivan Neville's band joins fellow funk bands on stage, with the Roosevelt Collier Band 

 

Bootsy Collins + DJ Soul Sister

Joy Theater (9 p.m.)

Funk legend joins New Orleans' own queen of rare grooves 

Samedi

April 26th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Robin Thicke, 101 Runners, Branford Marsalis Quartet, and Phish 

 

Shamarr Fest

Shamrock (10 p.m.)

Shamar Allen & The Underdawgs, Hot 8 Brass Band, John Popper of Blues Traveler, and more

 

Cowboy Mouth

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

plus Honey Island Swamp Band 

 

Katdelic

Blue Nile (2 a.m.)

Funk, rock, and hip hop from San Francisco

 

Heatwave

Prytania Bar (9 p.m.)

All-vinyl dance party spinning Motown/garage rock/R&B/soul/oldies

 

HUSTLE with DJ Soul Sister 

Hi Ho Lounge (11 p.m.)

Queen of rare grooves spins all-vinyl boogie, funk, and more into the wee hours of the morning 

 

Grayson Capps

Carrollton Station (10 p.m.)

plus the Lost Cause Minstrels + Jamie Lynn Vessels

Dimanche

April 27th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds (11 a.m.- 7 p.m.)

Headliners include Vampire Weekend, New Birth Brass Band, John Boutte, and more

 

Swinging Sundays

Allways Lounge (8 p.m.)

Swing dance lessons and party, live band from 9 p.m.-midnight 

 

Mogwai

Civic Theatre (8 p.m.)

Prog rock, Majeure opens

 

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Key holder to the city of New Orleans, Clinton, joins DJ Soul Sister


Rockets Dominate Inside, Beat Hornets 104-92


The Houston Rockets were a step quicker all night, scoring 60 points in the paint to cruise to a 104-92 victory. New Orleans is 7-25 for the season. James Harden became the latest wing player to go off on us, this time to the tune of 31 points and seven assists.

 

Robin Lopez was solid for the Hornets, but Houston's Omer Asik was even better, notching 21 points and eight rebounds. Patrick Patterson added an efficent 15 and 10.

 

I fully agree with 247’s Ryan Schwan — the Hornets perimeter players have to do a better job of preventing penetration. But the fact is we are a team full of mostly mediocre individual defenders. Equally important, the team needs to work on their defensive rotations and pick-and-roll defense.

 

The 2009-2011 Orlando Magic were an excellent defensive team, despite being loaded with poor defenders. Stan Van Gundy had the luxury of making Dwight Howard the focal point, yes. But he also had them disciplined and focused on rotations. Gregg Popovich and Doc Rivers have been able to do the same with their big men. All of this is to say, if Anthony Davis continues to develop, Monty Williams should be able to develop this group of players into a good defensive team.

 

New Orleans put up a balanced offensive effort in the absence of Eric Gordon, who was held out as a precaution for his still-healing knee. Seven Hornets scored eight or more points. With the exception of Anthony Davis (4-of-11 for eight points, with few coming in the paint) I was satisfied with our effort on that end, despite 42 percent shooting.

 

I’m not even including Austin Rivers — who shot 1-of-5 Wednesday — in that summation. During a brief stretch where Rivers looked decent, his shot selection and defense were both noticeably improved. When he’s off, he looks mentally unfocused and out of sorts. There are clearly some confidence issues going on here, and I can’t see the point in Monty Williams continuing to start him if he’s not going to respond. As Rohan says, it might be time to D-League this guy.

 

Al-Farouq Aminu played 31 minutes after being a benchwarmer for nine games, and was solid with eight points and eight rebounds. He certainly has his flaws, but Aminu brings a kind of energy and hustle that this team sorely lacks. Our other small forward options, Lance Thomas and Dominic McGuire, are non-factors. I’ll take Aminu with his faults any day.

 

Growing pains, guys. These are just growing pains. The Hornets are off until Saturday, when they’ll face the struggling Mavericks in Dallas.
 

 

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