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April 16th

Honey Island Swamp Band

Lafayette Square (5 p.m.)

Plus Bill Iuso and the Restless Natives 

 

The Goodnight Show with Luke Winslow-King

Café Istanbul (8 p.m.)

Plus Bruce Davenport Jr., Jacinta Gonzales, and more  

 

Noah Gundersen feat. Armon Jay

Gasa Gasa (8 p.m.)

Folk singer/songwriter and guitarist from Seattle performs after neo-folk artist Armon Jay   

 

Shotgun Cinema

Marigny Opera House (7 p.m.)

Film series presents Lithuanian psychosexual thriller, Vanishing Waves

 

Big Fat & Delicious CD Release

Siberia (10 p.m.)

New album “Eureka,” other acts include The No Shows and Zach Quinn   

 

Cliff and Sasha 

Allways Lounge (10:30 p.m.)

Progressive music duo 

 

Think You're Funny?

Carrollton Station (9 p.m.)

Stand-up comedy open mic in Riverbend



 

Walter Wolfman Washington

d.b.a. (10 p.m.)

Fiery blues on Frenchmen - every week


 

Major Bacon

Banks Street Bar (10 p.m.)

Blues rock and BLTs!


 

Hump Day SIN

Country Club (All Day)

Half-off admission to pool area for service industry members from 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.



 

Mississippi Rail Co.

Maple Leaf Bar (10p.m.)

Blues on Oak St.


 

Tin Men

dba (7p.m.)

Weekly Wed Gig- The world's premiere washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio.


 

Treme Brass Band

Candlelight Lounge (9p.m.)

Weekly Wed Gig- Pass on by and see the 6th Ward’s home band.

 

Jeudi

April 17th

Jazz in the Park

Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)

This year’s free concert series kicks off with Fifth Ward Weebie, the Landry-Walker Marching Band, and Glen David Andrews  

 

Umphrey's McGee

Civic Theatre (7 p.m.)

with Lionize

 

Tuba Skinny

Ogden Museum (5:30 p.m.)

After Hours with food from Miss Linda’s Soul Food Catering, drinks, and more. Admission is $10  

 

Concerts in the Courtyard

Historic New Orleans Collection (6 p.m.)

French Quarter happy hour, with cocktails and music! This week, featuring the New Orleans Nightingales

 

The Breton Sound

Gasa Gasa (9 p.m.)

with Pinkerton

 

Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Rock n Bowl (8:30 p.m.)

Zydeco Night!

 

Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule (11 p.m.)

Brass band jam on Magazine Street!

Vendredi

April 18th

Sirens Album Release

Gasa Gasa (7 p.m.)

With Madonnathan & All People, Brent Houzenga, and more  

 

Uptown Get Down feat. Chicken George

Tipitina's (9 p.m.)

Plus DJ Quickie Mart, Unicorn Fukr & more

 

Ellis Marsalis Quartet

Snug Harbor (8 p.m., 10 p.m.)

Famous local Jazz pianist and bandleader performs  

 

Singin' in the Rain Screening

NOMA’s Sculpture Garden (5 p.m.)

Friday nights at NOMA and Moonlight Movies come together  

 

YG

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Rapper makes stop on his My Krazy Life tour  

 

Guitar Lightnin' Lee

Kermit’s Mother in Law Lounge (10 p.m.)

Bluesy New Orleans guitar   


Roemer Runs: Former La. Gov Kicks off Presidential Campaign in...NH


by Ben de la Cour

Former Louisiana governor, video poker enthusiast and Democrat-turned- Republican, Buddy Roemer, formally announced his presidential bid today. The speech was not choreographed as a down payment on the Kingfish's dream, as it was held not in Nachitoches, but New Hampshire's Dartmouth College.

 

A native of Shreveport, Roemer graduated from Harvard in 1964 and a went on to serve four terms in Congress as a Democrat. As governor in the 1980s, he addressed many environmental issues affecting Louisiana, as well as drastically reducing unemployment and working to increase pay for teachers. Having beat Edwin Edwards after EWE survived an indictment, Roemer has for a long time been vocal about the corrupting influence of money on politics.

 

 

“Today, I run for President of the United States," he said. "I run to reveal the control of special interests in Washington and to demonstrate that the freedom to lead only comes by refusing their money. I run to prepare America for job growth, beginning with the elimination of unfair trade practices and attacking the debt.  I run as a proud Republican, but an even prouder American.”

What does this mean in terms of the 2012 presidential race? It's hard to tell at this point. Despite the wide open Republican field, Roemer remains an outside pick, as he has been out of politics for a good while, but his willingness to tackle special interest money, and his policy to raise money only in small contributions already makes him stand out in a crowding field. (For more on that read this Daily Beast article.)

 

 

“We must break the stranglehold of special interest money on our political system, " he said. "It’s the special interests who use unfair trade and self-written tax loopholes to make their fortunes while stealing our future”.




I was a state employee when

I was a state employee when he was governor. He called his plan "The Roemer Revolution," and he vowed to cut the size of state government.

I was laid off from my job, as were others, and it as all over the headlines that Roemer was successfully making big cuts.

Three weeks later, I got my job back, and so did everyone else, and the government quietly grew under Roemer. That fact, of course, received little press attention.

I like Buddy, and even worked

I like Buddy, and even worked in his campaign when he successfully ran for governor. But, despite all the enthusiasm we had when he was elected, his sole term as gov. was a huge disappointment. The common complaint of his administration was that it lacked focus, and would move away from issues/platforms way too quickly. I wish him well, but it appears his time and money would be better spent on some other endeavor.

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