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MERCREDI

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

 

 

JEUDI

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

 

VENDREDI

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


Shuck Show

New Orleans Oyster Fest Returns This Weekend



Ask a bar full of locals whether they like there oysters charbroiled, chargrilled, fried, or raw, and you’ll busy for the next two hours hearing opposing views. However, all sides will be represented this weekend when fest season continues on with the annual New Orleans Oyster Festival. 

 

The fest’s annual highlight may be a pair of competitions. At the Acme Oyster House World Oyster Eating Championship, famed pro eater Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas has dominated the competition for years including her legendary performance in 2012 when she devoured 47 dozen oysters in eight minutes. This year, 12 eaters will vie for the prize on Sunday (6.05) on the main stage in Woldenburg Park at 11:45a.m. On Saturday, those in the oyster business will have a competition of their own. Local restaurants are sending their fast shuckers to face off against one another in a multi round competition.

 

On Saturday, the music will feature Tank & the Bangas, Colin Lake, Mia Borders, the Mulligan Brothers, and the Honey Island Swamp Band. On Sunday, One Chord Gospel Band, Stooges Brass Band, Bag of Donuts, and the Bucktown Allstars will all perform.

 

Of course, the star of the show is Louisiana’s favorite bivalve. The lineup reads like a guide to seafood in the Crescent City. Luke will be cooking up oyster stew and crawfish pies. Drago’s will be on hand with their signature charbroiled oysters. Andrea’s will add an Italian twist with oysters artichoke angel hair agli e olio and crawfish ravioli. Cajun Cajun is going eastern with an oyster po-boy (w/Japanese seasoned mayonnaise).

 

Acme, Desire, Antoine’s, Cafe Reconcile, Voleo’s, and Jaques-Imo’s are also amongst the nearly two dozens vendors set to offer their best oyster preparations. Although, organizers add that the seafood adverse festers will have plenty of land based options to chow down on.

 

If that is not enough to keep you busy, there will be other fest staples. Of course, there will be crafts galore. Party Pirogues, House of Tam, Indigo Graffiti, Bonfolk Collective,Loftin Oysters, MacBe Oyster Art, Stone Creations, The Oyster Bed, and Whitemarsh Island Woodwork will all be in the park selling appropriately themed arts & crafts.

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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