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NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden (5:00 PM)
The NOLA Project presents this festive comedy that pits two of Shakespeare's most beloved characters in a war of words and wits
1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd (5:00PM- 11:00 PM)
The Holy Trinity Cathedral is inviting Grecophiles of all ages out to Bayou St. John for goat burgers, traditional music and dancing, and regional libations
The Convention Center (6:00PM-9:00 PM)
An experience for both foodies and wine connoisseurs with live music by Flow Tribe
Zephyr Field (7:00 PM)
New Orleans baseball against the Omaha Storm Chasers
One Eyed Jacks (7:30)
Sketchy Characters Productions brings you a comedy sketch and web series that plays off the madness of the French Quarter
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Art Klub, 513 Elysian Fields Ave (8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
The Little Gem Saloon (8:00 PM)
The fourth evening of a chamber music festival that has something for classical aficionados and dilettantes alike
Howlin’ Wolf (9:00 PM)
A funky two night celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary
Circle Bar (10:00 PM)
Rock around Lee Circle tonight
Simon Bowl: Bands Representing Treme, The Wire Battle at Tip's This Weekend
by Brad Rhines
Better stock up on Honey Nut Cheerios, New Orleans, because Omar is coming. On Friday night Tipitina’s features a Treme vs. The Wire Battle of the Bands, co-hosted by Wendell Pierce, who plays Antoine Batiste on Treme, and Michael K. Williams, who played Omar Little on The Wire. In this corner are hometown favorites Galactic and the Stooges Brass Band, and in this corner, from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., are Lafayette Gilchrist & The New Volcanoes and The Backyard Band, which features Anwan Glover, better known to fans of The Wire as Slim Charles.
Tip’s website has a preview of the event, hyping Friday night’s Battle of the Bands as an epic showdown. Organizers state (tongue-in-check, we think): “Musicologists familiar with the groups involved are already saying that the throw-down could rival epic band battles such as the Muddy Waters-Howlin Wolf imbroglio at the Checkerboard Lounge in June 1954, or the famed Savoy Stomp between the Benny Goodman Sextet and Chick Webb’s Band at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem in 1937.”
While the show may or may not go down in the history books, it’s most certainly a chance for locals to see a couple of great New Orleans bands and to check out the particular jazz, funk, and hip-hop hybrid specific to the Baltimore/D.C. area and rooted in the go-go tradition, a regional blend of music most associated with D.C.-based act Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers “If Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers are the equivalent of the Dirty Dozen,” explains George Pelecanos, a Treme and Wire writer-producer and D.C. native, “then Big G and the Backyard Band are the Rebirth. These guys are go-go royalty.”
In addition to great music, Friday’s event is for a great cause, as proceeds will go to the Tipitina’s Foundation and the Roots of Music. General admission tickets are $20, but for $100 fans get access to the V.I.P. lounge, an opportunity to hang with cast members and musicians, and an open bar.
For more information and to order tickets, visit the website.
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