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Jeudi

April 24th

Big Freedia, The Star Steppin' Cosmonaughties, & More

Armstrong Park (3 p.m.)

Jazz in the Park continues with bounce, dance, and Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers 

 

New Orleans Nightingales

The Allways Lounge (9 p.m.)

Jazz Fest series gala kick off  

 

The Trio feat. Eric "Jesus" Coomes, Nicholas Payton

Maple Leaf (10 p.m.)

Funk bassist + New Orleans’ BAM (Black American Music) trumpeter  

 

Tinariwen and Bombino

House of Blues (9 p.m.)

Desert rock inspired by the Sahara  

 

Bayous de Vilaine

Ogden Museum (6 p.m.)

Sippin' in Seersucker trunk show from Jolie & Elizabeth, plus music for tonight's after hours event 

 

Cirque d'Licious

Hi-Ho Lounge (10p.m.)

Ginger Licious hosts cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville and more!

 

Soul Rebels

Les Bon Temps Roule (11p.m.)

Roll with the Rebels on Magazine

 

 

 

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


Steve Gleason to Light Up 'Miracle on Fulton Street'


by Emma Boyce

When it’s a balmy seventy degrees outside, it’s easy to forget that Christmas is right around the corner.  Fear not!  From 6 pm -8 pm Tuesday, dig out your old Christmas sweater because nothing can catapult you into the holiday spirit like Harrah’s “Miracle on Fulton Street” kick-off event, hosted by the Saints own miracle man, Steve Gleason.   

 

“This year we’re bringing [“Miracle on Fulton Street”] back, new and improved,” said Sherri Sosa, assistant general manager of Harrah’s Casino.   

 

After last year’s construction on Manning’s prevented anything extraordinary from occurring on Fulton, Christmas on Fulton returns this year full force. From festive scenery to a giant tree, every aspect of the event has grown bigger and better.  

 

“They have designed and customized a whole façade and iron work that [goes] all the way down Fulton.  Before it was a covered tunnel,” said Sosa.  “We’ve taken that to the next level.” 

 

Bereft of a true winter wonderland, Sosa, like many others, looks forward to snow in New Orleans.  Why wait ten years, when you can have it on demand?  

 

“It snows every hour on the hour,” said Sosa.

 

The tree, which sits between Manning’s and Grand Isle, stands at a hefty 30 feet, nearly rivaling the Christmas tree in Macy’s. Both Santa and Steve make an appearance tomorrow to switch on the Christmas tree lights and commence a month long celebration of  holiday jubilation.  

 

While Gleason will light the way Santa and his reindeer will set up shop permanently in downtown New Orleans every Friday and Saturday until the end of the Christmas season.

 

“There’s a whole lighting [celebration and] music show that will go on through the evening.  We’ve kicked it up a notch; this such a great place to bring families,” said Sosa.  

 

Since rain nearly washed out Gleason’s latest appearance to raise money for Lou Gehrig’s disease, Sosa also wants people to have another chance to support him and his charity.  ‘Tis the season for giving.  

 

While carolers line up along Fulton and inside restaurants, belting out your favorite holiday tunes, Santa takes a seat under the “beautiful” gazebo with reindeer at his side.  Santa’s lost the list, so even the naughty are welcome to pose for pictures with good ole St. Nick. 

Throughout the weekend, holiday specials will be available up and down Fulton. 

 

“Inside Harrah’s hotel there is always a gingerbread something or other.  [This year it’s] a riverboat gingerbread,” said Sosa.   

 

Rising Sun will also offer delicious treats like hot chocolate and cotton candy among other things.  

 

“We’re looking forward to a long, fun holiday season,” said Sosa.  




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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Ian Hoch, Will Dilella, Chris Rinaldi, Lianna Patch, Phil Yiannopoulos, Cate Czarnecki, Mary Kilpatrick, Norris Ortolano, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Kailyn Davillier, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham

Staff Writers

Kerem Ozkan, Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Listings

Elisabeth Morgan

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Robert, Daniel Paschall

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Deputy Managing Editor

M.D. Dupuy

Managing Editor

Stephen Babcock

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Minced Media, Inc.