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Today in New Orleans: 6.6.12

Today, one free Wednesday concert series ends as another begins, hear guitar masters at the Old U.S. Mint, and send off Jean-Eric at their last show in New Orleans tonight at Siberia. On this day in Louisiana history, the first slaves arrived in Louisiana (1716), Jean Lafitte’s brother, Pierre, was arrested and accused of piracy by order of Gov. WCC Claiborne (1814), Dillard University was chartered in New Orleans (1869). Now, here's more about today's offerings:


Wednesday at the Square Finale (Lafayette Square, 5:00pm) The 12-week concert series in the park on Wednesdays comes to an end this evening with Jeremy Davenport and Gravy. The Jazz vocalist/trumpeter has his own lounge at the Ritz, and was closely taught by Ellis Marsallis at UNO, Harry Connick Jr., and Raymond Mase at the Manhattan School of Music.



Wednesdays on the Point Kickoff (Algiers Ferry Dock, 5:00pm) As the Wednesday concert series on the East Bank comes to a close this evening, the summer hump day concert series on the West Bank begins. Mardi Gras Indian funk legends The Wild Magnolias will perform, with Lagniappe Brass Band opening. Ferry schedule.


68th Anniversary of D-Day, 12th Birthday of WWII Museum (National WWII Museum, 11:00am) D-Day commemoration ceremony starts at 11:00am, words by Dr. Nick Muller, photo-op of all the WWII veterans who volunteer at the museum, Victory Belles perform, ringing of the Normandy Liberty Bell, and cupcakes. At noon, Tommy Lofton’s lecture, “Stories of Combat from June 1944,” will include accounts from the museum’s oral history collection. Also, it’s White Glove Wednesdays. Visitors can try on uniforms and equipment worn by both American and German soldiers during the D-Day invasion.


Hump Day/Sin Night (Country Club, all day) Every Wednesday, $3 martinis and free pool access for the employees of service industry. Soak in some saline, and drink the wages away. At this price, it may take all day.


Guitar Masters (Old U.S. Mint, 7:00pm) Phil DeGruy plays his frankensteined “guitarp,” Jimmy Robinson picks somewhere between country and flamenco, John Rankin is all about “fingerstyle,” and Cranston Clements represents the blues. Together, they are the New Orleans Guitar Masters, a synthesis of stringed virtuosity.


Jean-Eric Farewell Show, with Noir Fonce, Rhodes!!, and Disko Obscura (Siberia, 10:00pm) One last show in New Orleans before they move to NYC, Jean-Eric is a post-Katrina, oddball band in the bounce circuit, linked with such revolutionary genres as lounge crunk and nuclear pop. This is a free show. 

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