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VENDREDI

April 28th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

And it begins! 

 

Yestadt Millinery Pop-Up

W New Orleans, 10AM

Shop the latest hat styles

 

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

A lecture on the hidden musicians of Venice: the fascinating story of Vivaldi's all-female orchestra

 

Movie Screening: Personal Shopper

Prytania Theatre, 6PM/8PM 

Kristen Stewart stars as a shopper who sees ghosts, screened as a closing event of the New Orleans French Film Festival

 

Bar Redux Third Anniversary

Bar Redux, 8PM

Feat. JD Hill and the Jammers

 

Dark Star Orchestra

Joy Theater, 8:30PM

The sound of the Grateful Dead

 

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Harper reteams with his longtime supporting band

 

The Soul Rebels

Blue Nile, 10PM

Brass legends bring da funk to Frenchmen 

 

Flow Tribe and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Backbone crackin' music

 

Bayou Boylesque

GrandPre's, 10PM

All-male local burlesque

 

Questlove

House of Blues, 12AM

The Roots drummer performs a late night DJ set

 

Screening: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog & Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Prytanian Theatre, 12AM

Screening of the Neil Patrick Harris show and Buffy's musical ep "Once More, With Feeling" 

SAMEDI

April 29th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Day two 

 

Galactic + Roar

Tipitina's, 8PM

Funk jazz jam

 

Thunder from Down Under

Harrah's Casino, 8PM

Australian's Chipendales style male dancers

 

Shannon and the Clams

Siberia, 9PM

Garage indie surf-punk 

 

Stooges Brass Band

Blue Nile, 9:30PM

NOLA classics remixed with heavy hip hop influence

 

Mod Dance Party

Circle Bar, 10PM

Monthly 60's themed event, with DJ Matty

 

Honey Island Swamp Band

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 10PM

Swamp Americana. Feat. The London Souls

 

STS9

Joy Theater, 10PM

Instrumental electronic rock

 

Gutenberg! The Musical! 

The Theatre at St. Claude, 10:30PM

Last night of the musical comedy about making a show about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg

 

The Heat

Maison, 11:30PM

Feat. Ivan Neville, Oteil Burbridge, Stanton Moore, and Eric Krasno

DIMANCHE

April 30th

Jazz Fest

Fair Grounds, all day

Final day of weekend one

 

Breakfest

Bayou Beer Garden, 9AM

The most important meal of the year

 

Movie Screening: The Invisible Man

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

1933 sci-fi horror classic

 

Dan TDM

Saenger Theatre, 3PM

YouTube superstar comes to town

 

Sunday Musical Meditation

Marigny Opera House, 5PM

Feat. guitarist and composer David Sigler

 

One Tease to Rule Them All

Eiffel Society, 7PM

Lord of the Rings burlesque

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf Bar, 7PM

Feat. Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, plus a crawfish boil

 

Blato Zlato

Bar Redux, 9PM

NOLA-based Balkan band

 

What is a Motico? 

Zeitgeist Arts Center, 9PM

Helen Gillet presents Belgian avant garde films


Tipitina's 'Instruments A Comin' Awards $200K in Brass


The Tipitina’s Foundation is giving New Orleans kids the tools to become the next generation of artists to land gigs at the famous venue. The foundation awarded over $200,000 to area schools, a total of 127 new instruments from the Instruments A Comin’ Award. 

 

Tipitina’s Foundation’s Executive Director Bethany Paulsen said that the selection process focuses on “what they need to make their programs thrive.”

 

“We select schools that have some element of a band program in place,” explained Paulsen. “We meet with the band directors, find out what’s going on in the class, and make selections,” said Paulsen.

 

The lucky winners are as follows: Sophie B. Wright Charter School, Martin Behrman Charter School, Mildred Osborne Charter School, McDonough 35 High School, West Jefferson High School, Lake Area New Tech Early College High School, Eleanor McMain Secondary School, and Cohen College Prep High.

 

Mildred Osborne Charter School is getting an array of string instruments, including violins, violas, cellos and basses.  

 

"The school has an existing music program, but to date, has not had any instruments beyond a few keyboards to use within their program.  This award will allow them to fulfill their vision of building a string orchestra within their music program," said Program Manager Emily Menard. 

 

West Jefferson High School has a successful music program, but they wait-list a number of kids each year. Tip's award will bring more trumpets, trombones, and saxophones into the school. 

 

Through the program, Cohen College Prep High is getting the tools to establish a concert band. 

 

"A concert band setting is where students have the opportunity to refine their sound and technique. This is also where they learn repertoire needed for all-state and college auditions, which is needed to be eligible for college scholarship opportunities," said Menard. 

 

The fundraiser for the award was held in April, where organizers raised nearly $100,000 of the total. According to the Foundation, Tip’s, has given over $2.7 million worth of instruments in the decade since they launched Instruments A Comin’.

 

“Getting the instruments into the kids’ hands is just the first step,” said Paulsen. “It’s not just for people that want to become professional musicians. [Playing instruments] builds confidence, character, helps to improve test scores,” said Paulsen.




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Contributors

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

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Art Director

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor

Alexis Manrodt


Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

Editor Emeritus

Stephen Babcock

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