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Today in New Orleans 4.9.14

NOLA’s classical avant-garde is taking the stage this evening. A pair of local super groups is performing in Lafayette Square, and poppy folk artist Brett Dennen is at House of Blues. On this day in 1864, the Battle of Pleasant Hill led to a Union victory in Louisiana. Now, more to do this Wednesday. 


New Orleans Suspects, Funk Monkey, (Lafayette Square, 5 p.m.)

A pair of local super groups is performing for tonight’s free outdoor concert. C.R. Gruver, Reggie Scanlan, Mean Willie Green, Jake Eckert, and Jeff Watkins make up the New Orleans Suspects. The quintet blends jazz and funk into their music, and they recorded a live album last year at the Maple Leaf. Bonerama’s Bert Cotton and Greg Hicks recently created Funk Monkey, another collection of some of New Orleans’ best funk artists. 


Brett Dennen + Jeremy Messersmith, (House of Blues, 8 p.m.)

Now on his fifth studio album, folk artist Brett Dennen has seen commercial success with songs such as “Ain’t Gonna Lose You,” and “Darlin’ Do Not Fear.” Indie/pop artist Messersmith just released his latest album Heart Murmurs in February. Tickets are $25. 


Musaica (First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7:30 p.m.)

Musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Tulane and Loyola make up this non-profit chamber ensemble. The group was formed in 2006 with the mission to encourage more composition, as well as appreciation for the genre. Tonight, they perform, J. Mark Stambaugh’s “Variations on L'Homme Armé for Trumpet, French Horn, and Trombone,” Marc Mellits’ “Octet for Strings (with special guests from the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra),” Adrienne Elisha’s “‘Lyra', for Harp, Viola, and Oboe, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Seventh String Quartet in F# minor.”


NOLA Bike to Work Day After Party (American Sector, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.)

Postponed due to rain, participants in the third annual bike to work day met up this morning for coffee and breakfast at Lafayette Square. After work, riders can head to the National World War II Museum on their way home. Food and drink samples will be available for those registered. 

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