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Today in NOLA: 2.08.16

Lundi Gras parades are rolling today, but the entire City is awash in Carnival events. At 3p.m. the Riverwalk will host another Lundi Gras party where the King of Rex and his royal court will officially arrive in vintage railroad cars via Spanish Plaza. Plus, there's music, lots of music. On this date in 1724, former Louisiana governor Bienville was recalled to France in disgrace. Now, more ideas on things to do this Lundi Gras. 


Lundi Gras Festival (Woldenberg Park, 10a.m.-6p.m.)

If Sunday night's Bacchus bash hasn't left your head hurting with Mardi Gras fever, Zulu's Lundi Gras Festival will be at it all day, prividing live music, food and presentations of Zulu characters. In it's 23nd year running, the festival is free and open to the public. This year includes performances by many local musicians including Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, the Pin Stripe Brass Band, Big Al Carson & the Rare Connection and many more. 


Lundi Gras on the Mississippi (Riverwalk, 3p.m.-8p.m.)

The Outlet Collection on the Riverwalk celebrates the 30th annual Lundi Gras on the Mississippi. Featuring live music, fireworks, food and of course, the King of Carnival himself, Roi Rex, who is set to make his appearance in Spanish Plaza via vintage railroad cars (a throwback to the days before the King began arriving by yacht.) The Mayor will be there, as well as vendors including, Mike Anderson’s Seafood, Auntie Anne’s, Diva Dawg and NOLA Foods.


Krewe of Robyn (Big Daddy's Bar, 9p.m.)

This micro krewe dedicated to the dance grooves of pop singer Robyn will be making their way through the streets of the Marigny and Quarter tonight. Their primary goal: to dance. 


Galactic (Tipitina's, 10p.m.) Sold Out

Since Galactic's inception 20 years ago, their sound has progressed from organic New Orleans funk and jazz jam band, to a different description coined by bassist Robert Mercurio: gritty, unpolished funk. While they may be grittier than other jazz and funk bands, they remain collaborative in their writing and performing. This show recently sold out, but if you're lucky, you may be able to snag a ticket from some tuckered out parade goer outside the venue. 


George Porter Jr. (Howlin' Wolf, 10p.m..)

Porter helped form the Meters with Art Neville in the mid 1960’s, but in recent decades, the legendary funk bassist mostly performs with his Runnin’ Pardners. Porter regularly performs with New Orleans’ best artists, including Johnny Vidacovich, the Soul Rebels, and Dr. John. 


Soul Rebels (Blue Nile, 11p.m.)

Ready for some post parade jams? Coming up out of the 6th Ward, the Soul Rebels expanded the boundaries of modern-day brass band music's mix of funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop. Nowadays, they're one of the vanguards of the genre, and are always willing to funk up one of your favorite songs with a cover. Gravity A and the Dirty Bourbon River Show will also take the stage.


Quintron & Miss Pussycat (One Eyed Jacks, 10p.m.)

Quintron & Miss Pussycat, swamp noise “dirt party music” duo, artists, puppeteers, and owners of the Spellcaster Lodge, have been performing in New Orleans for two decades. Yet, the pair still draws enthusiastic crowds. Guitar Lightning Jr. opens.


Rebirth Brass Band (Maple Leaf, 10p.m.)

Right off the parade route, swing by the Prytania for some Mardi Gras music from the double Grammy-winning brass band. Led by Derrick Tabb and Tuba Phil, the group has played worldwide, but there is no better place to see them than here, at home.

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