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TODAY in NOLA 3.2.17

Twenty One Pilots is blowing up the arena tonight while the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra offers some Beethoven and Brahms. Plus, the Ogden Museum is hosting some historically-tinged music at their After Hours program and Luke Winslow King is doing his thing at d.b.a. On this day in 1699, French Canadian explorers, Iberville and Bienville, discovered the mouth of the Mississippi. Now, more events around NOLA today.  


Ogden After Hours (Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6-8PM)

This week, the Ogden Museum’s evening music series features Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, who brings his 19th century-inspired La Coeur Creole program to the After Hours set. An activity table to occupy kids will be set up in the Education Gallery, and a cash bar to occupy their parents will also be available.  Also, there is lots of art, being a museum and all. (FREE Members / $13.50 Non-members)


Book Reading: Kathleen Grissom (Octavia Books, 6PM)

New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Grissom will present and sign the paperback edition of her novel “Glory Over Everything.” The novel explores family dynamics and secrets along the Underground Railroad.  


Twenty One Pilots (Smoothie King Center, 7PM)

The Grammy-winning duo bring their EMOTIONAL ROADSHOW tour to town. Expect a full-fledged pop spectacle from these two, who are staging their first arena tour since breaking out in the music scene with the LP Blurryface. Laser lights will accompany their electro synth beats, and the boys are known to getting into any number of onstage antics — from crowd-surfing and dressing in crazy ski masks, to closing out their shows running around in life-sized hamster balls. This bromantic duo is sure to put on a good show. 


Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 7:30PM)

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Robin Fountain to lead the “Beethoven and Blue Jeans” program at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center tonight. Beethoven’s Overture No. 3 from his under-appreciated opera “Leonore” kicks off the evening, followed by Brahms’s lively Hungarian Dance No. 1, No. 5, and No. 6. The second act of the show is composed of twin pieces by Dvo?ák, first his Dance No. 1, then Symphony No. 9. The latter piece, subtitled “From the New World,” takes cues from African African spirituals and Native American musical structures.  ($20-50) 


Luke Winslow King (d.b.a., 10PM) 

King kicks off the music tonight on Frenchmen. He mixes elements of traditional jazz and blues while driving an energetic rock n’ roll sound. His latest album "I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always” was released by Bloodshot Records last year. Though King is a transplant who has adopted New Orleans as his home, this album acts as a musical travelogue documenting everything from his Michigan birthplace (via confessional lyrics), Chicago blues-tinged notes, the voodoo chile vibes of Italian guitarist Roberto Luti, and it’s final mixing back at New Orleans’s Parlor Studios by Black Keys engineer Colin DuPuis. If you’re out and about, catch this show and see what Mr. King is all about. 


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