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Today in NOLA: 4.07.16

French Quarter Fest starts tonight. And, that’s just the beginning of the local music options. An awards show is honoring NOLA musicians, the Ogden is hosting After Hours, and lots of locals are playing regular gigs. On this day in 1997, Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz composer to win a Pulitzer Prize for “Blood on the Fields.” Now, more to do this Thursday.


French Quarter Fest (The Quarter, All-Day)

Locals’ favorite fest kicks off today across the Quarter. Check out a wide array of food and characters, plus a parade. Oh. There’s music also! Joe Krown, Ellis Marsalis, Cowboy Mouth, Jon “Papa” Gros, Cha Wa, and Sonny Landreth are just a few of the names performing today.


My Spilt Milk Awards (Howlin’ Wolf, 8p.m.)

The evening will feature several mini-sets of music along with the honors for local musicians. Tank and the Bangas, The Breton Sound, and Rotary Downs are all slated to perform. Plus, The Soul Rebels will play a hip-hop set. For lagniappe, AF the Naysayer will open and comedian Andrew Polk will play MC for the evening.


Ogden After Hours (Ogden Museum, 5:30p.m.)

This week, the Ogden Museum’s evening music series features Spencer Bohren. Plus, an activity table to occupy kids and Miss Linda’s (the Yakamein Lady) Soul Food to cater to your dinnertime cravings. Admission $12.50


The Soul Rebels (Le Bon Temps, 11p.m.)

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. Every Thursday, they play at Le Bon Temps Roule on Magazine St., which provides a platform to try out new material.


The Trio (Maple Leaf, 10p.m.)

Tonight, Johnny V plays a show with George Porter Jr. and Matt Schofield. Vidacovich, a local jazz drummer whose career has spanned four decades, and is a member of the star-studded Astral Project.


Luke Winslow King (Three Muses., 7:30p.m.)

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 Everlasting Arms was released in October 2014. Though King is a transplant who has adopted New Orleans as his home, he has been much influenced by the notes of Cajun country with tracks like "Levee Man." If you're out and about, catch this free show and see what Mr. King is all about.  

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