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Today in NOLA: 5.02.16

Jazz Fest is over. Once locals finish decompressing,there’s lots of music to be had from regular gigs to touring bands as well as a few lingering funk holdovers. On this day in 1964, New Orleans’ girl group The Dixie Cups’ “Chapel of Love” entered the Billboard Charts. Now, more to do in modern day NOLA.


King Izzard & the Lizard Wizards (Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.)

Stu Mackenzie’s psychedelic outfit hails from down under. Since formation in 2010, this prolific group has managed to release eight full length albums. The most recent, “nonagon Infinity” was released last week. Recently, the group began branching out and adding elements of folk, jazz, and traditionals to their surf-y sound.


Nth Power (Blue Nile, 10:30p.m.)

The Nth Power is barely two years old. Yet, the band’s members have decades of serious experience and the group is already the “new big thing”in funk. Members include Nikki Glaspie (drums/vocals), Nigel Hall (keys/vocals), Nick Cassarino (guitar/vocals), Nate Edgar (bass), and Weedie Braimah (percussion).


Mild High Club (Saturn Bar, 9p.m.)

Mild High Club is LA slack funk psychedelia from Alexander Brettin. Last year, the band broke out with the .45 “Windowpane” b/w “Weeping Willow.”  However, Brettin has expereicne playing wiht the likes of Ariel Pink, R Stevie Moore and Silk Rhodes.


Bluegrass Pickin’ Party (Hi Ho Lounge, 8 p.m.)

Mondays are bluegrass nights at the Hi Ho—bring an instrument and join in with some fellow bluegrass lovers tonight on the corner of St. Claude and Marigny. No cover.


Luke Winslow King (d.b.a., 7p.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.  


Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band (Palm Court, 8:00pm)

Founded in 1910, the Original Tuxedos have the longest history of continuous performances in New Orleans. Gerald French took over the band last year, whose uncle, Bob French, had directed for the last 25 years. And, Before Bob, there was Albert “Papa” French. Classic New Orleans Jazz.  

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