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Today in NOLA: 5.14.16

Anthony Hamilton is coming to town and there are parties on St. Claude and Fulton Alley. Plus, there’s lots and lots of local music to check out. On this day in 1845, Louisiana’s first free public school opened. Now, more ways to school yourself in Louisiana culture this Saturday.


Second Saturday (St. Claude, 6-9p.m.)

Every month, the galleries lining the St. Claude Corridor stay open late and throw open their doors to show off the latest installations. In addition to getting some culture, the night also offers plenty of opportunities to snag some drinks and free cheese.


Anthony Hamilton (UNO Lakefront, 9p.m.)

R&B singer-songwriter has some 16 Grammy nominations under his belt. You may know him from hits like “Freedom,” “Coming From Where I’m From,” and “Charlene.” He is currently touring in support of his ninth studio album “What I’m Feelin.”


DJ RQ Away (HOB--The Parish, 9p.m.)

#Awayteam is an international network of artists and people who believe social awareness can be led by the same individuals who enjoy socializing and the arts. DJ RQ Away is a part of this group and desires to positively effect good vibes around him. He plays regularly at The Tipping Point at Handsome Willy's Bar and Lounge. Peep a music sample here.


Otra (30/90, 11p.m.)

HISB’s Sam Price’s true passion is Afro-Cuban jazz. So, he founded Otra and then recruited Cuban conguero 'Pupi' Menes and Columbian timbale master Cristobal 'El Canon' Cruzado to help him fill out this sextet. The group is incredible live delivering a complex, yet still accessible and energetic brand of music.


John Boutte (d.b.a., 11p.m.)

Primarily a jazz singer, John Boutte is also known to blend gospel, R&B, and blues into his performances. The New Orleans native most recently released “A Stew Called New Orleans,” an album written and recorded with guitarist Paul Sanchez. Boutte is a NOLA legend.


Stooges Brass Band (Blue Nile, 11p.m.)

Head to Frenchmen tonight and get down with one of New Orleans’ best traditional brass bands--with a twist. Enjoy a blend of funk, R&B, jazz, and more. Numerous collaborations with Mannie Fresh infused a permanent hip-hop element in the Stooges’ sound. The show is open to ages 21 and over.


Bugs & Brews (Ernst Cafe, 12p.m. )

Head over to Fulton Alley for a mini-fest today. Johnny Sketch and Motel Radio will be performing. Craft beer will flow and of course, there’s more crawfish than a mortal can handle. The whole affair is a benefit for the Drew Rodrigue Foundation, a New Orleans non-profit honoring a local football coach who battled cancer.

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