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Today in NOLA: 5.19.16

DMX is in town and so is a delegation of Cleveland’s top punks. Plus,there is free music in Armstrong Park and plenty of locals playing out. On this day in 1949, Elisha Archibald Manning III (better known as Archie) was born. Manning played for the Saints from 1971 to 1982 and sired two sons, Peyton and Eli. More on activities today after the jump.


DMX (HOB, 9p.m.)

A few months ago, DMX legally dead for a minute or so before being revived by police. Now, this rapper who broke out in 1999 with “Party Up (Up In Here)” is also resurrecting his career. DMX is a changed man, even playing an LGBT club despite some homophobic lyrics in his past. The current tour breaks a spell of obscurity and critics have showered him with rave reviews. DMX has still got it.


Pleasure Leftists (Siberia, 10p.m.)

This post-punk outfit draws from some of Cleveland’s top talent. Members include vets of the celebrated groups 9 Shocks Terror and Homostupid. The product still contains the raw sounds of these bold-faced names, but also delivers a shockingly complex and layered sound for the genre.


Ogden After Hours (Ogden Museum, 6:00p.m.)

This week, the Ogden Museum’s evening music series features the multi-talented Aurora Nealand. 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


Honey Island Swamp Band (Armstrong Park, 6p.m.)

The band came together when they were displaced after Katrina, when they created their unique sound that blends country, R&B, rock and roll, funk, and more. Roots rock meets “Bayou Americana” in this local quintet, whose latest album ‘Cane Sugar’ recently made a national release. Don’t let the blues influence trick you, HISB arrives ready to rawk. Tonight, they play the popular outdoor music series in Armstrong Park.


DJ Quickie Mart (3 Keys, 10p.m.)

Quickie Mart is one of the most prominent NOLA DJ’s. Early on, his sound leaned heavily towards dubstep, but the maestro expanded and now pushes boundaries across genres. Quickie Mart is often seen around town as one half of Balkan Bounce duo Gypsophonic Disko (along with Ben Ellman), not to mention collaborations with Unicorn Fkr,  and a variety of other projects.


Kermit Ruffins (Bullets, 7p.m.)

All aboard! NOLA current heir to the Armstrong persona is playing his original weekly gig at Bullet’s. The neighborhood has gotten a little better and the time has gotten a little earlier, but the music remains the same. Expect a healthy dose of standards, some NOLA favorites, and a lot of personality. We partyin’.


Little Freddie King (d.b.a., 11p.m.)

Little Freddie King is as close to authentic, old-time Delta music as you’ll get without spending six figures on an antique 78. The 74-year-old Mississippi-born country blues guitarist is a literal cousin to Lightnin’ Hopkins.


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. V is widely applauded as one of the best in town.

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