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Today in NOLA: 5.20.16

Ready to get your boogaloo on in Mid City today? If you’re more of nightowl, there are plenty of other options to catch live music, indoors and out. Happy Birthday to local singer-songwriter Susan Cowsill, who was born on this day in 1959. Now for more of today's happenings:


Bayou Boogaloo (Bayou St. John, All-Day)

The little fest that could returns to Mid-City  this weekend. The Boogaloo boasts some big names but the emphasis is on community, sustainability, and grassroots fun. Tonight’s bill includes The Wailers and Lynn Drury.


Concerts in the Courtyard (THNOC, 5:30p.m.)

This week, music returns to the scenic Royal Street courtyard at the Historic New Orleans Collection in the French Quarter.  The Honey Island Swamp Band is headlining tonight. Admission $10, including a few complimentary beverages (white wine or beer).


IAMSU (Tip’s, 9p.m.)

This California rapper-producer and his HBK Gang are making waves on the hip-hop scene. You may recognize his sounds from “Up!” and “Famous.” In late March, he released “KILT 3” after a year of hype.


JMSN (Hi Ho, 7p.m.)

(Pronounced Jamieson like the whiskey). Albanian American singer-songwriter JMSN is a one man show. While he often tours with a backing musicians, most of the complex loops on his tracks are his own creation. Likewise, JMSN play numerous instruments himself. The resulting tracks are a mix between rock and electronica.


Corey Henry (Blue Nile, 11p.m.)

Treme trombonist Henry has some pretty impressive roots. His grandfather is drummer Chester Jones, and his uncle, snare drummer Benny Jones, leads the Treme Brass Band. And, it shows. Henry is quickly ascending to the local funk throne. His latest album “Lapeitah” is worth a trip to the merch table.


Boyfriend (Cafe Istanbul, 8p.m.)

Boyfriend is a female rapper whose work deals with period sex, Tolkien novels, and even Christmas. The young artist has released a video for each month of the year, as well as a little holiday lagniappe. The local artist said that she draws influences from outside of the rap genre, noting Bjork as one of her major inspirations. No topic is off-limits, and Boyfriend's songs range from hyper-sexual to unabashedly nerdy.  


New Orleans Suspects (Maple Leaf, 11p.m.)

A collection of artists from some of the city’s best bands, the New Orleans super group is performing a free post-parade show, and it doesn’t begin until the trash crews start picking up debris. The band is composed of “Mean” Willie Green on drums, Reggie Scanlan on bass, Jake Eckert on guitar, Jeff Watkins on the saxophone, and C.R. Gruver on the keys.  

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