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Today in NOLA: 5.21.16

Festing continues in Mid-City all day, and the evening brings plenty of rawk to town. Plus, a couple gems of the local music scene are gigging. On this day in 1958, segregation of the New Orleans streetcars ended. Now, check out Saturday’s offerings.


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. Today’s bill includes Irma Thomas, Gravity, Lowrider, and Mason Ruffner.


The Dear Hunter (HOB, 9p.m.)

Even after David Byrne, artsy, conceptual Rhode Island prog-rock still lives. Casey Crescenzo’s The Dear Hunter is proof. The vet of The Receiving End of Sirens has fared well with his next act. Actually, he fared well with his next four acts and is touring amidst critical acclaim for his last album, “Act IV.”


Tedo Stone (Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.)

Stone is a throwback to a time when raw guitar rock with a little psychedelia ruled the airwaves. His songs are a psychedelic rock, soul, blues, and country with just a hint of electronica thrown in. You might be familiar with his single “Happy,” and his music wil certainly make you feel happy.


Idle Bloom (Saturn Bar, 8p.m.)

Idle Bloom is bringing psych-pop and heavy riffs from Nashville to St. Claude this evening. The up-and-coming quartet just released their debut EP “Some Paranoia” and one can expect to hear their name lots in years to come.


Tuba Skinny (AllWays, 10p.m.)

Tuba Skinny is a group of former street musicians who meet in 2009 and evolved into a jazz band. The septet blends traditional jazz, ragtime, and blues, and their latest album is called Pyramid Strut. They remain a favorite amongst the swing dance crowd.


Lost Bayou Ramblers (d.b.a., 11p.m.)

These local boys bring a hot and entertaining show that will have your feet dancing and hands clapping to the beat. They mix cajun, rock and folk music to create something totally unique. Recently, the group did a set where they covered The Beatles “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” at d.b.a. They’ve been Grammy nominated and contributed to the soundtrack of Beasts of the Southern Wild. Their use of modern sonic elements with their traditionally cajun twangs makes going to see this band a satisfying and often musically surprising show.

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