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Today in NOLA: 5.29.15

Today in history: in a crushing blow to the Confederates, Union forces captured New Orleans on May 29, 1862. This evening, HOP Fest comes to Cafe Istanbul, blues are in the Bywater, and Mike Dillon is doing, well, his Mike Dillon thing uptown. For more to do, click on through.


HOP Fest (Cafe Istanbul, 8p.m.)

A documentary about an extremely crooked NYC copsHOP Fest is the latest fundraiser to join the ranks of benefits like Art Against AIDS and Project Lazarus’ annual party. The HIV Outpatient Program (HOP), a part of LSU interim hospital, is throwing their first benefit tonight. For only $20, guests will get a full night’s worth of drinks from the open bar, food, and music from the Honorable South and Meschiya Lake.


Little Freddie King (BJ’s, 10:30p.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. Tonight he plays deep in the Bywater at a regular gig that draws pilgrims from around the world.


Mike Dillon (Maple Leaf, 9p.m.)

Dillon is a bandleader, drummer, and vocalist with a very cutting edge. His sound has a heavy dose of punk mixed in with just a little math-rock. His recent collaboration with Skerik and Primus has been making headlines. Dillon and his band have been playing together for almost two years, and the punk rockers have toured with Umphery’s McGee and Marco Benevento. 


Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns (d.b.a., 10p.m.)

Head to Frenchmen for some big band sounds with one of New Orleans’ favorite vocalists. Hear tracks from her recent album with her Big Horns, Lucky Devil, and lindy hop to some old favorites.


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