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Today in NOLA: 6.04.16

Oyster Fest starts today. In addition to some local acts, music lovers will have their choice of stars in the country, rap, or fastcore world. Plus, Ladies Arm Wrestling returns. On this day in New Orleans history, Dew Drop Inn founder Frank Painia - who was also known as the Mayor of LaSalle St. - was born in Plaquemine (1911), and bass player Lloyd Lambert (Ray Charles, Little Richard) was born in Thibodaux (1928). Now, more to do today.


Oyster Fest (Woldenburg Park, All Day)

sk a bar full of locals whether they like there oysters charbroiled, chargrilled, fried, or raw, and you’ll busy for the next two hours hearing opposing views. However, all sides will be represented this weekend when fest season continues on with the annual New Orleans Oyster Festival. Today includes performances by Tank & the Bangas, Colin Lake, Mia Borders, the Mulligan Brothers, and the Honey Island Swamp Band, not to mention the famous shucking contest.


Kevin Gates (Orpheum, 8p.m.)

Baton Rouge’s Kevin Gates is quickly rising through the rap world. After a series of Billboard Top 40 mixtapes, Gates broke out a few months ago with the hit album “Islah.” Gates’ Louisiana roots are evident both in his southern style beats and the influences of Birdman and Lil Wayne on his career.


Tim McGraw (HOB, 9p.m.)

Tim McGraw is one of the largest names in country music and pop-culture today; having sold over 40 million albums, and dominated the charts with 32 Number One singles. Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has won three Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 12 Country Music Association Awards, and 10 American Music Awards, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as The Blind Side, Country Strong, and Friday Night Lights—as well as hosting Saturday Night Live.  His newest album, Two Lanes of Freedom, is due out on Feb. 5.


NOLAW (OEJ, 8p.m.)

For years, women in New Orleans have bought their biceps and their best costumes together to arm wrestle for charity. Tonight’s bout is centered around the theme of “The World Wide Web” and benefits a local trans advocacy group.


Disparo (Siberia, 9p.m.)

“Four guys from Sydney playing fast, aggressive, in your face punk/hardcore.” The fastcore group boasts eight albums, but at NoDef, we are most partial to the track “Hipster Kilers.”


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. Tonight he plays d.b.a., home to one of the best draft beer selections on Frenchmen. Tickets $10.

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