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Today in NOLA: 6.06.14

Tonight: John “Papa” Gros plays the first Foundation Free Friday of the season at Tipitina’s. Rebellious country at the House of Blues, indie punk at Gasa Gasa, and New Fangled Opera in the Marigny. On this day in 1814, Jean Lafitte’s brother, the pirate and blacksmith Pierre Lafitte, was arrested. Arrgh! More from tonight:


D-Day Anniversary (World War II Museum, all day)

Seventy years ago today, the Allies launched Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious invasion in history, and began the liberation of Europe. New Orleans' WWII Museum will be hosting commemorative events all weekend. “Some of the highlights are going to be the H-Hour Ceremony, the D-Day Ceremony with the presentation of the French Legion of Honor to 18 WWII veterans, boarding the Higgins Boat, and listening to the panel of veterans is something not to be missed,” Public Relations Manager Rachel Haney said.


Foundation Free Fridays presents John “Papa” Gros (Tipitina’s, 10 p.m.)

The 2014 edition of Tipitina’s free summer concert series opens with John “Papa” Gros, the former leader of Papa Grows Funk. He appears with special guests Brian Stoltz, Eric Bolivar, and Eric Vogel. Mississippi Rail Company open the show. Did we mention it’s free? Bar sales support the work of the Tipitina’s Foundation.


New Fangled Festival of Opera (Marigny Opera House, 8 p.m.)
Second night of the four-day summer opera festival, which promises “a little bit for everyone” with operas ranging from classical to brand new. On stage all weekend: the world premier of Anthony Green’s Alex in Transition, modern operas by Bekah Simms and David Wolfson, plus Mozart’s The Impressario, itself an opera about an opera company. Tickets $20, or $10 for students and seniors.


Nikki Lane, Max Gomez (Parish Room at the House of Blues, 9p.m.)

A few things Nikki Lane has: an electrified acoustic guitar, a new album called All or Nothin’, her own vintage store in Nashville, TN, and attitude for days. The writer of sassy tunes like “Sleep With A Stranger” (“you can call me anything you want to, just don’t call me after tonight”) plays upstairs at the House of Blues tonight. Lane is on tour with folksy rocker Max Gomez. $13 cover.


Swearin’, Potty Mouth, Pope (Gasa Gasa, 9 p.m.)

Allison Crutchfield spent her youth on the DIY show circuit, and recently garnered national acclaim as the leader of not-quite-noise, not-quite-punk band Swearin’. Indie rock trivia: her identical twin sister Katie Crutchfield is the woman behind Waxahatchee. Potty Mouth are an all-woman punk band from Massachusetts. Local band Pope open. $8 cover.

- Anna Gaca

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