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February 23rd

Knights of Babylon

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

This historic krewe takes its cues from ancient Mesopotamia and Carnival traditions from 75 years ago

 

Krewe of Chaos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Expect a satirical slant to this parade

 

Krewe of Muses

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Step aside, gentlemen. This all female krewe is one of the Mardi Gras all-stars

 

Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds go head to head with the Houston Rockets

 

Nicole Lynn Fox Variety Hour

The Allways Lounge & Theatre, 8PM 

Famed drag star hosts a drag and variety show

 

Better Than Ezra

The Civic Theatre, 9:30PM

New Orleans alt-rock trio perform on their home turf

 

Fast Times '80s Dance Night

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

A Mardi Gras-themed version of this weekly dance party ($5)

 

Ball of Joy 

Joy Theater, 11PM

A happiness-enducing Mardi Gras ball

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Weekly recurring engagement

 
Blue Nile, 11PM
Every Thursday night swing by for reggae-heavy dance beats

VENDREDI

February 24th

Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures or DIVA

French Quarter Route, 1:30PM

Watch this bustier-clad krewe as they traverse through the Vieux Carre 

 

Krewe of Hermes

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM

Celebrating its 80th year in Carnival

 

Le Krewe d'Etat

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:30PM 

An anarchic krewe that holds its own place in Mardi Gras lore

 

Krewe of Morpheus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7PM

A co-ed krewe known for elaborate floats and enviable throws

 

The Krewe of Debauche

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 9PM

A Mardi Gras debauchery ball featuring gypsy balkan beats, bellydance and more ($15)

 

The Get Money Stop Hatin Tour

Cafe Istanbul, 9PM

8th annual tour showcasing the biggest independent talents in hip hop ($20)

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

Dance to the swinging tunes of the UK underground 

 

A Queen and Bowie Tribute Show

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

Local talents come out to play the tunes of David Bowie and Queen

 

Grunge Night: NIRVANNA

House of Blues, 10PM

A Nirvana tribute concert featuring bands like The Kurt Loders

 

Burlesque Ballroom

Jazz Playhouse, 11PM

Burlesque pioneer Trixie Minx brings striptease to Bourbon 

 

Foundation of Funk

Tipitina's, 11PM

NOLA superground band is joined by special guests Anders Osborne & Jon Cleary

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Prytania Theatre, 11:59PM

A midnight showing of the penultimate movie about the boy wizard 

 


Today in NOLA: 6.11.16


Today in NOLA, the Creole Tomato Fest opens with food and music. In the evening, OEJ hosts (another) Prince tribute, a Star Trek metal band is visiting, Tab Benoit is covering Sting, and Kirk Franklin is bringing some gospel downtown. Plus, check out DJ Soul Sister or Corey Henry. On this day in Louisiana music history, Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That a Shame” made number one on the R&B charts in 1955. Now, for more on this Saturday’s events.

 

Creole Tomato Festival (French Market, 11a.m. - 7p.m.)

The French Market’s Creole Tomato Festival kicks off today, with more than 15 restaurant vendors offering up variations on the local delicacy. Saturday’s music lineup includes Cha Wa, Paul Sanchez, Raw Oyster Cult, and more. A Harvard study found that an antioxidant in tomatoes can help lower risk of stroke. Plus, it’s best absorbed with fat! A true New Orleans superfood. Free admission.

 

Prince Tribute Review (OEJ, 8p.m.)

A classic NOLA performance is being revived to honor the Purple One. If you’ve seen Fleur de Tease before, then you know what to expect: a bevy of burlesque beauties and some special friends. What sets this show apart is the addition of a live band, Michael Patrick Welch’s The White Beach (neé Bitch), who roar through some of Prince’s greatest hits with enough sex and soul to make His Purple Majesty proud.

 

Pavel Chekov (Saturn Bar, 9p.m.)

This hardcore/”warpcore” metal band from Texas is inspired by “Star Trek.” Plus, they actually play good music and do some very interesting things with guitar harmony. Need we say more?

 

The Fuzz (Maple Leaf, 11p.m.)

Tab Benoit is  Benoit is simply one of the bayou’s best bluesmen. Tonight, he teams ups with  Corey Duplechin, Steve Junot and Todd Adams to cover some of their favorite tracks from The Police.

 

Corey Henry (d.b.a., 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.

 

Kirk Franklin (Orpheum, 8p.m.)

Kirk Franklin is one of the top contemporary gospel musicians out there. He leads several choirs, but his solo work is just as inspiring. His albums are pretty impressive also. He’s got seven Grammys to prove it. Tonight, here all of the hits from “Hero” and “The Fight of my Life.”

 

DJ Soul Sister presents HUSTLE! (Hi-Ho Lounge, 11p.m.)

Now, in it’s 11th year, DJ Soul Sister’s celebration of rare grooves has switched locations once, but the music remains the same. Soul Sister has taken her legendary weekly dance party up to the greener pastures of St. Claude. Fans of the HUSTLE will appreciate the additional room on the Hi Ho dance floor as Soul Sister spins old and new school grooves until 3am.

 




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