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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: 6.13.16


Steve Gunn is visiting Uptown tonight, but across the city, there is plenty of opportunity to check out NOLA jazz, indie rock, end even some comedy. On this day in 1964, Louis Armstrong hit the top of the album chart with Hello, Dolly!. Find those dancing shoes and get ready for more tonight.

 

Steve Gunn (Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.)

Singer-songwriter Steve Gunn is once again touring on his own after making a name for himself as a member of Kurt Vile’s Violators. His brand of folk-rock is reflective and rooted deep in Dylan-esque characters. Over a dozen studio albums speak to Gunn’s staying power.

 

Comic Strip (Siberia, 9p.m.)

Sign up for comedy at Siberia and then stick around for Burlesque performances by some of New Orleans local talent. $5 admission

 

Alexis & the Samurai (Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.)

The young Indie Folk/Pop duo just picked up a regular downtown gig. Head to Mid City and see Alexis Marceaux on the guitar/aux percussion/vocals, plus Sam Craft takes on the keyboard, the violin, the guitar, and more. You may know both musicians from other projects such as Sweet Crude, but they are a force unto themselves.

 

King James & the Special Men (Sidney’s, 10p.m.)

For half of a decade, King James & the Special Men played at BJ’s and built themselves a reputation as one of the prime working rhythm and blues purveyors around downtown New Orleans. Notable ranging from locals to Jimmy Page were known to sit in on the regular sessions. Now, they have switched venues, but the sound (and the free red beans) remain the same.

 

Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses (Maison, 7p.m.)

After nearly a decade in New Orleans, singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Aurora Nealand is an established and versatile voice in the city’s musical community. Nealand is also a member of Panorama Jazz Band and Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship, but The Royal Roses are her traditional jazz group. Informed by groups like the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Orleans Moonshiners, they bring a fresh take to the trad sound.

 

Jazz Vipers (Spotted Cat, 10p.m.)

The seven piece swingsters keeps the party going on Frenchmen. Trad jazz and some dancing are on tap as the group cycles through the standards.




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