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LIFE Yoga, 7AM
An intro course from Zen teacher Thich Thien Tri
Adler's New Orleans, 11AM
Hollywood legend signs copies of 'I Loved Her in the Movies'
Local Brass Band brings a mix of standards and new creations
Marriot Convention Center, 6:30PM
Day one of the inaugural Bourbon Fest
The Broad Theater, 7PM
Short film showcase
Blue Nile 7:30PM
Friday nights with Kermit on Frenchmen
House of Blues, 8PM
Hebrew hip hop
Cafe Istanbul, 8PM
Preview of Merman's new show "Bad Heroine!"
Joy Theater, 8:30PM
Celtic punk, feat. Skinny Lister
One Eyed Jacks, 9PM
Artist mixer before Saturday's Edwardian Ball
Maple Leaf Bar, 10PM
Chapter Soul hosts a Kanye West dance party
Bar Redux, 10PM
All-British dance party
Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM
Party like it's 1999
Crescent Park, 10AM
Eat to benefit LA/SPCA
Fair Grounds, 12PM
Family day at the grounds
The Yum Yum, 6PM
NPR faves come home from tour
St. Mark's Church, 6PM
Caravan Cinema screens this Natasha Lyonne comedy
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
Feat. Fantasia and Johnny Gill
The Saenger Theatre, 7PM
Comedy superstar brings his "Total Blackout" tour to NOLA
House of Blues, 7PM
80s vs. 90s - decades collide
One Eyed Jack's, 8PM
FdT stages "Alice in Wonderland"
The Howlin' Wolf, 8PM
NOLA's underground art show, plus free pancakes
The Willow, 9PM
Masquerade ball with live music
The Circle Bar, 10PM
Sweat to the oldies with DJ Matty
Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM
Free show to move and groove
Howlin' Wolf, 12PM
Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food
Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM
Free female-led discussion and open house
Playmakers Theater, 2PM
Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko
Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM
5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician
Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM
Live music, drinks, water slides, more
Audubon Park, 5PM
LPO Woodwind Quintet performs
Local trad jazz masters
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 6PM
Bring games, or join one at the store
Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM
Mix of brass standards and funky covers
Spotted Cat, 10PM
Boundary pushing fusion jazz
Maple Leaf, 10PM
Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington
Today in NOLA: 6.18.16
Reggae is rocking City Park today and the Fairgrounds are hosting a brass band throwdown. Two classic dance parties will keep locals moving after hours. As lagniappe, The Bulemics, Bantam Foxes, and Mainline are also gigging. On this day in 1921, Louisiana ratified a new constitution. It lasted until 1974. Details for tonight:
Reggae Fest (Tad Gromley, All Day)
Last year, five friends realized that despite New Orleans’ position as the north-most city in the Caribbean, there is no longer a fest for the music and culture. Enter the Roots Reggae Culture Festival which just dropped the lineup for two days of jammin’ in June. The event is set for this weekend in City Park. An ambitious schedule promises lots of rebel music, mellow moods, and no roadblocks. Third World headlines Saturday.
Brass Band Throwdown (Fairgrounds, 7p.m.-11p.m.)
The fest is over, but there is still live music at the track. The Fairgrounds are hosting a brass band throwdown. Track President Tim Bryant explained, “Brass Bands are a mainstay of the rich musical history in the New Orleans culture and we look forward to hosting some of the best bands the city has to offer at one of the city’s truly historic and traditional gathering places." The Soul Rebels, Treme Brass, and Pocket Aces will all be playing tonight.
Mainline (Blue Nile, 10p.m.)
This Nola 8-piece soul-funk band will jam this evening with members of The Soul Rebels at d.b.a. Mainline has played with artists including Trombone Shorty, 50 Cent and Eric Krasno. The band consists of Edward Lee, Erion Williams, Julian Gosin, Paul Robertson, Edward Jackson, Charles James, Danny Abel and Jermal Watson.
Bantam Foxes (Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.)
This indie band of brothers (and a friend) has seen their music on MTV as well as licensed for use on the Discovery's many networks. Bantam Foxes are a quintessential college band gone national. Though the trio bills themselves as garage rock, they're a multifaceted group that draws as much from the hiss and fuzz of a laid back jam session as the stringent composition work they perfected at Loyola. Tonight, A Living Soundtrack shares the bill.
The Bulemics (Siberia, 9p.m.)
A few months ago, The Bulemics released “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” their first new album in 12 years. However, the Austin based punk/hardcore/rap band maintains a massive vult following. Check out the godfathers of a genre.
Kompression (Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.)
Tonight, Kompression is celebrating six years of keeping local feet dancing to electronic music at this monthly dance party. San Francisco’s Butane and Chicago’s Joshua IZ will be spinning. Plus, local residents Herb Christopher, Ryan Deffes, and Unicorn Fukr will of course be on hand as well.
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.
Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Andrew Smith
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz