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Defender Picks



August 20th

Captain Blood

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

Classic swashbucklin' flick starring Errol Flynn


Zulu Annual Sonny "Jim" Poole Picnic

City Park, 10AM

Contests for coconuts, BBQ, umbrellas, t-shirts, golf shirts and more


Love Letters

Little Gem Saloon, 5PM

Play about first loves and second chances


New Moon Women's Circle

Rosalie Apothecary, 6PM

Special solar eclipse themed circle


RC and the Gritz

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Erykah Badu's band, plus Khris Royal


The Max Tribe

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Feat. Gools, Killer Dale, Jack Rabbit


Stripped into Submission

Hi-Ho Lunge, 10PM

Kink-themed burlesque 


August 21st

Solar Eclipse Paddle

Canoe and Trail Adventures, 10:30AM

Explore the swamps and bayou during the eclipse


Energy Clearing Class

Swan River Yoga Mandir, 7:30PM

Solar eclipse reiki course to clear your self


Monday Night Massacre

Rare Form, 8PM

Feat. Phantom of Paradise and Cannibal The Musical


Betty Who

Republic NOLA, 9PM

90's tinged Aussie artist, feat. Geographer



The New Movement, 9:30PM

Battle of the funniest 


Instant Opus

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

Feat. Eric Bloom, Russell Batiste, David Torkanowsky, Chris Severin


August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria


DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more


Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project


Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars


Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band


Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters



August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint


The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health


Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert



Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece


Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show


Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party


August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ


Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film


Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered


Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band


Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group


Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman


August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA


Feat. The Pfister Sisters


Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels


More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets


Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne


Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers


August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments


New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head


Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series


Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers


Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace

Top of the Hops: Courtyard Brewery Hosts Inaugural Louisiana Hop Festival

On Thursday, Courtyard Brewery will host the first ever Louisiana Hop Festival, a showcase of the best brews from the Boot. The one-day fest will benefit the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild, and offers a chance for hopheads, beer snobs, and brew newbies alike to grab a pint and enjoy music, food, and drinks as the work week comes to an end.


“We’re bringing beer culture back to New Orleans,” said Scott Wood, brewer and owner at Courtyard Brewery. Until the 1930s, the Crescent City was one of the foremost cities for the beer industry. In the almost century that has passed, the brewing business is still fledgling. As NoDef shared a few years back, Courtyard Brewery is Wood’s loving ode to the beer biz — so it makes sense that his logical next move would be a statewide celebration of the brewing community. “There are just thirty or so breweries in Louisiana which, relatively speaking, is a far cry from most other states,” explained Wood. “The fest is celebration of our tight knit community. We want to inspire growth in the industry, as well as generate awareness what we are doing at our breweries.” 


The Courtyard team invited a handful of beer houses to participate, but the majority of the 20+ breweries on the roster came aboard through word of mouth. The full roster as of publication includes the Parish Brewing Company, Gnarly Barley Brewing, NOLA Brewing Company, Urban South Brewery, Great Raft Brewing, Bayou Teche Brewing, Second Line Brewing, Chafunkta Brewing Company, Wayward Owl Brewing, 40 Arpent Brewing, Tin Roof Brewing, Mudbug Brewery, Southern Prohibition, Burial Beer Co., Lagunitas Brewing, Saint Arnold Brewing, Oskar Blues, Ballast Point Brewing, and Maine Beer / Stone Brewing Company. 


Just a handful of breweries repped are out-of-state companies, with the majority of the list offering a comprehensive look at Louisiana brewery trends. The creed inspiring Louisiana Hop is rising tides float all ships, and Wood believes that a celebration of the local beer industry will inspire more New Orleanians to sip and think on their next pint next time they’re around town. “We want new faces, new people to experience what we do and bring them into the fold.” Part of the way Louisiana Hop Fest will do that is by tapping exclusively specialty or one-off beers, and not featuring any beer offered year round. “It’s not just a drink fest,” explained Wood. “We’re celebrating what drove most of us to get into the industry.” And lest the event’s details mislead you (the festival officially begins at 4:20PM on yes, April 20th), the only thing on hand for consumption is beer. 


Courtyard brewed thirteen beers for the fest. A standout offering at the fest is Imaginary Flowers, a collaborative effort between Wood and Matt Horney, the head brewer at Mandeville’s Old Rail Brewing Company. The sour IPA, featuring subtle tartness blending kiwi and lime, touts the skills of the two seasoned brewmasters. They implemented dry hopping, which means to add the hops into the brew after fermentation, to impart flavor and subtle aromatics without the bitterness that goes with hops. Two versions of the Added Dimension — one brew a hibiscus IPA, the other with coconut — will be on hand, as will be beers with names like Cheddar Hawk and S3ND N00dZ. 


Of course, no NOLA event would be complete without a lineup of food vendors and live music. The brewery’s regular Thursday night vendor Taylor Made Wings will be joined by recent James Beard semifinalist Turkey and the Wolf and Stein’s Market and Deli. “Dan Stein is a champion of craft beer in the city,” said Wood of the deli’s storeowner. “He’s a large part of the modern NOLA craft beer awareness.” Bands set to perform are The Bad Mimosas, Sun Year, De Lune Deluge, Strange Roux, and Wahala Boys feat. Weedie. 


There is no cover for the one-day event, though the Courtyard team is offering a presale package for $25 in person /$26 online, which includes a 16 oz glass, commemorative poster, and eight tasting pours. Kids and dogs are welcome at the event. Find the full event details below. 


Louisiana Hop Festival

Courtyard Brewery, 1020 Erato St. 

April 20, 4:20PM-9PM

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