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July 20th

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Ft. Renshaw Davis


Stuart McNair

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Early Blues to Zydeco


Sober Social

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

A change of pace


Movie Screening

Tigermen Den, 7PM

A showing of Chantal Ackerman's No Home Movie


Literature Reading

Dogfish Reading Series, 7PM

Kay Murphy &  Megan McHugh


Cards Against Humanity

Bad Wolf Bar, 7PM

Let’s be horrible together



Gasa Gasa, 8PM

Ft. KLYPH & Zigtegbra


Y’acht Rock 80s Night

One Eyed Jacks, 830PM

Ft. Where Y’acht and DJ White Wine


Eclectic Selection

Hi Ho, 9PM

Ft. DJ Pr_ck


The Vibe Session

Neo Jazz School of Music, 9PM

Live Neo Jazz, Soul, R&B



Bar Redux, 9PM

Southern Soul to melodic Folk


July 21st

Friday Pop Up

Drifter Hotel, 1PM

By Lucille’s Roti Shop


Louisiana Sportsman Show

Superdome, 3PM

Back in NOLA after 12 years


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Park, 6PM

A showing of Moana


Summer Nerd Movie Nights

Tubby & Coo’s, 7PM

A showing of The Neverending Story


John Waters Film Festival


A showing of Pink Flamingos


Leonardo Hernandez Trio

Casa Borrega, 7PM

Great food, great music


Comedy F#@k Yeah

The Dragon’s Den, 8PM

Ft. Shane Torres


New Rebel Family

House of Blues, 8PM

Ft. AYO, The Other LA, Akadia, and Ventruss


Mia Borders Trio

Foundation Room, 9:30PM

Open to the public


Alligator ChompChomp

The Circle Bar, 10PM

Crunchin’ on those notes


Foundation Free Fridays

Tips, 10PM

Ft. Walter “Wolfman” Washington + The Fortifiers


Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 11PM

Ft. Mikel Douglas + Dozal


July 22nd

Ice Cream Social

Longue Vue, 10AM

Plus adoptable pets from the SPCA


Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Grow your own food


National Hot Dog Day

Dat Dog, 3PM

Raffles, ice cream and more


Cocktails and Queens

Piscobar, 6PM

A queer industry dance party


Immersive Sound Bath

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

Soothing 3D Soundscapes


Paul Mooney

Jazz Market, 8PM

Also ft. music by Caren Green


New Orleans Beatles Festival

House of Blues, 8PM

Come together, right now


Christmas in July

The Willow, 8PM

Ugly sweaters and peppermint shots



Three Keys, 9PM

With Coolasty ft. Jack Freeman and more


Particle Devotion

Banks St Bar, 9PM

Ft. Paper Bison +  Tranche


Cesar Comanche

Art Klub, 9:30PM

Ft. Ghost Dog, Knox Ketchum and more


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boy’s Bar, 10PM

Ft. Savile and local support


Techno Club

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Eria Lauren, Otto



July 23rd

From Here to Eternity

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

The 1953 classic


Eight Flavors

Longue Vue, 12PM

Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book


Book Swap

Church Alley Coffee Bar, 12PM

Bring books, get books


Urban Composting

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about easy composting


Brave New World Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 2PM

Open to all


Gentleman Loser

The Drifter Hotel, 3PM

A classic poolside rager


Mixology 101

Carrolton Market

With Dusty Mars


Freret Street Block Party

Freret St, 5PM

A celebratory bar crawl


Mushroom Head

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

+ Hail Sagan and American Grim


Glen David Andrews

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Get trombone’d by the greatest


Hot 8 Brass Band

The Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Brass music for a new era



The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic

Uncle Lionel Batiste Dies at 81

Uncle Lionel Batiste, longtime bass drummer of the Tremé Brass Band and patriarch of the famed Batiste family, died Sunday morning of complications from Stage 4 cancer, NoDef confirmed with friends of Batiste this morning. He was 81. Always sporting an outfit that was the definition of dapper, sunglasses and, in recent years, a cane, Batiste made it his mission to put a smile on everyone's face, and he was hard-presesd to find anyone whose face didn't light up in his prescence.


In addition to duties behind the bass drum, he was also known to take the mic to sing rousing renditions of New Orleans standards. Batiste first learned he had pancreatic cancer about two weeks ago. He played bass drum since he was a boy, and never seemed to lose his love for marching in street parades, heading out on the streets for a night out and working the crowd in hopes of finding a dance partner.





Correction: Initial information provided to NOLA Defender indicated Lionel Batiste died on the night of June 7. According to his family and the Treme Brass Band, he died Sunday morning, June 8.

I had the great pleasure of

I had the great pleasure of dancing with the gentleman. May he dance in Heaven to the beat of his own drum!

The perfect gentleman every

The perfect gentleman every hour of the day or night. An example of what we should strive to be.

The sky opened up with

The sky opened up with delight the clouds marching in.banging the thunderous drums of a second line. Grey and gloom and a rainy day headed our way in our city under the lake. God shining his glory down and extending a glimmer of sunshine to take one of our saints home to heaven. His drum packed his suit pressed our uncle is on his way home. To have seen him dance sing or play was a gift shared by the many souls that have been graced with his love. A unmatched love for music and the spirit that is new Orleans. Today this July 8th marks the loss of such a great man that truly loved our great city. Everyone lost the greatest uncle any human breathing on earth could ever want. Uncle Lionel you will be missed.

Good-night, sweet prince; And

Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Goodnight, sweet prince; And

Goodnight, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

...and from now on, when I

...and from now on, when I hear thunder, I know that it is really Uncle Lionel playing his drum in Heaven. I hear it right now...
I will always remember you, and am grateful to have known you. We will meet again at that great gig in the sky. Until then, know that you are still alive in all of our hearts.

I always knew it was a good

I always knew it was a good day if I had an Uncle Lionel sighting. I'm sad I'm going to be in a second line for you and not with you.

Uncle Lionel was the

Uncle Lionel was the definition of Grace and Class. I will miss you, Unc.

A parade in Heaven waiting

A parade in Heaven waiting for you with a big new drum and angles to accompany...
You will be very missed...Much love, New Orleans Barbara Lane

If you Were touched and

If you Were touched and improved by Uncle Lionel in your life ?
New Orleans has become a part of your blood? Play Brass music loud. If you drink ? Pour a lil out. If you cry, cry hard. If you laugh, laugh loud and deep all the way to your toes. It is time to celebrate a local legend. He may rest but I bet he will be leading his own second line before he marches in with the saints.

Descança em Paz !

Descança em Paz !

You gave the world so much,

You gave the world so much, and we of New Orleans, were especially blessed to know you. R.I.P., Uncle Lionel. I know you'll have those angels marching in high style behind you.

You will be sorely missed..

You will be sorely missed..

Amen to all of the above. We

Amen to all of the above. We will all miss his wonderful spirit and love of music and life.

God bless Uncle Lionel, there

God bless Uncle Lionel, there will be a beautiful new drum waiting for him in heaven

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