Essence Music Festival

Superdome (All day)

Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia and more


Some Like it Hot!

Buffa's (10:00 AM)

Jazz brunch on Esplanade


Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, 916 N. Peters (noon)


Sunday Swing with Swingaroux

National WWII Museum (1:00-4:00pm)

Free swing lessons, live music, free



Lupin Theatre, Tulane University (1:30pm)

Last performance, $25


The Silent Game, The Lollies

Big Top (2:00 PM)

Punk rock matinee on CL-10


Essence Block Party

Champions Square (3:00-5:00pm)

Spinderella, F. Stokes and DJ Captain Charles, free


Mandeville Seafood Festival

Fontainebleau State Park (5:00-10:00pm)

Last day


King James

Siberia (5:30pm)

Country Blues happy hour


Ben Polcer & the Grinders

Spotted Cat (6:00pm)


Aaron Lewis

Mahalia Jackson Theater (7:00pm)

Lead singer of Staind goes solo


Cristina Perez

The Maison (7:00pm)


Aaron Fletcher

d.b.a. (10:00pm)


Hillbilly Hotel

Circle Bar (10:00pm)


Singer Songwriters Night

Siberia (10:00 PM)

Meschiya Lake, Kiyoko McCrae, Kristen Diable, Sneaky Pete, Luke Allen, Michael James and Anthony Cuccia



Dragon's Den (10:00 PM)

Dubstep and bass, weekly


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf (10:00pm)



Essence Music Festival

Superdome (All Day)

Mary J. Blige, Mary Mary and Ledisi highlight Day 3


Maafa Commemoration

Starts at Congo Square (6:30 AM)

Remebering the transatlantic slave trade around the city


Kevin Hart's B-Day

Republic (10:00 PM)

The actor celebrates his birthday after appearing at EssenceFest. $50


Global Floating Dance Party: NOLA Edition

Various locations (10:00 PM)

Download music, listen to your iPod, dance in public, like the rest of the world


Red Battle!

Siberia (10:00 PM)

Consortium of Genius battles Commie Hilfiger at this Soviet outpost on St. Claude


Derek Freeman's Smoker's World

Tipitina's (10:00 PM)

The BBQ Swinger lights one up


Little Freddie King

d.b.a. (10:00 PM)

The best-dressed bluesman struts on Frenchmen



The Gingham Dog

Elm Theatre (8:00 PM)

Theatre: Civil rights movement through the eyes of an interracial couple



Tulane U (7:30 PM)

The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane presents.


Red Light Winter

Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)

NOLA Theatre: Inside Amsterdam's Red Light District



Essence Music Festival

Superdome (All Day)

Main stage kicks into full gear with D'Angelo, Trey Songz, the Pointer Sisters and more!


Bayou Soul Writers & Readers Conference

Various Locations (All Day)

Author discussions, panels and more during Essence


Biz Markie

House of Blues (9:00 PM)

He's got what you need


Jimmy Robinson CD release

Carrollton Station (9:00 PM)

The guitarist releases 'Guitarworks' with Tommy Malone, Washboard Chaz, Spencer Bohren and more!


Amanda Shaw

Rock 'n Bowl (8:30 PM)

Cajun fiddle prodigy returns to New Orleans


Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Gravy

Tipitina's (10:00 PM)

Free Foundation Fridays!


Where Y'Art

NOMA (5:30 PM)

feat. The Pfister Sisters, and more!


Lovehog, Texas Funeral

Circle Bar (10:00 PM)

NOLA rock



Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Tulane U (1:30 PM)

The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane goes postmodern


Cloak and Dagger, Javelina, Mariposa, Silo Homes

Fair Grinds Coffee House (7:00 PM)

Outta towners passin' through. $5


Red Light Winter


Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)

NOLA Theatre: Inside Amsterdam's Red Light District



The Gingham Dog

Elm Theatre (8:00 PM)

Theatre: Civil rights movement through the eyes of an interracial couple

Jon Vilma Sues Roger Goodell, Again

In the latest round of Bountygate legal drama, Jon Vilma is appealing for delay of game on Roger Goodell. The begrudged Saints defensive captain followed up his defamation suit with more court papers against the NFL again Saturday, claiming that the NFL commissioner is taking too long to make a decision about Vilma's appeal of his season-long suspension. According to ESPN, Vilma argues that he didn't present any evidence in his defense during the appeal, so Goodell should've been able to make a quick ruling. If you didn't see this coming, you apparently don't follow Vilma on social media.


On June 25, Vilma posted on this Facebook: What's this guy waiting on? Make your ruling so we can get on with phase 2 already."


Then, from June 27: "He must've gone on vacation….smdh."


Never underestimate the Facebook trail.

Change with Grace

Congress' passage of the RESTORE Act will provide money to reverse land loss on the Gulf Coast, but the rest of the details come from the grassroots.


Once a month, a resilient community of coastal Louisiana residents gather in recreation centers throughout the five bayou region of lower Terrebonne Parish for a chance to eat and work together. Local officials engage residents on the issues of land loss, disaster relief, and their plan for the future, giving room for questions and suggestions. It is an outlet Bayou Grace, a Chauvin based environmental non-profit, is happy to facilitate through a grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation.


Parish representatives have also toured the region this past year, holding a series of participatory meetings to update their Terrebonne Master Plan: Vision 2030. This plan serves as a guide for the next 20 years in the parish, addressing everything from transportation, to land use, to solutions for coastal land loss.


Even before BP's oil and Katrina delivered a one-two punch to the area, the hot topic has always been the degradation of the coast. The statistics are staggering: 80 percent of all coastal land loss in the United States occurs in Louisiana. Every 15 minutes coastal Louisiana loses a football field of land to the Gulf of Mexico. In Terrebonne these percentages are tangible in cemeteries underwater, towns emptying out from fear of flooding, and increased devastation from hurricanes.


"People need to recognize marsh creation as a protection factor (from hurricanes), not just levees,” Diane Huhn, Environmental Outreach Coordinator for Bayou Grace explained. This is particularly relevant in the wake of a recent study outlining the consequences of the BP Oil Disaster. The oil nearly doubled the rate of marsh erosion in some areas, the Florida State study says.


But when it comes to land loss, the master plan focuses on non-structural solutions. Think flood insurance, home elevation and stricter development regulation in the wetlands.


Bayou Grace’s community dinners have served as explanatory meetings for residents to come together and discuss these issues over a meal. “I have attended the master plan meetings,” Bonita Boudoin, a frequent Bayou Grace Community dinner attendee said, “The public was engaged to an extent, but some of the language could of been simpler for more people to understand.”


In June, the Smithridge gym in Chauvin played host to the dinner. From New Orleans, it is an 80 mile trip southwest through cypress trees and wetlands to the gym, nestled on the other side of Bayou Petit Caillou from where Highway 56 runs through Chauvin. The bayou anchors the town and the main road runs parallel to what used to be the main throughway, winding with its natural curves. Bridges make way for boats and cars in equal measure. When the highway ends 10 miles south of Chauvin in Cocodrie, the bayou continues through increasingly depleted barrier islands into the Gulf.


Highway 56 is the only road that takes you from Houma, the parish seat and the largest city in the second largest parish in the state, to Chauvin.


Bayou Grace Executive Director Rebecca Templeton and Huhn along with the rest of their small staff have brought service-learning groups from all over the country to Terrebonne Parish. They created a network of advocates, many who learned about coastal land loss for the first time volunteering with Bayou Grace. This dinner featured Duke-Engage students who were in the middle of facilitating a four week summer camp for local children.


As community members and college students mingled over shrimp stew, Bosco surveyed his work. A chef and lifelong resident of Houma, he has spent the past eight months catering the community dinners.


Bosco’s advocacy manifests in his cooking, Cajun staples like jambalaya and blackened chicken are his mainstays. “It has never bothered me,” he commented on the frequent topic of coastal land loss, the din of the kitchen is what keeps his attention.  In addition to cooking for the community dinners, Bosco dedicates his time to catering benefits. Last year he catered 46 benefits. This year, he is up to 18.


“I’ll get the food donated,” he explained, “All you have to do is get the hall and the permit.”


When asked how he gets paid, he pointed to his heart and said, “Right there.”


For Boudoin, the community dinners focus on a subject close to her heart. Four years ago she began work as a community organizer for another environmental advocacy non-profit in Terrebonne, BISCO. Land loss in Terrebonne Parish is an issue that has affected her entire life. Generations of her family lived and thrived in Grand Caillou, another town part of the five bayou region.


Her childhood in Grand Caillou was marked by her family’s house right on the bayou. For 35 years her father worked a tugboat and spent his free time fishing on the water.  Boudoin and her friends would create “bayou boats,” pieces of wood with some string nailed to it that they would pull along the bayou. But the bayou was not all recreation, the family had to bughead, or barricade, the back of their land to stop the water from creeping up into the backyard.


The house under its current owners is now used as a camp. “When I was a kid we had no reason to drive to Houma,” Boudoin recalled, “But now there is no bank, no grocery store, no clothing stores and factories shut down.”


Even Boudoin has moved her family to Houma. “After twice getting flooded out,” she said, “Rebuilding everything gets old.”


Reflecting on the master plan Boudoin commented, “I really believe we need more drastic measures. In the year 2030 I hope we have more protection against the land loss that has been in place for years.  I would like to see more jobs to help people to work to save our environment. I wish for more money for house elevations. That the bayous are renewed and people have sense of community again.”



This could be a reality with the RESTORE Act. In what Senator Mary Landrieu called a “historic moment,” Congress passed the act, allocating 80 percent of BP’s Clean Water Act fines to the Gulf Coast.  With the fine money still tied up in legal wrangling and not yet divided between all five Gulf states, Terrebonne Parish residents now just have to wait and see where the money goes and if there will be an influx of resources to restore the coast and reverse decades of land loss.


Bobby Jindal Talks Health Care, Times-Picayune Cuts & Mardi Gras on Meet the Press (VIDEO)

After storming out of the gates Thursday, our Veep-seeking gov, Bobby Jindal, continued his rapid-fire opposition to Obamacare on Sunday morning's edition of Meet the Press. Paired with former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, Jindal rattled off his case against President Barack Obama's health care refrom, but host David Gregory still had a chance to press him about his declaration that he won't enact Obamacare in Louisiana. Jindal also chimed in with some Mardi Gras and TImes-Picayune talk.


Since the Supreme Court's decision upholding health care reform came down, Jindal has been saying he won't enact the reforms in Louisiana. He said he won't set up exchanges, or expand Medicaid in the Pelican State, and will instead work to get Mitt Romney elected in an effort to repeal the law.


"We're gonna have more people in the cart than pulling the cart," he said of adding a large, new federal program to the national budget. :We're going to go the way of Europe if we don't repeal this law."


Later, Gregory again pressed Jindal when he was making a point about leaving health care to the states. 


"I come from one of the most culturally distinct states in the entire country. Mardi Gras is right for Louisiana It may not work as well in Vermont or other states. The reality is what works in Massachusetts may not be appropriate for another state," Jindal said, referring to the state where Republican nominee Mitt Romney enacted a health care program similar to Obamacare while governor.


"Wait, you're really comparing Mardi Gras to universal health insurance?" Gregory said.


"What I'm saying is every state is different," Jindal responded before going on to say the Supreme Court is eroding our freedoms.


At the end of the interview, Gregory took a moment to ask Jindal about the cuts at the Times-Picayune. He said he was "saddened" by the reduced print schedule, and said newspapers are necessary for holding government officials accountable.


"I have a lot of friends that work at the paper. I don't always agree with the paper, and I shouldn't always agree with the paper," Jindal said. "I think it's important for democracy that we've got robust news-gathering organizations."


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