New Years Day

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11p.m.

The rulers of brass play at their usual watering hole


Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Mid City Lanes, 8:30p.m.

Accordion driven Creole sound


Lucien Barbarin

Preservation Hall, 8p.m.

Traditional New Orleans jazz performances


Sugar Bowl

‘da Dome, 7:30p.m.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Ohio State Buckeyes


Mississippi Rail Company

d.b.a., 10p.m.

This quartet puts a modern spin on traditional NOLA rhythm and blues; Plus Swamp Donkey, $10


Luke Winslow King

Three Muses, 7:30p.m.

Vintage folk americana delivered by an accomplished local musician


The Devils You Know

Shadowbox, 8p.m.

Written by Mason Joiner, this play is a variety show relative to everyman’s soul

Host of New Year’s Past

Ashley Rouen


History is marked by tradition, but often what happens on this particular resplendent eve, where an old year becomes a new, is lost to the past because of too much celebration or a resolve to look to the future. For the end of 2014, NoDef examines some moments in New Orleans past and throughout Louisiana history occurring on this day, perhaps forgotten. For auld lang syne.


– With the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans coming up this January, it is worth noting the arrival of the main British army on New Year's Day 1815. General Andrew Jackson led the American troops, eventually thwarting the British advance. Jackson’s army was composed of 4,372 men: 58 US Marines, 106 Naval seaman, 1,060 local militia (462 free people of color), 986 Kentucky Militia, 150 Mississippi Militia, 52 Choctaw warriors, as well as the pirate Jean Lafitte and his band of Baratarians. 


– The last Sugar Bowl game played in the old Tulane Stadium occurred on New Years Eve in 1974. New Orleans sports editor Fred Digby is said to have coined the term "Sugar Bowl.” 


– In 1977, the Superdome had Earth, Wind and Fire perform for its New Year's celebration. 


– The Warehouse was a hot spot for classic New Year's shows. The Marshall Tucker Band performed there in 1978. Styx rang in 1977. The Allman Brothers entertained the city of New Orleans at the venue for two years in a row. In 1970 they played with Dr. John. Local musician Vince Vance opened for the Allman Brothers in 1971. 


– On New Year's Eve in 1910, a pilot by the name of John Bevins Moisant, set out for adventure in New Orleans – to break the flight record of 362.66 miles and win the 4,000 dollar Michelin Cup. The aviator, engineer and revolutionary flew his plane from City Park heading for the starting point of the competition set in Harahan, but never made it. After circling 200 feet above, he lost control of his plane in heavy wind becoming the first man to be thrown out of a plane in a fatal crash. Moissant was also the first pilot to carry a passenger across the English Channel, the inventor of the early all-metal airplane. Known as “King of Aviators,” he died in Kenner that night. The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport was once referred to as Moisant Field in honor of the fallen pilot. 


– To celebrate the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase, The Old US Mint featured “Henri Matisse Jazz” on loan from Musee Matisse in Nice, France. The show ran through New Year and was full of vibrant impressionist collages presented in the artist's 1947 book Jazz. French Artist Henri Matisse was born on New Years Eve in 1869. 

Three Drinks to Ring in the New Year

With the last hours of 2014 upon us, now is the time for a libation. NoDef sat down with Jordan Larsen, a bartender at Sake Cafe and formerly at Victory, who gave us three new cocktails to help ring in the new year. When the fleur-de-lis drops, go bottoms up and start 2015 the classic New Orleanian way – with a drink.


Midnight Kiss

1 ½ ounce of gin

1 egg white

4-6 mint leaves

¾ ounce simple syrup

½ lime squeeze


Put the simple syrup, mint and squeeze of lime into a tin and muddle. Separate the egg and add the egg white and gin to the tin. Add ice and shake, shake, shake. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with mint leaves.


New Year’s Toddy

1 ½ ounce bourbon

½ ounce fresh lemon juice

½ simple syrup

¼ ounce Luxardo

Hot water



lemon wedge

2 cloves stuck in lemon


Mix all the ingredients together, top off with hot water in a mug. Add garnish.


Sweetheart Cocktail

1 ounce of gin

½ ounce grapefruit juice

½ ounce simple syrup

2 basil leaves

Brut Champagne to fill


Combine grapefruit, simple syrup, one basil leaf, and gin in a tin and shake. Pour into champagne flute, top off with champagne, and garnish with one basil leaf inside of flute.

NOPD Search for Missing Garden District Teen

Holiday time raises tensions, and sometimes the consequences are worse than an burnt bird. For the fifth time in ten days, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are searching for a missing person. A Garden District teen has been unseen since December 15.


NOPD PIO Officer Garry Flot says that the case of 17-year-old Saundrea Fenasci began on December 14 when Fernasci left her mother’s home on the 1800 block of Peniston Street without permission.


Flot explains that the teen was gone for the night and then returned the next day to pack a suitcase. She allegedly took the bag and left, again defying her mother. She has not been seen or heard from since.


Flot says Fenasci was described as a “female 5’0”tall, and about 150 pounds.” 


A picture is attached to this article.


Police ask that If readers should know the whereabouts of Saundrea Fenasci, please contact the New Orleans Police Department at 821-2222 or Sixth District Detectives at 658-6060.

Wrapping Up 2014

Some say New Orleans never changes. No matter what, there will always be a Mardi Gras and a Jazz Fest just like last year. As the final hours of 2014 melt into memory, we are often called to look back, as well as forward. While we take in our last minutes of another journey around the sun, NoDef's Ashley Rouen decided to look at what's happening in New Orleans now, determined to discover what is NOLA at a glance. The photos below were taken in the French Quarter (12.30) on a cold and overcast day just before the new year festivities. 


What is NOLA?


NOLA is Second Lines and Quarter groceries that never close (and deliver!)


NOLA is a land of construction sites and traffic jams because there's a tour going by in horse and carriage.


It's kumquat trees in winter.


Secrets are hidden in the pavement.


Living on a river has shaped our city and kept our wheels spinning, producing, creating.


Music leaps out from the muddy shores and spreads into the people.


It’s parading through the streets and throwing beaded trinkets around telephone wire for fun.


NOLA is taking your drink to-go. It’s gigantic frozen daiquiris, and on occasion a Hand Grenade just because you find yourself stumbling down Bourbon.


New Orleanians gladly wait in line for oysters and prefer Carousel bars fit for our sot filled fairytale kingdom of centuries old buildings and hotels.


NOLA is cherishing the old and embracing the new. It’s resilient. It's alive.


In New Orleans there is faith that the good times will roll on into a new year.


**NoDef wishes all of New Orleans a Happy New Year in 2015!**


NOLA is a slow moving train always looking for a good time. -Crash


“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” -Tennessee Williams


“Home. To Me. Now that I’ve been able to be down here for a year. I finally feel at home. It’s a creative home.” -Andrew Portwood


“Tropical.” -Max Moran


“To me it’s the best fucking city in the world. It really is. Everything about our city is so dope. There’s all you can find music every night, literally. Everything stays open all night long. Everybody from all over is moving here. It’s crazy.” -Alvin Ford Jr.


“It might be the last great American city.” -John Michael Rouchell

Alleged Mugger Loose on Toulouse

The rash of armed robberies in the French Quarter continued this week. Early on Monday (12.29) evening, another man was held up a few blocks away from the Eighth District’s station. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) have identified a suspect and released a composite sketch.


According to NOPD PIO Officer Hilal Williams, around 6:45p.m. a 35 year old man was sitting down on the 500 block of Toulouse Street when a stranger wheeled up on a BMX style bike. Williams says that the suspect demanded the man’s money, but the sitter refused to fork it over.


Police say that the suspect refused to take no for an answer and retorted with the implication that he was carrying a weapon. The threat worked and the man handed over the loot, says Williams. The suspect allegedly pedaled off towards Decatur Street.


A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this article. Williams describes him as a “Latino male in his late 20s, approximately 5’08” tall, approximately 175 pounds, medium build, and having closely cropped short hair,” and adds, “He was last seen wearing a black jacket with red on the back, jeans, and a green canvas backpack.”


The Eighth District Investigative Unit is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at 658-6080.


Readers with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.  You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s).  You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at

Today in NOLA: 12.31.14

It's New Years Eve! Ring it in with family, fireworks by the river or a late night show. With a dense variety of NYE parties on the horizon, New Orleans is sure to be popping off (and we're not just talking champagne.) Expect crowds amidst your midnight reveling. At the Joy Theater, the New Mastersounds play the late set, with Dumpstaphunk to ring in the new year. Galactic is at Tipitina's for the 12th year running. In the Den, DJ Jubilee sets things off. House of Blues and One Eyed Jacks present their renditions of disco. On this day in 1970, New Years Eve brought the Allman Brothers to the city to perform with Dr. John the Night Tripper at A Warehouse. Now, more details on tonight's ball dropping show. 


New Mastersounds and Dumpstaphunk (The Joy Theater, 10p.m.)

For the second year in a row, the New Mastersounds and Dumpstaphunk usher in the new year at the Joy Theater. This time around, Jon Cleary has been added to the lineup and will be playing a solo show from 10p.m.-11p.m. General admission tickets start at $60. Frontman Eddie Roberts will lead the New Mastersounds who keep the music flowing starting at 1:30a.m. until they feel like stopping. 


Galactic (Tipitina's, 10p.m)

Dance on into 2015 with a local band that has been bringing the funk to Tipitina's NYE celebration for ten straight years. The California Honeydrops and DJ Quickie Mart will open up the night. Special guests include Cyril Neville and Erica Falls. 


DJ Jubilee (Dragon's Den, 10p.m.)

It doesn't get more local the DJ Jubilee busting out "hot girl" during the final minutes of 2014. This New Orleans rapper may have coined the concept "twerk." He'll be helping patrons of the den wobble until the wee hours of the morning. DJ Pr_ck and Unicorn Fukr are also set to throw down some dirty beats to keep energy high all night long. 


Studio 504 Disco Party (House of Blues, 9:00p.m.)

The House of Blues transforms into a 70s disco dance party in tribute to the historic Studio 54. Performances include DJ Jermaine Quiz, Derrick Freeman (Kermit Ruffins BBQ Swingers), Andrew Meehan (Gravity A), and Jack Pritchett. 


DJ Soul Sister presents Soul Train (One Eyed Jacks, 10p.m.)

In her 12th year at One Eyed Jacks for New Year’s Eve, DJ Soul Sister does what locals love her best for: spinning groovy vintage classics. Her vinyl collection alone represents a comprehensive, unique array of hand selected deep tracks. Also to appear are the Booty Patrol Dancers. $10 general admission buys party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. $50 for open bar drinking package. 


Quintron & Miss Pussycat (Publiq House, 8:30p.m.)

Quintron & Miss Pussycat, swamp noise “dirt party music” duo, artists, puppeteers, and owners of the Spellcaster Lodge, have been performing in New Orleans for two decades. Yet, the pair still draws enthusiastic crowds. Babe, Heavy Lids and First are all going to be offering up entertainment at the Freret St. venue as well. 

Subway Hands Over Sandwich & the Dough

Subway’s slogan is “Fresh is Best,” but one man prefers, “Cash is King.” On Monday (12.29), the big box sandwich store’s franchise at 401 South Claiborne Avenue was robbed. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are seeking a single gunman.


According to NOPD PIO Officer Garry Flot, the suspect walked up to the counter and ordered a sandwich around 7:50p.m. Police say that as the employee began stacking the deli meats on the (not Leidenheimer’s) bun, the customer hopped over the counter, pulled out a gun, and demanded the dough.

After collecting the loot, the alleged crook hopped back over the counter and ran off to parts unknown.


Flot described the suspect as a “black male approximately 35 years of age,” and added, “He was wearing a black wool cap, gray hooded sweatshirt, gray or blue pants, white tennis shoes and had black gloves on his hands.”


Readers with information about this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867) or Text your crime tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), Text TELLCS then your crime information.  You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward.  Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at

Memory Motel: JP to Honor Ellis Marsalis Sr for Civil Rights Work

The Marsalis family is well known for their musical acumen. However, patriarch Ellis Marsalis, Sr. will be honored for something far greater than his prodigal progeny. On January 9, the Jefferson Parish Historical Commission, Jefferson Parish Officials, and the Marsalis Family will dedicate the Marsalis Mansion Motel with a Louisiana Highway Marker.


The Marsalis Mansion Motel, known to most simply as Marsalis Motel, played an important role in Louisiana’s civil rights movement. Marsalis converted a barn on the banks of the Mississippi River into the motel which opened in 1944 and began hosting African-American patrons during the peak of segregation. Leaders such as the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, and Thurgood Marshall all stayed with Marsalis.


A few years later, the motel opened a restaurant, The River Room. It was the first full service restaurant and banquet facility for black travelers in JP. In addition, the location included a night club, the Music Haven, which provided a venue for acts and audiences prohibited from playing in most of the region.


JP spokesperson, Karen Fortunato says, “Proprietor Ellis L. Marsalis, Sr., was patriarch of the Jazz musician family and was a civil rights pioneer.  Because of his concern for his community, encompassing a period of time in excess of 50 years, the black citizens of Jefferson and New Orleans enjoy unprecedented input into the political processes that affect their lives.”


The Dedication Ceremony will take place Friday, January 9, 2015, at 11:00am, at Shrewsbury Road and River Road in Jefferson Parish.

Scalise Saga: Whips Makes Admission, Boehner Offers Support, Pelosi Condemnation

Congressman Steve Scalise is Louisiana’s first representative in senior congressional leadership since Bob Livingston in 1998. Unfortunately, it looks like Scalise may be following a little too close in his predecessor’s footsteps. Livingston resigned less than a month after his election to leadership. Now calls are resonating for Scalise to step down from his recently bestowed role as Majority Whip after the politician admitted addressing a white supremacist conference.


Blogger Lamar White, Jr. of CenLamar first reported that Scalise may have addressed European-American Unity and Rights (EURO) a white supremacist group led by David Duke on Sunday (12.28). Scalise’s office scrambled to react, first offering a “maybe” and noting Scalise addressed many groups as a young politician in the hopes of being heard.


By Tuesday (12.30), Scalise confirmed that he did speak at the EURO conference.


“Twelve years ago, I spoke to many different Louisiana groups as a state representative, trying to build support for legislation that focused on cutting wasteful state spending, eliminating government corruption, and stopping tax hikes,” Scalise said in a statement. “One of the many groups that I spoke to regarding this critical legislation was a group whose views I wholeheartedly condemn. It was a mistake I regret, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold. I am very disappointed that anyone would try to infer otherwise for political gain. As a Catholic, these groups hold views that are vehemently opposed to my own personal faith, and I reject that kind of hateful bigotry. Those who know me best know I have always been passionate about helping, serving, and fighting for every family that I represent. And I will continue to do so.”


On the other side of the aisle, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was quick condemn Scalise. She released a statement reading, “Whip Scalise’s involvement with a group classified by the Anti-Defamation League as anti-Semitic and the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group is deeply troubling for a top Republican leader in the House.


However, actions speak louder than whatever Steve Scalise said to that group in 2002.  Just this year, House Republicans have refused to restore the Voting Rights Act or pass comprehensive immigration reform, and leading Republican members are now actively supporting in the federal courts efforts by another known extremist group, the American Center for Law and Justice, which is seeking to overturn the President’s immigration executive actions.”


Not surprisingly, Pelosi’s Republican counterpart, House Majority Leader, John Boehner disagreed. He issued his own statement. "More than a decade ago, Representative Scalise made an error in judgment, and he was right to acknowledge it was wrong and inappropriate. Like many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I know Steve to be a man of high integrity and good character. He has my full confidence as our Whip, and he will continue to do great and important work for all Americans," he said.


Additionally, House GOP number two, Kevin McCarthy released a statement in support of the Whip, and the Southern Law and Poverty Center weighed in calling for Scalise’s resignation.


Beltway insiders say that Scalise has been quietly checking the temperature of support within his own party. Despite the early PR fumbles, he is not expected to take more action over the next few days.