Overnight Crime Report: Bike Stolen, Stabbing, Mugging, Stick-Up

Two twins had their bike stolen, a yard party was stuck-up, another man was mugged, and a woman was stabbed after an argument turned ugly according to the Major Offense Log (MOL) for Monday (4.25) from the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).


A pair of 11-year-old twins was ambushed by a horde of teens on the 2000 block of Delachaise Street at 7:51p.m. according to NOPD PIO Dawne Massey. Massey said that the first brother tried to run away after group of juveniles surrounded him. The other twin saw what was happening and tried to run as well, but the juveniles allegedly chased them both, managed to push the second brother off his bike, steal it, and flee.


A 28-year-old man and four teenage boys were hanging on a backyard on the 100 block of Westpark Court when a four men clad in hoodies forced their way in and stole their money reported the NOPD.


At 4:08a.m., a 27-year-old man was standing in the intersection of Lyons Street and Perrier St. when three males walked up, mugged him, and then punched him in the face stated the police PIO.


At, 4:58a.m., an argument between a 40-year-old woman and an unidentified man escalated into violence near the intersection of Piety Street and North Johnson St. explained Massey. Authorities allege that the man grabbed a knife and began choking and stabbing the woman.


Readers with information that can help solve a 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 only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at

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Today in NOLA: 4.26.16

The build up to thte second weekend of the fest continues with even more big acts from Bunny Wailer to Adam Deitch playing tonight. On this date in 2003, Jaime Foxx and his sister were arrested by NOPD following an argument with police officers at the casino. Now, more to do this Tuesday.


Bunny Wailer (Tip’s 9p.m.)

Bunny is reggae royalty, the last of the living Wailers. Along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, he co-founded Bob Marley & the Wailers and propelled reggae into the mainstream. Although his mates are no longer with us, Bunny keeps going storng, spreading the sound and the rastafari way.


Donald Harrison (Orpheum, 7:30p.m.)

A Big Chief and a saxophone specialist, Donald Harrison, Jr. combines the sounds of traditional and modern jazz for a set that could turn from a bop solo to a Mardi Gras Indian chant in no time. Harrison coined his style “nouveau jazz.” He's joined by his seasoned combo of drummer Joe Dyson, bassist Max Moran and pianist Conum Pappas.


Peter Murphy (HOB, 8p.m.)

Many call baritone vocalist, Peter Murphy, “the godfather of goth.” Murphy rose to fame as the frontman for English post-punk rockers Bauhaus. He then branched out with solo albums like “Deep” and “Love Hysteria.” Film fanatics will remember his cameo in the opening scene of the horror film “The Hunger.”


Dragon Smoke (HOB, 9p.m.)

One of the many Galactic side projects that makes a voyage to New Orleans stages during JazzFest time, Dragon Smoke is an especially scintillating funk combo. The Galactic rhythm section of Stanton Moore and Robert Mercurio form the bedrock, leaving plenty room for Ivan Neville, Eric Lindell and a host of other New Orleans musicians to create. Plus, Erik Krasno sits in.


Turkuaz (Howlin’ Wolf, 9p.m.)

Turkuaz are funk up-and-comers from Brooklyn. The band is comprised of Dave Brandwein on guitar/vocals, Taylor Shell on bass, Craig Brodhead on guitar/synths, Michelangelo Carubba on drums, Greg Sanderson on saxophone, Joshua Schwartz on saxophone/vocals, Chris Brouwers on trumpet/keyboard, Sammi Garett on vocals/percussion, and Shira Elias on vocals.


Adam Deitch (Blue Nile, 11p.m.)

Ditch is at the edge of the NYC funk scene. He is the co-founder of Royal Family Records and the Grammy garnering Fyre Department production team along with Eric Krasno. Tonight, the drummer is celebrating his birthday with longtime collaborators like Ryan Zoids and Benny Bloom.


Rebirth Brass Band (Maple Leaf, 10p.m.)

Come out to Oak for not one, but two sets from the double Grammy-winning brass band. Led by Derrick Tabb and Tuba Phil, the group has played worldwide, but there is no better place to see them than here, at home.


Showcase (Louisiana Music Factory, 12-6:30p.m.)

The popular record store sets up a small stage and invites their favorite local artists to pop in for quick sets all day during fest season. Today’s guests include Little Freddie King, Zachary Richard, Jon Cleary, and the Stooges.


Luther Dickinson (d.b.a., 11p.m.)

Dickinson is best known for his work as the frontman for the North Mississippi Allstars as well as a stint with The Black Crowes. On Sunday, some locals saw him perform with another side project, Robert Randolph’s The Word. As one of the top guitarists out there, he also boasts a host of solo work and collaborations with a who’s who of roots musicians, not to mention his own model of Gibson.


Bunny Wailer

Tip’s 9p.m.

Reggae royalty, the last Wailer


Donald Harrison

Orpheum, 7:30p.m.

NOLA bred King of Nouveau Swing


Peter Murphy

HOB, 8p.m.

Bauhaus frontman’s solo act


Dragon Smoke

HOB, 9p.m.

Funk favorites w/ Krasno, Ivan Neville



Howlin’ Wolf, 9p.m.

Brooklyn based funksters


Adam Deitch

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

Royal Family drummer


Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band



Louisiana Music Factory, 12-6:30p.m.

Short sets from Little Freddie King, Richard, Cleary, Stooges


Luther Dickinson

d.b.a., 11p.m.

North Miss Allstars frontman

Feast Season

This week being the Jazz Fest break, there are lots of big name event son Monday (4.25) night. However, up in the Riverbend, there are is also some popular grass roots action. Burgeoning pop-up, Sparklehorse is hosting Carrollton Station (8140 Carrollton St.) cooking up some crazy food and offering some free music.


This evening, the Andrew Duhon Trio will play a free show at the venue. Outside, Sparklehorse is planning to offer a different type of entertainment. Smoke and mirrors is an apt description of the ‘horse’s culinary experience. Chef Marcus Jacobs will be bringing “Lucy” a massive Santa Maria style grill suited for his high heat style cooking. His partner, Caitlin Carney will man the front of house maintaining Sparklehorse’s sequin and rainbows ambiance.


Jacobs is most excited about the crawfish on the menu due to the great season for mudbugs this year. The dish is prepared Houston Vietnamese style. “Basically you boil them first in a light Cajun seasoning,” the chef explained. “Then you toss them in a butter mixed Vietnamese spices like lemongrass and coriander.”


The menu also calls for an entree made with chickens from the North Shore which Jacobs said are definitely not your typical Tyson bird. “These ones taste like sunshine, digging that buzz. The flavor is a happy bird that runs around and gets fat off of the land,” he gushed.


Pork skirt steak will also be available. The grillmaster noted that he picked that cut because it is so well suited to the intense heat that Lucy puts out.


However, the food should be equal to the fun in Sparklehorse’s view. “It’s something to do between the weeks of Jazz Fest. It’s an opportunity for tourists to see a different slice of New Orleans in the Riverbend. And, for locals, it’s an opportunity to just chill,” posited Jacobs. “And, it’s no cover.”

Hotline Sing: Drake & Kraftwerk Coming to NOLA

It’s easy to forget, but music in New Orleans will continue after Fest Season. Today, hip hop artist Drake and electronica pioneers Kraftwerk both announced September shows in the Crescent City.


Kraftwerk is scheduled to stop off at the Orpheum Theater on September 9th. The NOLA visit is part of a nine city tour beginning in Baltimore and ending at the Hollywood Bowl in LA. The shows will feature an avant-garde, David Byrne-esque 3-D video wall.


Kraftwerk is a German band founded in 1970. They played electronic music long before the term “EDM” was coined. Their 1977 album “Trans-Europe Express” is considered a seminal work.


One week earlier, on September 2nd, Drake is planning to stop at the Smoothie King Center. The Canadian hip-hop artist’s new album “Views from the 6” is slated to drop on Friday (4.29). However, the first single off of the album, “Hotline Bling,” is already a runaway success for Cash Money Records.


Future is listed as the opener for evening.


Overnight Crime Report: Homicide, Shooting, Rape, Muggings, Unclassified Death

The respite from crime is over. The Major Offense Log (MOL) for Sunday (4.24) included nine incidents including a homicide, a juvenile rape, armed robberies, and shootings according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).


At 12:23a.m., an unknown man and woman were sitting in a car on the 3900 block of Louisiana Parkway when a stranger approached and began shooting at them reported the NOPD. The male was declared dead. No further information was available at press time. 


At 10:40a.m., an argument at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calliope Street escalated into violence when an unidentified man was shot according to NOPD PIO Dawne Massey.


Police said that a gunman walked into Fountain Services’ warehouse on the 1400 block of Montegut Street at 11:00a.m. and demanded cash from an employee. The victim refused the order and the perp fled stated Massey.


The Department is looking into two unclassified deaths. A 68-year-old man was found dead on bathroom floor of a house on the 900 block of Opelousas Avenue by his brother reported the NOPD. At 3:11p.m., a woman found her 52-year-old friend dead in a house on the 1800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.


At 4:08p.m., a 21-year-old man was driving on an overpass near Port Street and North Galvez St. when he felt a pain and then realized that he had been shot reported the NOPD PIO.


The Log included an account of a 5-year-old boy being raped by his 13-year-old cousin on the 7600 block of Avalon Way.


Around 2:25a.m., a 47-year-old man went outside of his house on the 3600 block of Bennett Street for a cigarette explained Massey. She added that the man’s family then heard a loud “pop” and rushed outside to discover that the man had shot himself. He was rushed to University Medical Center for treatment.


At 4:37a.m., three men with handguns allegedly jumped out of a car at the corner of Sixth Street and Baronne St. and mugged a 39-year-old man of his wallet and cellphone.

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Today in NOLA: 4.25.16

Jazz Fest is on hiatus for a few days, but there is plenty of music to be found. A host of allstar benefits for some great local charities dominate the lineups. On this day in 1999, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew were reunited on stage at Jazz Fest after 12 years. Now, more to do this Monday. 


Painting A New Now (Civic, 8p.m.)

You knew that there would be a David Bowie tribute at some time during fest season and this is it. Bryan Batt, Michael Cerveris, Susan, Cowsill, Debbie Davis, Bob Forrest, Chris Goss, Dayna Kurtz, Papa Mali, Alex McMurray , Michael O’Hara, David Oh!, Christine Ohlman, Carlo Nuccio, Trevor Pink, Dave Pirner, Abby Travis, Damien Youth, and Lena Prima will tea turns performing the Thin White Duke’s music. Proceeds will benefit Team Gleason.


That Booker Thing (Blue Nile, 10:30p.m.)

The Backbeat Foundation is hosting a tribute to one of Louisiana’s legendary piano greats, James Booker. Marco Benevento will be center stage accompanied by guests including  Johnny Vidacovich, James Singleton, and Sasha Masakowski.


Showcase (Louisiana Music Factory, 12-6p.m.)

The popular record store sets up a small stage and invites their favorite local artists to pop in for quick sets all day during fest season. Today’s events include several book signings as well as performances from Anders Osborne and Amanda Shaw.


WWOZ Piano Night (HOB, 8p.m.)

Come out and support WWOZ at this annual fundraiser. This year the all star cast of keys masters includes Monty Alexander – Harlem Kingston Express, Henry Butler, Marcia Ball, John Gros, Joe Krown, Tom McDermott, Courtney Bryan, Kyle Roussel, Marty Sammon, and more.


Orgone (OEJ, 9p.m.)

Imported for the night from Los Angeles, the band since 1999 makes 60s and 70s funk & soul before your eyes. Fronted by singer Fanny Franklin. The band opened for Galactic at Tip’s a few Lundi Gras back and killed it. If you had to see any out-of-town band tonight, this is it.


Instruments a’ Comin’ (Tip’s, 8:30p.m.)

Tonight, Tipitina’s Foundation hosts the 15th annual Instruments A Comin’ benefit to raise money for instruments in area schools. The party starts outside the historic venue with marching band battles and the walk of fame induction ceremony and concludes with a concert afterwards featuring some phenomenal local musicians, including Anders Osborne, Walter "Wolfman" Washington & The Roadmasters, Bo Dollis Jr & The Wild Magnolias, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Nth Power, and New Orleans Suspects 


Marco Benevento (Blue Nile, 10:30p.m.)

While pianist and composer Benevento’s sound is decidedly modern, the NYC-based experimental artist has his background in jazz. Benevento’s bonafides include membership in Garage A Trois and collaborations with nearly every progressive artist out there.


Fire on the Beyou

The Bey Hive is buzzing about New Orleans, but the Crescent City was not stung by the latest export from the Queen Bey. On Saturday (4.23) Beyonce dropped her one hour video art installment, “Lemonade” on HBO for one day. The 12 track film and album generated much lots of talk from culturistas, but at NoDef HQ, our priorities are local. The complete breakdown of the local references follows.


Abstractly, “Lemonade” follows themes of love, loss, coping, and rebirth. We’ll save the conceptual stuff for another column and jump right into the New Orleans shout-outs. 


The work began with footage of Beyonce in sugar cane fields as well as Carcoso (also known as Fort Maccomb). However, Louisiana has more than one dark side and the Queen Bey’s crosshairs are set on a different target than “True Detective.” A series of references to slavery and sharecropping follow.


Yet, “Lemonade” does not tackle contemporary racial divisions as directly as February’s “Formation” video. The topic at hand here is infidelity (on the part of Jay-Z presumably) and the struggles of black women in a patriarchy. Of course, feminist causes have appeared in Louisiana culture long before the video era. Beyonce references Pelican State author Kate Chopin’s  “The Awakening” heavily. There is no Lake Ponchartrain suicide, but plenty of other references to drowning.


Then, there is the track “Hold Up” which features an angry Beyonce rampaging with a baseball bat on the streets of New Orleans. Although, the set is more done up like a studio backlot, we know that this intended to be NOLA because Beyonce smashes a surveillance camera labelled “NOPD.” Mind you the NOPD’s relies mainly on privately owned and operated camera networks not their own, but point taken Your Highness. Point taken.


On the country track “Daddy Lessons,” Beyonce returns to Fort Macomb to sing alongside a blues guitarist. That guitarist in the throne looks a lot like Little Freddie King although “Lemonade’s” 3,105 credits attribute guitar work on the track to Eric Walls.


The streets of NOLA are also well represented as the film begins the second act. It is refreshing that French Quarter only appears once, for a split second kiss. The audience is instead treated to scenes of actual life in New Orleans. People hanging out on the stoop and on their blocks. The Lower Ninth Ward is seen without flooding or Brad Pitt. Just, you know, life.


We do get a few NOLA cliches, albeit most executed tastefully. There is a jazz funeral. The variety offered is of the dancing pallbearer sort which is preferable to parasol and handkerchief explosion saturation. Likewise, we are given a woman dressed in a  Mardi Gras Indian suit dancing around the empty dining room of an antebellum home.


We also are a treated to several scenes of the Edna Karr High School marching band. And then, there is that French Quarter smooch; it only lasts a few seconds and the emphasis is on the couple, not the scenery. Painless.


Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild) even makes a cameo. Famed and revered local chef Leah CHase appears sitting in a throne. For lagniappe, NOLA resident Joshua Tillman, better known as Father John Misty, shares writing credits on “Hold Up.”


Finally, there are the obligatory Saints reference. What’s a the City That Care Forgot without a little Black n’ Gold. In addition to the standard Saints shirts, da’ Dome factors prominently into the art. First, Bey uses scenes of herself alone in the stadium to express feelings of solitude. Then, scenes of Jay-Z and Blue Ivy playing together in the end zone provide an uplifting conclusion.

Revised to include Leah Chase.

What else did we miss? Let us know in the comments…


Overnight Crime Report: Shooting, Rape, Carjacking

Crime levels stayed low for the third consecutive day. Still, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) responded to a shooting, a rape, and a carjacking according the Major Offense Log (MOL) for Saturday (4.23).


A 14-year-old child was shot at 7601 Downman Road at 2:09p.m. according to NOPD PIO Aaron Looney. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of a non-threatening wound.


Police reported that at 2:01a.m., a 31-year-old woman was raped on the 3000 block Marais Street. 


25-year-old Michael Portis and 17-year-old Dashawn Lowery were arrested for carjacking at 2:29a.m. at 5206 N. Derbigny Street. Looney stated that the duo forced a 20-year-old woman and a 19-year-old woman out of their auto and then drove off with it. However, police said that Lowery and Portis ultimately drove the car back at which point their descriptions were sent out on the police scanner. A foot chase ensued and the two men were caught according to the NOPD.


Readers with information that can help solve a 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 only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information.

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Today in NOLA/Jazz Fest After Hours: 4.24.16

The first week of Jazz Fest wraps up today, but the music will keep going until the break of day. Piano Night, Lettuce, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and George Clinton are just a few of the over a dozen acts to check out this evening. On this day in 1877, reconstruction ended in Louisiana. Now, more to do this Sunday.


Jazz Fest (Fair Grounds, 11-7p.m.)

The first week of Jazz Fest is wrapping up. The king of NOLA festivals continues today with hundreds of acts, delicious food, and crafts everywhere. Sunday’s headliners include the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nick Jonas.


WWOZ Piano Night (HOB, 8p.m.)

Come out and support WWOZ at this annual fundraiser. This year the all star cast of keys masters includes Monty Alexander – Harlem Kingston Express, Henry Butler, Marcia Ball, John Gros, Joe Krown, Tom McDermott, Courtney Bryan, Kyle Roussel, Marty Sammon, and more.


Lettuce (Tip’s 9p.m.)

Lettuce is the vanguard of a Brooklyn based (Boston derived) funk scene. They are often linked and overlap with sister band Soullive. Members Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch, Adam Erick "E.D." Coomes, Ryan Zoidis, "Shmeeans" Smirnoff, Neal Evans, and Eric "Benny" Bloom provide an impressive roster. Vulfpeck opens.


Dr. Lonnie Smith (Blue Nile, 10:30p.m.)

This veteran of George Benson's quartet struck out on his own and proved his own cuts were Finger Lickin' Good in te '60s. The Hammond B3 organ master is in New Orleans for a two-night stand on Frenchmen Street. Don't miss a prime example of soul jazz.


The Word (Joy, 9p.m.)

The gospel blues jam supergroup is a perfect fit for jam-driven after-hours. On stage will be Robert Randolph with John Medeski of Medeski, Martin, & Woods as well as three members of the North Mississippi Allstars— Chris Chew, Cory Dickinson, and Luther Dickinson. Randolph is a master of the pedal steel guitar and not only does the band present an opportunity to hear washboard live, it presents the rare opportunity to hear electric washboard live. Plus, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.


George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Republic, 10p.m.)

DJ Soul Sister joins honorary New Orleanian, George Clinton, who was even presented a key to the city. Clinton revolutionized funk music by blending ‘60’s psychedelic influences with soul and R&B, producing hits from “Flash Light” to “Computer Games.” Along the way, he taught us a little about the Mothership. Costumes are not required, but the band will be wearing them.


Worship My Organ (OEJ, 9p.m.)

Because one Hammond B3 organ is never enough, Simon Lott and Robert Walter will be jamming on two simultaneously. Experimental sax-master Skerik, multi-instrumental prodigy Marco Benevento and DJ Logic will round out the bill.


Daniel Lanois & Brian Blade (3 Keys, 9p.m.)

Shreveport bred Brian Blade is a renowned drummer and composer. After building a name in jazz circles, he rose to prominence with The Fellowship. Lanois is a guitarist and songwriter. However, he is famed for producing artists including Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, and Neil Young. Tonight, they play with Theresa Andersson, Steve Masakowski, Nic Payton, Roland Guerin, and Dave Easley.


Maple Leaf Allstars (The Leaf, 11:59p.m.)

Three local masters with skills spanning across countless genres unite. Jon Cleary Tony Hall, and Ivan Neville playing together is an event not to be missed.


George Porter (d.b.a., 2a.m.)

Porter helped form the Meters with Art Neville in the mid 1960’s, but in recent decades, the legendary funk bassist mostly performs with his Runnin’ Pardners. Porter regularly performs with New Orleans’ best artists, including Johnny Vidacovich, the Soul Rebels, and Dr. John.