Events & Festivals

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Aaron Neville to perform at 2017 French Quarter Fest

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 10:25 AM

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Aaron Neville makes his French Quarter Festival at this year's event, featuring a lineup of nearly 200 bands and artists at venues throughout the neighborhood. Neville headlines opening night on Thursday, April 6. The 34th annual festival runs April 6-9.

Also making their debut in 2017 are Louisiana LeRoux, Gregory Agid, Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Valerie Sassyfras, Soul Brass Band and T'Monde, among several others, joining a lineup of classic New Orleans R&B artists and funk, brass, jazz, rap and rock artists.

Check the daily lineup below.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Second line Sunday: Ladies of Unity parade featuring The Hot 8 Brass Band

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 4:47 PM

Ladies of Unity Social Aid and Pleasure Club
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  • Ladies of Unity Social Aid and Pleasure Club

LADIES OF UNITY 6TH ANNUAL PARADE

Noon-4 p.m. SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017

Special guests: Sophisticated Ladies Of Class

Featuring the Hot 8 Brass Band

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Jan. 20-22

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Gambit music commentator and professional man-about-town Noah Bonaparte Pais stops by WWL-TV to share weekend picks: a crossover country chanteuse at Gasa Gasa, vogue performances and more.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mermaid-themed ball Jan. 28 benefits BreakOUT! LGBTQ youth rights group

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 9:45 AM

Krewe of Mermoux members enjoy appropriate weather. - LENORE SEAL
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  • Krewe of Mermoux members enjoy appropriate weather.

Krewe of Mermoux, the mermaid-themed krewe that celebrates "inclusion, community and glitter," hosts its inaugural Old Gold Maritime Ball at Poor Boys Bar (1328 St. Bernard Ave.) Jan. 28.

Ocean- and gold-themed costumes are strongly encouraged for the event, which features a drag show, a "sea smooch booth," a photo area and punch. There also are DJ performances. A news release about the event says 50 percent of proceeds will benefit BreakOUT!, the advocacy group which focuses on LGBTQ youth of color.

The event starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $10, or $5 for people in costume.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Second Lines all weekend: Saturday Danny Barker Parade and Sunday with The Undefeated Divas

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 5:44 PM

Danny Barker with the Onward Brass Band
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  • Danny Barker with the Onward Brass Band

Noon SATURDAY: Danny Barker Parade and Festival

Noon-4 p.m. SUNDAY: Undefeated Divas Annual Second Line parade


(info for both events below)

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Baby Cakes host 'Hot Stove' season preview party Jan. 28

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 11:29 AM

Once and future mascots Boudreaux and Clotile rep the Cakes.
  • Once and future mascots Boudreaux and Clotile rep the Cakes.

A new era of bakery-related puns dawns with the New Orleans Baby Cakes' inaugural "Hot Stove" (shouldn't it be "Hot Oven?") preview party later this month. The public is invited to yet-to-be-renamed Zephyr Field for an event celebrating the unofficial start to baseball season.

At the event, Cakes manager Arnie Beyeler and Florida Marlins assistant player development director Brett West offer an overview of the triple-A team's first season since its much-ballyhooed rebranding. Former LSU slugger and newly signed Marlin Austin Nola also appears, and there are free refreshments and kids' games. (Coincidentally, this is the same weekend as New Orleans King Cake Festival, for those of you developing a cake-centric itinerary.)

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 28. It's free to attend.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks for Jan. 13-15

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 5:14 PM

Gambit contributor Noah Bonaparte Pais slides in to WWL-TV to share weekend entertainment picks: a one-person show starring a RuPaul's Drag Race winner, a well-regarded rapper at Howlin' Wolf and more.


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Cast members from The Lion King sing at Ace Hotel Jan. 16

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 4:48 PM

Native New Orleanian Kyle Banks performs in The Lion King.
  • Native New Orleanian Kyle Banks performs in The Lion King.

Native New Orleanian Kyle Banks performs in the cast of The Lion King, currently running at Saenger Theatre. He and fellow cast members, including Deshaun Young, who plays Simba, sing in a program called "Resist" at the Ace Hotel's Three Keys at 7:30 Monday, Jan. 16. Other singers include Sihele Ngema, Jalen Harris and Vusi Sondiyazi. The program focuses on songs inspired by the U.S. civil rights movement and resistance to Apartheid in South Africa. The performers are accepting donations at the door, which will be given to St. Augustine High School, Banks' alma mater.

The Lion King touring production typically visits a city for one- or two-month engagements, and cast members hold occasional events like this to sing various types of music. Banks is classically trained and he sometimes uses these events to sing operatic works. Banks spoke to Gambit about his musical training in New Orleans and career.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Brands vs. brawn at the WrestleMania announcement press conference

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:42 PM

Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference
  • Longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day kick off the press conference

WrestleMania is the biggest event in pro wrestling and one of the biggest entertainment events in the world. On April 8, 2018, WrestleMania will be back in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The press conference formally announcing this, held in the Superdome's Iberville suite, was a joint presentation by the pro wrestling behemoth WWE and representatives of our city, our state and their various sporting and event organizations. Watching the gears interlock was fascinating. It was a node of interaction between two gigantic institutions— the "New Orleans brand" and the WWE brand, cuddled up like two different, specialized cells passing a molecule of money across their membranes.

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Q&A: Holly Baker of HGTV’s New Orleans Reno

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 4:52 PM

HGTV's Holly Baker.
  • HGTV's Holly Baker.

Five years ago, the extent of Holly Baker’s handiwork was hammering nails to hang pictures, and she never had touched a saw. Now she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, and viewers can watch her on new episodes of HGTV’s New Orleans Reno (formerly Big Easy Reno), in which she and her team will be tasked with renovating the homes of two local families. Baker takes her innate love for architecture, design and tight budgeting, and turns it into dream homes on a dime.

Do-it-yourself fans will have the opportunity to hear Baker’s tricks of the trade in person at the NOLA Home Show at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Jan. 27-29, where she’ll be presenting seminars all three days. Adult tickets can be purchased at the door for $13, or for $11 online. Military personnel and first responders are honored on Heroes’ Day, Friday, Jan. 27, with free admission, and Baton Rouge residents can attend all three days free of charge with ID.

Baker chatted with Gambit about home projects and to count the ways she loves New Orleans.

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