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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Second line Sunday: 9 Times Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 6:52 AM

Nine Times SAPC
  • Nine Times SAPC


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2015 12-4PM


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Harry Potter burlesque and show reviews from Faux/Real

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Sexpelliarmus is a Harry Potter-themed burlesque show.
  • Sexpelliarmus is a Harry Potter-themed burlesque show.

The Faux / Real Festival of Arts concludes Nov. 22, and there are still new shows opening. Reviews of shows including The Eulogy, Once Upon a Dream and others after the jump.

The “nerdlesque” minifestival begins this week, and shows have been moved to Bamboula’s on Frenchmen Street. The nerdlesque minifestival is comprised mostly of local troupes, and Altlanta’s Hysteria Machines visits New Orleans for the first time to perform Sexpelliarmus, its Harry Potter-themed burlesque show.

Hysteria Machines is a collective of burlesque dancers, comedians and other performers. It has presented different styles of burlesque dance, but began focusing on nerdlesque in 2012, creating shows based on pop culture and sci-fi, including The Avengers, Gotham and Game of Thrones. It debuted Sexpelliarmus in 2014 at a Harry Potter convention in Atlanta. Company director Persephone Phoenix had developed the show after performing a Ravenclaw-themed act at Atlanta’s fantasy convention Dragon Con.

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Here's the lineup for the 2016 Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 1:25 PM

click image The Weeknd is set to perform at the 2016 Hangout Fest in Alabama. - KAYLA JOHNSON/FLICKR
  • The Weeknd is set to perform at the 2016 Hangout Fest in Alabama.

If you aren't burned out on live music after the 2016 Jazz Fest, here's the lineup for the annual Hangout Music Festival on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Weeknd and Florence + The Machine are among the headliners at the seventh annual three-day festival from May 20-22.

Other headliners and performers include Calvin Harris, Alabama Shakes, Haim, Ellie Goulding, Fetty Wap, Grimes, Jason Isbell, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels, Big Boi and Phantogram's Big Grams, Kurt Vile and many others. Also performing is soul man Leon Bridges, Gulf Coast rapper Pell, Australian rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett and electronic punks HEALTH. Check the full lineup here.

Tickets are $249 and go on sale 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Second Line Weekend: Original Four on Saturday and Women of Class on Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Women of Class 2011 second line
  • Deb Cotton
  • Women of Class 2011 second line

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2015 12-4pm



SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2015 12-4pm

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Review: The Terminator, Uncle Vanya and more at Faux/Real

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 2:33 PM

Sean Richmond is the Terminator in Terminator: The Musical. - BRIAN JARREAU
  • Sean Richmond is the Terminator in Terminator: The Musical.

The Faux/Real Festival of Arts kicked off its slate of shows Nov. 5 and continues through Nov. 22. There are new shows opening each week, and some run for the duration of the festival and some for one night only. Opening weekend highlights included Terminator: The Musical, Uncle Vanya: Quarter Life Crisis and Looking at a Broad. Those shows are reviewed below. Here are some of the shows opening this week.

Terminator: The Musical
A Terminator “can’t be reasoned with,” Kyle Reese yells at police in the franchise’s first film. But in Terminator: The Musical, the time-traveling cyborg assassin can sing and dance. The musical retells the plots of the first two Terminator films, and with offbeat and melodramatic songs and dance numbers, it’s a fast-paced, hilarious show from local writer Breanna Bietz and directors Cammie West and Christopher Bentivegna of See ’Em On Stage.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Second line Sunday: Sudan Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 3:19 PM

Sudan Social Aid and Pleasure Club
  • Kalamu Salaam
  • Sudan Social Aid and Pleasure Club


NOON-4 P.M. SUNDAY, NOV. 8, 2015


Grand Marshall Anthony "Meathead" Hingle

Queen Kazanda "Puene" Millon

Special Guests:

Sons of Jazz Brass Band

TBC Brass Band

Spirit to the Street Social Aid & Pleasure Club

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Orleans Book Festival is canceled

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 11:23 AM


Organizers confirmed the New Orleans Book Festival is canceled due to the threat of bad weather. The outdoor festival (Nov. 6-7) had been scheduled for a Friday night event at the New Orleans Public Library's Latter branch and Saturday events in New Orleans City Park. Events have not been rescheduled.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ozzy Osbourne, Jane's Addiction and giant inflatable pizza surfing at Voodoo

Posted By on Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Ozzy Osbourne performs at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. - BARRY BRECHEISE / LIVE NATION
  • Ozzy Osbourne performs at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

With Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne claimed the title Prince of Darkness — "My name is Lucifer, come take my hand" Ozzy sings in "N.I.B.," though apparently the song is full of empathy for the devil, who falls in love and changes his ways. Osbourne is a great headliner for Halloween at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, and last night's show was his second appearance at Voodoo. But the Osbourne on stage seemed more like your crazy uncle than "Crazy Train" Osbourne, and he seemed to enjoy the show, even when he turned a hose on the audience, while rain was already pouring down on them.

On a day plagued with frequent hard rains, Osbourne and company turned in one of the few sets to go past its allotted time. Terence Blanchard and his E-Collective put up with heavy sound bleed and a hard deluge mid-set. Peaches turned in an abbreviated performance. But fans weathered the rain and mud, and sets by Jane's Addiction and Ozzy on the Altar stage rewarded them for it.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Florence Welch demands sacrifices at Voodoo

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 1:53 PM

Florence Welch performs at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. - PATRICK AINSWORTH / LIVE NATION
  • Florence Welch performs at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

The Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, is scheduled to reign over Voodoo Music + Arts Experience on Halloween, but Friday featured a friendlier face headlining on the Altar stage. Florence Welch of British indie rockers Florence and the Machine was in the Halloween spirit with her face painted white with darkened eyes — which seemed Day of the Dead-ish. Her band members and backup singers also painted their faces. But her magenta power suit with long jacket made her look more like the president of darkness — at least at times, as when she teased the audience about needing "human sacrifices" before singing "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)."

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Jason Isbell, Joy Formidable and Ryan Bingham kick off Voodoo

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 9:33 AM


A windy, overcast day provided a comfortable start to the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Friday. Mostly costumed crowds were still trickling in by 2:30 p.m., when Flow Tribe kicked things off on the Altar stage.

Highlights included singer/-songwriter Jason Isbell on the Flambeau Stage. Switching between electric and acoustic guitar, he played a mix of songs from his recent album Something More Than Free along with older material such as “Decoration Day” from his time with the Drive-By Truckers. For “Decoration Day,” Isbell began solo on stage with only his acoustic guitar, before the rest of his band joined in piece by piece, building Isbell’s lament into something loud, raucous and lovely. “What a beautiful night; what a beautiful place to play music,” said Isbell, who had dressed as Batman. His band, which Isbell referred to as The Alabama Bat Boys, also joined in the fun; everyone wore a Batman costume or a Batman T-shirt and cape. Throughout the set, the supportive crowd cheered for Isbell’s sobriety, which he addressed through song lyrics and personal anecdotes. Towards the end of his set, he thanked Voodoo for “not having us any closer to the EDM stage than we already are.” As it was, Isbell and his Bat Boys held their own, cranking up a big sound to carry their music to eager fans.

Rock trio The Joy Formidable debuted a new song, “Passerby,” which offered the crowd a hint of how the band’s sound has developed, even if it’s not on their untitled new album — due out this time next year. Weaving in bigger harmonies between lead singer Ritzy Bryan and backing vocalist Rhydian Dafydd, and an almost heavy metal guitar riff, the song felt sublime, like staring at something foreboding from a safe distance. “It’s fun playing new songs,” Bryan told the crowd after the band brought the extended jam to an end. It’s been some time since The Joy Formidable has performed in New Orleans, and upon hearing listeners’ enthusiastic responses to their old and new songs, Dafyyd promised the band wouldn’t be away for quite so long. The band will return to play as part of its upcoming tour.

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