Events & Festivals

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fourth of July roundup: 12 patriotic outings in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Fireworks launched from dueling barges over New Orleans' riverfront are a Fourth of July tradition. - GULF COAST AIR PHOTO
  • Fireworks launched from dueling barges over New Orleans' riverfront are a Fourth of July tradition.

Updated to include additional events.

Ah, the Fourth of July: hot dogs, American flags and the thrill of a potential fireworks-related ER visit. Though the big show over the weekend is always Essence Fest  —  we love you, Mariah  —  there are plenty of other events on the calendar.

Here are four straight nights of fireworks and fests to enjoy during your long weekend (July 1-July 4):

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Second line Sunday: Uptown Swingers

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 4:52 PM




3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. SUNDAY, JUNE 26

Theme: You Can't Brag on Nothing You Don't Make

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Satchmo SummerFest moves to Jackson Square for 16th annual fest in August

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Big Sam's Funky Nation. - ADAM MCCULLOUGH
  • Adam McCullough
  • Big Sam's Funky Nation.

For its 16th annual event, Satchmo SummerFest — held in August to celebrate its namesake's birthday with jazz, brass and funk bands — will move to Jackson Square from its previous home at the Old U.S. Mint.

The lineup for the Aug. 5-7 festival includes the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Kermit Ruffins, Brass-A-Holics, Catherine Russell, Yoshio Toyama & the Dixie Saints, Jeremy Davenport and a tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring James Andrews, among others. The full lineup is here.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

NOLA Caribbean Festival is June 25

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 4:53 PM


The third annual NOLA Caribbean Festival is June 25 at Roux Carre. The music lineup features Cuban percussionist Alexey Marti & Urban Minds, DJ Megatron from Jamaica as well as local groups such as the Hot 8 Brass Band. Roux Carre food vendors include Johnny’s Jamaican Grill, The Pupusa Lady and The Splendid Pig.

The festival highlights cultural, musical and linguistic ties between New Orleans and the Caribbean.

“We want to highlight New Orleans as the Caribbean’s northern-most city,” says festival organizer Joel Hitchcock. “There is a strong cultural link between the two."

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New Orleans benefit concert for Orlando set for June 24

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

click image TONY WEBSTER
On June 24, New Orleans musicians and drag performers band together for an all-ages event benefiting victims and families of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people and injured 53 others.

NOLA Beats for Orlando is 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, June 24 at The Sugar Mill (1021 Convention Center Blvd.) and features music from the Stooges Brass Band,  Tarriona "Tank" Ball of Tank & the Bangas, OTRA, Mia Borders, Khris Royal, Robin Barnes and Arsene DeLay & the Bayou Saints.

There also will be drag performances, food trucks and a blood drive to support New Orleans blood banks. The Voice's Tonya Boyd-Cannon will sing during a balloon release. Southern Decadence Grand Marshals Tony Leggio, Felicia Phillips, Derek Penton-Robicheaux and Jeffrey Palmquist also will appear.

All proceeds benefit the OneOrlando Fund for victims and families of the June 12 shooting, the deadliest attack on LGBT people in the U.S. Suggested donation for admission is $5.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Y@ Speak: New Orleans Pride

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 5:30 PM

While Congress is busy putting its thoughts and prayers to work, New Orleans celebrates Pride. Also: the short-term rental debate: Chapter 8,000, and the state Legislature melts into a terrible candle.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Second line Sunday: Perfect Gentlemen Father's Day parade

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 3:25 PM

Perfect Gentlemen SAPC

  • Perfect Gentlemen SAPC


2 P.M.-6 P.M. SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2016
"Old School Style and New School Touch"
featuring Da Truth Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band and TBC Brass Band

(route details below the jump!)

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Interview: Snake Oil Fest performers talk about the world of the sideshow

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Fest performer Arty Dodger strikes a pose.
  • Fest performer Arty Dodger strikes a pose.

In rock clubs, at festivals and on few-and-far-between carnival midways, sideshow performers are returning to the spotlight. They’re sucking down fire, hanging from hooks like devotees of some high-tech yogic sleeping practice, and reviving classic arts as they juggle Champagne bottles. These feats of physical and mental endurance shock, horrify and and amaze  —  but most of all, they entertain.

In advance of this month’s Snake Oil Festival, Gambit spoke with sideshow performers and a sideshow historian about the festival and the state of the art.

Arty Dodger, gentleman juggler

Apparently, tossing a few balls in the air and catching them isn’t enough to call yourself a juggler. Arty Dodger informs me that among those who know, you’re not legit until you can do five throws and catches of five objects at a time. But Dodger (who prefers to use his stage name) practices a more difficult, obscure style of juggling called “gentleman juggling,” in which everyday household objects —  a hat, a cane  —  become airborne as props in his act.

Dodger, 30, has been juggling since he was nine. He got his first professional gig in his 20s and now regularly performs at sideshow festivals across the South. In his act, he performs balance stunts (pictured) or juggles objects as obscure and/or dangerous as Tasers and his personal favorite, Champagne bottles. (He clarifies: “Empty. You don’t want to waste good alcohol.”)

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Voodoo 2016 lineup announced: Arcade Fire, Tool and The Weeknd headline

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 6:00 AM

Arcade Fire performs at the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Oct. 28-30. - ERIC KAYNE
  • Arcade Fire performs at the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Oct. 28-30.
Arcade Fire, Tool and The Weeknd will headline the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, the 18th annual edition of the Halloween weekend festival at City Park.

Also on the bill for this year's festival are G-Eazy, Band Of Horses, Kevin Gates, Die Antwoord,  Foals, Porter Robinson, Sean Lennon and Les Claypool’s The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, DJ Mustard, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Shakey Graves, Wild Belle and many others. There are more than 65 acts on City Park's four stages.

Voodoo 2016 is Oct. 28-30. Three-day general admission tickets are $140 and three-day LOA VIP tickets are $400, on sale at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday, June 7) via Voodoo's website.

Voodoo organizers canceled its third and final day in 2015 after nonstop rain overwhelmed City Park's Festival Grounds, which had turned into a mud pit. This year brings a few familiar artists back to the city — including headliners and part-time residents Arcade Fire, and Tool, which performed earlier this year at the Smoothie King Center (singer Maynard James Keenan also is performing at Voodoo with his Puscifer). Anderson .Paak performed at the Buku Music + Art Project in March following his excellent second LP Malibu, and Wild Belle performed a sold-out show at Gasa Gasa last month. Voodoo alums Die Antwoord, soon to release the mixtape Suck on This, are back this year, and Loyola grad G-Eazy returns to the city with a top-billed festival slot.

The full lineup is below the jump.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Fried Chicken Festival added to the New Orleans fest schedule

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 4:30 PM

  • Fried chicken.
With oysters, po-boys and Creole tomatoes having their own festivals, there was one iconic Southern delicacy that hadn’t made the list until now: fried chicken.

The inaugural Fried Chicken Festival is set to take place on Sept. 25 in Lafayette Square in the CBD.

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