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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Louisiana musician Buckwheat Zydeco dies at 68

Posted By on Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Buckwheat Zydeco. - DRAGON TASLC
  • DRAGON TASLC
  • Buckwheat Zydeco.
Louisiana musician Buckwheat Zydeco died early this morning at the age of 68, according to his longtime manager Ted Fox. Zydeco, aka Stanley Dural Jr., had been suffering from lung cancer and unable to perform for most of 2016. Recently his Carencro home had been damaged in the August floods, according to Fox.

"Buck made everything and everyone he touched better and happier," Fox wrote on Dural's Facebook page. "RIP my dear friend, my brother."

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Second line Sunday: YMO Jr. 132nd Annual Parade

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 3:22 PM

YMO Jr. 132nd parade route
  • YMO Jr. 132nd parade route

YOUNG MEN OLYMPIAN JR. BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, INC. 132ND ANNUAL PARADE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 1-5pm


Dedicated to the Memory of Bros. Elroy Stroughter and Howard Turner, Sr.

(route details below the jump!)

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Ariana Grande coming to Smoothie King Center April 11, 2017

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Ariana Grande. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Ariana Grande.

Pop star Ariana Grande, who came to the Smoothie King Center in 2015 on her "Honeymoon Tour," will return to New Orleans and the SKC next year with the "Dangerous Woman Tour." 

Presale tickets will be available Sept. 20, and tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday Sept. 24. 

Here's a preview of what to expect from the "Dangerous Woman Tour," and a video of Ariana licking a donut (as one does). Blue Dot and District: take appropriate security precautions.



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Friday, September 16, 2016

Second line Sunday: Goodfellas and The Wild Bunch

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM

Goodfellas Social Aid and Pleasure Club
  • Conrad 'Sam the Picture Man' Wyre
  • Goodfellas Social Aid and Pleasure Club
GOODFELLAS SOCIAL & PLEASURE CLUB ANNUAL SECOND LINE

1 p.m.-5 p.m. SUNDAY, SEPT. 18, 2016

(route details below the jump!)

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Voodoo releases 2016 day-by-day lineup

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Arcade Fire performs at the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Oct. 28-30. - ERIC KAYNE
  • ERIC KAYNE
  • Arcade Fire performs at the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Oct. 28-30.

Arcade Fire, The Chainsmokers and Band of Horses will close out the 2016 Voodoo Experience on Oct. 30, the last day of the 16th annual Halloween weekend event in City Park.

The Weeknd, G-Eazy and Kevin Gates headline Friday, Oct. 28, and Tool, Cage the Elephant and Die Antwoord headline Saturday, Oct. 29.

The festival unveiled its day-by-day lineup today — see it below. Single-day tickets are $70, three- day general admission is $155, and and three-day VIP Loa tickets are $450.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wynton Marsalis to receive National Humanities Medal

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 4:54 PM

Wynton Marsalis will receive a medal next week from the National Endowment for the Humanities. - CLAY MCBRIDE
  • CLAY MCBRIDE
  • Wynton Marsalis will receive a medal next week from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Add another award to the portfolio of Wynton Marsalis: the New Orleans trumpeter and composer will be awarded a National Humanities Medal next week in a White House ceremony hosted by President Barack Obama.

While Marsalis won't be at the ceremony — he's playing a concert at New York's Rose Theater that night —  it's an accolade he can add to his 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Music and several Grammy Awards. Marsalis is currently the director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York.

Eleven other people will receive the medal that night, and the event will be livestreamed on the White House website

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The Circle Bar's building has been sold

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Circle Bar opened in 1999 in one of the oldest buildings at Lee Circle.
  • Circle Bar opened in 1999 in one of the oldest buildings at Lee Circle.

The Lee Circle building that houses the long-running dive bar and music venue Circle Bar has been sold. But bar owner Dave Clements says it's not going anywhere just yet.  "We’ll be there for the next five to seven years" remaining on the bar's lease, Clements told Gambit.

Oil and gas executive and philanthropist Phyllis M. Taylor bought the building at 1032 St. Charles Ave. for $1.6 million, according to real estate transfers acquired by The Lens. Taylor's purchasing entity 1032 St. Charles Ave. LLC was registered with the Louisiana Secretary of State in June.

Clements said he had 10 days in which to match the $1.6 million offer. "I was a little panicked ... but she couldn't have been nicer," he said. "So far she’s indicated she’ll honor the remaining years of the lease ... As far as that, no future plans."

Taylor is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Taylor Energy Company and President of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, among several charitable organizations and community groups with which she works. She also is a former board chair at the Greater New Orleans Foundation — at 1055 St. Charles Ave., across the street from the bar. The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation's address also is at Lee Circle. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art also maintains the Patrick F. Taylor Library, also near Lee Circle, and Taylor owns the open lot next door to the bar.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Esperanza Spalding opens Faux/Real festival Nov. 3

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 1:53 PM

Esperanza Spalding performs in New Orleans Nov. 3. - JOHANN SAUTY
  • JOHANN SAUTY
  • Esperanza Spalding performs in New Orleans Nov. 3.

Esperanza Spalding
will perform at the Orpheum Theater Nov. 3 to open the Faux/Real Festival of Arts. Spalding is touring following the March release of Emily's D+Evolution, and in the show, the jazz bassist roves through musical genres and adds theatricality. 

Faux/Real director Ben Mintz notes that the festival is evolving. It's still focused on elements of theater and performance art, and Spalding's piece is more than a concert, he notes. The festival is condensing its schedule from three weeks to 10 days (Nov. 3-13), and there will be 30 events, including theater, magic and culinary events. The full schedule will be released this week, Mintz says.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Second line Sunday: YMO Jr. 132nd Anniversary Parade

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 4:02 PM

YMO Jr. Anniversary Parade
  • Kim Welsh
  • YMO Jr. Anniversary Parade

YOUNG MEN OLYMPIAN JR. BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION 132th ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY PARADE

1 p.m.-3 p.m. SUNDAY, SEPT. 11, 2016

Dedicated to the memory of Bro. Howard Turner Sr. and Bro. Elroy Stroughter


(Note: This is the club's two-hour anniversary parade — no stops. The Young Men Olympian Jr.'s big, multi-division parade is Sunday, Sept. 25.)

Route details below...

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The playlist: Where Y'acht's end of summer endless summer

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Where Y'acht. - JOSH BRASTED
  • JOSH BRASTED
  • Where Y'acht.

New Orleans is home to the "greatest yacht rock band in the world," a band with such exceptional, specific and detailed knowledge of absolute cheese that it's able to perfectly perform every single note of it. Helping us say bon voyage to the summer, Where Y'acht shares 10 songs to pleat your white khakis to, just one last time. The band closes out the season at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at One Eyed Jacks.

"We put together a playlist of smooth tunes that capture the essence of summer," says Andy Plovnick, "the mix of nostalgia and anticipation that sets in vacations wind down, children return to school, and a new football season begins."

Below, drummer and yacht rock encyclopedist Eric Rogers with the song-by-song breakdown. The band recommends you do not shuffle this playlist.

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