It wasn't so long ago that New Orleans was regarded as an above-ground graveyard for pop and rock bands, who too often fizzled before finding an audience or caught the Louis Armstrong train out of town in search of greener pastures. Today, in a trend that mimics the startup businesses cropping up like new spring growth on every corner, it's an incubator. Organizational efforts in the inherently aloof realm of independent music may seem a Sisyphean enterprise, yet the New Orleans Indie Rock (NOIR) Collective has managed to make two new-music showcases into annual events: Foburg, a Frenchmen Street takeover that debuted in March with more than 80 native and visiting artists on the rise, and NOIR Fest, which focuses on a few nascent area bands lined up on the runway.
This fourth iteration spotlights eight acts over three days, with Shreveport glam-dance transplants Jean-Eric (pictured) and Lafayette Givers-spawn Royal Teeth opening the ceremonies at Saturn Bar on Thursday; local rockers Sun Hotel, Vox and the Hound and Smiley With a Knife playing Blue Nile on Friday; and next-wave pop toddlers Empress Hotel, King Rey and Big History anchoring the relay at One Eyed Jacks on Saturday. Opening and closing parties at the Saint (on Wednesday and Saturday) bookend the bookings. Tickets $7 nightly, $11 weekend pass. — Noah Bonaparte Pais[image-1]
NOIR Fest IV
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 11-13