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Friday, May 26, 2017

New Orleans Oyster Festival is June 3-4

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 10:27 AM

Sonya Thomas won the oyster-eating contest at the New Orleans Oyster Festival. - COURTESY NEW ORLEANS OYSTER FESTIVAL
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  • Sonya Thomas won the oyster-eating contest at the New Orleans Oyster Festival.

The New Orleans Oyster Festival returns to Woldenberg Park on the riverfront, and more than 20 local restaurants will serve dishes highlighting Louisiana oysters.

The festival, which debuted in 2010, aims to educate festival patrons about the benefits of Louisiana Gulf oysters and raise funds for coastal restoration efforts.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Preview of works by Prospect.4 artists

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 3:04 PM

White Rain, 2017, by Genevieve Gaignard. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND SHULAMIT NAZARIAN, LOS ANGELES
  • Courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
  • White Rain, 2017, by Genevieve Gaignard.

Prospect.4 Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker announced the names of the 73 artists selected for the exhibition opening Nov. 18 and running through Feb. 25, 2018. There's work by artists from around the globe, as well as some collages by Louis Armstrong. Yoko Ono also has work in the show. Works and installations will be on view at 17 museums, galleries, venues and public spaces around new Orleans.


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Prospect.4 artists announced, Trevor Schoonmaker previews expo

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker previews Prospect.4 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. - PHOTO BY J CALDWELL
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  • Artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker previews Prospect.4 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Prospect.4, the fourth installment of the international contemporary art expo founded by Dan Cameron, opens Nov. 18 and runs through Feb. 25, 2018. Trevor Schoonmaker, the head curator at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art is the artistic director of Prospect.4. He released the names of 73 artists selected for the triennial and previewed the expo in remarks at the Ogden Museum for Southern Art Tuesday.

Schoonmaker titled the expo "The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp," a phrase he says was inspired by jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp, who said jazz is the lotus in spite of the swamp. "The title is the metaphor of the lotus flower," Schoonmaker says. "That is a beautiful flower that rises through the swamp. It's about the ability to rise above one's circumstances. ... Art brings the invisible to light."

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Monday, May 15, 2017

NOLA Caribbean Festival is June 24-25

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 11:43 AM

PHOTO COURTESY NOLA CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL
  • PHOTO COURTESY NOLA CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL

The NOLA Caribbean Festival is June 24-25 at Central City BBQ. The lineup includes bands and DJs from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, Honduras and the U.S., including Etana, I-Majesty, T-Rock, Alexey Marti, Yard Squad Band, Merengue 4 and others.

There will be food from local restaurants and food trucks, a kids' area, a salsa dancing tent, African drumming lessons and a Dancehall Queen competition. The festival is open from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, June 24 and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Admission is $10.

This is the fourth annual Caribbean festival. Its organizers also created the NOLA Jerk Chicken Festival.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Y@ Speak: taking them down, part 2

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 6:30 PM


Presenting your week bookended by demonstrations at Confederate monuments, with room for a music festival in between:

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Kings of Leon, Galactic and Bill Summers at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 5:24 PM

Sarah Quintana performs at the Lagniappe Stage at Jazz Fest.
  • Sarah Quintana performs at the Lagniappe Stage at Jazz Fest.

The Meters, Galactic, Kings of Leon, Sarah Quintana and a host of other performers delivered great send-offs on the final day of Jazz Fest.

Galactic brought the heat early in the day at the Acura Stage with a fiery “Hey Na Na” from its 2012 album Carnivale Electricos, with vocalist Erica Falls delivering the soul-stirring chants from the song title, part of the funk band’s reinterpretations of the city’s musical Mardi Gras canon. Trumpeter Shamarr Allen took the mic to flow on a cover of old-school hip-hop duo Eric B and Rahkim’s “Paid in Full,” setting off a high-energy set proving Galactic’s power to keep fans guessing and bodies moving.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sun, May 7, 2017 at 10:41 PM

Gregg Stafford and his Young Tuxedo Brass Band perform in the Economy Hall Tent.
  • Gregg Stafford and his Young Tuxedo Brass Band perform in the Economy Hall Tent.

Following a Saturday featuring headliners Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and Meghan Trainor, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival had plenty of notable jazz sets on Sunday's schedule.

It didn't get more traditional than the start of trumpeter Gregg Stafford's Young Tuxedo Brass Band's set in the Economy Hall Tent. The band members looked sharp in traditional captain's hats, white shirts and ties. It kicked off the set with "Bugle Boy March," and the Lady Jetsetters Marching club led a second-line parade from the first notes. The band followed with "Paul Barbarin's Second Line," and fans with umbrellas kept circulating in the aisles.

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Jazz Fest 2017: Photos from Saturday, May 6

Posted By on Sun, May 7, 2017 at 9:23 AM

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Snoop Dogg, Grammy Award-winning Meghan Trainor, 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Award-winner Tank and the Bangas and many others were the beneficiaries of the beautiful, sunny and warm weather that finally reached the 2017 Jazz Fest on Saturday, May 6.


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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sat, May 6, 2017 at 10:40 PM

Bo Dollis Jr. leads the Wild Magnolias at the Jazz & Heritage Stage.
  • Bo Dollis Jr. leads the Wild Magnolias at the Jazz & Heritage Stage.

Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg and Meghan Trainor drew big crowds to Jazz Fest's largest stages for the final sets Saturday, but there were highlights across the festival's 13 stages.

The Blues Tent hosted a tribute to Buckwheat Zydeco, aka Stanley Dural, who died in September 2016. He was the first zydeco artist signed to a major record label, and he recorded and toured prolifically. The set was led by his son Sir Reginald Dural, who now leads his father's longtime band, Il Sont Partis, which features guitarist Lil Buck Sinegal, formerly a member of Clifton Chenier's band. The set also featured an all-star lineup of guest accordion players, including C.J. Chenier, Nathan Williams and Corey Ledet.

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