Events & Festivals

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Canadian turntablist Kid Koala's link to Preservation Hall

Posted By on Sun, Apr 9, 2017 at 12:20 PM

A page recording Kid Koala's performance at Preservation Hall from his online scrapbook. - KIDKOALA.COM
  • A page recording Kid Koala's performance at Preservation Hall from his online scrapbook.

"People always ask me what was my most memorable show," says Canadian turntablist Kid Koala, aka Eric San. "'Oh, it has to be at Madison Square Garden with Radiohead!' And I am like, 'Yeah. that was great,' but actually, it was when I was at Preservation Hall."

Eric San brings his multi-media graphic novel-turned live movie Nufonia Must Fall to the CAC this week. His fans may know that his version of "Basin Street Blues" is the first tune on his second album, Some of My Best Friends are DJs. Less well known is that he's a big fan of Preservation Hall and has performed and recorded there. He may record with Preservation Hall musicians during his visit this week, as part of his forthcoming graphic novel, Storyville Mosquito, about a country mosquito who moves to the city to play clarinet in a jazz band.

San discussed Nufonia with Gambit. He also shared the story of his pilgrimage to Preservation Hall.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Second line Sunday: Downtown Super Sunday and New Orleans Bayou Steppers

Posted By on Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 11:03 AM





(route info for both parades both)

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Supagroup to headline Chaz Fest 2017

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 3:30 PM

  • Supagroup

Bywater music festival Chaz Fest will return in 2017 for its 11th almost-annual event, despite a cancelation scare last year. New Orleans rock 'n' roll band Supagroup — which played its first show in more than four years last December — is scheduled to headline. The day-long festival returns noon-10 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 (between Jazz Fest weekends, as per tradition).

Other performers include festival namesake Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Valparaiso Men's Chorus, Shotgun Jazz Band, Lyrical Cock and Kuwaisiana. More artists and a schedule and food vendors will be announced at a later date. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jazz Fest releases the cubes

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform Sunday, April 30 at Jazz Fest. - MARY ELLEN MATTHEWS
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform Sunday, April 30 at Jazz Fest.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival released the cubes, or daily schedules, for its 2017 event. Headliners include Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Usher and The Roots, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Kings of Leon, Widespread Panic, Alabama Shakes and many others.

Included in the announcement is the lineup of Cuban bands slated to perform in the Cultural Exchange Pavilion, located on the infield between the Congo Square Stage and Food 2 area. The stage has a full lineup of five to six bands every day. Cuban bands also will perform on other stages, and headliners include Gente de Zona, Chucho Valdes and Los Van Van. There also will be Cuban food, crafts and art.

The Festival runs April 28-30 and May 4-7 at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots. Single day tickets are $70 in advance or $80 at the gate. Ticket information is here.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jazz Fest cubes and full schedule to be announced March 28

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:01 PM

Stevie Wonder performs at Jazz Fest. - SCOTT SALTZMAN
  • Stevie Wonder performs at Jazz Fest.
The cubes! The cubes!

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced today that the fest's full schedule — aka "the cubes" — would be released March 28,

That should give Festheads plenty of time to plot their schedules in order to see (or avoid) Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, and the rest of the headliners, as well as local acts, book signings, musical discussions and, of course, crawfish bread runs.
Location Details Fair Grounds Race Course
Fair Grounds Race Course
1751 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA
(504) 948-1285
Wedding, Party & Reception Venues

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Tough talk with 2tender4house, a new New Orleans independent poetry festival

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house
  • Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house

A new independent poetry festival will take place across town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 24-26. 2tender4house (or just "fest," as its founders refer to it) is a collaboration between two poetry ventures, the online journal tenderness, yea and the publisher/journal 2fast4house. I spoke with some of the festival's organizers about the festival, its components, and its underlying aims, which are to showcase local queer, trans, and POC poets and to foster a more inclusive New Orleans poetry community.

Gambit: Hi! Can you introduce yourselves to the readers?

ZOË BLAIR-SCHLAGENHAUF: I'm an artist and designer in New Orleans and the cofounder of tenderness, yea.

I'm a trans poet and Cajun native of Louisiana.

I'm also a confounder of tenderness, yea, and still alive somehow.

I cofounded 2Fast2House and just moved to New Orleans like two weeks ago.

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Gambit TV: Entertainment picks March 24-26

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Music critic and tacoficionado Noah Bonaparte Pais makes a stop at WWL-TV to share weekend picks: another exciting series at the Music Box Village, a new documentary about house ball culture and more.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Inaugural Disability Pride Festival March 25 is for and by people with disabilities

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 11:41 AM


New Orleans often has lagged behind other cities when it comes to anticipating and accommodating the needs of people with disabilities. In more recent incidents, bus stops failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a renovation to New Orleans Public Library's Nix branch overlooked a ramp for for people who use wheelchairs.

But a new festival has the potential to shine a greater light on people with disabilities, who make up as much as 19 percent of the American population. At Saturday's all-ages Disability Pride Festival, people with disabilities, their friends, families and allies will gather for New Orleans' first celebration of disability pride — a key aspect of the growing disability rights movement.

The festival is divided into two parts. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Advocacy Center of Louisiana (8325 Oak St.), there's a resource fair featuring food, art and social service vendors. Afternoon entertainment follows and includes performances from Irwin Royes (the "world's smallest magician") and an exhibition game from the Rollin' Pelicans wheelchair basketball team. Events are designed to help community members connect and encourage conversations about what it means to be a person with disabilities.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Y@ Speak: driving out the snakes

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM

If someone didn't crawl through your bedroom window and ask to use the bathroom or pass out in front of your door wearing a green plastic hat, did St. Patrick's Day even really happen? After five million years of frat-level-wasted tourist amateur hour, we get to everyone's favorite time of year: caterpillar season. But first, let's look back at a week of some local internet stuff:

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Second Line Sunday and Uptown Super Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 8:53 PM

Uptown Super Sunday, St. Joseph’s Night


Single Men SAPC Second Line Parade

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This Sunday is the second of five annual events featuring Mardi Gras Indians that happen each year in New Orleans: Mardi Gras Day, Super Sunday Uptown, St. Joseph’s Night, Super Sunday Downtown and Super Sunday Westbank. On Sunday, March 19, Black Mardi Gras Indians from all parts of New Orleans will come together along with the city’s top brass bands and several social aid and pleasure clubs in an incredible show of unity and artistry to be followed by a festival full of live music, food, children's activities, and more.

Coincidentally, Uptown Super Sunday falls on St. Joseph’s Day this year. Sunday night around sunset, Indians from both Uptown and Downtown tribes will return to the streets dressed in their finery to roam their neighborhood followed by admiring fans and followers. They can usually be spotted at Second and Dryades streets uptown and around St. Bernard Ave. and N. Claiborne Ave. downtown. Westbank Super Sunday and Downtown Super Sunday will follow in the coming months this Spring, dates to be announced as they are made available.

And finally, the Single Men’s Social Aid and Pleasure Club are having their annual parade Uptown Sunday as well, rolling in the general vicinity as the Indians around Central City. The Stooges Brass Band will be providing music for this four hour second line happening 2p.m.-6 p.m.

Routes and other details for Super Sunday and the Single Men’s second line listed below:

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