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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Satchmo SummerFest reveals 2017 lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Nicholas Payton performs at the 2017 Satchmo SummerFest. - COURTESY NICHOLAS PAYTON
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  • Nicholas Payton performs at the 2017 Satchmo SummerFest.

The 17th annual Satchmo SummerFest returns Aug. 4-6 with three stages of music and a large lineup of New Orleans jazz artists and brass bands, all performing in honor of festival namesake Louis Armstrong.

Nicholas Payton makes his Satchmo debut this year, along with Stephanie Jordan, Quiana Lynell, David L. Harris, Pinstripe Brass Band and Ashlin Parker and Trumpet Mafia.

After hosting the festival in Jackson Square last year, the 17th annual event returns to the Old U.S. Mint, with a stage and dance area on the museum's second floor and two stage tents outside the museum. There also are Armstrong- and jazz-centric panel discussions and screenings, a kids' activities area ("Pop's Playhouse"), and a jazz mass and second line beginning in Treme. Check the schedule here.

Admission is $5 daily, free to children under 12. Admission includes access to the

Check the full music lineup below.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Vans Warped Tour show canceled

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 6:22 PM

GWAR was scheduled to perform at the Vans Warped Tour show in Metairie.
  • GWAR was scheduled to perform at the Vans Warped Tour show in Metairie.

The Vans Warped Tour was scheduled to bring CKY, Municipal Waste, T.S.O.L., Save Ferris, Hatebreed, Streetlight Manifesto, Street Dogs, GWAR and other punk, metal and hardcore rock bands to the Shrine on Airline in Metairie on June 28. The show has been cancelled. No explanation for the cancellation was offered by promoters.

The Outlaw Music Festival also just cancelled its tour date in Metairie at the Shrine on Airline.

Vans Warped Tour ticket buyers can exchange their tickets for Vans Warped Tour shows in other towns or get a refund.

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World Naked Bike Ride (New Orleans edition) rolls June 10

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 4:18 PM

Riders leave Markey Park during the 2014 World Naked Bike Ride. - ROBERT JENNINGS/YOUTUBE
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  • Riders leave Markey Park during the 2014 World Naked Bike Ride.

The ninth annual World Naked Bike Ride ("bare as you dare") pedals out of Mickey Markey Park in the Bywater this Saturday, June 10, at 4 p.m. The group plans to roll through the Bywater, Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter, then back to Markey Park.

According to the organizers' website, 70 cities in 20 countries will be participating in the skinful fun this year.

An after-party will be held at Castillo Blanco starting at 7 p.m. No word on dress code or lack thereof.
The route for Saturday's World Naked Bike Ride. - FACEBOOK
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  • The route for Saturday's World Naked Bike Ride.
Location Details Mickey Markey Park
700 Piety St
Bywater
New Orleans, Louisiana
Location Details Castillo Blanco
4321 St. Claude Ave.
Bywater
New Orleans, LA
(504) 301-8201
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Voodoo Fest announces 2017 lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 12:02 PM

Foo Fighters - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, DJ Snake and LCD Soundsystem are headliners at the 2017 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at New Orleans City Park the weekend before Halloween.

Dozens of other bands have signed on play during the three-day festival Oct. 27-29, including Galantis, Dillon Francis, Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Kehlani, Post Malone, Miguel, RL Grime, Prophets of Rage, Cold War Kids, Yellow Claw, Crystal Castles, Superduperkyle and the Afghan Whigs.

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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
  • PHOTO BY J CALDWELL
  • 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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