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Fest Focus: Lee Konitz

FRIDAY, MAY 5—WWOZ JAZZ TENT, 3:05 P.M. With its ever-growing audience and notoriety, New Orleans’ beloved Jazz Fest has gone through a great deal of musical expansion, for better or […]

Fest Focus: Lake Street Dive

FRIDAY, MAY 5—GENTILLY STAGE, 2:05 P.M. Lake Street Dive has earned quite the following in recent years with a modern take on the old-school pop sounds of the ’50s and […]

Toast Fairgrounds

Festers walking into the Fair Grounds from the Sauvage Entrance have a number of options for grabbing a quick bite, whether that be a slice from Nonna Mia or a […]

Meschiya Lake hits the Spot

What are your favorites here? Definitely the Craw Rangoons [with crawfish, cream cheese and spicy honey], and the Pork Belly Buns. They’re big bao buns—I love saying that—like tiny, soft […]

Leora Pearl Madden at Pearl

“I grew up here but spent seven years in California and got spoiled with great wine bars and retailers, so that’s why I opened Pearl. We just had our four-year […]

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

There’s a real groundswell of change in the city of New Orleans. If, as a Jazz Fest lover, you’ve been here before, you can remember what the Fest was like […]

Margie Perez: Red Beans and Rice, or Rice and Beans?

Margie Perez’s Cuban heritage has her looking perhaps extra forward to listening, playing and eating at Jazz Fest this year.   Vocalist Margie Perez is so well versed in everything […]

Havana Banana: Local pop-up Congreso Cubano serves fried plantains and other Cuban goodies at Jazz Fest

When Orlando Vega moved from Miami to New Orleans five years ago, he wasn’t exactly planning on planting his Cuban roots in the Mississippi mud. But an unfortunate combination of […]

Yum City: Mapping New Orleans neighborhoods one cheap meal at a time

Carrollton/Riverbend Lebanon’s Café 1500 South Carrollton Avenue; Mon-Thur 11a-9:45p, Fri-Sat 11a-10p, Sun 12-9:30p; (504) 862-6200, lebanonscafe.com Hummus with Lamb $13.99 There are nights I wake up with hummus on my […]

Herb Alpert talks back

Herb Alpert, the trumpet-playing leader of the Tijuana Brass and co-founder of the enormously successful A&M Records, makes his New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival debut on May 4. In […]