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Jon Batiste and Stay Human On The Colbert Report July 29

Virtuoso piano player Jon Batiste is having a string of good luck with his band Stay Human. Following recent performances at Bonnaroo, Bottlerock, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and having just wrapped up their international tour, the band will be featured on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report on Tuesday, July 29, at [...]

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Whitney White Linen Night 2014 Hits The Arts District August 2

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the annual Whitney White Linen Night will once again take over the Warehouse Arts District on Saturday, August 2. Art galleries up and down Julia Street (200-600 blocks) and throughout the district will open their doors to the public from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Contemporary Arts Center will also [...]

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Congo Square Preservation Society Hosts Musical Celebration August 9-10

Drums and music will take over Louis Armstrong Park and the historic Carver Theater as the Congo Square Preservation Society launches two days of celebrations and a community membership drive on Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10. On August 9, the Carver Theater will host festivities that include music performances, as well as the [...]

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Abita Springs Opry Series Back At The French Market In August

Get ready for some lively Saturday afternoons this August, as the Abita Springs Opry series returns to the French Market. Every Saturday will feature two shows, from 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. Held six times a year since 2002, the Abita Springs Opry series is aimed at presenting the best of Louisiana’s acoustic “roots” music. The music [...]

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Music Man Jim Russell Dies

Jim Russell, whose eponymous record store on lower Magazine Street attracted–and still attracts–generations of music lovers, passed away on Sunday July 20. He had suffered a massive stroke on July 5, and had been in hospice, said his daughter-in-law Denise. Mr. Russell was 94. Russell, an incredibly intelligent and canny businessman whose life was immersed [...]

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9th Ward Opera Company Returns to the Marigny Opera House July 24-27

Following last year’s acclaimed presentations of Gershwin’s “Blue Note” and local Dan Shore’s “An Embarrassing Position,” the 9th Ward Opera Company comes back to life this summer with nightly shows from Thursday, July 24, to Sunday, July 27, at the Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand Street. Doors will open at 7:30p.m. and performances start at [...]

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Photos: 2014 Sounds of New Orleans Benefit Concert

Some of the best musicians New Orleans has to offer got together on Saturday, July 19 for the 2014 Sounds of New Orleans Benefit Concert. The night of music at the Mahalia Jackson Theater helped raise money for the St. Jude Community Center, which provides food and other services to the homeless population of New [...]

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Lionel Ferbos Passes

Just two days after celebrating his 103rd birthday, veteran Lionel Ferbos, the city’s oldest practicing musician, passed away at his New Orleans home on Saturday July 19 of natural causes. Mr. Ferbos attended his birthday party on Thursday, but reportedly was very ill at the party and appeared frail. Ferbos played regularly at gigs all [...]

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Comedian Dave Hill at One Eyed Jacks July 23

Comedian and musician Dave Hill will be performing One Eyed Jacks on Wednesday, July 23. Doors will open at 8 p.m. for a great night of humour that will also include Fayard Lindsey. Originally from Cleveland, Dave Hill is a multi-faceted artist known for his talents as a writer, musician and actor. Having appeared regularly [...]

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25th New Orleans International Piano Competition Returns July 20-27

The New Orleans International Piano Competition will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall with a week of programs from Sunday, July 20, to Sunday, July 27. Once again, the competition will provide many opportunities to discover the world’s finest piano talents, with 152 pianists coming over from 26 different countries. [...]

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