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Record Year For French Quarter Festival Attendance

A record year–in spades–for this year’s French Quarter Festival: the 31st annual French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron attendance figures, as reported by organizers,  indicate that nearly 733,000 festival-goers enjoyed the music, food, special events and the historic French Quarter. This is over a 30 percent increase  over 2013, when approximately 560,000 fans attended the event, [...]

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Threadhead Thursday Gets You Ready for Jazz Fest

The fifth annual Threadhead Thursday will take place in the Botanical Gardens of City Park on Thursday, April 24, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event is free (with a $10 suggested donation to City Park) and has become an un-official Jazz Fest kick-off party! Food and beverages are available for purchase. The music [...]

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Ninth Annual Online Threadhead Charity Raffle Kicks Off

The ninth annual Threadhead Cultural Foundation Charity Raffle is offering over 165 items up for bid. Proceeds from the raffle, going on now through April 18, are used to fund grants to musicians as well as to support Silence is Violence and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. Jazz Fest show tickets, rare art and posters, [...]

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Hangout Music Festival Releases Full Schedule

The full schedule for all six stages at this year’s Hangout Music Festival has been released. The festival, which takes place on May 16-18 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, will feature a mix of big-name headliners and regional favorites. Blues-rockers The Black Keys will headline Friday night with their only US festival of 2014, and The [...]

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Solomon Northrup’s Descendents to Attend 12 Years a Slave Chamber Concert at Loyola

Descendants of Solomon Northup, the man portrayed in the Oscar-winning movie “12 Years a Slave,” will gather at a free Loyola University New Orleans Chamber Orchestra concert Saturday, April 12 to commemorate the former slave’s powerful story and the many who worked to preserve it. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Roussel Hall, [...]

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WWOZ Honors Ellis Marsalis at Piano Night

The 2014 WWOZ Piano Night fundraiser will feature five hours of uninterrupted musical performances by Ellis Marsalis and other musical greats. This year’s event, which will take place on Monday, April 28, will feature some of the city’s top piano players on three separate stages at the House of Blues on Decatur Street. The 26th [...]

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Timecode:NOLA Film Festival Returns to French Quarter Fest

After a popular inaugural year in 2013, Timecode:NOLA will offer an expanded Film Festival at the 2014 French Quarter Festival featuring films about some of the region’s most memorable characters. This year’s Film Festival will take place at Le Petit Théâtre on April 12-13 and is free and open to the public. Timecode:NOLA, a New [...]

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Harold Battiste Named a “Jazz Hero” by Jazz Journalists

New Orleans jazz music icon Harold Battiste was named a “Jazz Hero” by the Jazz Journalists Association on April 1. Battiste received the honor along with 23 other activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz from across the United States. The Jazz Journalists Association, in collaboration with grassroots supporters in 21 U.S. cities and [...]

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Dat Dog Opens on Frenchmen Street

Dat Dog has opened its third New Orleans location at 601 Frenchmen Street. The beloved New Orleans restaurant will serve its signature sausages, wieners, fries and toppings at lunch and dinner. Dat Dog’s Frenchmen Street location incorporates the same menu, happy color scheme and whimsical environment as the Freret and Magazine stores, but also includes [...]

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Third Annual SlutWalk Takes to the Streets on April 5

Inspired by the original SlutWalk held in Toronto on April 3, 2011 and by the wave of SlutWalk events that has enveloped the world, the women of New Orleans will hold the third annual march on Saturday, April 5, 2014. SlutWalk was born as a protest from women who have long tired of the “blame [...]

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