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Louisiana Music Factory, Record Store Day, OffBeat Magazine

Get Ready for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 19

Record stores across New Orleans are gearing up for Record Store Day with live music and special deals on vinyl records on April 19, 2014. Analisa Cisneros at the Louisiana Music Factory said Record Store Day always attracts a wide variety of serious music lovers. “It’s kind of like their holiday, their Christmas,” she said. [...]

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Freaksheaux to Geaux, AllWays Lounge

Freaksheaux to Geaux 3rd Resurrect-Aversary at the AllWays Lounge

Get sacrilegious on Good Friday with vaudeville sideshow Freaksheaux to Geaux. The macabre troupe of performers is celebrating its third annual Resurrect-Aversary at 10 p.m. on April 18th at the AllWays Lounge. Complete with burlesque, acrobatics and rapturous hellfire, Freaksheaux’s third Resurrect-Aversary is a shamelessly fun way to start off Easter weekend. Freaksheaux to Geaux [...]

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John Gros, Alex McMurray, photo, Stephen Maloney, OffBeat Magazine

John Gros and Gristle Candy Bring Something New to d.b.a.

Although it has a somewhat unusual name, when the new roots rock band Gristle Candy takes the stage at d.b.a. on Friday, April 18, the audience will see a lot of familiar faces. The band, led by John “Papa” Gros of Papa Grows Funk fame and featuring Alex McMurray of the Tin Men, Jake Eckert [...]

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Umphrey's McGee, Civic Theater, New Orleans

Ticket Giveaway: Umphrey’s McGee at the Civic April 17

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Umphrey’s McGee at the Civic Theater on April 17. The band, which formed 16 years ago in South Bend, Indiana, is touring in support of their new album “Similar Skin.” Sorry! This contest is now closed.  

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French Quarter Fest 2014, photo, Stephen Maloney, OffBeat Magazine

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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French Quarter Fest, OffBeat Magazine, by Stephen Maloney

Photos: French Quarter Fest Saturday, April 12

This year’s French Quarter Fest has been an incredible success, with enormous crowds and absolutely perfect weather. With hundreds of performers spread across dozens of stages, there has been something for everyone since the first shows on Thursday afternoon. These pictures from Saturday, April 12 show just a hint of the action. Chris Mulé and [...]

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Stu Barash, French Quarter Fest, OffBeat Magazine

French Quarter Fest Volunteer Spotlight: Stu Barash

French Quarter Fest volunteer Stu Barash has worn many hats within the festival’s organizational ranks over the years. Barash currently serves on the board of French Quarter Festivals Inc., and he served as the organization’s fifth president in 1988. But that has never stopped him from getting his hands dirty. “It’s a working board,” he [...]

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Marie and Jim Morris, OffBeat Magazine

French Quarter Fest Visitor Profile: John and Marie Morris

Belmont, California, residents John and Marie Morris know exactly what to do as soon as they land in New Orleans for French Quarter Festival. “The first thing we do when we get out here is go to Walgreens and buy two chairs,” John Morris said. “And then when we’re done, we just give them away [...]

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French Quarter Fest Second Line, by Stephen Maloney, OffBeat Magazine

Photos: French Quarter Fest Second Line Parade on Bourbon Street

The French Quarter Fest got off to a great start this morning with the annual second line parade down Bourbon Street and into Jackson Square. Brass bands, marching groups, second line dancers, and an assortment of colorful French Quarter characters all helped officially kick off French Quarter Fest 2014 in grand style. Hundreds of tourists [...]

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Bonerama at French Quarter Fest 2014, OffBeat Magazine

Photos: French Quarter Fest 2014 Day 1

French Quarter Fest 2014 certainly got off to a great start. The Thursday crowds were huge and enthusiastic, and the performances were great. The weather couldn’t have been any better, helping everyone get into the festival spirit almost instantly. If this start is any indication, this year’s French Quarter Fest will be one to remember. [...]

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