Friday, May 31, 2013

It's a Great Weekend to Eat Local, Slurp Some Oysters, Enjoy a Hurricane, and Party on the Lake!

Happy Weekend Everybody!!

Friday Fun!

Tonight - is the kick-off party for the 2013 New Orleans Eat Local Challenge from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Downtown Rouse's on Baronne!  Come sign up for the eat local challenge or pick up registration packets and enjoy local foods and local ingredient cocktails.  The party is on Rouses’ Rooftop Gardens of their downtown store, and it's a celebration of NOLA Locavores’ Eat Local Challenge! Get excited for a month of reducing the distance between you and your food while learning about the environmental, health, and economic benefits of eating locally sourced foods!
*Chefs Jack Treuting, Alex Harrell of Sylvain, Nathaniel Zimet of Boucherie, and Jeff Mattia of the American Sector will be working together to create an all Louisiana local ingredient feast. Dishes include Duck and Andouille Gumbo, and Duck Fried Rice. Ingredients were sourced from Hoffstadt Farms, Liuzza Produce Farm, Covey Rise and Jazzmen Rice. Cocktails will be served by Old New Orleans Rum, Donner Peltier Distillers and Atelier Vie. Wines will be provided by Pontchartrain Vineyards and Becnel Vineyards.

Saturday Fun!

Freret Market! Start your weekend off at the Freret Street Market (corner of Freret and Napoleon) for more than 90 vendors with loads of food, produce, art, collectibles, pet adoptions, music and appearances by the Big Easy Roller Girls.  The market runs from noon to 5:00 pm and musical performances include - Honeypots at Noon, John Mooney at 1:45 pm and Tin Men at 3:30 pm!  For more info visit www.freretmarket.org

Hurricane Party! Time to head down to Pat O's for and drink your cares away! June 1st marks the first day of the 2013 Hurricane Season, and to commemorate, Pat O’Brien’s (718 St. Peter) will hold their annual Hurricane Season Kick-Off Partry from from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They'll be serving up half-priced Hurricanes - Come on down for the fun!

Parade! If you're hanging out in Mid-City this evening, be sure to be on the look out for the Krewe of Palmyra and they presents the “Palmyra Gets Lei'd”!!  All Hail -King Palmyra VIII – Lee Mullikin, Queen Palmyra – Gina Christina and Big Kahuna – Norton Hirsch. The Caravan de Baucherry (aka parade) starts at Palmyra and S. Bernadotte St. at 4:00 pm with legendary brass band Egg Yolk Jubilee!!

Weekend Festivals!

It's oyster time and there's no better place to appreciate this beautiful delicacy then the Oyster Festival
at Woldenberg Park!!  There's going to be amazing food, a stellar line-up of music and of course oyster shucking and eating contests - fun!  Don’t miss out on the contests.  Acme Oyster House sponsors the Oyster Eating Contest, whose winner last year slurped up 47 dozen raw oysters, and P&J Oysters sponsors the Shucking Contest, which pits local restaurant shuckers in a test of their skills. In addition, the New Orleans Fish House sponsors the Largest Oyster Contest, as judged by the oyster’s length, width and weight.

Check out the Oyster Fest music schedule below, and click here for all the festival events and food listings.

Saturday, June 1st

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. The Stooges Brass Band
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. P&J Shucking Contest
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. The Mulligan Brothers
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Rose Falcon
5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Joe Nichols

Sunday, June 2nd

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Zion Harmonizers
11:45 – 1:00 p.m. Acme Oyster House® Oyster Eating Contest
1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Brass-A-Holics
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. The Revivalists
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. The Gin Blossoms

This weekend is also the 24th Annual - Back to the Beach Festival - the Lake Pontchartain Basin Foundation's signature event - will be held Saturday 3:30 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm in Kenner's Laketown (where Williams Boulevard meets the Lake). The two-day Festival has something for everyone: a family atmosphere with New Orleans' best live music, out-of-this-world food from local caterers, arts & crafts vendors, and lots of children's activities. It all kicks off with a Run/Walk on Saturday evening, and the weekend is jam-packed with a Bikes at the Beach motorcycle rally, a Car Show, Fishing Rodeo and much more - all while helping to Save Our Lake & Coast!   For more info click: www.saveourlake.org
*Tickets - Adults: $10, Students with ID: $8, Children (12 & under): $4
*Parking will be available on the festival grounds for $5 per vehicle

Saturday

Groovy 7 - 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
The Yat Pack - 5:05 pm - 6:15 pm
Contraflow - 6:35 pm - 7:45 pm
Supercharger - 8:05 pm - 9:20 pm
Chee Weez - 9:40 pm - 11:00 pm

Sunday

Bobby Cure & the Summertime Blues - 11:45 AM - 1:10 PM
The Wiseguys - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
The Boogie Men - 3:25 PM - 4:55 PM
Bucktown All-Stars - 5:20 PM - 6:50 PM
The Top Cats - 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Alrighty, well that should keep you busy this weekend...If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire -  http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!!



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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Happy Thursday with Some Lena Prima, A Tribute to Gary Hirstius and More!

Happy Thursday!

It's a beautiful night to hang out at City Park and enjoy Lena Prima for the Twilight Garden Concert Series! To some performers, having a legendary father might be daunting. Not for Lena Prima. Born in show business and raised on the road with her famous dad, the singer/songwriter/artist has earned her own reputation around the country for her energetic charismatic performances. She will perform songs of her father as well as some of her original tunes. The gates open up at 5:00 pm and the performance starts at 6:00 pm in the City Park Botanical Garden Pavilion of the Two Sisters...There is an admission charge, but hey, it's helping the Park out...$10 for adults and $3 for children.

Need a little art, culture and music? You gotta go to the show at the Ogden Southern Museum of Art (925 Camp St.) - better known as Ogden after Hours. Tonight the Ogden has a Tribute to Gary Hirstius - featuring The Storyville Jazz Band led by Bruce Hirsitus, Tommy Malone and Ray Ganacheau, Kim Carson, Jim McCormick, Little Brooklyn reunion, and The Junior Mays Band reunion.
*A music memorial for this New Orleans native, guitarist, and singer/songwriter. Hirstius was well known for is soulful lyrics and sandpaper vocals. He left behind an expansive music catalogue in which his spirit and legacy lives on. Be sure to head on over to the bar for this month's signature drink - Mint Julep - Remember with your Ogden membership all of these excellent concerts are FREE!!!

Jazz in the Park Free Concert Series continues on this evening in Armstrong Park! PUfAP is proud to present the third season of Jazz in the Park, inside of the historic Louis Armstrong Park. The events are FREE, begins today and runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm through June 13th featuring a Marketplace that provides an opportunity to purchase fresh food, produce and craft market available to the public from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. Check out the great line-up of music below!

May 30 - Colin Lake/George Porter, Jr. & Bill Summers
June 6 - Mike Soulman Baptiste/Joe Krown Trio Ft. Russell Batiste & Walter "Wolfman" Washington
June 13 - *Stay Tuned!*

The Live at Lafreniere Park Concert Series kicks off tonight at the Park Pavilion with the Bucktown All-Stars at 6:00 pm. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, etc. and enjoy an evening of live music in the Park and best of all it is FREE!!

For more fun stuff to do and more music...check out the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!


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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Having Fun On Wednesday with a Square Finale, and an Algiers Point Kick-Off!

Happy Wednesday!

Concert Time!

Can you believe it's the last Wednesday at the Square this season? Time flies - so come on down to Lafayette Square for the big finale....there will be crafts, food and libations....Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse with Kermit Ruffins plus The New Orleans Jazz Institute's Saturday Music School get things movin' this evening at 5:00 pm!

Starting today the Wednesdays on the Point concert series kicks off in Algiers and runs through July 17th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and of course, admission is FREE...Tonight head to the Algiers Ferry Dock (200Morgan St.) for The Brass-A-Holics "Gogo Brass Funk" Band plus Lagniappe Brass Band - remember you can take the ferry over for free - it's a beautiful ride across the river!  Click the above link for complete concert series info!

Wednesday Evening Music

While you're on Frenchmen Street check out all the music up and down the street!!

There's great music this evening on Frenchmen Street tonight at d.b.a.  (618 Frenchmen) - with an early and a late show.  Come check out The Tin Men at 7:00 pm with no cover - And then it's Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters at 10:00 pm - cover's only $5.00 and you know the Wolfman's worth it!

The Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) has an afternoon and evening filled with music!!  Ben Polcer at 4:00, The Orleans 6 at 6:00 pm and top off the night with St. Louis Jim & The Frenchmen St. Jug Band!

Have fun in Mid-City when you head on over to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for Meschiya Lake & Tom McDermott at 8:00 p.m. And be sure to come hungry for your sammich!!

And there's more fun in Mid-City over at the Banks Street Bar (4401 Banks)! Come on out for Major Bacon and some FREE BLTs - tonight at 10:00 pm...you can never get enough of the bacon and no cover!!

Looking for some dinner and then some music for dessert?  Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) can help you out!  Get an entree' over at Ye Olde College Inn and then get a half price ticket to the show right next door at Rock N' Bowl.....Get on your dancing shoes for the swinging sounds of Jerry Embree tonight at 8:30 pm!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

It's a Delicious Tuesday with Taceauxs, Veggies and Tasty Music!

Happy Tuesday!

Farmer's Market!

You can get your day started off right with a trip to the Farmer's Market!  Visit the Crescent City's Farmer's Market at University Square (200 Broadway) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for the freshest veggies, fruits and seafood. Taceaux Loceaux - With seafood, meat, or vegetarian options available, there is a taco for everyone's tastes. Today come try the creatively named taceauxs such as the Seoul Man (bulgolgi chicken), Jane Deaux (braised greens) and Messin’ with Texas (brisket. Muy delicioso!

And if you want more fresh veggies head on over to the Hollygrove Market.   You can go by their location at 8301 Olive Street Tuesday thru Thursday Noon to 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  They also have home delivery if you can't make it to the Market - Click here to find out how - http://www.hollygrovemarket.com/content/5669

In the "Box" today!

-Blueberries (Star Nursery, Belle Chasse, LA)
-Double Share of Red Potatoes or Single Share of Organic Blue Potatoes (Pointe Coupee Growers Co-op/Inglewood Farm)
-Vidalia Onions or Organic Leeks (Harmony Farms/Inglewood Farm)
-Collards or Organic Spinach (Pointe Coupee Growers Co-op/Inglewood Farm)
-Bell Peppers (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Green Beans (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Slicing or Pickling Cucumbers (Pointe Coupee Growers Co-op/Grow Your Own)
-Carrots or Organic Squash (Pointe Coupee Growers Co-op/Inglewood Farm)
-Zucchini (Frank Fekete Farm/Pointe Coupee Growers Co-op)
-Strawberries (Frank Fekete Farm, Hungarian Settlement, LA)

Food Trucks!

TONIGHT Check out the new Weekly Food Truck Series -  THE BI-ANNUAL ROLLING THROUGH: A MOBILE SERIES BY “MY HOUSE” - Tuesdays in May & June

The series will highlight four unique New Orleans neighborhoods and nonprofit partners – Bayou-Treme (The Bayou Treme Center), Central City (Good Work Network), Broadmoor (Broadmoor Improvement Association), and Bywater (The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute).

**The fourth event in the series is tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Press Street Lot - Corner of Royal and Press in Bywater!!!

Good Music Tonight!

There's a great musical evening on the Avenue at the The Columns (3811 St. Charles Ave.) at 8:00 p.m. tonight!  Have a fancy cocktail and listen to guitar playing man, John Rankin and reed man, Ray Moore!

Head on over to Mid-City and to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for some more great guitar playing with Johnny Sansone and John Fohl at 8:00 pm - and come hungry for a Sammich!

Have some fun at the Allways Lounge (2240 St. Claude) with the All-Star Covered-Dish Country Jamboree starting at 9:00 pm with  + Kim Carson + SQUARE DANCE with Nathan Harrison. It's $5 at the door or $3 if you bring a covered dish - see you there!

There's some fun on Frenchmen tonight too over at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) with the The Treme Brass Band at 10:00 pm - there's a $5 cover for the show - but you know you don't want to miss it!

Right down the street the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) has a triple header with no cover - Bart Ramsay at 4:00 pm, Shotgun Jazz Band at 6:00 pm, and top off the evening with the Aurora Nealand and The Royal Roses  at 10:00 pm!

It's a fun night over at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street...with the REBIRTH Brass Band - they come on around 10:30ish - there's a cover, but you'll be glad you paid and stayed up late!! 

Have a wonderful Tuesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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Friday, May 24, 2013

Happy Weekend with Vino, Ouzo/OPA, Jambalaya and More!!

Happy Three Day Weekend - Woop woop!!!

Vino Fun!!

NOWFE - Grand Tasting!!
Looking for amazing vino, delicious food, and music?  Then head on down to the Convention Center today and tomorrow for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) Grand Tastings this evening from 6 to 9 pm and tomorrow from 2 to 5 pm.  You're going to have an amazing time (believe me!!) Click here for all the information and get on down there for the fun!!

Looking for more wine - then head on over to Bayou St. John (cause it's a wine kind of weekend!)  It's the Friday Free for All from 6 to 8 pm at Swirl Wine Bar & Market (3143 Ponce de Loen).  Don't miss our crazy fun Friday tasting with Beth Kehn pouring four great domesitc wines including some of the Jed Steele selections and chef Walter's "must-try" small plates! This tasting is free!  And be sure to look out for the Swirl folks over at The NOWFE Grand Tastings too!!

And there's more wine on the Bayou! It's Vino on the Bayou at The Pitot House (1440 Moss St.) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Come enjoy the May Vino on the Bayou tasting with wine courtesy of Pearl Wine Co., musical entertainment from Harmonouche, and food will be available for purchase from Jacques-Imo's and Crabby Jack's - so come hungry! $5 admission for Landmarks members and $10 general admission.

OPA!!

Greek Fest!!
Well, if it's Memorial Day weekend it can only mean one thing...and that's Greek Fest (1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd.) The Big 4-0PA!!! It's the 40th annual Hellenic party with a uniquely New Orleans flair!  Join the fun for delicious food, delightful drinks, and entertainment the entire family will enjoy.  (Entrance fee is only $5...and children under 12 get in FREE!) The fest runs all weekend, and tonight things get kickin' at 5:00 pm...Oh....and make sure you check out the ouzo daiquiri...it's a good one!

Head down the road.....

And if you're searching for a great little road trip...(it's really not that far)...You've got to head on over to Gonzales for the Jambalaya Festival today through Sunday in Gonzales (120 Irma Blvd.)!!  The festivities get kickin' up today with cooking contests starting up at 10:00 am and the fun runs through midnight....."The World's Largest Jambalaya Cook-Off" is the big event with rides, music, a car show, cooking contests and more then 20 bands!!  For more details on all the fun and how to get there...click here!!

Grand Opening!

It's the Grand Opening of Rabbit Ears (8225 Oak Street) the home of vintage furniture & all kinds of good stuff!!!  The long-anticipated opening  of Rabbit Ears vintage furniture & stuff is opening on Friday (tonight!!) Come out for a glass of wine and peruse the huge display of fabulous furniture and smalls.

That should get you going this weekend...if you're looking for musical fun be sure to click on the WWOZ Livewire..and make sure you tune in to www.WWOZ.org today from 11- 2 pm for the best music show in town..The Louisiana Music Party with your host Bill deTurk!!



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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Happy Thursday with a Stroll Down Royal and Concerts 'Round Town!

What a beautiful evening for a stroll on Royal! - For, wine, food and more wine!!!!

Having fun on Royal Street!
This evening is the Royal Street Stroll and the fun starts up at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 pm! Enjoy amazing food and wine as you stroll from the 200 block to the 900 block of Royal Street. The Wine and Food Experience Event brings together New Orleans' greatest gifts: antiques, fine art, live jazz and stunning historic architecture with the world's outstanding wines. Shop the enchanting galleries of Royal Street while experiencing wine at each stop, as live jazz music fills the air. As always, the Krewe of Cork will parade down Royal Street!

At the event, in exchange for your ticket, you will receive a 2013 Wine Glass & Wristband that allows you receive wine & food offerings.  Tickets are $89 per person in advance ($109 on-site), available at NOWFE....Don't miss out on all the fun!!

More fun stuff!!

It's a beautiful night to hang out at City Park and enjoy singer/songwriter/guitar playing man -  Alex McMurray for the Twilight Garden Concert Series! The gates open up at 5:00 pm and the performance starts at 6:00 pm in the City Park Botanical Garden Pavilion of the Two Sisters...There is an admission charge, but hey, it's helping the Park out...$10 for adults and $3 for children.

Need a little art, culture and music? You gotta go to the show at the Ogden Southern Museum of Art (925 Camp St.) - better known as Ogden after Hours. Tonight the Ogden has the Seth WalkerNow based in New Orleans, Seth Walker was raised in rural North Carolina surrounded by a musical family. His interest in music was influenced by his parents, both classically trained musicians. Seth began playing the cello at the age of three but eventually fell in love with the guitar. Once Seth was introduced to the blues by his uncle, he began to trust his own voice and his desire to express himself through music. Be sure to head on over to the bar for this month's signature drink - Mint Julep - *Remember with your Ogden membership all of these excellent concerts are FREE!!!

Jazz in the Park Free Concert Series continues in Armstrong Park! PUfAP is proud to present the third season of Jazz in the Park, inside of the historic Louis Armstrong Park. The events are FREE, begins today and runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm through June 13th featuring a Marketplace that provides an opportunity to purchase fresh food, produce and craft market available to the public from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. Check out the great line-up of music below!

May 23 - Hot 8 Brass Band/Donald Harrison & The Congo Sqaure Nation
May 30 - Colin Lake/George Porter, Jr. & Bill Summers
June 6 - Mike Soulman Baptiste/Joe Krown Trio Ft. Russell Batiste & Walter "Wolfman" Washington
June 13 - *Stay Tuned!*

The Live at Lafreniere Park Concert Series continues this evening at the Park Pavilion with Mojeaux at 6:00 pm. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, etc. and enjoy an evening of live music in the Park and best of all it is FREE!!

For more fun stuff to do and more music...check out the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Happy Hump Day with Trombone Shorty, Opera, A Blood Drive and Lots of Music 'Round Town!

Hooray for Hump Day!!

Concert Time!

Wednesday at the Square is rolling along - So come on down to Lafayette Square for another stellar line-up for this year's concert series....there will be crafts, food and libations....Trombone Shorty plus Westbank Mike get things movin' this evening at 5:00 pm  *Be sure to check out the entire line-up only one more Wednesdays to go!

Opera!

Come join the "sensatiable" singing trio, Bon Operatit!, and The New Orleans Film Society for a free evening of favorite tunes from opera and Broadway and a taste of the next season. at the Four Points Sheraton (541 Bourbon)in the Puccini Bar from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  So bring your friends and family to the Four Points Sheraton. The Four Points has a special valet parking rate of $5 during the concert when you mention the event.

Music and a Donation!

Come listen to some great music and help out too! Tonight it's the Musician's Clinic Blood Drive from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Frenchmen Street Art Market (617 Frenchmen St.). It's a drive to help the victims of the Mother's Day Shootings. Enjoy music from David and Roselyn, The Honey Pots and Carl LeBlanc.  The Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club, which held the second line near where the shootings took place, will be in attendance...The Spotted Cat, d.b.a. and Snug Harbor are assisting with the event, and clubs along Frenchmen Street will be open to give donors a place to wait out of the sun. Donors are particularly needed from 6-9 p.m. If you want to donate blood, please email office@nomaf.org - Come on out for a great cause!!

Wednesday Evening Music

While you're on Frenchmen Street check out all the music up and down the street!!

There's great music this evening on Frenchmen Street tonight at d.b.a.  (618 Frenchmen) - with an early and a late show.  Come check out The Tin Men at 7:00 pm with no cover - And then it's Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters at 10:00 pm - cover's only $5.00 and you know the Wolfman's worth it!

The Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) has an afternoon and evening filled with music!!  Ben Polcer at 4:00, The Orleans 6 at 6:00 pm and top off the night with St. Louis Jim & The Frenchmen St. Jug Band!

Have fun in Mid-City when you head on over to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for Meschiya Lake & Tom McDermott at 8:00 p.m. And be sure to come hungry for your sammich!!

And there's more fun in Mid-City over at the Banks Street Bar (4401 Banks)! Come on out for Major Bacon and some FREE BLTs - tonight at 10:00 pm...you can never get enough of the bacon and no cover!!

Looking for some dinner and then some music for dessert?  Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) can help you out!  Get an entree' over at Ye Olde College Inn and then get a half price ticket to the show right next door at Rock N' Bowl.....Get on your dancing shoes for Swing-A-Roux tonight at 8:30 pm!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday Fun with Tacos, Veggies, Food Truck Fun in Broadmoor and Moor (More!)

Happy Tuesday!

Farmer's Market!

You can get your day started off right with a trip to the Farmer's Market!  Visit the Crescent City's Farmer's Market at University Square (200 Broadway) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for the freshest veggies, fruits and seafood. Taceaux Loceaux - With seafood, meat, or vegetarian options available, there is a taco for everyone's tastes. Last week it was shrimp cocktail and we can't wait to see what inventive side-items they bring this week in the colorful taco truck!!

And if you want more fresh veggies head on over to the Hollygrove Market.   You can go by their location at 8301 Olive Street Tuesday thru Thursday Noon and 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  They also have home delivery if you can't make it to the Market - Click here to find out how - http://www.hollygrovemarket.com/content/5669

In the "Box" today!

-All Natural Mustards (Stony Point Farm)
-Strawberries (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Green Beans (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Organic Salad or Organic Spinach Mix (Inglewood Farm, Alexandria, LA)
-Beets (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Baby Squash Mix (Monica's Okra World, Garyville, LA)
-Cauliflower or Organic Arugula (Monica's Okra World/Inglewood Farm)
-Carrots or Organic Fennel (Pointe Coupee Growers Co-op/Inglewood Farm)
-Red Potatoes (Frank Fekete Farms/Pointe Coupee Growers Co-op)
-Zucchini (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Vidalia Onions or Curly Kale (Pointe Coupee Growers Co-op, Pointe Coupee Parish)

Food Trucks!

TONIGHT Check out the new Weekly Food Truck Series -  THE BI-ANNUAL ROLLING THROUGH: A MOBILE SERIES BY “MY HOUSE” - Tuesdays in May & June

The series will highlight four unique New Orleans neighborhoods and nonprofit partners – Bayou-Treme (The Bayou Treme Center), Central City (Good Work Network), Broadmoor (Broadmoor Improvement Association), and Bywater (The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute).

**The third event in the series is tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center in Broadmoor (4300 S. Broad) - Hey, that's my library!!!

Good Music Tonight!

There's a great musical evening on the Avenue at the The Columns (3811 St. Charles Ave.) at 8:00 p.m. tonight!  Have a fancy cocktail and listen to guitar playing man, John Rankin and accordionist, Norbert Slama!

Head on over to Mid-City and to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for some more great guitar playing with Johnny Sansone and John Fohl at 8:00 pm - and come hungry for a Sammich!

Have some fun at the Allways Lounge (2240 St. Claude) with the All-Star Covered-Dish Country Jamboree starting at 9:00 pm with  Sweet Olive Band + Ron Hotstream and the F Holes. It's $5 at the door or $3 if you bring a covered dish - see you there!

There's some fun on Frenchmen tonight too over at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) with the The Treme Brass Band at 10:00 pm - there's a $5 cover for the show - but you know you don't want to miss it!

Right down the street the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) has a triple header with no cover - Andy Forest at 4:00 pm, Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns at 6:00 pm, and top off the evening with the Aurora Nealand and The Royal Roses  at 10:00 pm!

It's a fun night over at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street...with the REBIRTH Brass Band - they come on around 10:30ish - there's a cover, but you'll be glad you paid and stayed up late!! 

Have a wonderful Tuesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday Movie and Music!

Happy Monday!

Movie Fun!

The NOLA Japanese Cinema Series at Cafe Istanbul (2372 St. Claude Avenue) continues with tonight's film Tamami, The Baby's Curse - As a teenager, Yoko discovers that she is not really an orphan when her wealthy but very strange family welcomes her home to a mansion that many claim is haunted. Japanese with English subtitles.
*For more information contact mail@charitablefilmnetwork.org. Admission Free - Cash Bar.

Monday Night Music!

If you're looking for some great Irish food and fun head on over to The Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave.).  They've got an amazing happy hour from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and stay on for an Irish Music Jam at 7:00 pm!

Head on Uptown and enjoy some cocktails over at the Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles)....Tonight David Doucet of BeauSoleil fame performs at 8:00 pm!

There's good times in Mid-City over at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal). It's Arsene DeLay & Tom McDermott at 8:00 pm!

Enjoy your Monday even more with a happy hour over at the Circle Bar (1032 St. Charles Ave.) with music from Missy Meatlocker at 6:00 pm!!

Lots of fun around Frenchmen Street!

There's fun at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) - Come on down for Glen David Andrews and his Monday gig at 10:00 pm!

Be sure to make a stop by the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) early for this great line-up of music...Sarah McCoy and the Oopsie Daisies at 4:00 pm, Dominick Grillo and The Frenchmen Street All Stars at 6:00 pm and be sure to stay on for the Jazz Vipers at 10:00 pm!

And stop into Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen) for one of the longest running performers in NOLA - It's Monday night with the Charmaine Neville Band at 8:00 pm - Yes, there's a cover, but Charmaine is worth every penny!  While you're there get a Monsoon (watch out their dangerous) and one of the best burgers in town!

To top off you're evening....you gotta go Uptown and over to the Maple Leaf (8316 Oak) for Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes at 10:00 pm - they'll have you rockin' into the night!

Have a great one...and for more musical fun check out WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar...until tomorrow!



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Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Weekend with Concerts in the Courtyard and Fun on the Bayou!!

Hurray for Friday and what a beautiful day it is!!

It's Concerts in the Courtyard at the Historic New Orleans Collection....What a treat this is (and beautiful weather!).....Experience a concert in the courtyard at the Historic New Orleans Collection in the heart of the French Quarter - 533 Royal Street. The show is from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with Mas Mamones...Over the band’s nearly 20-year history, the mission has remained the same: to play authentic Latin music featuring rhythms from the Caribbean islands and Central and South America! Admission is $10, FREE for THNOC members, and includes 3 complimentary cocktails - Sazerac will provide Herbsaint Frappes! Guests must be 21 or older to enter.

There's lots of good times on the Bayou!  Start off your evening with a wine tasting at Swirl on Ponce de Leon (right of Esplanade) at 6:00 pm and right down the street at Fairgrinds Coffee House you got Lips and the Trips at 7:30 pm...you don't want to miss Lips - it's going to be a great show!!

The Bayou Boogaloo starts up at 5:00 pm on the banks of Bayou St. John (and Orleans Ave.) with a full weekend, of music, food, art and the "Derby Duck Race" for Second Harvest this Sunday.


Positive Vibration Foundation StageNational Endowment for the Arts StageFirst NBC Bank Kids Stage
Tasha B & DJ Jubilee w/ Partners N Crime & Big Easy Bounce
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Rebirth Brass Band
7:30 - 9:00 PM
Corey Henry and Treme Funktet
5:00 - 6:15 PM

Alvin Youngblood Hart
6:45 - 8:15 PM
Community Works of La.
5:00 - 5:30 PM

Massage by Blue Cliff College
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Positive Vibration Foundation StageNational Endowment for the Arts StageAbita StageFirst NBC Bank Kids Stage
Alexy Marti Septet
12:15 - 1:30 PM

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Cha's
2:45 - 4:00 PM

Debauche
5:15 - 6:30 PM

Bonerama
7:45 - 9:15 PM
Andrew Duhon
11:00 - 12:15 PM

Cha Wa
12:45 - 2:00 PM

Johnny Dilks and Highway Kind
2:30 - 3:45 PM

Iris May Tango
4:15 - 5:30 PM

Bas Clas
6:00 - 7:30 PM

The Goodnight Show with John Calhoun
8:00 - 9:15 PM
Coyotes
11:00 - 12:15 PM

Scorceses
1:30 - 2:45 PM

The Honorable South
4:00 - 5:15 PM

Brass-A-Holics
6:30 - 7:45 PM
Family Yoga
10:00 - 11:00 AM

Dance Quarter
11:30 - 12:30 PM

Hope Stone Kids Workshop
12:30 - 1:30 PM

Hope Stone Kids Performance
1:30 - 2:30 PM

Hope Stone Kids Workshop
2:30 - 3:30 PM

Jazz Hip Hop Drum Circle
4:00 - 5:00 PM

Blake Amos
5:30 - 6:45 PM
*all day on First NBC Bank Kids Stage - Rhino Contemporary Crafts and Crafts by Mid City Public Library
Dance Lessons at Positive Vibration Stage: 1:45pm – Latin Dance by Dance Quarter, 4:15pm – Dance Trance by Dance Quarter, 6:45pm – Hip Hop by Dance Quarter

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Positive Vibration Foundation StageNational Endowment for the Arts StageAbita StageFirst NBC Bank Kids Stage
Pine Leaf Boys
12:15 - 1:10 PM

New Orleans Nightingales
2:20 - 3:30 PM

Ironing Board Sam
4:40 - 5:50 PM

The Dirty Dozen Bras Band
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Brandon Miller & Louisiana Inferno
11:00 - 12:15 PM

Schatzy
12:45 - 2:00 PM

Big Chief Victor Harris, Spirit FiYiYi, and the Mandingo Warriors
2:30 - 3:45 PM

Hot 8 Brass Band
4:15 - 5:30 PM

Fleur de Tease
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Zion Harmonizers
11:00 - 12:10 PM

The Local Skank
1:10 - 2:20 PM

Alexis & the Samurai
3:30 - 4:40 PM

Remedy Krewe
5:50 - 7:00 PM
Family Yoga
10:00 - 11:00 AM

Acrobats Performance
11:30 - 12:30 PM

Miss Claudia's Sing-along Americana
1:00 - 2:10 PM

Kat Walker's Painting Singer
2:30 - 3:40 PM

Morris Jeff Students Sing Spanish Songs



Alrighty, well that should keep you busy this weekend...If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!!



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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Havin' Fun on a Concert Filled Thursday in NOLA!

Happy Thursday!

It's a beautiful night to hang out at City Park and enjoy James Rivers Movement for the Twilight Garden Concert Series! James Rivers is a New Orleans musical treasure. He plays a mixture of Rock, progressive Jazz, Rhythm and Blues and Gospel; the sort of music that implies something for everybody when it's played. Rivers, one of only three Jazz musicians ever known to play the bagpipes, would probably call himself a saxophonist, but his forte is really an amazing musical dexterity that has helped him master a dozen other instruments. The gates open up at 5:00 pm and the performance starts at 6:00 pm in the City Park Botanical Garden Pavilion of the Two Sisters...There is an admission charge, but hey, it's helping the Park out...$10 for adults and $3 for children.

Need a little art, culture and music? You gotta go to the show at the Ogden Southern Museum of Art (925 Camp St.) - better known as Ogden after Hours. Tonight the Ogden has the IGNATIUS SAXOPHONE QUARTET with Ray Moore, Jason Mingledorff, Rex Gregory and Tony Dagradi. Composed of music faculty members at Loyola University in New Orleans, the Ignatius Saxophone Quartet performs on multiple saxophones and woodwinds.  Be sure to head on over to the bar for this month's signature drink - Mint Julep - *Remember with your Ogden membership all of these excellent concerts are FREE!!!

Jazz in the Park Free Concert Series kicks off this evening in Armstrong Park! PUfAP is proud to present the third season of Jazz in the Park, inside of the historic Louis Armstrong Park. The events are FREE, begins today and runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm through June 13th featuring a Marketplace that provides an opportunity to purchase fresh food, produce and craft market available to the public from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. Check out the great line-up of music below!

May 16 - The Blues Masters Ft. Big Al Carson/Big Chief Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias
May 23 - Hot 8 Brass Band/Donald Harrison & The Congo Sqaure Nation
May 30 - Colin Lake/George Porter, Jr. & Bill Summers
June 6 - Mike Soulman Baptiste/Joe Krown Trio Ft. Russell Batiste & Walter "Wolfman" Washington
June 13 - *Stay Tuned!*

The Live at Lafreniere Park Concert Series kicks off tonight at the Park Pavilion with The Yat Pack at 6:00 pm. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, etc. and enjoy an evening of live music in the Park and best of all it is FREE!!

For more fun stuff to do and more music...check out the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Happy Wednesday with Music at the Square and Great Tunes All Around Town!

Such a beautiful Wednesday!!

Concert Time!

Wednesday at the Square is rolling along - So come on down to Lafayette Square for another stellar line-up for this year's concert series....there will be crafts, food and libations....Billy Iuso & Restless Natives + N'awlins Johnnys get things movin' this evening at 5:00 pm (I heard Billy's little girl would like everyone to wear tie-dye to show our support for peace - so, don't disappoint.) *Be sure to check out the entire line-up only a few more Wednesdays to go!

Wednesday Evening Music

Have fun in Mid-City when you head on over to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for Meschiya Lake & Tom McDermott at 8:00 p.m. And be sure to come hungry for your sammich!!

And there's more fun in Mid-City over at the Banks Street Bar (4401 Banks)! Come on out for Major Bacon and some FREE BLTs - tonight at 10:00 pm...you can never get enough of the bacon and no cover!!

Head on over to the Allways Lounge (2240 St. Claude) for an amazing evening of music with Helen Gillet at 10:00 pm.  Helen is such a talented singer and cellist - go check out the show!

Looking for some dinner and then some music for dessert?  Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) can help you out!  Get an entree' over at Ye Olde College Inn and then get a half price ticket to the show right next door at Rock N' Bowl....Dance the night away with the Creole Stringbeans tonight at 8:30 pm!!

Heading over to Frenchmen Street?  Lots of places with no cover, but don't forget to tip the talent!!

There's great music this evening on Frenchmen Street tonight at d.b.a.  (618 Frenchmen) - with an early and a late show.  Come check out The Tin Men at 7:00 pm with no cover - And then it's Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters at 10:00 pm - cover's only $5.00 and you know the Wolfman's worth it!

The Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) has an afternoon and evening filled with music!!  Ben Polcer at 4:00, The Orleans 6 at 6:00 pm and top off the night with St. Louis Jim & The Frenchmen St. Jug Band!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Happy Tuesday with Veggies, Tacos, Food Trucks and Lots of Music!

Happy Tuesday!

Farmer's Market!

You can get your day started off right with a trip to the Farmer's Market!  Visit the Crescent City's Farmer's Market at University Square (200 Broadway) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for the freshest veggies, fruits and seafood. Taceaux Loceaux returns for their second week of delicious food at the Green Plate Special tent! We love the tasty tacos and side items they serve from the side of their colorful food truck. This Tuesday choose from their Messin' with Texas brisket taco, Delta Prawn shrimp taco, Jane Deaux greens taco, or a delicious Sopa de Fresa Colombian strawberry soup. With choices like that, lunch at the market is a no-brainer!

And if you want more fresh veggies head on over to the Hollygrove Market.   You can go by their location at 8301 Olive Street Tuesday thru Thursday Noon and 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  They also have home delivery if you can't make it to the Market - Click here to find out how - http://www.hollygrovemarket.com/content/5669

In the "Box" today!

-Green Beans (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Broccoli or Carrots (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Beefsteak Tomatoes (Cajun Growers, Cutoff, LA)
-Blueberries (Star Nursery, Belle Chasse, LA)
-Organic Bunching Onions (Inglewood Farm, Alexandria, LA)
-Yellow Squash (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Zucchini (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Red Potatoes (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Organic Spinach (Inglewood Farm, Alexandria, LA)
-All Natural Microgreens (Good Food, Treme, NOLA)


Food Trucks!

TONIGHT Check out the new Weekly Food Truck Series -  THE BI-ANNUAL ROLLING THROUGH: A MOBILE SERIES BY “MY HOUSE” - Tuesdays in May & June

The series will highlight four unique New Orleans neighborhoods and nonprofit partners – Bayou-Treme (The Bayou Treme Center), Central City (Good Work Network), Broadmoor (Broadmoor Improvement Association), and Bywater (The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute).

**The second event in the series is tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Good Work Network (2038 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.)

Good Music Tonight!

There's a great musical evening on the Avenue at the The Columns (3811 St. Charles Ave.) at 8:00 p.m. tonight!  Have a fancy cocktail and listen to guitar playing man, John Rankin!

Head on over to Mid-City and to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for some more great guitar playing with Brent Melancon at 8:00 pm - and come hungry for a Sammich!

Have some fun at the Allways Lounge (2240 St. Claude) with the All-Star Covered-Dish Country Jamboree starting at 9:00 pm with  + Chris Christy + Gina Forsythe + Lost In The Holler. It's $5 at the door or $3 if you bring a covered dish - see you there!

There's some fun on Frenchmen tonight too over at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) with the The Treme Brass Band at 10:00 pm - there's a $5 cover for the show - but you know you don't want to miss it!

Right down the street the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) has a triple header with no cover - Andy Forest at 4:00 pm, Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns at 6:00 pm, and top off the evening with the Shotgun Jazz Band  at 10:00 pm!

It's a fun night over at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street...with the REBIRTH Brass Band - they come on around 10:30ish - there's a cover, but you'll be glad you paid and stayed up late!! 

Have a wonderful Tuesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday Night of Music!

Happy Monday!

Monday Night Music!

If you're looking for some great Irish food and fun head on over to The Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave.).  They've got an amazing happy hour from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and stay on for an Irish Music Jam at 7:00 pm!

Head on Uptown and enjoy some cocktails over at the Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles)....Tonight David Doucet of BeauSoleil fame performs at 8:00 pm!

There's good times in Mid-City over at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal). Come out for an evening with   Miss Arsene DeLay singing with Tom McDermott on the keys at 8:00 pm!

Enjoy your Monday even more with a happy hour over at the Circle Bar (1032 St. Charles Ave.) with music from Missy Meatlocker!!

Lots of fun around Frenchmen Street!

There's some great music over at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) - Come hear Glen David Andrews for his Monday night gig at 10:00 pm!

Be sure to make a stop by the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) early for this great line-up of music...Sarah McCoy and the Oopsie Daisies at 4:00 pm, Dominick Grillo and The Frenchmen Street All Stars at 6:00 pm and be sure to stay on for the Kristina Morales and the Bayou Shufflers at 10:00 pm!

And stop into Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen) for one of the longest running performers in NOLA - It's Monday night with the Charmaine Neville Band at 8:00 pm - Yes, there's a cover, but Charmaine is worth every penny!  While you're there get a Monsoon (watch out their dangerous) and one of the best burgers in town!

To top off you're evening....you gotta go Uptown and over to the Maple Leaf (8316 Oak) for Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes at 10:00 pm - they'll have you rockin' into the night!

Have a great one...and for more musical fun check out WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar...until tomorrow!



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Friday, May 10, 2013

Weekend Fun with a Benefit, Some Seersucker, and Mentor, Forest, Veggie, India, Champagne and Mom Fest!!

The weekend is chock full of fun things to do, and don't forget to celebrate your Mom on Sunday too! Here's some fun things happening this weekend....

Friday!

Tonight come out for a very important fundraiser - Throwing Shade on Skin Cancer: A Benefit for Kara Morgan - 5:30 to 10 pm at NOLA Brewing (3301 Tchoupitoulas St.). Throwing Shade on Skin Cancer will have music, burlesque, beer and liquor (included in the cost of the ticket), silent auction, raffle, food trucks, and more! Freaksheaux To Geaux will be the burlesque troupe, and there will be music by Craig Klein, Bert Cotton, Margie Perez, Derrick Freeman, Ingrid Lucia, Paul Sanchez, Marc Stone, Soul Apostle, Chris Boone with Sol Fiya... and more! Come on out, have a great time, support an amazing person. She'd do the same for you! Tickets are $55 and well worth it for this amazing event!!!
**Community activist, neighborhood leader, and mother, Kara Morgan, was diagnosed with Stage IV Melanoma in February 2013, and has begun aggressive treatment at the renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Over and above what her medical insurance covers, Kara will incur the cost of frequent trips to Houston with extended overnight stays. These expenses, combined with the mounting out-of-pocket medical costs, will place a significant financial burden on Kara and her family.

It's time to do some Sippin' in Seersucker this evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shops at Canal Place (333 Canal St.) - Don your best seersucker ensemble - or summer chic - for the party that kicks off the summer social season. Hosted by the Shops at Canal Place, the event benefits the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Party goers will enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants and luscious libations; shopping specials, entertainment with Bonerama and Luke Winslow-King, and raffles. There's even a seersucker ensemble contest!

Saturday!

Want to make an impact in the life of a New Orleans Youth? Then you don't want to miss Mentorfest 2013 the New Orleans Kids Partnership's major volunteer recruitment of the year!! It's Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Lawrence Square (corner of Napoleon and Magazine). Come find out about a range of opportunities to mentor and tutor youth across New Orleans. We are also excited to have live music with the Roots of Music, TBC Brass Band and Hot 8 Brass Band, food (crawfish) and entertainment from the 610 Stompers. Come join this major effort to support the youth of our city. If you want to find out which opportunity would be a good fit for you before mentorfest then please complete the brief survey at www.nokp.org/mentortutor/

Celebrate FORESTival 2013 from 11:00am - 5:00pm today at A Studio In The Woods (13401 Patterson Road)....For the third year in a row, A Studio In The Woods, will host FORESTIVAL - a celebration of art and nature. The festival showcases former artist/residents work as well as the history and happenings of this unique environment. FORESTIVAL is open to the public and offers families a chance to experience Louisiana's Wetlands set to live music, food, artistic demonstrations and more. The event is free, food and drinks are available for purchase and a $5 donation is suggested. Enjoy music from Sarah Quintana & Co., Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots to just name a few!  Click here for the complete schedule of fun events and entertainment!

It's India Fest from 10 am to 4 pm at the New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle) - Explore Indian cuisine, music, and dance at India Arts Circle’s 2013 festival, which also features educational demonstrations, henna tattooing, children’s activities, and a vendor bazaar - And it's FREE!

Join Magazine Street Merchants Association for their annual Champagne Stroll on Saturday night from 5 to 9 pm. There will be complimentary Champagne from Martin Wine Cellar, Champagne cocktails, trunk shows, live music, art openings, in-store promotions and hors d'oeuvres. For more information and participating merchants click here!

Sunday!

Fresh from crowd-pleasing appearances at Jazz Fest, Irma Thomas returns to celebrate Mother’s Day at the Audubon Zoo this Sunday. The music starts at 12:30 p.m. with the Washboard Chaz Blues Trio. At 2:15 there’ll be a tribute for Irma for her 30th Mother's Day performance at the Zoo!!  Don't miss the Queen of Soul and treat your Mom to this New Orleans tradition!!

All Weekend Long!

Get your inner veggie on at Veggie Fest - New Orleans Vegan Food Festival!! The fun is all weekend long Saturday 11:00 to 6:00 pm and Sunday Noon to 6:00 pm at the Healing Center (2372 St. Claude).  There's also a rocking after party at Cafe' Istanbul (in the Healing Center) which kicks up Saturday evening at 7:00 pm.  Click here for more info on the fest on the link for tickets!

Alrighty, well that should keep you busy this weekend...If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire -  http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!!  And be sure to tune in to WWOZ today from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm with my hubby Bill deTurk!!!


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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Celebrating a Beautiful Thursday with Concerts Everywhere!

Fun Thursday!

It's a beautiful night to hang out at City Park and enjoy Leah Chase and Cindy Scott for the Twilight Garden Concert Series! Two great ladies come together for one great concert. Leah Chase is a versatile singer who makes a smooth transition from jazz-laden love songs to the up-tempo. Her artistry is sensual and soul stirring. A very visual performer, Leah quickly establishes a warm rapport with her audience. Cindy Scott is a rare breed of artist - comfortably covering a variety of music, undaunted by genre barriers and walls that scare lesser singers into pursing a singular line of musical thought. Don't miss it. The gates open up at 5:00 pm and the performance starts at 6:00 pm in the City Park Botanical Garden Pavilion of the Two Sisters...There is an admission charge, but hey, it's helping the Park out...$10 for adults and $3 for children.

Need a little art, culture and music? You gotta go to the show at the Ogden Southern Museum of Art (925 Camp St.) - better known as Ogden after Hours. Tonight the Ogden has the Jimmy Carpenter Quartet. SSaxophonist Jimmy Carpenter has been recording music and performing live for 25 years. Since relocating to New Orleans in 2004, he has contributed his talent on the saxophone to numerous major label and local recordings including Eric Lindell's Gulf Coast Highway, Walter “Wolfman” Washington’s Doin’ The Funky Thing, and Honey Island Swamp Band's Wishing Well. He wrote and performed the horn arrangements on all of these recordings.   Be sure to head on over to the bar for this month's signature drink - Mint Julep - *Remember with your Ogden membership all of these excellent concerts are FREE!!!

Jazz in the Park Free Concert Series kicks off this evening in Armstrong Park! PUfAP is proud to present the third season of Jazz in the Park, inside of the historic Louis Armstrong Park. The events are FREE, begins today and runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm through June 13th featuring a Marketplace that provides an opportunity to purchase fresh food, produce and craft market available to the public from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. Check out the great line-up of music below!

May 9 - Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns/To Be Continued Brass Band
May 16 - The Blues Masters Ft. Big Al Carson/Big Chief Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias
May 23 - Hot 8 Brass Band/Donald Harrison & The Congo Sqaure Nation
May 30 - Colin Lake/George Porter, Jr. & Bill Summers
June 6 - Mike Soulman Baptiste/Joe Krown Trio Ft. Russell Batiste & Walter "Wolfman" Washington
June 13 - *Stay Tuned!*

The Live at Lafreniere Park Concert Series kicks off tonight at the Park Pavilion with Flow Tribe at 6:00 pm. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, etc. and enjoy an evening of live music in the Park and best of all it is FREE!!

For more fun stuff to do and more music...check out the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Havin' Fun on Hump Day with Some Funk, Opera, a Market and All Kinds of Music Around Town!

It's a beautiful Wednesday, and there's plenty of good stuff going on around town!

Concert Time!

Wednesday at the Square is rolling along - So come on down to Lafayette Square for another stellar line-up for this year's concert series....there will be crafts, food and libations....Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk + Mahayla get things movin' this evening at 5:00 pm - and check out the entire line-up so you can make your plans.

Market Fun!

Head on over to Lakeview and the Harrison Avenue Marketplace presented by Beacon of Hope tonight from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the parking lot of Lakeview Grocery at 801 Harrison Avenue.  You'll enjoy music by The Refugeze and there will be 75 arts, crafts and food vendors!  Grace Evangelical Church will be there with great activities for the little ones. You can enjoy the famous char-grilled oysters from Drago's or Baked Alaska from Antoine's. Stop by the Beacon Beverage booth to enjoy a refreshing libation from an array of thirst quenchers. Try the Velvet Cactus Margarita-frozen or on the rocks!

Opera!

Come join the "sensatiable" singing trio, Bon Operatit!, and The New Orleans Film Society for a free evening of operatic and musical theater hits from the big screen at the Four Points Sheraton (541 Bourbon)in the Puccini Bar from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  The fun and vivacious Bon Operatit! will be singing a variety of songs from movies such as Moulin Rouge, Shawshank Redemption, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Oklahoma, Wizard of Oz and more! So bring your friends and family to the Four Points Sheraton. Four Points Sheraton has a special valet parking rate of $5 during the concert when you mention the event.

Wednesday Evening Music

Have fun in Mid-City when you head on over to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for Meschiya Lake & Tom McDermott at 8:00 p.m. And be sure to come hungry for your sammich!!

And there's more fun in Mid-City over at the Banks Street Bar (4401 Banks)! Come on out for Major Bacon and some FREE BLTs - tonight at 10:00 pm...you can never get enough of the bacon and no cover!!

Looking for some dinner and then some music for dessert?  Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) can help you out!  Get an entree' over at Ye Olde College Inn and then get a half price ticket to the show right next door at Rock N' Bowl....It's piano man Joe Krown tonight at 8:30 pm!!

Heading over to Frenchmen Street?  Lots of places with no cover, but don't forget to tip the talent!!

There's great music this evening on Frenchmen Street tonight at d.b.a.  (618 Frenchmen) - with an early and a late show.  Come check out The Tin Men at 7:00 pm with no cover - And then it's Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters at 10:00 pm - cover's only $5.00 and you know the Wolfman's worth it!

The Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) has an afternoon and evening filled with music!!  Ben Polcer at 4:00, The Orleans 6 at 6:00 pm and top off the night with St. Louis Jim & The Frenchmen St. Jug Band!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Happy Tuesday With Fresh Veggies, Food Trucks Plus A Movie, And Lots of Music Around Town!

Happy Tuesday!

Farmer's Market!

You can get your day started off right with a trip to the Farmer's Market!  Visit the Crescent City's Farmer's Market at University Square (200 Broadway) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for the freshest veggies, fruits and seafood. This month the Market welcomes  Taceaux Loceaux to the Green Plate Special tent for May! We love the tasty tacos and side items they serve from the side of their colorful food truck. This Tuesday choose from their Messin' with Texas brisket taco, Delta Prawn shrimp taco, Jane Deaux greens taco, or a delicious Sopa de Fresa Colombian strawberry soup. With choices like that, lunch at the market is a no-brainer!

And if you want more fresh veggies head on over to the Hollygrove Market.   You can go by their location at 8301 Olive Street between Noon and 6:00 pm.  They also have home delivery if you can't make it to the Market - Click here to find out how - http://www.hollygrovemarket.com/content/5669

In the "Box" today!

-Zucchini (Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Red Potatoes (Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Fava Beans (Monica’s Okra World, Garyville, LA)
-Organic Salad Mix or Braising Mix (Inglewood Farms, Alexandria, LA)
-Tomato U-Pick: Beefsteak, Lorenzo, or Cherry (Tomott’s/Cajun Growers)
-Strawberries (Johnsdale Farms/Vicknair Family Farms)
-Kale (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Beets (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)
-Chard (Frank Fekete Farms, Hungarian Settlement, LA)

Food Trucks and a Movie!

TONIGHT!!! THE FIRST BI-ANNUAL ROLLING THROUGH: A MOBILE SERIES BY “MY HOUSE”  - Tuesday Evenings in May & June

The series will highlight four unique New Orleans neighborhoods and nonprofit partners – Bayou-Treme (The Bayou Treme Center), Central City (Good Work Network), Broadmoor (Broadmoor Improvement Association), and Bywater (The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute).

“The series is unlike any other event in New Orleans,” says event organizer Barrie Schwartz “Our mission is to draw attention to New Orleans neighborhoods, support our nonprofit partners, spotlight the mobile food truck movement, and support our local small business owners.” Schwartz added that a portion of the proceeds will be given to the nonprofit partners.

**The first event is tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., at The Bayou Treme Center (2541 Bayou Road). In addition to the food trucks, NOLA Drive-in will show “Singing In the Rain” inside the center, starting at 8 p.m.

Good Music Tonight!

There's a great musical evening on the Avenue at the The Columns (3811 St. Charles Ave.) at 8:00 p.m. tonight!  Have a fancy cocktail and listen to guitar playing man, John Rankin!

Head on over to Mid-City and to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for some Johnny Sansone and John Fohl at 8:00 pm - you don't miss out - and come hungry for a Sammich!

Have some fun at the Allways Lounge (2240 St. Claude) with the All-Star Covered-Dish Country Jamboree starting at 9:00 pm with  Zach Bryson + Gregory Good + The Swamp Lilies. It's $5 at the door or $3 if you bring a covered dish - see you there!

There's some fun on Frenchmen tonight too over at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) with the The Treme Brass Band at 10:00 pm - there's a $5 cover for the show - but you know you don't want to miss it!

Right down the street the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) has a triple header with no cover - Andy Forest at 4:00 pm, Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns at 6:00 pm, and top off the evening with the Smokin' Time Jazz Club  at 10:00 pm!

It's a fun night over at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street...with the REBIRTH Brass Band - they come on around 10:30ish - there's a cover, but you'll be glad you paid and stayed up late!! 

Have a wonderful Tuesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!



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