Zach Brien

Nov 222017
 

New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees hands a bag to Christopher Kirk to carry for Barbara Braxton, left, at the Saints’ Thanksgiving meal giveaway at the Dryades YMCA on Tuesday, November 21. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Tuesday, November 21, 12 members of the New Orleans Saints arrived at the Dryades YMCA in Central City to hand out Thanksgiving to dinner to people in need. The players participating included Drew Brees, rookie tackle Ryan Ramcyzk and second year players safety Von Bell and wide receiver Michael Thomas.

“Who dat!” was a common refrain throughout the afternoon, and other various forms of praise for their stellar performance so far this season.

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Nov 132017
 

The Oak Street Poboy Festival took place on Oak Street Uptown on Sunday, November 12, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 11th Annual Po-Boy Festival was held Saturday on Oak Street, featuring four stages, 14 musical groups and 30 different vendors, and two Uptown establishments — newcomer Simone’s Market and mainstay Vincent’s Italian Cuisine — were named among the best of the festival.

Oysters being prepared for the oyster rockefeller po-boy chargrilled oysters topped with Oceana’s rockefeller sauce from Oceana Grill. The Oak Street Po-boy Festival took place on Oak Street Uptown on Sunday, November 12, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 182017
 

John Rode circles the Kingsley house playing the bag pipe during the fourth annual Irish Festival at the Kingsley House on Saturday, September 16. The festival celebrated Irish culture in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The fourth-annual Irish Festival was held at the Kingsley house on Saturday, September 16 in the Irish Channel. The Kingsley House is a community center first established in the late 19th century to “help immigrants overcome language, cultural, social and family displacement barriers as they settled in New Orleans,” according to their website. The festival features Irish music, cultural competitions and more.

The New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble performs on the main stage during the fourth annual Irish Festival at the Kingsley House on Saturday, September 16. The festival celebrated Irish culture in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Aug 222017
 

A crowd gathers outside of the Maple Leaf Bar for the unveiling of the king and queen of the Krewe of O.A.K. Krewe of O.A.K. hosted the 31st annual Mid Summer Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, August 19. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, August 19, the Krewe of O.A.K. hosted the 31st annual Mid Summer Mardi Gras parade. The parade rolls down Oak street to Carrollton avenue, down to Palmer park and back up Carrollton down Oak street, finishing at the Maple Leaf Bar. This year’s parade, which rolled a week early, was themed “Dirty One XXXI Coming In Hot.” The queen was Stacy Morigeau and King Robustus XXXI is Doug Trager.

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Jul 272017
 

A two-alarm fire burned two residences on the corner of Chippewa and First street in the Irish Channel. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Curtains that caught fire inside a Chippewa Street home on Thursday afternoon quickly spread to engulf the entire house and the home next door, leaving a total of four people homeless afterward, New Orleans fire officials said.

Firefighters battle a blaze on Chippewa Street. (submitted photo)

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Jul 252017
 

Kynnadi Smith, left, fits Tammy Lee, right, for a bracelet from Ugly Betty Boutique at the Friends and Flows event on July, 22 at Dryades Public Market. The pop-up event featured painters, photographers, merchants, clothing designers and drink specials. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Dryades Public Market hosted the popup marketplace “Friends and Flows” for the first time Saturday, raising awareness of issues like food deserts, the market’s role in the Central City neighborhood, and gentrification. Continue reading »

Jul 242017
 

Kellie Thorn, from Atlanta, mixes two cocktails at Hi Hat Cafe. The 3rd annual Freret Street Block Party, the closing event of Tails of the Cocktail, included drinks at seven different restaurants from Jena to Soniat Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Seven bars on Freret Street between Jena and Soniat Streets offered specialty cocktails as part of the third annual Freret Street Block Party. The block party is the closing event for New Orleans’ annual Tails of the Cocktail event. Some participating venues featured bartenders from out of town.

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Jul 212017
 

Members of Poke Loa accept their award for Best Millennial Restaurant.The 2017 Millennial Awards “honors dynamic young professionals” in various categories, including digital media, real estate, tourism and healthcare. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, July 15, guests gathered in the Civic Theater for the 2017 Millennial Awards. The event, presented  by The Spears Group and Greater New Orleans, Inc., highlighted the success of millennials in the New Orleans area in 18 different categories including digital media, economic development, education, fashion, film, business, and more. Continue reading »

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Jul 192017
 
    Dr. Courtney Bryan, left, and Calvin Johnson, right, perform a Sidney Bechet tune at the Trinity Church Bastille Day Celebration 2017. The celebration, which was part of Trinity’s Artist Series, featured local, national and international acts. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Trinity Episcopal Church celebrated Bastille Day 2017 during their Artist Series performance on Sunday, July 16. The celebration included local, national, and international acts performing music, all either in French, about France, or performed by French musicians.

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Jul 132017
 

The crowd dances at BLVD Fest. The 5th annual BLVD Fest took place on Saturday, July 8. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 5th annual B.L.V.D. festival took place on Saturday, July 8. The event, put on by New Orleans-based lifestyle brand B.L.V.D. Etiquette featured short sets by 23 different musicians and DJs.

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Jul 052017
 

Tank and the Bangas gestures toward the crowd. Tank and the Bangas and Big Freedia performed at Tipitina’s on Saturday, July 2, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Basking in the national attention after winning the NPR Tiny Desk concert, New Orleans band Tank and the Bangas performed with another homegrown star, Big Freedia, at Tipitina’s on Saturday.

Big Freedia and her band dance. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jul 052017
 

Daryl “Dancing Man” Young, the 2016 captain, leads the way down Freret street. The Krewe of Freret’s annual Summer Strut Second Line crosses Jefferson avenue on Freret street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Friday, June 30, the Krewe of Freret led their Summer Strut Second Line down Freret street, ending at Gasa Gasa.

Blake Gabel, left, president of the krewe, Danny Sullivan, center, and Bobby Hjortsberg, right, the 2018 captain, parade down Freret street. The Krewe of Freret’s annual Summer Strut Second Line crosses Jefferson avenue on Freret street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jun 262017
 

Members of the Lady Uptown Swingers dance down Magnolia street. Uptown Swingers paraded on Sunday afternoon, June, 25, concluding the second line season until Labor Day. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The second line season came to a close on Sunday, June 25 with the Uptown Swingers parade. High rain chances held off, making for a dry parade. The second line season resumes on Labor Day.

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Jun 142017
 

NOPD investigate the scene of a fatal shooting on Lowerline street in Gert Town. The investigation is ongoing. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman was shot to death late Wednesday morning inside a home on Olive Street in Gert Town, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Mar 192017
 

Queen Tahj Williams of the Wild Magnolias shows off her suit during Uptown Super Sunday at the intersection of LaSalle and Washington. Super Sunday is another chance for Mardi Gras Indians to show off their suits. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, March 19, Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs converged on A.L. Davis Park to celebrate Super Sunday. Indian gangs from all over the city met in central city to parade and show off suits

Big Chief Victor Harris of Fi Ya Ya plays his cowbell on Washington avenue during Super Sunday. Super Sunday is another chance for Mardi Gras Indians to show off their suits. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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