Zach Brien

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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Mar 152017
 

Caddywhompus performs on the Power Plant stage at the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2017 Buku Music + Art Project came to a close on Saturday, March 11. The annual two-day festival, which takes place at Mardi Gras World on the banks of the Mississippi River, featured local, national, and international acts both large and small.

Chris Rehm plays guitar with Caddywhompus on the Power Plant stage at the 2017 Buku Music and Art Project. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The festival hosted primarily electronic dance music (EDM) and hip-hop artists, but carved out a set for New Orleans-based rock duo Caddywhompus. According to guitarist Chris Rehm, they like sticking out amongst the other acts in a festival line-up.

“We like to have variety, different people coming out for different things. We’re all about doing new stuff and showing people new things, progressing musically,” Rehm said. “So the less you know, the better. The less familiar you are, the better.” Continue reading »

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Mar 122017
 

Killer Mike of Run The Jewels takes a breath between lyrics during their set at the Power Plant stage on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Saturday concluded the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday, March 11 marked the end of the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. The day featured performances by musical artists and groups like Run The Jewels, 21 Savage, Deadmau5, and others.

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Mar 122017
 

Sara Passons, left, receives a kiss on the cheek from a member of the Irish Corner Club after receiving a flower during the 2017 Irish Channel parade. The parade rolled from Jefferson avenue to Magazine and stopped at Jackson avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday the Irish Channel Parade rolled Uptown. The parade changed routes, and times, at the last minute for fear of rainy weather.

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Mar 112017
 

Lil Dicky performs in the Ballroom stage during the Buku Music + Art Project on Friday, March 10, 2017. Buku is a two-day music festival in Mardi Gras World along the Mississippi River that includes live artwork and other performances. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2017 Buku Music + Art Project held its first day of performances on Friday, March 10 at Mardi Gras World. The day’s performances included rappers Lil Dicky, Lil Yachty and Travi$ Scott, and EDM artists like Zed’s Dead and TroyBoi. New Orleans rapper Juvenile made a surprise appearance after scheduled performer Young Thug was not able to make it to the festival at the last minute.

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