Zach Brien

Jan 072015
 
Revelers dance to the Storyville Stompers in the Oak Street barn. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Revelers dance to the Storyville Stompers in the Oak Street barn. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tuesday night, the Phunny Phorty Phellows rang in the 2015 Carnival season with their annual ride on the St. Charles avenue street car. Large crowds gathered at the Oak Street streetcar barn to see the Phellows depart down the line. The Phellows are a Mardi Gras crew that dates back all the way to 1878.

Crowds gathered in the Oak Street barn (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Crowds gathered in the Oak Street barn (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 092014
 
Eddie Murray, a Loyola junior, sports a shirt reading "Justice for ___ whichever one is next." On the back, the shirt listed names of black men who have died at the hands of police. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Eddie Murray, a Loyola senior, sports a shirt reading “Justice for ___ whichever one is next.” On the back, the shirt listed names of black men who have died at the hands of police. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Tuesday, Loyola New Orleans’ Our Lives Matter group held a candlelight vigil in honor of those who have passed due to police brutality. After lighting candles, participants held a 4:30 moment of silence for the four and a half hours Michael Brown’s body was left on the street. Students took the opportunity to share their own experiences with police brutality and abuses of power and generally their feelings about the current events involving the police. Our Lives Matter will be holding events in the coming year including a panel discussion on the definition of racism and a meeting with the Second District police.

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Dec 072014
 
Kenny Welcome, Tulane senior defensive tackle, sings the national anthem on Saturday night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Kenny Welcome, Tulane senior defensive tackle, sings the national anthem on Saturday night. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday night, Tulane took on Temple University, an American conference rival, in the final game of the regular season, the final game in Yulman stadium for all of the team’s seniors. Tulane seniors were honored before kickoff with a hug and a game ball from head coach Curtis Johnson and greeted by their friends and family. The Green Wave fell to the Owls 10-3 in the closing seconds after a game riddled with turnovers from both teams.

Fun fact, Tulane and Temple played each other in the first-ever Sugar Bowl in Tulane Stadium in January of 1935.

Jordy Joseph, senior quarterback, receives a hug and a game ball from head coach Curtis Johnson. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Jordy Joseph, senior quarterback, receives a hug and a game ball from head coach Curtis Johnson. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Nov 232014
 
Ike Jackson advertises for Redfish grill's barbecued oyster poboys. Mr. Jackson appeared in American Horror Story the HBO series Treme. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Ike Jackson advertises for Redfish grill’s barbecued oyster poboys. Mr. Jackson appeared in American Horror Story the HBO series Treme. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday afternoon, people packed Oak street gill to gill for po-boys from over 50 different vendors, restaurants and food trucks. Live music from Rebirth Brass Band, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and others played on various stages on and off of Oak street. Art galleries and shops along Oak street also had their work on display.

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Nov 222014
 
Stooges Brass Band (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stooges Brass Band (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, the 6th annual Second District Blues festival was held in Palmer Park, on the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne. Its a festival benefiting COPS 2, Citizens Organization for Police Support 2. The festival featured music by Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste Jr., Mia Borders, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and the Stooges Brass Band. There were many dining options including the Praline Connection, Ms. Linda’s Yakamein and Crepes A la Carte. Different arts and crafts were available for purchase as well. One of the more unique things about Saturday’s festival was its association with the LASPCA and other dog adoption groups like the Louisiana Boxer Group.

Andre Perry (left) takes his father Robeson's photograph during Mia Borders' performance. Andre seemed like a natural with the camera. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Robeson Perry (left) takes his father Andre’s photograph during Mia Borders’ performance. Robeson seemed like a natural with the camera. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Nov 152014
 
Big Freedia holds up her World Record plaque. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Big Freedia holds up her World Record plaque. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday evening, Big Freedia, a New Orleans native and a nationally-renowned bounce artist, helped to set a world record. At the end of the Central City festival on Oretha Castle Haley boulevard, Freedia helped to set the record for most people twerking at once. Continue reading »

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Nov 152014
 
Tulane running back Sherman Badie stiff arms Memphis linebacker Jackson Dillon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Sherman Badie stiff arms Memphis linebacker Jackson Dillon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday afternoon, Tulane fell to Memphis 38-7 in their homecoming game, their first homecoming game at Yulman stadium. Turnovers were the name of the game, Tulane committed five in the game and three in the first half.

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Nov 092014
 
People filled the Trinity Episcopal Church to hear the Orchestra's Tribute. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People filled the Trinity Episcopal Church to hear the Orchestra’s Tribute. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People filled in the Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday afternoon to hear the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra pay tribute to trumpeter Lionel Ferbos. Ferbos passed away in July at 103 years old. Ferbos joined the Ragtime Orchestra in the 1970s. Continue reading »

Nov 012014
 
Munchie Legaux, Cincinnati quarterback and New Orleans native, jukes Tulane CB Darion Monroe on a scramble in the 4th quarter. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Munchie Legaux, Cincinnati quarterback and New Orleans native, jukes Tulane CB Darion Monroe on a scramble in the 4th quarter. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A crowd full of costumes was not enough to lift Tulane to victory over their American Athletic Conference rivals, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, on Friday night at Yulman Stadium. The Wave lost 38-10 to Cincinnati, despite forcing three turnovers. The next home game is their homecoming game November 15th versus the Memphis Tigers. Friday was also a homecoming for Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux who is a New Orleans native and a graduate of Edna Carr high school. Continue reading »

Oct 192014
 
Timothy Pickles explains his vision for the Louisiana Living History Foundation Historic Park to the attendees and possible contributors. Pickles' plan is to create a permanent site to hold annual re-enactments of the Battle. The site would be an exact replica of the Battle of New Orleans battlefield. It would also serve as a permanent living history site. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Timothy Pickles explains his vision for the Louisiana Living History Foundation Historic Park to the attendees and possible contributors. Pickles’ plan is to create a permanent site to hold annual re-enactments of the Battle. The site would be an exact replica of the Battle of New Orleans battlefield. It would also serve as a permanent living history site. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

At a private home on St. Charles Avenue, author and 1812 historian Timothy Pickles hosted the “Call to Arms” gala. The event was a fundraiser for the Battle of New Orleans reenactment that is to take place during the battle’s bicentennial in January of 2015. The gala included politicians and people who traced their heritage directly back to the Battle of New Orleans.

The gala was well-attended. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The gala was well-attended. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Oct 182014
 
Joann and Noel Bradley walk hand-in-hand down Napoleon avenue Saturday afternoon as part of Helping Mothers Heal conference. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Joann and Noel Bradley walk hand-in-hand down Napoleon avenue Saturday afternoon as part of Helping Mothers Heal conference. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Covenant Presbyterian Church held the annual Helping Mothers Heal conference, a two-day long summit addressing issues of violence and its effect on loved ones left behind. After Saturday’s meeting, family members walked around the block near the church in silence at the request of the mothers in commemoration of lost loved ones. Continue reading »

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Oct 182014
 
Freret 5K sign, hand painted by students from McMain charter school, hung on the wall of the Junior League of New Orleans' Boomin' Deals Thrift Store. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Freret 5K sign, hand painted by students from McMain charter school, hung on the wall of the Junior League of New Orleans’ Boomin’ Deals Thrift Store. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Saturday morning, the Junior League of New Orleans put on the Freret Street 5K. The event included a half-mile walk/run, 5K run, complimentary food and beverages and children’s activities.

15-year-old Alex Lewis won the 5K with a time of 17:31. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

15-year-old Alex Lewis won the 5K with a time of 17:31. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Oct 122014
 
Tulane running back Sherman Badie shoves off linebacker Graham Stewart. Badie led the Wave in rushing with 77 yes on 14 carries. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane running back Sherman Badie shoves off linebacker Graham Stewart. Badie led the Wave in rushing with 77 yes on 14 carries. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane’s defense led the Green Wave to a 12-3 victory over American conference opponent the University of Connecticut on Saturday evening at Yulman Stadium, with a forced fumble, an interception and a safety.

Fans across the age spectrum were excited about Saturday's victory. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Fans across the age spectrum were excited about Saturday’s victory. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Oct 042014
 
Elvis Preseley models sungless at Arts and Eyes on Magazine street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Elvis Preseley models sungless at Arts and Eyes on Magazine street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People flocked to shops and galleries the whole length of Magazine on Saturday night for the annual Art for Art’s Sake event.

Jenna McSwain and the Celestial bodies performed outside of Feet First boutique. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Jenna McSwain and the Celestial bodies performed outside of Feet First boutique. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 282014
 
Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Young Men Olympians social aid and pleasure club, sporting black and white suits, braved the rain for their annual second line parade on Sunday through central city. This year, they celebrated their 130th anniversary. The parade included four big-name brass bands, New Birth brass band, the Grammy-nominated Hot 8 brass band, TBC brass band and the Stooges.

The Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 072014
 
Tulane players, filled with energy, wait in the smoke-filled tunnel to make their debut in Yulman stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane players, filled with energy, wait in the smoke-filled tunnel to make their debut in Yulman stadium. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Jamal Melancon; photos by Zach Brien

Tulane may have lost against Georgia Tech 21-38, but the home game experience of Uptown tailgating, pregame festivities, and on-field energy all contributed to vibrant inauguration for Yulman Stadium. Continue reading »

Aug 172014
 
Leroy Boss, flag boy of the Flaming Arrows, and Louis Snoop" Thomas, flag boy of the Golden Blades outside of the Ashe Cultural Arts Center during Sunday's ceremony.  (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Leroy Boss, flag boy of the Flaming Arrows, and Louis Snoop” Thomas, flag boy of the Golden Blades outside of the Ashe Cultural Arts Center during Sunday’s ceremony. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame ceremony took place Sunday afternoon at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in Central City. A conversation with elder Mardi Gras Indians kicked off the ceremony, followed by awards and tributes to deceased community members.  Flag boys from many different gangs were also given special recognition.

Allen Womble, first spy boy of the Cheyenne Hunters, and Darryl O'Neal, flag boy of the Cheyenne Hunters dance at the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame ceremony at the Ashe Cultural Center. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Allen Womble, first spy boy of the Cheyenne Hunters, and Darryl O’Neal, flag boy of the Cheyenne Hunters dance at the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame ceremony at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jul 312014
 
Officer Erica Whitley delivers a crime stoppers pamphlet to Ella Adams Gaynor on the porch of her mother's home on Laurel street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Officer Erica Whitley delivers a crime stoppers pamphlet to Ella Adams Gaynor on the porch of her mother’s home on Laurel street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Wednesday evening, New Orleans police officers from the department’s Sixth District joined with neighborhood residents for an anti-crime walk Uptown on Laurel, General Pershing, Constance and Delachaise streets. The officers and residents passed out CrimeStoppers pamphlets encouraging residents to report any suspicious criminal behavior. Continue reading »

Jul 122014
 
J'Monque'D Blues Band provided the entertainment for Saturday's block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

J’Monque’D Blues Band provided the entertainment for Saturday’s block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 25th Annual Feast of St. Henry block party and mass took place at St. Henry’s Catholic church Uptown on Saturday afternoon.

The Feast of St. Henry mass took place at 3 pm right before the block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Feast of St. Henry mass took place at 3 pm right before the block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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