Apr 202019
 

Pigeon Town Steppers member Duckie on Willow Street during the 2013 parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Pigeon Town Steppers will present its 25th annual Easter second-line on Sunday, April 21. The social aid and pleasure club will be accompanied by the Big 6 Brass Band and Da Truth Brass Band.

Traffic will be restricted along the route. Expect road closures and traffic delays during the event, which begins at 1 and ends at 5 p.m.. Call 504-658-8100 for parking enforcement.

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Apr 122019
 
New Orleans Record Store Day 2019

New Orleans resident Landon Jackson explores the record selection at Peaches Records on Magazine Street Tuesday, April 9. Peaches is one of nine independent record stores in New Orleans participating in Record Store Day 2019. (Photo by India Yarborough)

By India Yarborough, iayarbor@my.loyno.edu
Loyola Student News Service

According to record-store owner Lee Rea, “If art imitates life, then the record shop should be an epicenter for local culture.”

Rea is co-owner, along with his mother and sister, of the mom-and-pop record shop Peaches Records on Magazine Street. Peaches, opened in 1975 by Rea’s father, is one of nine independently owned record stores in New Orleans participating in the 12th annual Record Store Day this Saturday.

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Apr 072019
 

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, a resident of the Freret neighborhood, performs on the Dat Dog Stage at the Freret Street Festival on April 6. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The annual Freret Street festival drew a large crowd on Saturday, April 6, packing the street from curb to curb between Napoleon Avenue and Soniat Street. Performers included Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Debauche, J & the Causeways, Little Freddie King, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers and more.

Crabs fried up with a healthy dose of butter at the Freret Street Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Apr 042019
 

Courtney “Ceaux” Buckley (left) presents his latest painting, “India,” in a booth outside the Axiom Art Gallery during the 2018 Freret Street Festival. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, the Freret Street Festival will kick off to the New Orleans festival season.

The  seven-block street party features live music on three stages (see the lineup below), a food court featuring top local chefs (with picnic seating at every intersection), more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, a kids’ area, and slightly used dogs and cats up for adoption.

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Apr 032019
 

Doctors’ lead vocalist Jonathan Joubert sings on the stage of Uptown Sounds battle of the bands. The group emerged victorious from its first public performance.  (Catie Sanders, Loyola News Service)

By Catie Sanders, Loyola Student News Service

It was slightly windy and rainy, but that didn’t stop the music of Uptown Sounds battle of the bands from sizzling. The event at Evans Park in the Freret neighborhood on Sunday, March 31, gave eight bands the chance to take the stage at the festival-style event.

The winner was chosen by audience vote. Doctors, a dark-pop band, received a cash prize and a spot on the lineup for Freret Street Festival on Saturday (3:45 on Alder Hotel Stage at Valence Street).

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Apr 022019
 
Tuesday, April 2
Veronica Roth, “The Fates Divide”

Bestselling young adult author Veronica Roth in conversation with Daniel José Older to celebrate the paperback release of her newest book “The Fates Divide,” the second book in the “Carve the Mark” science fiction duology.

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Apr 012019
 

People chow down on crawfish from Seither’s Seafood, in Harahan and Clesi’s Catering in Mid-City during the seventh annual Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil and Block Party outside of the Maple Leaf Bar on March 31. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, people gathered in the 8300 block of Oak street, outside of the Maple Leaf Bar to celebrate the legacy of musician and chef Jamie Galloway with live music from the Hundred and One Runners, Billy Iuso, Papa Malie and more — plus crawfish from Seither’s Seafood and Clesi’s Catering. The event serves as a benefit for the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

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Mar 292019
 
Loyola University New Orleans Uptown Sounds

Music Industry students at Loyola University New Orleans will present ‘Uptown Sounds Battle of the Bands’ on Sunday, March 31. (via Loyola University New Orleans)

Six bands will battle for a spot at the Freret Street Festival at a college student-produced music festival this weekend. “Uptown Sound” will bring music, food trucks, and more to Evans Playground (5100 Lasalle Street) this Sunday, March 31.

The “battle of the bands” festival is produced by a committee of dedicated music industry young professionals from Loyola University New Orleans. The goal of the event is to bring together the Uptown college community with the local residents for an energetic fun-filled day of entertainment. Continue reading »

Mar 292019
 

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes are among the groups playing at the Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil and Block Party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil and Block Party, known as the “most anticipated event before festival season,”  takes place Sunday, March 31, in the 8300 block of Oak Street.

The seventh annual boil and block party, a benefit for the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation, features live music on two stages .

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Mar 282019
 

The unassuming First Street shotgun that Buddy Bolden once called home draws jazz pilgrims from across the globe. (via Google Maps)

The fate of the Central City shotgun where early jazz pioneer Charles “Buddy” Bolden once lived has long concerned preservationists and jazz aficionados. Now some fresh hope for the dilapidated building has appeared in the form of PJ Morton, an acclaimed musician with close ties to the building’s owner.

At a blight hearing Tuesday, Morton laid out plans to renovate the building at 2309 First St. He wants to turn the shotgun double and its twin next door into a museum, recording studio and event space, according to a Facebook post by the Preservation Resource Center, which is advising Morton on the project.

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Mar 252019
 

Malik Ninety Five, New Orleans-based artist, raps on the Float Den stage at the 2019 Buku Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Buku Music + Art Project took over Mardi Gras World for a 7th year with big national names like Lana Del Ray, Dog Blood, and A$AP Rocky. The lineup, however, did not skimp on local talent across musical styles.

Performers like Tristan Dufrene from the Cut Off, Thou and Kevin Gates from Baton Rouge, and $uicideboys from New Orleans, showed how Louisiana creates quality music in many contrasting genres. Malik Ninety Five and James Seville—two 23-year-old rappers from Gentilly New Orleans who also performed at the festival—are striving to show the changing definitions of the city’s hip-hop sound.

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Mar 242019
 

Toro Y Moi performs on the Power Plant stage on Friday at the 2019 Buku Music and Arts Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

March 22 and 23, the 2019 Buku Music and Art Project took over Mardi Gras World. The annual event, which began in 2012, featured acts both local and national, as well as visual art.

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Mar 222019
 

Confetti rains down on the crowd during Bassnectar’s set at the 2018 Buku Music and Art Projectat Mardi Gras World. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2019 Buku Music & Art Festival of electronic, hip-hop and indie rock music is this weekend at Mardi Gras World. The festival runs 2 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Continue reading »

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Mar 202019
 

Spy Boy J’Wan Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles clears a way for the tribe down LaSalle street onto Washington avenue during St. Joseph’s Night, March 19. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Every year, on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19, Mardi Gras Indians bring out that year’s suits for one last showing. Tribes from around the city converged on Washington and LaSalle, right where Uptown Super Sunday was held last week.

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Mar 172019
 

The Algiers Warriors march down LaSalle Street during Super Sunday on March 17. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

 

Mardi Gras Indian tribes and social aid and pleasure clubs converged on A.L. Davis Park for the annual Uptown Super Sunday event on Sunday, March 17. The Young Pinstripe and Hot 8 brass bands provided music.

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