Apr 032018
 

The Wild Magnolias perform on the Alder Hotel stage at the 2016 Freret Street Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Mike Dillon, Motel Radio and the Caesar Brothers’ Funk Box will headline the three music stages at the Freret Street Festival on Saturday. Continue reading »

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Mar 112018
 

Yukimi Nagamo performs with Little Dragon at the Ballroom stage. The 2018 Buku Music and Art Project took place at Mardi Gras World on March 9 and 10. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Buku 2018 finished on Saturday, March 10. The day was marked by the last-minute cancellation of one of the day’s major acts, Lil Uzi Vert. Acts like Bassnectar, Isaiah Rashad, Borgore and Princess Nokia brought people out to Mardi Gras World.

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Mar 102018
 

Migos performs on the Power Plant stage. The 2018 Buku Music and Art Project took place at Mardi Gras World on March 9 and 10. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2018 Buku Music and Art Project began on Friday, March 9. National acts Migos, SZA, MGMT, Virtual Self and others performed.

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Feb 142018
 

Members of the Golden Blades Mardi Gras Indians confront one another as they leave the Purple Rain Bar on Washington avenue on Tuesday, February 13. The Golden Blades are one of many Mardi Gras Indian “tribes” or “gangs” to mask on Mardi Gras Day all across New Orleans in intricate, hand-sewn suits. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Mardi Gras day, February 13, Mardi Gras Indian tribes mask all over New Orleans. Their intricate, hand-sewn suits pay homage to local Native American tribes who helped runaway slaves. The tradition of “masking” Indian dates back to the mid 19th century. There are dozens of tribes all over New Orleans.

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Feb 092018
 

The krewe’s newest float, “The Goddessy,” rolls down St. Charles near Jackson avenue. With the theme “Sight at the Museum,” the Krewe of Muses took to the streets uptown on Thursday, February 9th. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Muses paraded down their traditional route uptown on Thursday. The theme of the 17th annual parade was “Sight at the Museum.”

Riders on the “Swamp Lillies” float throw beads into the crowd along St. Charles avenue. With the theme “Sight at the Museum,” the Krewe of Muses took to the streets uptown on Thursday, February 9th. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 262018
 

King Cake Ice Cream, King Cake Cocktails, King Cake Macarons, a King Cake Festival and… King Cake Burgers?

NOLA chefs and bartenders have jumped on the King Cake bandwagon, and nothing is sacred. Locals—who are game for most anything—are documenting the King Cake craze with enthusiasm.

If Instagram excels at anything, it’s the cataloging of what we eat. And New Orleanians love to eat. From Twelfth Night onwards, NOLA eats King Cake. A lot of King Cake. Masses of King Cake. Everywhere. Dirty Coast is even selling a King Cake Consumption poster and King Cake T-shirt.

Dirty Coast King Cake Consumption Print from dirtycoast.com

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Jan 192018
 

Mardi Gras and festival season are right around the corner, which means you need an outfit that makes a statement. Whether you’re walking down the parade routes on St. Charles Avenue or navigating the food stands at Jazz Fest, it’s always important to stand out from the crowd. 1 of 1 Blazers creates custom, hand-painted suits, ties, and blazers for all your party needs.

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Some men’s suits have a subtle message, but not ours. We create the ultimate power suit by giving you the confidence to truly own the room. Here are a few places to wear your most outlandish outfits:

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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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Nov 072017
 

The crowd dances in the Float Den stage on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Saturday concluded the 2017 Buku Music and Art Project. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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The 2018 BUKU Music + Art Project released the first of three lineup announcements this morning (Nov. 7). Headliners and notable acts include Bassnectar, MGMT, SZA, Alison Wonderlan, Smino, and more.

The 2018 festival is scheduled for March 9-10 at Mardi Gras World, 1400 Port of New Orleans Place. Continue reading »

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Oct 192017
 

Jonathan Epperman of Parkway Bakery prepares oysters for the deep fryer. Parkway was one of 34 food vendors at the 2015 Oak Street Po boy Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Amid concerns about another downpour, the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival has been postponed until November, organizers announced. Continue reading »

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Oct 132017
 

Oktoberfesters in Alpine hats and Lederhosen (Photo by Katherine Kimball)

Oktoberfest and the Oompa band have finally returned to New Orleans proper. What could be more fitting for a New Orleanian than Bratwurst and beer on the bayou?
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Oct 052017
 

Deutsches Haus returns to New Orleans with its annual Oktoberfest at their new location—1700 Moss Street, along Bayou St. John in Mid-City. The festival runs for three weekends, beginning with a Mid-City Biz fundraiser from 4 to 11 p.m. this Friday, October 6.

Oktoberfest runs for three weekends, October 6 – 7, October 13 – 14, and October 20 – 21, with Friday hours 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday hours 1 to 11 p.m. This will be Deutsches Haus’ first Oktoberfest in the City of New Orleans since 2010. Continue reading »

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Sep 292017
 

Local artist Bryan Brown, member of Axiom Artist Collective, poses with his original art piece created for the official Tremé Fall Fest poster (via Spears Group)

New Orleans artist Bryan Brown—of Axiom Art Gallery on Freret Street—was selected as the creator this year’s official Tremé Fall Fest poster. The final design was unveiled on Wednesday, September 27, as part of the kickoff for the third annual festival happening this weekend.

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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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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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