Jun 182013

With more Mardi Gras krewes moving to the St. Charles Avenue route, a series of proposals would return the celebration to its neighborhood routes by “bolstering an alternative major parade route in Mid-City, working with Jefferson and the other parishes to coordinate regional parade schedules, adjusting regulations to allow neighborhoods to hold much smaller Mardi Gras Krewe processions, and encouraging those neighborhoods to form ‘Krewes of their own’, something between marching clubs and small float processions,” according to a recent article by Christoper Tidmore for the Louisiana Weekly.

Jefferson Parish officials would be enthusiastic about having a night or two more focused on their parades, Tidmore writes, suggesting that they might help with some Orleans Parish parade-route enforcement on other nights in exchange, a potentially attractive option as the multi-million dollar bill for the federal NOPD consent decree looms.

The proposals may be timely, as City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell spends the year brainstorming potential changes to the city’s Mardi Gras ordinances.

Jun 062013

Newsflash: “Neighbors and nightclub clash over live music.” It sounds like a headline from any given day’s report from the City Council chambers, but it’s actually a story that’s nearly as old as New Orleans.

Whether New Orleans properly takes care of its musicians and other artists is another never-ending saga — but one that may finally be showing some improvement, according a panel discussion held at Tulane University on Thursday evening. Continue reading »

Jun 052013

How the economy surrounding the culture of New Orleans can lead to gentrification — possibly threatening the authenticity of the culture for the future — will be debated by jazz musicians Ellis Marsalis and Shamarr Allen, as well as professor Richard Campanella, journalist Katy Reckdahl and business owner Mike Valentino in a forum Thursday at Tulane University’s Hillel Center. Continue reading »

May 222013

Tipitina’s will host a concert fundraiser Thursday night with performances by Donald Harrison Jr., The Revivalists and numerous brass bands — organized by Gambit, The United Way and Silence Is Violence to benefit the 19 victims of a shooting at a second-line on Mother’s Day as well as future victims of violence. Continue reading »

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May 082013

Jean-Paul Villere

As the 2013 close of another JazzFest leaves in its wake a thankfully healthy trail of mud, sweat, and beers I find myself at once indifferent but pleased, however mostly curious with one eyebrow raised just so.  You see, if I get to go any given year I generally only have the privilege of going one day, and I’m okay with that.  As such I tend to take it all in, looking to maximize my experience, people watching, carving out set times, and noting what, if any, differences from years past.  So color me dismayed this season when as I queued to purchase my ticket and then queued again to enter the fairgrounds, the security measures in place from previous fests seemed largely unchanged – or – maybe even exactly the same.  Bags searched?  Maybe.  Strollers examined?  Ha!  And the coup de gras of all contraband concealers the chair tube: opened?  Nary a one.  Frankly my fellow New Orleanians in a post Boston Marathon bombing world, this is not okay. Continue reading »

May 072013

Kara Morgan (right) and her sister, Kristine Rizzuto, at Morgan’s home in the Irish Channel. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

For years, Kara Morgan has given her neighbors her time, love and energy as the tough, cheerful leader of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association.

Now that the 39-year-old mother of two has been diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer, the Irish Channel is giving back to Morgan this weekend in the neighborhood’s own irreverent way — with a fundraiser for her medical treatment at a brewery, complete with burlesque dancers, musicians, and all the fierce, unyielding optimism that she and her community bear so proudly. Continue reading »

May 032013

The monthly Freret Market is slated to return next Saturday (May 11), with free music from noon to 5 p.m. by the Upstarts, Daria and the Hip Drops, and Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots plus 90 local vendors with food, art, gifts and pet adoptions, organizers said.

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Apr 302013

Students from Eleanor McMain Secondary School perform at Tipitina’s Instruments A Comin’ benefit Monday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Marching bands from four New Orleans schools — Martin Behrman, Eleanor McMain, McDonogh 35 and the St. Augustine “Marching 100″ — performed for crowds packing Napoleon Avenue on Monday night to kick off Tipitina’s annual Instruments A Comin’ benefit, raising money to buy instruments that will be placed in other area schools. Continue reading »

Apr 292013

A member of the St. Augustine Marching 100 plays in the Battle of the Bands for the Instruments A-Comin’ benefit at Tipitina’s in April 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A street party featuring a performances by some of the New Orleans’ most-celebrated high-school marching band and a concert of Jazzfest favorites at Tipitina’s tonight (Monday, April 29) will raise money to buy instruments for local school music programs. Continue reading »

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Apr 172013

Just two weeks after the 2013 Freret Street Festival drew record-setting crowds, Dat Dog, The Other Bar and Gasa Gasa will be hosting another festival Saturday evening, “Uptown Sounds,” featuring acoustic sets, DJs and full bands. The festival runs from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and will also feature art and film, and is being organized by Loyola University’s Music Industries Studies program, according to a post at The New Freret website.

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Apr 152013

Update, 2:42 p.m. Monday: This event has been postponed yet again, Tulane officials announced this afternoon. A makeup date will be announced later.

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence” will be held at 5 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 15) at Tulane after being rescheduled because of the last week’s rains. Continue reading »

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