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,

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,

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. ( 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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Apr 062013

Crowds fill Freret Street between the vendor tents during the Freret Street Festival on Saturday. (Robert Morris,

With the assistance of perfect springtime weather, the Freret Street Festival drew a record 23,500 people on Saturday afternoon, officials said. Saturday’s attendance far exceeded the estimate of 15,000 in 2012, said Andrew Amacker, president of the Neighbors United community group, who conducts crowd counts every year.

Christy Lorio of Freret Street examines art at a booth in front of the new Gasa Gasa performance space on Saturday. (Robert Morris,

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Apr 032013

The all-female Krewe of Cleopatra moved its parade from the Westbank to the Uptown route in 2013, and the all-male Krewe of Alla may follow suit. ( file photo by Robert Morris)

The Krewe of Alla — which this year paraded 24 floats through Gretna but takes its name from an abbreviation of Algiers, La. — needs 200 paid riders by June 1 or it will seek to move to the Uptown route, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. The all-male krewe was founded in 1932 and “traditionally presents the largest parade on the West Bank,” according to Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide.