Festivals

Hogs for the Cause 2019

  The weather recently has been beautiful for everything but respiration, which functions best in a low-pollen environment. According to an area tv meteorologist, this weekend will be a bit warmer and also more humid. Ordinarily I would not vote…

Sip and Stroll Into Spring

  We are in the most beautiful time of the year in New Orleans. And it’s time to step into many bars and restaurants for fun springtime sipping. We recommend enjoying this time of year with a cocktail in hand…

This Week: BUKU and Beyond

  Of course, the big news this week is the return of the BUKU Music + Art Project to the grounds of Mardi Gras World.  BUKU is one of the truly great festivals on our scene.  The organizers do a…

Celebrating Celtic and Culture

  If you’re not too depleted from Mardi Gras festivities, get ready to honor St. Patrick’s Day. In recent years, Acadiana has provided more Celtic-centric events around this time of year, including a special live outdoor performance and a fundraiser for…

Louisiana Winter Beer Festival

  More than 40 breweries will be on tap at the Louisiana Winter Beer Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the 1000 block of Ryan Street overlooking the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse and 1911 Historic City…

Instigation Festival Returns

  Starting Monday the Instigation Festival returns to New Orleans.  This event began in 2016 as a collaboration between improvisational musicians from Chicago and New Orleans to bring cutting edge events to both cities.  After a great run of shows…

BOOGIE and BUKU

  For better or worse (mostly worse) the local NFL season is done and we have a couple of weekends left before Mardi Gras gets into full swing.  There are some great events this week including Lake Street Dive at…

Cinema on the Bayou

  I used to beg festival organizers to place one in January, something festive to enjoy inside away from the wet, chilly weather. Then came Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival in Lafayette, a multi-day event that showcases numerous independent,…

King Cake Festival Proceeds Help Families In Need

Kathleen McCulla is the Director of Special Events in the Department of Philanthropy at Ochsner Health System.  In this podcast, McCulla offers details about the hospital’s annual King Cake Festival. This year, 2019, is the sixth year for this popular…

Jazz Fest Turns 50

  The Jazz Fest Lineup Two Days Later Well, the 2019 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival lineup is finally here and there is a lot to talk about.  The obvious starting point is The Rolling Stones who will play on…

Bonnaroo Roars Back

  It’s the time of year when the major festivals begin to release their lineups.  So far we’ve seen announcements from the likes of Coachella, Hangout, Shaky Knees, Governors Ball and this week – Bonnaroo.  While we wait for the…

Voodoo in Review

  Over the weekend The Voodoo Music + Arts Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in style with amazing performances from Janelle Monáe, Big Thief, Tom Misch, Mumford & Sons, the Arctic Monkeys and more. One of the things that I…

Deutsches Haus’ 2018 Oktoberfest Last Days

Dean Arnett is the volunteer coordinator and MC for Deutsches Haus’ 2018 Oktoberfest celebration. This podcast with Arnett took place on Deutsches Haus’ new site on Moss Street, facing Bayou St. John. This year, Deutsches Haus is celebrating its 90th…

Latin Fest celebrates Acadiana’s Latin American Day

October is a busy month for fall fests in various forms, and, since 2002, now includes a festival that celebrates part of my heritage: The Latin Music Festival, this Saturday at Parc International. Growing up, I felt isolated from and…

Catching Avian Visitors On Their Way South

  Louisiana is one of the last stops on the Mississippi Flyway, a highway of sorts for North American birds heading south for the winter and returning home every spring. Migratory birds are traveling this interstate right now, pausing in…

In Tune This Week

  To Do This Week Tonight, check out Jonathon Boogie Long at Tipitina’s.  Tomorrow you can see DJ Soul Sister at One Eyed Jacks.  Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes are the Free Friday show at Tips with Mike Dillon.  Saturday,…

Nola on a Budget

  Long to go to New Orleans but the budget’s tight? If you don’t mind a little heat (okay, a lot of heat), then August is the perfect time to visit the Crescent City. Hotels are offering great deals, the…

Zydeco Festival and a Bonnaroo Review

Zydeco Festival This Saturday and Sunday the 12th edition of the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival comes to Armstrong Park.  On Saturday you can catch Bruce Daigrepont, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots and the Lost Bayou Ramblers.  On Sunday you’ll see Li’l Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers, Corey Ledet,…

Recap: Bonnaroo 2018

Bonnaroo 2018 Day 1 Despite some serious flight delays we managed to have camp all set by the time the music began Thursday afternoon.  In the days leading up to the fest there was a fair bit of complaining about…

To Bonnaroo We Go

Bonnaroo Once again its time to head up to the Farm for another installment of Bonnaroo.  This year will feature headlining sets from Muse, EMINEM and The Killers.  You can also expect a late night set from Bon Iver and…