News + Notes: January 2022

Elton John

If you’ve never seen rock legend Elton John live, now’s your last chance to do so in the Crescent City. The 74-year-old John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour will be his last. He will be performing in New Orleans for one night only on Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Smoothie King Center. The event has been rescheduled from its original date of June 24, 2020. All ticket purchases for the original date will still be valid.

The tour will span the globe and mark the end of 50 years of touring for the “Rocket Man,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” and “Your Song” singer. 

All ticket holders over 12 will have to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken less than 72 hours before the concert date. For more information, visit


Fan Expo New Orleans

Formerly Wizard World, this fan event will be held Jan. 7-9 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. It’s a playground for fans of sci-fi, horror, anime, comics, and gaming. Past guests have included Jason Momoa, Chris Evans, and William Shatner.

“Choir Boy” 

The 2019 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, “Choir Boy” comes to Le Petit Theatre Jan. 14-30. It tells the story of a boy who longs to take his place as the leader of his school’s legendary gospel choir.

Blank Book

“Rex: 150 Years of the School of Design”

Whet your appetite for the upcoming parade season (cross fingers, knock wood) with “Rex: 150 Years of the School of Design.” The new book, written by Rex historian and archivist Stephen Hales, provides a decade-by-decade account of Rex’s century-and-a-half history. 

At 256 pages, the book is the largest and most comprehensive piece of history written about a single Mardi Gras krewe. It features over 800 illustrations, many of which will be published for the first time. There are portraits of every Rex king and all but one Rex queen. There is an extensive listing of every king, queen, maid, duke, and page in the krewe’s history, as well as each parade date, theme, ball venue, and approximately 4,000 float titles. 

For more information or to purchase the book, visit


Tank and the Bangas

New Orleans band Tank and the Bangas defies categories. They mix soul, hip-hop, R&B, and spoken-word stylings. They will be performing with a full orchestra at the Orpheum Theater on Jan. 14.

Phunny Phorty Phellows Streetcar Ride

Carnival season begins on Jan. 6. If all goes well, start your season off right with the satirical Phunny Phorty Phellows streetcar ride. You can catch it anywhere on its route starting at the Willow Streetcar Barn, proceeding down St. Charles, and ending at the National World War II Museum. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please check all event websites for the most up-to-date information.


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