Jun 062017

The crowd gathers under the VooDoo Experience logo at City Park (Della Hasselle).

Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem and The Killers top the lineup for the 2017 Voodoo Music and Art Experience, the annual Halloween weekend festival that takes over City Park.

The three-day festival – held October 27 to 29 – also features 71 other artists and bands, including DJ Snake, Brand New and Kehlani. Continue reading »

May 292017

People of all ages went out for the toga contest – even toddlers (Claire Byun).

For the 44th year in a row, the New Orleans Greek Fest showcased the food, music and fun of life in Greece.

The three-day festival lured hundreds of people into Bayou St. John to peruse the riches of Greek food, music and Hellenic dance performances. Those headed out Sunday afternoon could avoid the $8 entrance fee by wearing a “tasteful” toga, and one lucky winner was crowned Best Toga. Continue reading »

May 152017

Crowd members hit a beach ball during Anders Osborne’s performance at Bayou Boogaloo 2016. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Mothership Foundation, a local nonprofit that puts on the Bayou Boogaloo every year, is looking for some help.

The festival kickstarts Friday evening but volunteers are needed for setup and breakdown over the week. Setup shifts are available Monday through Thursday, with breakdown shifts early the next week. Shifts are three to four hours in length. Continue reading »

May 052017

McDonogh 35 Gospel Choir energizes the crowd gathered under the Gospel Tent at Jazz Fest on Thursday (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

A slew of local schools showed off their skills to crowds at Jazz Fest on Thursday, ranging from Gospel choirs to circus acrobatics. Through the chilly wind and dark clouds, students wowed crowds with their talent and athleticism.

Performances from other schools are scheduled throughout the remainder of Jazz Fest. You can check the full festival schedule online. Continue reading »

May 042017

A few soggy patrons get food last year at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell (Della Hasselle).

By Claire Byun

At least two weekends every year, Fairgrounds residents have to commute in and out of police barriers, tourist traffic and street vendors during Jazz Fest. To lessen some of that burden, residents are given neighborhood access passes that allow them to park at – or at least near – their homes.

Some people have been selling those passes for profit, officials said. Continue reading »

May 042017

If you’re heading out to Jazz Fest today (Thursday), make sure to catch one of the many local schools performing throughout the fairgrounds.

First up, the Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs take the Gospel Tent at 11:20 a.m. The secondary school’s Gospel choir consists of approximately 55 students in the 9th through 12th grade and has performed at Jazz Fest for the last six years. Continue reading »

Apr 182017

A still from “Death of Louis XIV” (Via the New Orleans Film Society).

C’est la vie… at least for a week in New Orleans.

The 20th annual French Film Festival kickstarts Friday with 14 new feature length films, including Frantz, Personal Shopper and My Life as a Zucchini. One lucky filmmaker will also be awarded a $32,500 #CreateLouisiana French Culture Film Grant; the grant recipient will screen the film created with this funding at the 2018 French Film Festival. Continue reading »

Mar 312017

Several Mid-City artists and ensembles are hitting the stage for the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Xanier University’s Jazz Ensemble will hit the stage Saturday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m. The ensemble, which will play on the Lagniappe Stage, has toured the United States and South American countries while being recognized annually for its work toward preserving jazz.

Keeping with the educational performances, the McDonogh #35 High School gospel choir is slated to perform Thursday, May 4. The group’s innovation year after year make it a crowd favorite among Gospel lovers and those who appreciate fine choreography, and the ensemble’s biography on the Jazz Fest’s website touts the group’s charm. Continue reading »