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Sep 222016
 
(via nolaontap.org)

(via nolaontap.org)

The 7th Annual NOLA on Tap, the largest beer festival in the region, will take place from 1 to 8 p.m. on the City Park Festival Grounds this Saturday, September 24. The festival will feature live music, over 400 local, national & home-brewed beers, food, contests, and a new cashless payment system. Continue reading »

Jul 162016
 
The Lost Bayou Ramblers play in the lobby of NOMA as part of the 2016 Bastille Fete. The annual event celebrates the French holiday, Bastille Day. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Lost Bayou Ramblers play in the lobby of NOMA as part of the 2016 Bastille Fete. The annual event celebrates the French holiday, Bastille Day. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

On Friday afternoon, NOMA celebrated their annual event, Bastille Fete. The event is a celebration of French culture in honor of Bastille Day, the French holiday which takes place on July 14. This year’s event took on a more somber tone after roughly 80 people were killed in Nice, France when a truck plowed into a group of people celebrating Bastille Day. Gregor Trumel, Consul General of France in Louisiana, spoke at the event. In his speech on the steps of the museum he encouraged people to celebrate despite the tragedy, to not let the act of violence stop them.

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May 222016
 
Anders Osborne solos on his guitar at the Orleans Avenue stage at Bayou Boogaloo 2016. The festival took place on May 20 to 22 on the banks of Bayou St. John. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Anders Osborne solos on his guitar at the Orleans Avenue stage at Bayou Boogaloo 2016. The festival took place on May 20 to 22 on the banks of Bayou St. John. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Sunday concluded the 11 annual Bayou Boogaloo festival on Bayou Saint John. The three-day festival featured music from local, national and international acts. The festival also invests in the Mid City neighborhood, including funding to plant more trees along the bayou.

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Mar 022016
 
A couple dances to OTRA at the Jazz and Heritage stage. (photo taken by Zach Brien at the Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015, MidCityMessenger.com)

A couple dances to OTRA at the Jazz and Heritage stage. (photo taken by Zach Brien at the Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015, MidCityMessenger.com)

With the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival less than two months away, members of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association are tallying complaints to bring to city officials about the longstanding event, ranging from illegal parking to overcrowding and other public safety concerns.

This year, complaints about illegal vendors working outside the festival are rising up to the top of the list, according to Jimmy Farenholz, the neighborhood association’s Jazz Fest liaison. Continue reading »

Dec 302015
 

Unite the Vibe, a community-supported artist agency, will host a three-day New Year’s festival and benefit drive from Thursday, Dec. 31, to Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. The festival takes place at Banks Street Bar, located at 4401 Banks Street, and will feature bands, DJs, artists and vendors. The event is free, and coat and blanket donations will be accepted at the door.

The festival begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 and ends around 4 a.m. on Sunday Jan. 3. Performers include Jimmy Wayne Garrett,  Nate Hancock, The Fifth Men, and All for One Brass Band.

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Oct 052015
 
(via New Orleans Museum of Art)

(via New Orleans Museum of Art)

This Friday, Oct. 9, The New Orleans Museum of Art will formally open the exhibit Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi, and NOMA’s annual Japan Festival will take place the following Saturday.

Traditions Transfigured will open at Fridays Nights at NOMA on Friday, Oct. 9, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The opening event will feature live performances of Japanese Noh plays, free art activities for all ages, and a discussion of Traditions Transfigured by the artist himself and guest curator Dr. Kendall Brown.

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Oct 022015
 
A rendering of the Deutsches Haus biergarten at its proposed new home in Bayou St. John. (image by Mathes Brierre architects via nola.gov)

A rendering of the Deutsches Haus biergarten at its proposed new home in Bayou St. John. (image by Mathes Brierre architects via nola.gov)

As Deutsches Haus prepares for this year’s annual Oktoberfest in Kenner, the new director of the New Orleans-based German cultural organization says she has her eye set on the longer-term goal of returning to Mid-City.

Marketing executive Theresa Crosby was chosen as the first-ever executive director of Deutsches Haus last month and will be overseeing the organization’s regular operations. Part of that, Crosby said, includes the using the increasingly popular Oktoberfest as a fundraising platform for the organization’s new home at 1700 Moss Street in Mid-City.

“Now that we’re making a profit … we need to step up fundraising. That way, our dream of returning home to New Orleans becomes a reality,” Crosby said. Continue reading »

Jul 042015
 
Kolossos banner hangs over the Dumaine street bridge along Bayou St. John. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Kolossos banner hangs over the Dumaine street bridge along Bayou St. John. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

On Saturday afternoon, the Krewe of Kolossos celebrated the fourth of July on the Banks of Bayou St. John in Mid City. Kolossos crowned new royalty on Saturday, naming Al “Carnival Time” Johnson as king and Mercy Stevenson as queen. Continue reading »