The vending rules at Jazz Fest are pretty strict. Even if you live nearby, the Fest frowns down upon unlicensed sales. If those unlicensed sales are enough drugs to stock Hunter S. Thompson’s suitcase, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) does not appreciate it either. Today, detectives busted a Mid City man for allegedly selling a potpourri of recreational narcotics.
News that Louisiana State University (LSU) would file for financial exigency has caused a stir with many residents. It also caused a stir with LSU who says that the reports are not accurate. A pair of statements from the school this morning (4.24) clarifies that LSU has not begun the “process of filing for financial exigency,” but is continuing to “explore a wide range of contingency plans.”
The fest at the Fair Grounds closes around sunset, but New Orleans is not a city known for an early curfew (or any curfew for that matter). After dark, the Revivalists, Lettuce, the Meter Men, Warren Haynes, and a dozen more are all getting going. Check out all of tonight’s happenings below.
Jazz fest has begun and so has the annual courting of the weather gods. Glancing at the skies festers may not be sure whether to bring a parasol or an actual umbrella, sun screen or lip balm. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting that the elements will be okay(ish).
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are investigating a grizzly double shooting in Michoud. The deadly crime took place in a normally placid neighborhood blocks from the Einstein Charter School and Mary Queen of Vietnam Church.
Today is the big day! The Fair Grounds open their gates for Jazz Fest this morning and the music begins. For those looking for something more mellow than the after-hour shows, there’s a great NOLA doc at Indywood and an evening event at NOMA. Also, on this day in 1877, reconstruction ended in Louisiana.
Some festers start longing for more Crawfish Monica about thirty minutes after they leave the Fair Grounds. Of course, only Cajun Kettle makes the Monica, but there is still some hope. NoDef reached out to Cane & Table’s Chef Jason Klutts for some tips about a distant cousin of the dish that his family calls Crawfish Adrian.
Most bar fights end before they begin. Some come to fisticuffs. The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) says that on Monday (4.20) morning, one bar fight ended with a simple robbery.
Gentle reader, the winds of change know no compass, no season. The gale erodes the old traditions as it sows the seeds of the new. But be not dismayed by smoking bans and kneejerk gentrification, my friends. Come with me instead to an institution in the making. We’re headed into the storied Treme neighborhood to visit that most excellent new addition to the downtown music scene, into that veritable living room of New Orleans musical royalty: The Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar!
The Fest has not yet begun. The late night shows have. Over the next two weeks, there will be plenty of power pairing and celebrity sit-ins. Tonight is not a bad start though. Dr. John, Stanton Moore, Band of Heathens, Jon Cleary, and the Soul Rebels are just a few of the late night choices. A full guide to tonight’s music options follows.
Hawaiian shirts might be the uniform of Jazz Fest, but for the next week the City will be flooded with sailors wearing government issued uniforms. NOLA Navy Week begins today when six vessels steam up the River and dock in New Orleans.