Last Night: Imagine Dragons in the French Quarter

The Allstate Sugar Bowl isn't quite the spectacle that last January's Super Bowl was, but it comes with its own spectacle and hoopla. That included a concert on New Year's Eve by O.A.R. for fans of Alabama and Oklahoma who came to New Orleans early, and Imagine Dragons, who played the Allstate Fan Fest in the Jax Brewery parking lot Wednesday night. Althought the show was in conjunction with the Sugar Bowl, many fans were there just for the band. As one person wrote on Twitter, "When Dan Reynolds asked who would win the sugar bowl, I yelled 'who cares'."

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The meeting at Kermit's Speakeasy in late September to discuss zoning and permit-related issues was often an unruly, unfocused venting, but one positive thing to come out of it is the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans - a group working to make sure that musicians, club owners and participants in the culture have a voice in the conversation. Today's newsletter lays out a cause for concern: