NEW ORLEANS - MAY 03:  Fans watch as rain clouds gather over the Jazz and Heritage festival in the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course on May 3, 2009 in New Orleans.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

☔🎺 Rain at Jazz Fest? Don’t widespread panic yet 😱

It was almost widespread panic this morning for Jazz Fest. No, not the band that replaced Fleetwood Mac, who replaced the Rolling Stones for Jazz Fest next week.

by Clint Durrett | April 25, 2019

There was almost “widespread panic” this morning over Jazz Fest. No, not the band that replaced Fleetwood Mac, who replaced the Rolling Stones for Jazz Fest next week. We’re talking about the flash dump and downpour of rain that swept through the area this morning, delaying the beginning of the two-weekend music-filled fair grounds. But, hey, what’s a Jazz Fest without a little mud? If you’re avoiding the dash to declare your spot on the soggy surfaces of the fest for now, let us woo you with the wonders of what else you can dive into and soak up.

The Prytania Promise

With the latest Marvel movie “Avengers: Endgame” hitting theaters and already breaking blockbuster records, it’s easy to pick a Giant-Man-sized theater, such as an IMAX or one of the bazillion other cineplexes. But before you bounce, hit a local theater, such as the Prytania on — this is easy to remember — Prytania Street in Uptown. We take a look at the more than 100-year history of this show hall.

Central City has legit AF Filipino food

First, our writer on this didn’t want y’all to know about this spot, because food tastes better when you’re in on the secret. But the secret is out because we can’t be selfish forever. You MUST try CK’s Hot Shoppe and fill your face with this Filipino food. Frolic here and waddle home afterward.

Twerk hard and play hard; Beyonce Boasts NOLA
Queen Bey isn’t letting her foot off our necks anytime soon. After releasing her film and live album “Homecoming,” she finally posted her first Instagram story, showcasing the #BeforeILetGoChallenge. In the video is none other than the local dance group Twerk NOLA.


What To Do


Jazz Fest Highlights: 

PJ Morton | Santana | Aloe Blacc | The Revivalists | Free Agents Brass Band | Tab Benoit

Non-Jazz Fest:
Brass-A-Holics FREE Show | The Maison | 10 p.m.-3 a.m. | FREE
Can’t get into Jazz Fest? Want to see one of the artists without paying the ticket price? Check out this late-night spot for a free show from the Brass-A-Holics.


Jazz Fest Highlights:
Preservation Hall Jazz Band | Katy Perry | Leon Bridges | Better Than Ezra | Boz Scaggs | Rebirth Brass Band

Non-Jazz Fest:

Tombs by Twilight | St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 | 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. | $50

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is usually closed off except to tour groups, but this takes it a step further by taking you there at night. Guided by Save Our Cemeteries, the tour includes a drink and appetizer at the Batch Lounge afterward. Ghost sightings not guaranteed.


Jazz Fest Highlights: 

Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute | Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles | Bonnie Raitt | Irma Thomas | Treme Brass Band | Flow Tribe

Non-Jazz Fest:

Sunday Swim Society Launch Party | NOPSI Hotel | 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. | $20

It’s getting warm in the city! And before you know it, it’ll be swearable and unbearable. The pool at the NOPSI Hotel is opening to the public with a lunch party.


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Clint Durrett

Clint Durrett

Hi. I’m Clint.
I’m the Local Market Manager for Very Local New Orleans. I’ve lived in New Orleans since 2001 and been living my best life in this rad place since that year.
I have 10 years of broadcast journalism and digital media experience. Before Very Local New Orleans, I worked for WDSU-TV – producing, product developing, digital media managing– I’ve done it all. I’ve seen first-hand the trials we’ve suffered in this city and the celebrations we’ve enjoyed. I love New Orleans. It’s home.
I’m going to work my hardest to bring you the content and experiences you care about to live your best life here in one of the best cities on the planet.
I love finding things to do here – concerts, food, drinks, nerding out, etc. And I love sharing those things with others.
Contact me via email. Gimme a shout on social. If you see something you think we should know about, hit me up. If you see something that needs fixing on the site, ditto. I want this website to be yours, too. Not just one I manage, but one we as a community and New Orleanians use to help us live our best lives.

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