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PJ Morton spoons out earfuls of ‘Gumbo’ at NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

By Kiri Walton | July 3, 2018

Grammy-nominated, New Orleans native PJ Morton is embarking on his “More Gumbo” tour, and took a break to give a soul-filled NPR “Tiny Desk Concert” recently.

Jam with us: Very Local’s Essence Fest 2018 playlist

By Clint Durrett | July 3, 2018

Here are some songs we’re listening to on Spotify in the Very Local office while we prep for the Rhythm Nation to arrive.

The Best New Orleans Acts To See During Essence Fest 2018

By Alex Galbraith | July 3, 2018

There will be plenty of time to see out-of-town acts at Essence Fest, but you should make time in your schedule for these local legends and rising stars.

Best Bets for the week of July 2: Essence Fest, Black Girl Giggles & More

By Kiri Walton | July 2, 2018

The 4th of July weekend is always packed with events happening around town, many of which are related to the city’s biggest event outside of Mardi Gras, the Essence Festival. Essence Festival The Essence Festival is a celebration of black women, who drive pop culture, fashion, elections, and it also brings in more revenue to […]

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IG Q&A: Patrick Melon Explains How He Started Shooting His Beloved Street Scenes

By Alex Galbraith | June 30, 2018

Gifted New Orleans photographer Patrick Melon talks about his work.

Your guide to get geeky in Nerd Orleans

By Clint Durrett | June 29, 2018

In a city that enjoys cocktails, music and general nightlife, finding a joint to kick back and sling a 20-sided dice can be a challenge. But here are some places you can get your nerd on in the Crescent City.

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Swamp Selectors: Ann Glaviano of Heatwave! Shares Her Soul Music Safe Space

By Alex Galbraith | June 29, 2018

Ann Glaviano’s Heatwave! soul parties have created a safe space for New Orleans to let loose.

New Orleans sets the perfect stage for Marvel’s mystic ‘Cloak & Dagger’ TV series

By Clint Durrett | June 28, 2018

“Cloak & Dagger” is the perfect superhero story for New Orleans. The latest addition to stories told in “the city that care forgot” gives New Orleanians something to care about.

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Denisia Will Serve New Orleans R&B and Bounce At Essence Fest

By Alex Galbraith | June 27, 2018

Denisia is ready to rock the biggest stage of her career at Essence Fest’s daytime Center Stage.

Essence Fest 2018: More New Orleans local acts and 1 special surprise guest

By Kiri Walton | June 27, 2018

For us here in New Orleans, The Essence has always been what’s up.