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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

There’s plenty to do this weekend in New Orleans including Jazz Fest, Fiya Fest, the re-opening of the Carver Theater, plus the music of Dr. John.

This weekend in New Orleans features an all-star lineup of music. Whether you catch the stars at Jazz Fest, during Fiya Fest at Mardi Gras World, in the Treme for the re-opening of the historic Carver Theater or at the Saenger Theatre for a celebration of the music of Dr. John, there’s every reason to move your feet, dance and rejoice this weekend.

All Weekend

1. Jazz Fest – The celebration continues for the second and final weekend of this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Headlining acts for this weekend include Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Foster the People, Chaka Khan, Alabama Shakes, Lyle Lovett, Solange, and Arcade Fire. Visit for ticket information and schedules.

Thursday, May 1

2. Jazzin’ in Treme – The historic Carver Theater (2101 Orleans Avenue) celebrates its re-opening all weekend long with an all-star lineup of jazz musicians. The “Jazzin In Treme” event on Thursday night at 7 p.m. features some of the best musical voices in New Orleans, including Germaine Bazzle, Stephanie Jordan, Sharon Martin, Phillip Manuel, Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony, and Herlin Riley. Tickets are available in advance for $40.

Friday, May 2

3. Fiya Fest – Fiya Fest is a one day music festival and crawfish boil benefiting The Roots of Music program, which educates and empowers the youth of New Orleans through music. Fiya Fest 2014 will feature an all-star lineup of more than 95 artists on three stages at Mardi Gras World. The lineup includes George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Big Sam, Stanton Moore, Shamarr Allen, Eric Lindell, Clint Maedgen, and of course, the kids from The Roots of Music will perform. The event takes place Friday, May 2 from noon til 8 p.m., and tickets are on sale now.

Saturday, May 3

4. The Musical Mojo of Dr. John – Musicians from around New Orleans and the world join forces Saturday night at the Saenger Theatre to celebrate the legendary music of Dr. John. This special tribute concert will be filmed and features a prestigious lineup including Gregg Allman, Tab Benoit, Chief Monk Boudreaux, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, George Porter Jr., Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Lucinda Williams, Irma Thomas, and Widespread Panic. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are available now.

Sunday, May 4

5. Rebirth Brass Band album release party – Local favorite Rebirth Brass Band celebrates the release of their latest album, “Move Your Body,” with a party at Howlin’ Wolf on Sunday night. The show will also feature Zigaboo Modeliste and The Funk Revue to kick the party off right. Doors open at 9 p.m.; the 18+ show starts at 10 p.m., and tickets are on sale now via Ticketweb.

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