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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

Jazz Fest (Photo: Paul Broussard)

With Jazz Fest starting up again on Thursday, New Orleans has the feel of a four-day weekend. Shorty Fest happens Thursday night, benefitting Trombone Shorty’s namesake foundation. It doesn’t start until 7 p.m., meaning Jazz Fest revelers can have a full day (and night) of music. Saturday maintains the city’s festive feel with a Neville brothers tribute concert and an inaugural parade that celebrates gay Mardi Gras krewes. Sunday’s NOizefest, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is an experimental alternative to Jazz Fest.

Jazz Fest (Photo: Paul Broussard)

All Weekend

1. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – The second and final weekend of Jazz Fest includes performers like Elton John in his debut Fest performance, plus local performers like Kristin Diable, The Meters, Dr. John, and a very busy Trombone Shorty (see below). Tickets are $70 at the gate; children $5.

Thursday

2. Shorty Fest Coming off of last week’s Treme Threauxdown at the Saenger, the Trombone Shorty Foundation holds its third-annual benefit concert at Generations Hall with performances from Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Tank and the Bangas, Sweet Crude, and more. General admission tickets are $55 with proceeds benefitting the foundation, aimed at nurturing the next generation of young musicians in the city.

Saturday

3. Nevilles Forever – On Saturday at 9 p.m., the Saenger Theatre hosts Nevilles Forever, a tribute concert to the city’s favorite musical siblings. All four brothers will perform, in addition to other legends – Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, and John Boutte, to name a few. Trombone Shorty, Widespread Panic, Anders Osborne, and Galactic are also set to take the stage. Tickets from $95 are available online.

4. Gay Krewe of Krewes – Historically, gay Mardi Gras krewes haven’t paraded, opting for balls instead, but on Saturday at 7 p.m., all gay krewes will roll together in the inaugural Gay Krewe of Krewes parade. The route goes through the French Quarter, ending near Armstrong Park at the corner of Ursulines and North Rampart streets.

Sunday

5. NOizeFest – NOizeFest, Jazz Fest’s good-natured adversary, celebrates its 10th anniversary in quieter (but just barely) fashion on Sunday in Brechtel Park. This year’s fest features a dedicated kids’ stage and goat petting zoo plus family-friendly hours from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Still, the festival is “the freakiest,” showcasing experimental music and a second line from Noisician Coalition. Admission is free.

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