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

This weekend in New Orleans, see live, local brass bands, go to a 13th Night Mardi Gras party, see Colin Quinn perform and much more!

Carnival season in New Orleans is officially underway and celebration is in the air. This weekend in New Orleans you can catch live music all over town, including the sounds of the best in New Orleans brass, as well as live comedy from an SNL alum, and the first Mardi Gras party of the year. So catch the fever and get out there and party!

Thursday, January 8

1. Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional at the Joy Theater – Comedian and Saturday Night Live vet Colin Quinn is back in the comedy mix of things, on tour with his new live show, “Unconstitutional” at the Joy Theatre. From the Kardashians to predator drones, Quinn offers his comedic perspective on our national character. Get ready for edgy commentary and side-splitting laughs.

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Celebrate and honor New Orleans’ history at the 199th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans this weekend (Photo by Paul Broussard)

Friday – Saturday

2. Battle of New Orleans 199th Anniversary – This weekend marks the 199th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, and to commemorate the event, you can take part in three days packed full of events at Chalmette Battlefield, where it all happened. From a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the men who fought, to a full, live re-enactment, to military drills, musket firings, and music, there are plenty of ways to learn about and reflect on one of the most significant battles of the War of 1812.

Saturday, January 11

3. 6th Annual Brass Band Blowout – There really is nothing like the sound of a New Orleans brass band and if you are here in the Big Easy, you don’t want to miss any night when you get the chance to catch some of the best of them performing under one roof. This weekend you can do just that at the 6th Annual Brass Band Blowout at the Howlin’ Wolf. Catch acts like the Hot 8 Brass Band with Shamarr Allen and 5th Ward Weebie, Free Agents, Stooges Brass Band, the Original Pinettes Brass Band, and many more.

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Catch Hot 8 Brass Band at the Brass Band Blowout this weekend in New Orleans (Photo from Derek Bridges on Flickr)

4. Krewe of Orpheus’ 13th Night Party – Twelfth Night has come and gone and king cakes are here, which means Carnival season in New Orleans has officially begun, so let the celebrating begin! This weekend, the Krewe of Orpheus is throwing Mardi Gras’ first official party, 13th Night, and everyone is invited. Come on down to Generations Hall and get in on the beginning of the most wonderful time of year in New Orleans with some great food, drinks, and live music. They will also be auctioning off an original Blue Dog painting, so you definitely do not want to miss this event.

5. Bantam Foxes, Big History and Prom Date at Gasa Gasa – There could never be enough live music in New Orleans, and this weekend New Orleans rock and roll band, Bantam Foxes, will be performing live at the hot, new Freret Street venue, Gasa Gasa. Also taking the stage will be local soul/pop/electro band Big History, as well as synth pop/dance band Prom Date, so you’ll be able to get your fill of live New Orleans music across several genres this weekend.

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