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Wynton Marsalis at Saenger Theatre This Sunday

If you know anything about jazz, you know that New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz music, and no family better epitomizes the living torch of New Orleans jazz tradition than the Marsalis clan. This Sunday, October 13th, is a great opportunity to experience New Orleans jazz at its finest, as Wynton...

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French Quarter Festival Approaches

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Festivals, Food Events, Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 30-03-2014


When it comes to New Orleans culture, the French Quarter is the center of it all, and the French Quarter Festival, running since 1984, is one of the best expressions of all the classic NOLA neighborhood has to offer. The 2014 festival is rapidly approaching, going down this April 10-13, and is an event you will definitely not want to miss if you appreciate the best in authentic NOLA music, food, and more.

The festival, which is completely free to attend, will feature a plethora of Louisiana/New Orleans musical artists, with over 1400 musicians performing on 21 stages set up throughout the French Quarter. Genres to be represented will include jazz, rhythm and blues, brass band, folk, funk, gospel, rock, Latin, reggae, and classical. There will be a little something for everyone on the music tip at the festival, so bring your listening ears and be ready to get your groove on for 2014.

On the food and drink front, you will not be disappointed, with beer being provided by Louisiana staple brewery Abita, and wine from Woodbridge. You can also expect plenty of cocktails and non-alcoholic options as well. Food will be provided by popular local purveyors of the likes of Antoine’s, Crepes a la Cart, K-Paul’s Lousiana Kitchen, Quintin’s Ice Cream, Trey Yuen, Vaucresson Sausage Co., Rouse’s Crawfish Boil, and many more.

Considering that NOLA is known for it’s music and culinary cultures above all else, there is really no better way to get a solid taste for the Big Easy scene than by attending the French Quarter Festival. For more information, including a full lineup of bands, festival map, and festival schedule, please hit up the official website for the event.

If you want the skinny on the New Orleans nightlife scene, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New Orleans Nightlife page.


Mardi Gras Super Sunday March 16th

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Festivals, Holiday Events | Posted on 14-03-2014


When most of the country hears the words “Super Sunday” they automatically think football and Super Bowl Sunday, but in New Orleans, Super Sunday also has a different connotation, referring to the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day, March 19th. This year, it will fall on March 16th, and it promises to be another one for the ages you will definitely want to check out.

On Super Sunday, a collective of Mardi Gras tribes don their costumes and march the streets of New Orleans, led by their Big Chiefs in song, dance, and more. The most popular procession takes place in NOLA’s Central City district, beginning at noon in A.L. Davis Park and running from La Salle to MLK to South Claiborne to Washington and then back to A.L. Davis Park. There will also be a traditional parade going down at Bayou St. John and New Orleans Avenue in Mid-City. In addition to these two major Super Sunday affairs, there will be a variety of other smaller activities going on throughout the city, including Super Sunday festivities at the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Treme neighborhood of NOLA.

All Super Sunday processions are free to attend, and the amount of craftsmanship that goes into the suits worn by the Big Chiefs and tribe members is quite remarkable. The suits are a sight to behold, with exclusively hand-drawn patterns and hand-sewn stitching and decorating. If you truly appreciate New Orleans culture and folk art, you will not want to miss the Super Sunday festivities going down this March 16th.

For the skinny on annual New Orleans events, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New Orleans Events page.

G-Love and Special Sauce at Tipitina’s

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 02-03-2014


Although the band hails from the City of Brotherly Love, there is something about G Love and Special Sauce that just perfectly fits into the New Orleans sonic aesthetic. G Love’s own unique genre of music, self-defined as “hip-hop-blues” seems to just perfectly ooze the sort of musical soul that the Big Easy is known for. For this reason, G Love and Special Sauce performing at stalwart NOLA venue Tipitina’s is the kind of event we are all about here at Party Travel Hotspots’ New Orleans Lowdown.

G Love and company will be performing on Thursday, March 6th. The show is 18+ and tickets go for $20, doors open at 7:30 PM, and the show is at 8:30. G Love is being supported by opening act Kristy Lee, an up and coming Alabama artist you should certainly get there on time to check out. For more information on the concert and to purchase tickets, please check out the official website for the event. If you love funky, bluesy, groovy, and soulful original music, G Love and Special Sauce are sure to deliver something right up your alley, making this a show you will not want to miss. We hope to see you there.

For more information on the nightlife scene in New Orleans, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New Orleans Nightlife page.

Gambit’s 4th Annual Food Revue

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Eats, Festivals, Food Events | Posted on 17-02-2014


Anyone who knows anything about New Orleans knows that food is a big part of NOLA culture. The culinary scene in the Big Easy is so fast and textured that it is quite difficult to even begin to scratch the surface of all that it has to offer. For this reason, New Orleans alternative publication Gambit’s Fourth Annual Food Revue, going down this Wednesday, February 19th, is a great event to attend if you are looking to really experience NOLA’s restaurant culture on the quick and convenient, and without breaking the bank.

The event, which is being billed as the “New Orleans Gastronomic Event of the Year” will take place at City Park and will include 30+ of the city’s best restaurants serving up their top offerings to the hungry public. Regular admission tickets are $45, while VIP admission passes go for $70. It is a 21+ event, and there is also a food drive being held for Second Harvest Food Bank, so please be sure to bring non-perishables to support those in need while you get your grub on. You can purchase your tickets for the Food Revue here.

For more information on the culinary scene in New Orleans, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New Orleans Dining page.


Sneaky Pickle Restaurant to Open in New Orleans

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Eats | Posted on 02-02-2014


New Orleans is a city which is certainly known for its culinary culture, and although this is the case, many of the epicurean delights to be enjoyed in NOLA tend to be a bit of the carnivorous variety. Although there are plenty of seafood options in traditional NOLA culinary culture, even many Cajun seafood dishes include pork and other meats. This means that vegetarians and vegans living in NOLA or visiting the city will be happy to know that a new primarily vegetarian and vegan restaurant will be opening on February 5th to satisfy the herbivorous set.

The Sneaky Pickle, set to open on St. Claude Avenue, will feature what Chef Ben Tabor states will be a “moderately healthy” and mostly-vegetarian/vegan menu, featuring as many locally and sustainably sourced ingredients as possible. Although Tabor himself is not a vegetarian and supports eating meat in moderation, he wants the Sneaky Pickle to embody a largely vegetable-based and healthy dietary aesthetic.

For a sneak peak (pun intended) into what you can expect from the menu, there will be a house-made beet flat-bread, veggie-meat analogue staples such as tempeh reubens, vegan patty melts and fried tofu salad, as well as some meat-based dishes for the carnivorous among us. The restaurant will be open from 11 AM to 7 PM, Wednesday through Sunday to begin with, although hours are expected to be extended in the near future. Check out the official Facebook page for the Sneaky Pickle for updates on the restaurant.

For more info on the NOLA culinary landscape, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New Orleans Dining page.


Gambit’s 2014 Food Revue

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Eats, Festivals, Food Events | Posted on 23-01-2014


Foodies in NOLA are already ramping up for what is being billed the “gastronomic event of the year” for New Orleans, and that is saying something when you consider the Big Easy’s considerable pedigree as a top culinary hub. The fourth annual Gambit 2014 Food Revue, going down on February 19, 2014 in City Park, looks to us like it should be one for the ages and an event you will not want to miss if you love great grub and live in the NOLA metro or plan to be in the area on the 19th.

Participating restaurants will include Apolline, Baru, Banana Blossom, Basin Seafood n Spirits, Bear’s Poboys at Gennaro’s, Brazilian Market & Cafe, Cafe Dauphine, Cibugnu, Dis Taco, Dreamy Weenies, Galatoire’s 33 Bar, Kingfish, Kupcake Factory, Liberty’s Kitchen, Lil Dizzy’s Cafe, Little Gem Saloon, Lucky Rooster, Milkfish, Mizado, Morning Call, Mr. Gyro’s, P’s & Q’s, Porter & Luke’s, Reginelli’s, Shortall’s BBQ at 12 Mile Limit, SoBou, Tivoli & Lee, The Saint Marie Brasserie, The Sammich, Wakin’ Bakin’, Wayfare, and more. Drinks will be on deck courtesy of Abita, Mezzacorona, Rotari, and Goosebump. There will also be a food drive so please bring non-perishables to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

General admission tickets are going for $45 and early admission VIP tickets are $75 (VIP tent access and a champagne bar are included with the price of VIP tickets), and they can be purchased here. General admission is at 7 PM, and early VIP entry is at 6 PM. Don’t miss out on what might be the best food event of the year in NOLA, and don’t forget where you heard about it first!

For more information on the culinary scene in New Orleans, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New Orleans Dining page.

MoPho in Mid-City Opening This Weekend

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Eats | Posted on 10-01-2014


Yet another cleverly named pho place, if you mispronounce pho that is (it is actually pronounced “fuh,” not “fo”) is opening up this weekend on January 11th, as MoPho opens its doors in Mid-City NOLA.

The restaurant will be helmed by Michael Gulotta, formerly of August, and will offer up not only pho, but vermicelli and a variety of authentic dishes from Southeast Vietnam, as well as fusion specials which will blend NOLA and Vietnamese culinary styles. These specials are what is going to really set MoPho apart from just any other pho place in the city. Examples include slow-roasted lamb neck in green curry with Creole cream cheese potatoes, and grilled Two Run Farms beef ribs and cast iron roasted rapini with lime vinaigrette.

MoPho looks like quite should be quite the tasty endeavor and the kind of place that foodies looking for something unique and different are sure to enjoy. Check it out and leave a comment letting us know what you think, and don’t forget where you got the inside scoop first.

For more information on the culinary scene in New Orleans, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New Orleans Dining page.

New Year’s Eve Shows in NOLA

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Holiday Events, Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 29-12-2013


New Orleans has quite a reputation as a party and music town, and there is no day of the year which means partying more than New Year’s Eve. There are a plethora of excellent things to do for NYE in NOLA, and we have compiled a few of the better music related events if you want to celebrate the new year with some New Orleans-style jams.

Dumpstaphunk and Hot 8 Brass Band

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk is a band which definitely represents New Orleans music culture to the utmost, and they will be performing with support from the Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band at the Howlin’ Wolf on NYE. Tickets are a bit steep, but they include a premium open bar all night, making this event an all out booze and music soaked NOLA throwdown. For tickets, please visit the official website for the Howlin’ Wolf.

Galactic at Tipitina’s

Tipitina’s is one of the most well-known and best venues in New Orleans, and Galactic is a long-standing funky jam-band based out of NOLA since the early ’90s. There is pretty much no NYE event that is more NOLA than a Galactic NYE party at Tipitina’s. Orgone will be opening, and you can purchase tickets here.

DJ Soulsister’s Soul Party at One-Eyed Jack’s

Local radio favorite DJ Soulsister is putting on a Soul Party at locals favorite venue One-Eyed Jack’s for NYE. It is only $10 for general admission, but $50 buys you the open bar package which is well worth it if you plan to get twisted for NYE. For more info and for tickets hit up One-Eyed Jack’s official website.

The Revivalists at the Civic Theatre

The revivalists have become an NOLA staple since they burst onto the scene in 2007 with their soulful brand of original, dance-worthy indie rock. They are known for their excellent live performances, and their NYE show, which will be supported by openers Dirtfoot and Cardinal Sons promises to be quite the event. Tickets are only $25, and you can purchase them here.

For more information on the New Orleans nightlife, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New Orleans Nightlife page.

HOB 20th Anniversary feat. NOFX

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Music Events, Nightlife | Posted on 13-12-2013


Anyone who knows anything about the House of Blues knows that the HOB New Orleans is one of the coolest physical spaces to don the HOB name. While many locations of the popular concert chain take a modern building and try to make it look like a rustic juke joint, the HOB NOLA, located in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, has a lot of true character and is a truly excellent place to see a show.

The venue, which holds a special place in the heart of New Orleans residents, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with popular pop-punksters NOFX supported by Dillinger Four, Masked Intruder, and Implants. What better way to bring in this important anniversary of a major NOLA venue than with the raw energy of punk rock & roll and all that it implies.

The event will take place on Saturday, December 14th, and doors open at 6:25 PM. It is an 18+ show, and tickets can be purchased here. Advance tickets will save you a couple bucks, so it would be wise to purchase now if you plan on attending. We suggest you help the HOB NOLA celebrate its 20th with a bang and come party with NOFX this Saturday.

For more information on the nightlife in New Orleans, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New Orleans Nightlife page.

Grapefruit Harvest IPA Pub Crawl This Friday

Posted by GPGarry | Posted in Drinks, Nightlife | Posted on 03-12-2013


abitaOur friends over at Abita are putting on another pub crawl which New Orleans lovers of great beer are sure to enjoy. The Grapefruit Harvest IPA Pub Crawl will take place this Friday, December 6, at 5 PM, and it is free to participate although you will want to pre-register for the event here (or you can register at Ernst Café or Fulton on Tap, the first stops on the crawl).

There will be two-dollar Abita Grapefruit Harvest IPA available at every participating location, meaning drunkenness will be able to occur at a low premium. This is something we enjoy here at Party Travel Hotspots.

The crawl will start at Ernst Café or Fulton on Tap (you have the choice) on S. Peters St., make its way to Barcadia and Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar, and end at The District on Tchoupitoulas Street, where the party will go on until 9:30 PM. From there, you are on your own, but there is certainly plenty of boozy fun to be had after pub crawl hours.

For more information on the nightlife in New Orleans, please check out our Party Travel Hotspots New Orleans Nightlife page.