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San Fermin in Nueva Orleans
There won’t be a Pamplona-style bull run, but there will be roller derby bulls at the San Fermin in Nueva Orleans fiesta. Mannie Fresh headlines the entertainment lineup, and there will be a blessing by San Fermin Pope Andrew Ward, performances by Lucha Krewe and other groups, a live auction and more. At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at The Sugar Mill. Tickets are $25 at the NOLA Bulls website.
‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’
Gary Rucker directs Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. The musical follows the Biblical tale of Joseph, who is sold into slavery by his brothers and reveals a gift for interpreting dreams. The show features the songs “Any Dream Will Do” and “Go, Go, Go Joseph.” It runs Thursday through Sunday, July 8-11 and July 15-18. Find tickets and schedule at Rivertown’s website.
Etana and the Roots Riddim Band
Jamaican-born reggae singer Shauna McKenzie, who performs as Etana, combines jazz, funk, soul and reggae. Etana and the Roots Riddim Band kicks off “Roots of Music,” a monthly concert series at Paradigm Gardens exploring the links between reggae, blues, jazz, funk and soul. Johnny’s Jamaican Grill will offer food and there’s a bar in the urban garden. At 7 p.m. Sunday, July 11. Tickets $40 at Paradigm Gardens’ website.
Mardi Gras Indian funk band Cha Wa caught national attention with its Grammy-nominated 2018 album “Spyboy” and then showed the world what it could do on its follow-up “My People,” released in April. The band’s third album is filled with tight horns, muscle and dedication to New Orleans traditions. “A lot of bands can play New Orleans music — you’ve got to have your own sound,” vocalist Joseph Boudreaux Jr. told Gambit. “‘My People’ is just a representation of the Cha Wa sound and how we can take New Orleans music and what we do with it.” Cha Wa plays Howlin’ Wolf at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 10. Tickets are $20 at The Howlin’ Wolf’s website.
Bo Dollis Jr. & The Wild Magnolias
The title “Horns & Feathers” may give you an idea of the mix of New Orleans funk and Mardi Gras Indian traditions to expect when Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. and The Wild Magnolias play the Broadside on Friday, July 9. You’ll also likely get a preview of new music — Dollis has an album, “My Name is Bo,” due out in August. It will be his first release since his father died in 2015. Tickets are $20 at The Broadside’s website.
Faubourg St. John Bastille Day Block Party
The Faubourg St. John Bastille Day Block Party hails France’s day of national celebration with music, food, drinks, a craft market, a costume contest for the best Napoleon and Marie Antoinette and a singing of “La Marseillaise” at 5:30 p.m. The event is from 4:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Saturday, July 10, on the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon street. Free admission.
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Comedian Matt Owens is the producer of Stand Up NOLA and has opened for Louis CK, Hannibal Buress and Mark Normand. He headlines a show also featuring Bobbi-Jeanne Misick and hosted by Alex Bureau. At 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 9-10, at Comedy House NOLA. Tickets $25 at Comedy House NOLA’s website.
The DJ vs The Violinist
For as long as hiphop culture has been around, there’s been crossovers — the melding of rap and live jazz, metal or other forms of music. Which are awesome, of course. But DJ PK 1 and violinist Shaun Ward Xperience are putting a new spin on the genre this week in The DJ vs The Violinist. Described as a “Live Performance/Game Show,” the two will perform with the help of the crowd, who will “curate the vibe,” according to the duo’s Facebook page. Friday, July 9. 8 p.m. till 2 a.m., at Cafe Istanbul at the New Orleans Healing Center. Tickets available through Eventbrite, and for more information check the duo’s social media.
Them People Productions, the cultural events company run by GLBL WRMNG’s Nate Cameron and Krystle Sims-Cameron, is launching a new series, “SOULidarity,” showcasing Black, New Orleans-based musicians and performers, vendors, food trucks and community organizations. The series kicks off at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at the Broadside with performances by BLU, Kr3wcial, LeTrainiump, Dominic Scott and $leazy EZ — all part of the GLMBL WRMNG collective — and DJ sets by ANTWIGADEE! and Malik Ninety Five. Food and drink vendors will be set up at the outdoor venue and alternative performing arts organization Young Starz of NOLA will be the party’s featured community organization. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Find more information at the Broadside’s website.
This year’s festival runs Friday and Saturday nights in July.
It’s not a phase, Mom. Republic NOLA’s Emo Night is back Saturday, July 10, for the first time since the pandemic. Get your eyeliner and studded belts ready because Drop Dead Dre and Sad Boi Chris will be supplying all the moody tunes to scream along to starting at 10 p.m. Anyone without proof of vaccination is required to wear a mask. Tickets start at $6.66 (because of course they do) and can be purchased at Republic’s website.
Burlesque performer Lefty Lucy got her start learning fire eating at Coney Island and now hosts a biweekly bingo event at The AllWays Lounge. Her third show will take place Wednesday, July 7. The winner of each round of bingo gets a prize and gets to DJ one song for Lefty to strip to. Tickets are $5. More information can be found at the AllWays Lounge’s website.
Khris Royal and Dark Matter
In another welcome return to normalcy, Tipitina’s is running its “Free Fridays” summer concert series. This week brings funky saxophonist Khris Royal and Dark Matter. Crystal Hot Sauce picked up the sponsorship for the summer events, which run through Sept. 3. Royal takes the stage at 10 p.m. Friday, July 9. Find information at Tipitina’s website.
Angela Tucker and cast and crew members will participate in a Q&A after the screening.