Back by popular demand:

Girl in New Orleans has returned. A year of wedding planning, attending weddings, and having my own wedding has sucked all of my time, and my site has received the short end of the stick. Because of this, one of my new year’s resolutions include taking advantage of everything New Orleans has to offer, and fall in love with this city all over again.  Plus, I’ll get to share the adventures with you!  This year, I am determined to constantly remind myself why New Orleans is the best place to live. What better way to kick it off than to dip into the pool of mardi gras season? Now, let the wild rumpus start!

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Second line till ya drop


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Tipitina’s Free Friday’s 2015

You know summer has arrived in New Orleans when your Friday plans are pre-determined until September. Well, there are other ways to realize summer is here, such as the permanent glisten your skin will have for the next 3 months. I prefer to judge the season by the free concert series at Tipitina’s, located at 501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA. 70115. The lineup includes New Orleans’ favorites, such as the Brassaholics, Honey Island Swamp Band, and Flow Tribe. Doors open at 9pm and the show starts at 10pm.

 Summer 2015 Tipitina’s Free Friday Concert Series Lineup:

7/10 George Porter, Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners & Mia Borders
7/17 Papa Mali & Mike Dillon Band
7/19 Good Enough for Good Times + Chris Mule’ and the Perpetrators
7/24 Naughty Professor and Mississippi Rail Company
7/31 Swampgrease
8/07 IKO Allstars Featuring Papa Mali, Billy Iuso, Michael Fouquier (of Gravity A), Mike Lemmler (of George Porter, Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners), AJ Hall (of Bonerama) & Kirk Joseph Celebrating Jerry Garcia’s Birthday Bash + Marc Stone
8/14 Honey Island Swamp Band & Darcy Malone & The Tangle
8/21 Gravity A: Performing Pink Floyd’s Animals & Sonic Bloom
8/28 Sweet Crude & Coyotes
9/04 Flow Tribe & Stoop Kids


2015-2016 Broadway in New Orleans

Although the real Broadway is over a thousand miles Broadway New Orleans
away, that doesn’t prevent their musicals to share their joy with New Orleans. Join New Orleans for the East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans at the Saenger Theatre 2015-2016. Nearly 10 Broadway plays will be visiting this year, with a handful of them winners of Tony Awards. This year’s shows will range from family-friendly (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid), to not-so-family-friendly Book of Mormon. Show tunes fan or not, there will be something in the line up for everyone.  But, I’m still holding my breath for Les Miserables.


Broadway in New Orleans Calendar:

September 15 – 20, 2015

October 27 – November 1, 2015

December 1 – 6, 2015

December 29, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Broadway New Orleans

January 19 – 24, 2016

February 16 – 21, 2016

March 8 – 13, 2016

April 5 – 10, 2016

May 25 – June 19, 2016




Krewe Du Vieux 2015


2014 theme, “Krewe du Vieux Comes Early” (

Krewe du Vieux 2015 Parade is approaching!  Krewe du Vieux is my favorite of the Carnival season and has a new parade route that crosses the Canal Street. The parade will begin in the Fauborg Marigny and stroll through the French Quarter, then crossing over Canal Street. The parade is Saturday, January 31st, 2015 and starts at 6:30pm. This satirical parade is held in the French Quarter/Marigny area, with pre-parade day festivities being strongly encouraged.

Krewe Du Vieux aims for expression, may it be goofy or vulgar, or both. Expect lots of tongue-in-cheek themes, and plenty of catches and stickers to go around.  There is constant dancing because of the parade’s live music; another unique and glorious quality that the Krewe du Vieux parade holds. The top brass and jazz bands create an embracing aura that only New Orleans can offer. Floats are pulled by humans or horses, no vehicles included. In 2006, Krewe Du Vieux was the first Mardi Gras parade held following Hurricane Katrina, with the clever little theme of:”C’est Levee”.

Besides the amusing lewdness of Krewe Du Vieux, perhaps it’s the casual, local, no expectations feel of the parade that draws myself, and many others, in. There is no need for concern over extensive crowds (although there will be one). Just the atmosphere of being in the quarter dancing to the music under the lights of carried torches can provide enough comfort for the most concerned parade-goer.

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The new 2015 parade route.



Mamma Mia! at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans

Mamma Mia! New Orleans Saenger Theater

Broadway and cinema hit Mamma Mia! will be coming to New Orleans this week. Beginning January 13th, 2015, the musical will be at New Orleans Saenger Theater until January 18th, 2015. Mamma Mia! is a musical to the tunes of ABBA, and is nothing short of fun and light. Taking place during a wedding weekend on the Greek islands, Mamma Mia! turns into a comedic dilemma with the unexpected arrival of the (single) mother of the brides past boyfriends. The musical takes you down several story lines to find out who the father is of the bride-to-be. I saw this on Broadway years ago and the audience was dancing in their seats to every song.

Visit the recently restored Saenger Theater this week for an evening of song and dance. Tickets are on sale now.

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Running of the Santa’s, NOLA, 2014


‘Tis the season for Christmas spirit, drinks, and a light crawl from pub to pub in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Running of the Santa’s will be held Saturday, December 13th, 2014. One of New Orlean’s favorite holiday events, the run/festival will begin at 3pm at Barcadia, located at 601 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.  Start putting together your most comfortable and cozy, and if feeling inspired, most sassy, Santa-wear; the festivities are right around the corner.

2014 Running of the Santas Promo Video from MATTY MICK on Vimeo.



Voodoo Music

First of all: WHO DAT! I hope the Saints ride this win all the way to the end. I can’t wait to watch them whoop some Carolina tokhes! Finally, a Monday to enjoy. Moving on…

Halloween might be at the top of my list for favorite time of year- and it rises exponentially when it’s celebrated here in New Orleans. As per tradition, the VOODOO MUSIC + ARTS EXPERIENCE 2014 will be held at City Park October 31st- November 2nd, 2014. Wear your most creative costumes while enjoying the musical chaos surrounding you. Doors open at 10:30am and the event ends at 11pm on Friday & Saturday, and ends at 9pm on Sunday. That’s nearly 12 hours of festival fun for three days, located near the NOMA-region of the park. For those of you settling in, there will be lockers, charging stations, and free water. Check out the bottom part of this article to see what’s happening post-festivities.

Artists at VOODOO MUSIC + ARTS EXPERIENCE 2014 include:

 Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Zedd, Pretty Lights, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Slayer, Awolnation, Rise Against, Flux Pavilion, Fedde Le Grand, Gogol Bordello, Death From Above 1979, City And Colour, Claude Vonstroke, Manchester Orchestra, Galantis, Booka Shade, DJ Set, Pete Tong, Twenty One Pilots, Thomas Gold, Action Bronson, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Melvins, Bleachers, Griz, Congorock, Fishbone, Makj, Fuel, Herobust, Le Youth, Big Freedia, Givers, Rebirth Brass Band, Red Baraat, Barcelona, Thomas Newson, The Wild Feathers, Wild Cub, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Royal Teeth, Bonerama, Soul Rebels, Barely Alive, Trent Cantrelle, Manic Focus, World/Inferno Friendship Society, The London Souls, Peelander-Z, Lindsay Lowend, Astr, Flow Tribe, The Tontons, Honey Island Swamp Band, Sturgill Simpson, Benjamin Booker, Desert Noises, Dirty Bourbon River Show, Bo Ningen, Tysson, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Yung Nation, Speak, Hello Negro, Carmine P. Filthy and a Boy Named Ruth, Church with Unicorn Fukr & Innerlign, Veridia, Naughty Professor, Crass Mammoth, Luxley, St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus and the Marchfourth Marching Band.

But the party doesn’t end there, check out the Voodoo “After Dark” Schedule:

10/30 – Moon Taxi @ House of Blues *
10/30 – DESTRUCTO + Big Sams Funky Nation @ Mardi Gras World
10/31 – Galactic + Earphunk @ Tipitinas
10/31 – Fishbone + MarchFourth Marching Band @ The Joy Theatre
10/31 – Flow Tribe @ Gasa Gasa
11/1 – The Revivalists + Naughty Professor @ Tipitinas
11/2 – The London Souls + Joe Krown @ Maple Leaf


This Weekend: New Orleans Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, 2014

 This Weekend in New Orleans: 2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

On the heels of the Louisiana Seafood Festival, this weekend’s festival is the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. Presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation (the ones who bring you Jazz Fest), the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival will be held at Lafayette Square, October 17-19, 2014.  This free event (the best kind) is from 5:30 to 8:30 this Friday; and Saturday & Sunday 11am-8:30pm. Join the fun in the heart of the French Quarter and support local vendors. Local New Orleans artist, John Bukaty, will be there, live, painting the music experience.  Side note- he’s a friendly guy who I met when he had his studio/gallery on Nashville. This past summer, he opened a gallery on Carondelet St. If you visit his site (the link above), you can learn more; his “About Me” section is intriguing.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

A good plan would be to visit Lafayette Square for a savory brunch followed by watching the Saints play the Lions (at 12pm). Then head back to the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival for dinner and game celebrations…or return to the festival to eat your feelings. Click here to view a list of vendors and their menus. This includes some of the best barbecue in town with food from The Joint and the Smokery (yes, I am bias toward Carolina barbecue, both Eastern Carolina or Western Carolina style). Or visit here to find the music lineup, featuring musicians such as Bobby Rush, Valerie June, and Ana Popovic.  Ana Popovic (below) will be performing Friday night at 7pm.


Where are you watching the game? Best New Orleans Sports Bars


Football begins tonight! As good as pinstripes look, I have been itching for months for this day to come.  I completed two fantasy drafts to ensure that I am fully engaged each Sunday, Monday, and Thursday.  Check out the list I posted in March about Top 5 Sports Bars [to Watch March Madness] for detailed reviews of some of the bars on this list.  I am not dwelling on the ambiance of each New Orleans Sports Bar because…who really cares? Read here for where to go tonight and Sunday, and for the rest of the football season.  The boys of fall are back!

 Favorite New Orleans Sports Bars

  1. Finnegan’s Easy: 717 St Peter St  New Orleans, LA 70116
  2. Rusty Nail: 1100 Constance St  New Orleans, LA 70130

    A Great Bar...Inside and Out

    Rusty Nail

  3. The Bulldog: Uptown: 3236 Magazine St  New Orleans, LA 70115
    and MidCity: 5135 Canal Blvd  New Orleans, LA 70124
  4. Walk-Ons: 1009 Poydras St  New Orleans, LA 70112
  5. J & J’s Sports Lounge: 800 France St  New Orleans, LA 70117
  6. Bruno’s: 7538 Maple St  New Orleans, LA 70118
  7. Lucy’s [Retired Surfer’s Bar]: 701 Tchoupitoulas St  New Orleans, LA 70130
  8. Finn McCool’s: 3701 Banks St  New Orleans, LA 70119
  9. Cooter Browns: 509 S Carrollton Ave  New Orleans, LA 70118

    Cooter Brown’s

  10. Tracey’s: 2604 Magazine St  New Orleans, LA 70130
  11. Mellow Mushroom: 8227 Oak St  New Orleans, LA 70118
  12. Happys: 1009 Poydras St  New Orleans, LA 70112
  13. NEW ONE for the list: Ale on Oak St.
  14. NEW ONE for the list: Redd’s on Maple St. Free food too!

Mellow Mushroom on Oak St.


The Idea Village Presents: Entrepalooza


Idea Village presents Entrepalooza. This 2015 Season Kickoff Event is open to the entrepreneurial community and is a pep-rally of sorts. Entrepalooza will take place this Sunday, August 24, 2014 at one of the most popular New Orleans’ locations: NOLA Brewery.  The event is from noon to 4pm and will offer free beer. But free beer isn’t the only reason to stop by! Entrepalooza will be a chance to meet and talk to local entreprenaurial businesses.

Visit NOLA Brewery on Sunday to meet, chat, and hopefully be inspired by local endeavors and the men and women who undertake them.  Such ventures include Audiosocket, Better Day Health, Bioceptive, ChapterSpot, Cordina, Federated Sample, Kickboard, mSchool, NOLA Brewing, StaffInsight, TurboSquid, Tutti Dynamics, zlien, and more…Come out to support and enjoy cold beer and live music with new friends. 

NOLA Brewery Address:
3001 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

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