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Joshua Redman and Friends
Acclaimed saxophonist Joshua Redman reunited with his original quartet – pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride and New Orleans drummer Brian Blade – to release “RoundAgain” in 2020. Ahead of the spring tour dates with the band, he’s in New Orleans this week for two sets with an unannounced lineup. Shows are at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, April 2 in Snug Harbor. Tickets $40 on the Snug Harbor website.
Earlier this month, singer Lucky Daye released his second full-length album, “Candydrip,” which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s R&B album chart. It’s the latest in a string of successes for the New Orleans native, following two 2022 Grammy Award nominations, one for his EP ‘Table for Two’ and another for his song ‘How Much Can a Heart Take’. “. Lucky Daye is on tour now, with a local show at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 1 at the Joy Theater. Tickets start at $25 on the Joy Theater website.
NCAA Men’s Final Four
The NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship will be decided at Caesars Superdome. The semi-final matches will take place on Saturday April 2 and the title match on Monday April 4. There are a host of related events throughout the weekend, including a Fan Fest with interactive games at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Friday, April 1. , through Monday, April 4 (tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door; children under 13 enter free). Arcade Fire headlines the opening night of the March Madness Music Fest, which features three days of music at Woldenberg Park. Other artists include Khalid, Imagine Dragons, BIA, Lucky Daye and more. Sign up for free tickets via ncaa.com/marchmadness/musicfest. Tip-off Tailgate events with team gatherings take place in Champions Square on match days. For a full list of events and ticket links, visit ncaa.com/mens-final-four.
Deutches Haus celebrates the traditional German Spring Festival at its home along Bayou St. John. Festivities include a maypole, music from Das Ist Lustig and Bier Musikanten DH, a parade of costumed dogs, children’s games and more. There is a “Volkslauf”, or group walk through City Park, on Saturdays. There are German beers, wine, and dishes like bratwurst, currywurst, donkebabs, flammkuchen, and more. Volksfest activities take place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 1 and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Admission is $5 for adults, free for members and children under 12. Visit the Deutsches Haus website for more details.
The musical lineup includes Shakey Graves, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Yonder Mountain String Band and more.
Musician Daniel Rossen has spent the past 17 years as a co-vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in indie rock band Grizzly Bear. He topped the band with a solo EP in 2012 and as part of the duo Department of Eagles, and now he’s set to release his first full-length solo album, “You Belong There,” on April 8. Rossen is currently on tour for the album and plays at the Toulouse Theater at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30. Tickets cost between $23 and $33 on the Toulouse Theater website.
The New Orleans Opera Association presents Puccini’s classic “La Boheme,” in which Rodolfo and Mimi meet and fall in love amid a scene of struggling and starving artists in 1830s Paris. The Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri makes his local debut with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. There are opera lectures an hour before each performance. The opera begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday April 1 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday April 3 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Tickets from $16 to $227 through the Opera Association website.
St. Bernard Irish, Italian, Islenos Parade
Marching clubs and more than 50 floats fill the parade, and riders toss vegetables and more. The parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2 at Jean Lafitte Parkway and loops on W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette. Find the details on the Facebook page of the parade.
Dreamy indie pop band Choir Boy returns to New Orleans for a One Eyed Jacks Presents show at 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at Gasa Gasa. Tickets are $15 on Ticketweb.
Spring Garden Show
The New Orleans Botanical Garden features live music, cooking demonstrations, craft vendors and over 50 horticultural exhibits and family activities. There is also a plant sale. The show takes place from 9 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. Find information on the City Park web calendar.
Californian singer Johnny Luv mixes reggae, rocksteady, cumbia and island sounds. He plays in Paradigm Gardens’ Roots of Music series, and there’s food from Johnny’s Jamaican Grill. At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29. Tickets $40 via Urban Garden website.
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Mia Borders and her band headline Wednesday at The Square. Funk and soul outfit The Quickening also perform. There is also an art market and food and drink vendors in Lafayette Square from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30. Visit the event website for more details.
The Brasserie du Faubourg hosts live music
Faubourg Brewing is hosting free live music this weekend. The Saturday, April 2 lineup features the Mike Doussan Duo, Layla Musselwhite and the Papa Mali Trio on the Great Lawn from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Sunday, April 3, there’s John Fohl, the Mikey B3 Trio and Lynn Drury from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. :30 pm Visit the brewery’s website for more details.
“Jump, Darling” opens at the Zeitgeist Theater on April 1.