Springtime in New Orleans means the beginning of snoball season. This storied New Orleans tradition dates all the way back to the 1930s, when George Ortolano and Ernest Hansen began building the first electric ice-shaving machines. While Hansen’s Sno-Bliz may lay claim to being the first snoball stand in town using these modern inventions, Plum Street Snoballs followed shortly thereafter …

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When Jazz Fest comes to a close for the day, most people run for the nearest cab, street car or bike to head back to where they are staying. While understandable after a long day of Festing (yes that is a word here), this means passing up on a number of great places to grab a bite to eat or …

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For a New Orleans experience you’re not going to find in a hotel brochure, BJ’s Lounge on a Monday night is where the New Orleans underground blood pumps. That’s because of its distance from Bourbon Street in the Ninth Ward; the free, homemade red beans simmering in a large pot; the bartenders who’ve been slinging …

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Warren Haynes is a legendary guitarist. He is a member of the Allman Brothers Band and a founder of Gov’t Mule. Gov’t Mule is playing a late-night show during Jazz Fest 2014 on May 2 at the Saenger Theatre with North Mississippi Allstars. As part of our 2014 Jazz Fest interview series, we just had to get to know this …

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Whether it’s family fun you’re after, or you prefer a little grown-up entertainment, there’s plenty to do this weekend in New Orleans. Families have lots of free options, in the form of Earth Day Festival at Armstrong Park on Saturday and Easter parades on Sunday. Friday night, choose between comedy by Mike Birbiglia or funky music by George Porter Jr …

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New Orleans doesn’t exactly have a rich Mexican heritage, but that doesn’t stop us from celebrating Cinco de Mayo in honor of our neighbors to the south. While Cinco de Mayo is often confused with Mexican Independence Day, May 5 actually celebrates Mexico’s David vs. Goliath-like victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Mexicans were in …

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GoNOLA’s Ultimate Guide to Jazz Fest 2014

by Sally Tunmer April 15, 2014 Arts & Culture

How much do we love Jazz Fest? Let us count the ways. Seven days, full of music, food, art, culture and a joie de vivre that can really only be found in New Orleans. It’s a festival like none other, that puts equal emphasis on and care to every layer of the celebration. That being said, there is a lot …

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Jazz Fest Late Night: An After-Hours Guide

by Sally Tunmer April 15, 2014 Music

In New Orleans, we’re always trying to maximize on the fun and keep the party going as long as possible. So during Jazz Fest, it’s not enough to have seven full days of live music and entertainment. That’s why the music keeps playing all throughout the night and into the next morning as an extension of Jazz Fest called Jazz …

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GoNOLA Jazz Fest Interview: Michael Travis of The String Cheese Incident

by McClain Johnson April 14, 2014 Events

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is coming up fast and there are so many incredible artists set to play. As you are making your Jazz Fest itinerary, it’s a great idea to get to know the performers a little more in depth. We recently had the chance to pick the musical brain of Michael Travis, the drummer and …

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5 Great Po-Boys in New Orleans and Where to Get Them

by The Red Streetcar April 14, 2014 Food

The po-boy is a classic New Orleans food, it is the sandwich elevated to a whole new level. The po-boy’s beauty is in its simplicity and accessibility. You’re as likely to get a phenomenal po-boy in an unheralded hole in the wall as you are to get one in one of the world famous joints around town. Of course, …

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GoNOLA Recipes at Home: Emeril’s Boudin Balls with Creole Mustard Dipping Sauce

by Mallory Whitfield April 13, 2014 Food

Any good Southerner knows the delicious value in deep-frying just about anything. In Southern Louisiana we like to fry up our beloved boudin (pork & rice sausage) in the form of boudin balls. They’re a Jazz Fest tradition, served in Food Area I by Papa Ninety Catering, and one of Emeril Lagasse’s personal favorites. That’s why this week’s recipe is …

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The Many Ways to Celebrate Easter in New Orleans

by Mallory Whitfield April 12, 2014 Events

Any holiday in New Orleans is cause for a celebration, and Easter is no exception. From Good Friday through Easter Sunday, New Orleanians celebrate this holiday in a variety of only-in-NOLA ways. Many offices around town close early on Good Friday, and Easter weekend is popular for family crawfish boils. Many churches offer early morning sunrise services on Easter Sunday, …

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GoNOLA Jazz Fest 2014 Itineraries: Day Seven

by Paul Broussard April 11, 2014 Events

The culmination of two long weekends worth of music, food, arts and fun makes the seventh (and final) day of Jazz Fest the do-not-miss event of the year in New Orleans. It’s the day to try to get it all in one last time before the city of tents and booths at the Fairgrounds gets packed away for one more …

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GoNOLA Jazz Fest 2014 Itineraries: Day Six

by Elizabeth Heideman April 10, 2014 Events

They say Jazz Fest is a marathon not a sprint, but on this star-studded, final weekend of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014, you’ll want to make the most out of each day. There is so much incredible music to hear and options for New Orleans food abound, so planning what you’ll see and eat ahead of time is …

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GoNOLA Jazz Fest Interview: Dave Malone

by McClain Johnson April 10, 2014 Events

With so many talented artists playing Jazz Fest this year, we’re getting to know some of their stories in our 2014 Jazz Fest interview series. Among that number is Dave Malone, the guitarist for Raw Oyster Cult and member of legendary New Orleans rock band, the Radiators. Raw Oyster Cult and the Radiators are both playing Jazz Fest 2014. Discover …

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GoNOLA’s Guide to Packing for Jazz Fest

by Nikki Carter April 10, 2014 Shopping

Picture this: a day spent lounging in the sun, snacking on amazing foods, laughing with friends, and maybe enjoying a sno-ball, all while you listen to great music and watch talented performers. All of this and more can come true for you at Jazz Fest in New Orleans! I can’t think of many things more delightful than a gloriously lazy …

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