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Classy Entertainment at the 2014 New Orleans Burlesque Fest

Looking for some classy yet sultry fun featuring lascivious performances that reach beyond the bars and clubs of Bourbon St? The New Orleans Burlesque Festival (Sept. 18th-21st) offers all that and more with a handful of unforgettable evening performances and other crowd-pleasing events sure to stir up enticing excitement for all who attend.

Besides the evening shows themselves, the New Orleans Burlesque Festival offers a few extra treats for its lush-loving guests. On Thursday evening, Sept. 18th, the event kicks off with a special opening night party, where attendees can mingle with the stars of the festival.

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Before the headlining shows, the festival presents various daytime events, including book signings, social mixers, burlesque workshops and dance lessons to give attendees a closer look at the magic behind the scenes. Sunday also has a series of events, though the lineup has not yet been released, so check back on the festival website for more information closer to the dates of the fest.

The shows themselves take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19th and 20th, and typically feature about 70 dancers and several chorus girl troupes at Harrah’s Casino (Riverside end of Canal St) in the CBD and House of Blues (225 Decatur St) just a few blocks away in the French Quarter.

Friday night features two shows: Mondo Burlesque at Harrah’s starting at 8 p.m. is a variety show of burlesque entertainers that have graced stages and riled up crowds around the world, and Bad Girls of Burlesque at House of Blues starting at 11 p.m. is another “celebration of the wicked, the wayward and the wanton” in the burlesque scene.

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New Orleans’ 2014 Satchmo SummerFest

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong is a New Orleans legend who still lives in the hearts of musicians and jazz lovers the world over. A central figure in the development of early New Orleans jazz, Satchmo became a world-renowned star that helped to put New Orleans and its monumental genre on the map of the music world. And the city celebrates his legacy still today.

New Orleans’ Satchmo SummerFest, held this year from July 31st through August 3rd, 2014 at and surrounding the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter, is one of many summer festivals that occur in the city each year. But it is memorable in its own right due to the curated music, food and events that are intended to represent all that Satchmo and his contributions are to New Orleans.

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The music schedule will be released in early July, but past festivals have included such artists as Kermit Ruffins, Leroy Jones, Jeremy Davenport, Ellis Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon and Allen Toussaint, in addition to one of last year’s special guests, Japanese trumpeter Yoshio Toyama. Each year, dozens of local trumpeters, jazz musicians and more congregate on all four days of New Orleans’ Satchmo SummerFest to celebrate the music and traditions of Satchmo and New Orleans jazz.

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Bastille Day Fete Honors New Orleans’ French Heritage

“French Independence Day,” or Bastille Day, in New Orleans is one of the city’s many cultural celebrations. After the Native American tribes, the area’s original settlers were all French, and the French brushstrokes of New Orleans’ history can still be seen, heard, smelled, tasted and felt today. From French words on street signs to French restaurants—and the French Quarter, of course—France has left an indelible mark on New Orleans’ rich culture and history, and Bastille Day in New Orleans is an annual way that the city treasures it.

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This year, Bastille Day in New Orleans falls on Monday, July 14th, so the weekend before, July 11th through 13th, will be the main days for celebration throughout the city. Back in 2012, it was ranked as the No. 3 Bastille Day celebration in the world by Reuters, so this year is destined to be just as exciting and fun for all who attend.

One of the major Bastille Day New Orleans events each year is a free block party hosted by the Faubourg St. John Merchants Association, usually held in the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon just off Esplanade Ave on Saturday evening. The Faubourg St. John is a quiet neighborhood of the city that was once home to many families of French Creole Aristocracy.

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Looking for a nearby eatery after Jazz Fest – try Luizza’s

 Liuzza’s by the Track has become a local hot spot in this Mid-City neighborhood, especially for the two weekends of Jazz Fest, when tens of thousands of festival attendees can’t help but walk by the establishment on their way to the Fairgrounds. Located a block and a half off Esplanade Ave and just a few blocks from the Fairgrounds, Liuzza’s by the Track is a favorite place to eat and grab a drink for locals and visitors alike.

Liuzza’s by the Track may not have invented the BBQ shrimp delicacy, but the restaurant amplified it when it stuck the dish between two slices of po-boy bread and suitably called it the BBQ shrimp po-boy, for which it is now well-known both near and far. The restaurant offers an even more extensive menu of po-boys, including garlic stuffed oysters and roast beef and other classic combinations.

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Liuzza’s by the Track also offers seafood plates, sandwiches, salads and specials like red beans and rice and pork chops on certain days, plus a legendary thin and dark gumbo. I send my guests here especially for this gumbo, I think it’s the best in town. If you need something to kick off your day at Jazz Fest or haven’t gotten enough once the Jazz Fest doors are closed, Liuzza’s by the Track is a perfect spot for dining and meeting up with friends and fellow fest-goers.

The interior gives it a homey feel, and it’s everything you’d expect from a well-worn neighborhood joint. It’s covered in fading memorabilia and sports cracked tile floors, rickety tables, mismatched chairs and a friendly staff who are ready to serve you draft beers, Bloody Marys and all the food you can handle during your weekend(s) at Jazz Fest—and any other time you come to visit the city.

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Tips for Making the Most Out of the Jazz Fest Music Lineup

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2014 Jazz and Heritage Festival

Whether you go to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for one day or all seven, you want to make the most out of the experience—especially when it comes to catching all the great live music you have at your disposal. With thousands of musicians to see across 12 stages, you could use a few tips to keep you from wasting any time and instead maximizing it so you can enjoy all of the food and music you can handle.

Research Ahead of Time

While it’s definitely fun to just aimlessly walk around Jazz Fest, if you want to see as much on the Jazz Fest music lineup as possible, like anything, it’s going to take a little planning. You may already have in mind a few artists you want to see, particularly some headliners, but what about the rest of the day? Maybe you’ve heard of some local musicians, but maybe you haven’t.

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2014 French Quarter Fest Food Guide

2012-10-13_14-42-24_923 As the Food tab on the French Quarter Fest website aptly puts it, “Food abounds” at New Orleans’ second biggest festival of the year. A huge draw for the city and its tourism (and locals too of course), the food selection is world-class and exemplary of so much of what New Orleans has to offer. Restaurants from all over the city come together to create a superb menu that rivals any other festival food offerings on the planet.

In fact, there’s so much great food, it might be overwhelming for you to figure out which are the best eats to complement your festival experience. And we’re here at Southern Comfort B&B to help you sift through it all to find all the nom-noms you can handle. read more »

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Louisiana Crawfish Festival- Will You Suck the Heads?

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Just outside of New Orleans, Chalmette in St. Bernard parish hosts the annual Louisiana Crawfish Festival (March 20th-23rd) each year, a lavish celebration of one of the most beloved local seafoods, just in time for the start of its season, when crawfish boils abound each weekend. Founded in 1975, the festival is now an institution and local tradition that is up there with the rest of the New Orleans food festivals, and attendees flock from all across the country to take part in this event.

Held at the Sigur Center in Chalmette, the Louisiana Crawfish Festival provides a wide range of food, entertainment and attractions to its attendees. In terms of music, two bands will play on Thursday and Friday, and three bands will perform on Saturday and Sunday. They include Melody Cool (Red Diva), Groovy 7, Weathered, Voodoo Gumbo, Chee Weez, Mojeaux and more.

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