The Guardians of the Flame Cultural Arts Society will present the original Mardi Gras Indian theatrical production, Pretty Ugly, Before Pretty, Pretty. The event takes place on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26, 2013 at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans.
The play centers on the inherent drama, ritual, and protocol that occur in the days leading up to the ceremonial Mardi Gras morning debut of the group. The cast includes real-life members of the Guardians of the Flame, local theater veterans Harold Evans and Alfred Aubert, musicians Luther Gray, Wild Man Quintrell Johnson, and Big Chief Donald Claude, Sr. of the 7th Ward Warriors.
Pretty Ugly, Before Pretty, Pretty is loosely based on real life experiences of some of the cast members. Writers for the production include cast members and spoken word artists Gian Smith and Hollywood. It was conceived by Big Chief Brian Harrison Nelson and directed by John Grimsley. This exciting production will feature traditional and original chants, as well as members of the Guardians of the Flame in full Mardi Gras Indian regalia.
The National Park Service, in partnership with the French Market Corporation and the Cupcake Fairies, presents performances of local female musicians in Dutch Alley and inside our French Market Visitor Center.
Don’t miss the Mahalia Jackson tribute concert led by Al Bemiss & Friends. The concert will take place inside the French Market visitor center beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Repeats every day until Fri Nov 01 2013 except Mon Oct 21 2013, Tue Oct 22 2013, Wed Oct 23 2013, Mon Oct 28 2013, Tue Oct 29 2013, Wed Oct 30 2013.
"See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company" is excited to present the New Orleans premiere of Evil Dead: The Musical. This satiric musical comedy will run October 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 31 at 8:00 p.m. at The Shadowbox Theatre, located at 2400 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70117.
This “disarmingly” hilarious stage musical combines all of the elements of the cult classic horror films: The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness, to make one of the craziest, unique theatrical experiences of all time.
Evil Dead: The Musical tells the story of five college students who go to an abandoned, secluded cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It's up to Ash (a housewares-employee turned demon killer) and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies, limbs are dismembered and demons tell bad jokes ... all while singing and dancing!
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Kermit Ruffins, Walter Ramsey (Leader of The Stooges Brass Band), Jan Ramsey (Publisher - Offbeat Magazine), LeBron Joseph (Host Old School 106.7/News With A Twist) will serve as this years judges for the biggest brass band blowout of the year as Red Bull Street Kings returns to New Orleans on Saturday, October 26th Under the Claiborne Bridge in Tremé.
The Red Bull Street Kings project will allow these four bands to perform and compete in front of thousands of spectators to showcase the heritage of the brass band culture and prove who has the best sound and style. The event premiered in New Orleans in 2010 with The Stooges Brass Band claiming victory over The Free Agents, T. B. C., and Soul Rebels.
2013 RED BULL STREET KINGS CONTENDERS
The Original Pinettes Brass Band is the first all-female group to compete in Red Bull Street Kings. The Original Pinettes Brass Band have toured internationally in places as far away as Turkey and regularly plays gigs around the New Orleans area. This self-described group of sisters is out to win and rename the competition “Red Bull Street Queens.”
New Breed Brass Band cites major musical influences from funk, R&B, hip-hop and soul music. The nine members of the band grew up playing in area high school marching bands and continue to perform in their college bands. Formed in 2012, the band is young and so are its members, so expect them to come with lots of energy and a strong desire to be crowned Red Bull Street Kings.
To Be Continued (T.B.C. Brass Band) returns to Red Bull Street Kings in 2013 to claim a title they first fought for in 2010. TBC are among the most prolific leaders of New Orleans’ traditional second lines and are coming out to win an opportunity to produce their own music in the Red Bull Studios.
New Creations Brass Band was founded by three brothers. After just one year they are ready to show the city and the world that they have what it takes to dominate on the big stage. This group of 10 musicians says it earned its place in Red Bull Street Kings through consistent hard work and the support of loved ones in the community.
Red Bull Street Kings
Saturday, Oct. 26 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Under the Claiborne Bridge (between St. Ann St. and St. Phillips St. )