GrandPre’s to host Stormy Daniels for LGBT Community Center benefit on August 1

Stormy Daniels at the 2010 Adult Entertainment Expo. Photo by flipchip | Wikimedia Commons

Porn star Stormy Daniels will visit GrandPre’s at 834 N. Rampart St. for a party on August 1 to help raise money for the New Orleans LGBT Community Center.

Titled “A MidSummer Night’s Cream,” the event will include an evening of “sparkly drink specials,” go-go dancers, and a “Most Fabulous Fairie” costume contest with prizes and $1,500 in cash. The contest will be judged by Daniels, Lewis St. Louis, and a surprise celebrity.

Additionally, there will be a silent auction, raffle, and Gentilly Snow will be serving food with a portion of the sales being donated to the LGBT Community Center.

Daniels—AKA Stephanie Clifford, a Baton Rouge native—was embroiled in a sex scandal involving President Donald Trump, who reportedly paid $130,000 via his personal (now imprisoned) attorney Michael Cohen in hush money before the 2016 presidential election to cover up an alleged affair with Daniels.

The benefit, which runs from 9 to 11 p.m., is organized by Daniels’ own Swamp Trash Events. Tickets range from $20 to $100 and can be purchased in advance at Big Daddy’s and GrandPre. There isn’t a fee to enter the costume contest but contestants must sign up before 10 p.m.

Alleged purse snatcher on Orleans Street sought by NOPD

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The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for an unidentified man who it says snatched a purse from a woman in the French Quarter on July 18.

According to the NOPD, the man walked up to a woman sitting on the front steps of her residence in the 800 block of Orleans Street and took the purse sitting on the woman’s lap. The incident occurred at approximately 8:15 p.m., according to the NOPD.

The NOPD described the suspect as a black male approximately six foot, two inches, and wearing a black shirt.

The NOPD requests that anyone with information about the identity and whereabouts of the man or the incident to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 and 877-903-7867.

Approximate location of 800 Orleans Street.

Satchmo Summerfest returns to the New Orleans Mint on August 2

Louis Armstrong in 1955 | Wikimedia Commons

Satchmo Summerfest, the festival honoring late New Orleans jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, returns to the old New Orleans Mint located at 400 Esplanade Ave. from August 2 to 4.

Now in its 19th year, the festival coincides with Armstrong’s birthday on August 4 and features a line-up of food, music, and special events throughout the French Quarter.

Armstrong (1901-1971) was born and raised in New Orleans and came to be one of the most influential musicians in the Jazz Age. He performed with music greats such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Bing Crosby. Armstrong’s aptitude for the arts extended into acting, in which he occasionally starred in movies such as”Hello, Dolly!” with Barbara Streisand. The movie’s title song earned Armstrong a Grammy Award in 1964.

Armstrong earned the nickname of Satchmo, the origins of which are disputed.

The festival that bears his name started in 2000 and has become a summer mainstay. While the festival itself is located at This year, the festival begins August 1 with a kickoff party at the Omni Royal Hotel located at 621 St. Louis St. from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Price per guest is $65 or $110 for two guests if purchased together.

Three stages will hold live bands during the course of the festival.

Fidelity Bank Stage (located on Barracks Street)
August 2
Preservation Brass from 12 to 1:10 p.m.

Clive Willson’s New Orleans Serenaders from 1:30 to 2:40 p.m.

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers from 4:30 to 5:40 p.m.

Cyril Neville with Omari Neville and The Fuel from 6 to 7:10 p.m.

Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

August 3
New Orleans Classic Big Band with Ricky Riccardi from 12 to 1:10 p.m.

Doyle Cooper Jazz Band from 1:30 to 2:40 p.m.

Treme Brass Band from 3 to 4:10 p.m.

Big Easy Brawlers from 4:30 to 5:40 p.m.

Robin Barnes and The Fiyabirds from 6 to 7:10 p.m.

Bill Summers and Jazalsa from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

August 4
The Garden of Joy from 12 to 1 p.m.

Steve Pistorius presents the music of Louis and Papa Joe from 1:20 to 2:20 p.m.

Ellis Marsalis from 2:40 to 3:40 p.m.

Jeremy Davenport from 4 to 5 p.m.

Topsy Chapman and the Solid Harmony from 5:20 to 6:20 p.m.

Trumpet Tribute to Louis Armstrong from 6:40 to 8 p.m.

GE Stage (located on Esplanade Avenue)
August 2
Roots of Music Satchmo Sound-Off from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

The Palm Court Jazz Band from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

DinosAurchestra from 1:50 to 3 p.m.

Palmetto Bug Stompers from 3:20 to 4:30 p.m.

Charmaine Neville from 4:50 to 6 p.m.

The Original Pinettes Brass Band from 6:20 to 7:30 p.m.

Michael Ward from 7:50 to 9 p.m.

August 3
Lafayette Charter Academy Marching Band from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Ecirb Müller’s Twisted Dixie from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Catie Rodgers and the Gentilly Stompers from 1:50 to 3 p.m.

Doreen’s Jazz from 3:20 to 4:30 p.m.

Troy Sawyer and the Elementz from 4:50 to 6 p.m.

Shannon Powell from 6:20 to 7:30 p.m.

Big 6 Brass Band from 7:50 to 9 p.m.

August 4
Shotgun Jazz Band from 12:15 to 1:20 p.m.

Smitty Dee’s Brass Band featuring Dmitri Smith from 1:40 to 2:40 p.m.

Tim Laughlin’s Tribute to Connie Jones from 3 to 4 p.m.

Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sound from 4:20 to 5:20 p.m.

Leroy Jones and New Orleans’ Finest from 5:40 to 6:40 p.m.

Tonya Boyd-Cannon from 7 to 7:50 p.m.

Hilton Satchmo Legacy Stage (located on Esplanade Avenue)
August 2
Paul Kahn: Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

John Swenson: Satchno and the Saints from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Jerry Roche: Louis Armstrong Returns to Europe from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Bruce Raeburn: ‘That Ain’t No Creole, It’s a …!’ from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Veronique Dorsey, Jazz Henry, and Marla Dixon Interviewed by Gwen Thompkins from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Ricky Riccardi: Video Pops 1 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

August 3
David Wright and Vic Hobson from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Crossroads Quartet from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

David Sager: Pops and Mom, Sincere Flattery from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Michael Decuir: Louis Armstrong and the Artistic Debate during the Harlem Renaissance from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Deano Assunto interviewed by Sally Young from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Ricky Riccardi: Video Pops 2 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

August 4
Jim Thornton: What Note Would Louis Armstrong Play from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Scott Wenzel and Ricky Riccardi: A Life in Jazz from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Tom Reney: Louis Armstrong as Cultural Hero in the Writings of George Frazier and Ralph Ellison from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Matt Sakakeeny: The Tradition of Innovation from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Nicholas Payton and Melissa A. Weber: On Louis Armstrong and Black American Music from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Ricky Riccardi: Video Pops 3 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

NOPD searches for two suspects in alleged robbery on Royal Street

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The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for two male suspects who are wanted for an alleged simple robbery in a bathroom in the 200 block of Royal Street on July 15.

According to the NOPD, the incident occurred at approximately 8:13 p.m. when two suspects followed the victim into the bathroom. One suspect put the victim in a choke hold from behind, according to the NOPD, while the other suspect took the wallet from the victim’s pocket. Both suspects immediately fled the scene.

The NOPD requests that anyone with information on this incident or the identity and whereabouts of the suspects to contact Detective Ron Howard or any Eighth District detective at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

Approximate location of the alleged July 15 simple robbery, according to the NOPD.

Truck spills 1,000 gallons of molasses on North Rampart Street UPDATED

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A truck carrying molasses accidentally spilled its contents along North Rampart Street on Monday night, according to multiple social media posts.

According to WVUE, the spill occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. in between Toulouse and St. Louis streets as the truck traveled along North Rampart.

The driver of the truck was given three citations involving improper loading and size and size and weight limit violations, WVUE reported.

The eastbound lanes of North Rampart will be closed until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23rd for cleanup, while the westbound lanes will remain open, according to WVUE.

Update: The right eastbound lane on North Rampart will close temporarily again on Tuesday to remove all syrup from street car tracks, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Woman arrested after cutting victim on Esplanade in French Quarter, NOPD says

Rina Whiticar. Courtesy of Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.

New Orleans police arrested a woman who is accused of cutting a victim following an argument over marijuana on Esplanade Street in the French Quarter on July 18.

According to Nola.com, 36-year-old Rina Whiticar was arguing with a 43-year-old man early Thursday morning in the 400 block of Esplanade Avenue when she pulled out a pocketknife and allegedly cut the man.

Whiticar was arrested near the corner of where North Peters Street meets Elysian Fields Avenue and was booked into Orleans Justice Center on suspicion of aggravated battery.

According to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office inmate records, Whiticar is being held on $2,500 bond.

New Orleans funk music legend Art Neville dies at 81

Art Neville performing with The Funky Meters at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2012. Photo by Infrogmation | CC.

New Orleans funk music icon Art Neville has died Monday at the age of 81, according to numerous local news reports.

According to Nola.com, Neville died peacefully this morning surrounded by friends at family at his home after a long illness.

Arthur Lanon Neville was born in 1937 in New Orleans. He came to be known as Poppa Funk whose music shaped and became a fixture of the the Big Easy sound. He formed two influential bands: The Meters in 1965; and The Neville Brothers band, which he formed with his three brothers in 1977.

Neville grew up with his brothers on Valence Street in the Uptown part of New Orleans. Like numerous musicians from the city, Neville became interested in music at an early age.

One of Neville’s first jobs was performing on the piano with hometown band Hawketts after replacing Mac Millet. He later became proficient in singing and playing the keyboard.

While with the Hawketts in 1954, Neville recorded a newer version of “Mardi Gras Mambo,” a song that can be heard repeatedly playing from inside French Quarter bars and on the local radio station WWOZ each year during Fat Tuesday. It wasn’t an original recording by the Hawketts, but the band made it popular.

Neville served in the Navy in the late 1950s and early 1960s but continued to record music, releasing two more albums during this time.

Neville shifted from the doo-wop sound of the Hawketts to funk. He founded Neville Sounds, later renamed the Meters, which reached international acclaim and inspired several notable bands, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In an interview with Offbeat magazine in 1995, Neville said he had to scale down the band because the stage at Ivanhoe on Bourbon Street wasn’t big enough to hold all of the members. After dropping brothers Aaron and Cyril from the Neville Sounds, the band changed its name after drawing it from a hat.

“That’s the juicy part,” Neville said. “Somebody didn’t want my name to be on the motherfuckin’ record. We were putting one record out with my name on it, “Bo Diddley” and some other shit, and when the instrumental [“Sophisticated Cissy”] came out, we had to pick a name that didn’t have nothing to do with me at all.”

Neville’s achievements also include winning two Grammy Awards—one in 1989 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and one in 1996 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance—and several nominations.

Last year, Neville announced his retirement from music.

The death of Neville follows that of several New Orleans music legends this year, including Dr. John, or Malcolm Rebennack, who died on June 6; and Dave Bartholomew, who passed away on June 23. Neville’s younger brother Charlie passed away in 2018 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Woman wanted by police after alleged stabbing on Decatur Street

April Red. Courtesy of NOPD.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for a woman who is being sought by police after an alleged stabbing in the French Quarter on Wednesday, July 10.

According to the NOPD, a woman identified as 25-year-old April Red walked up to a victim inside a restaurant in the 500 block of Decatur St. and stabbed him in the right shoulder with a bladed object. The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. Red promptly left the restaurant and headed on foot towards Toulouse Street, the NOPD said.

The police requests that anyone with information on this incident or the whereabouts of Red to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

Where to watch a Creepy Fest 2019 show in the French Quarter

The Pallbearers at The AllWays Lounge and Theater in 2013. Photo by Dave Minsky.

New Orleans spawned its own punk rock scene that has persisted for at least four decades. It doesn’t appear to be letting up as Creepy Fest 2019 returns from July 17 to 21 with dozens of bands performing at several venues across the city.

Now in its 11th year, the festival includes two French Quarter venues: Santos Bar and Checkpoint Charlies.

Creepy Fest has its roots in cinema. According to Antigravity, Creepy Fest began as a film showing for Creepy Dean, a film produced by local Terror Optics studios that had a soundtrack featuring songs from more than a dozen bands. The showings were just a CD release to promote the bands and it morphed into the punk festival it is today, organizer Bill Heintz told Antigravity in 2013. Heintz, a graphic designer by trade, has performed as a drummer with several Creepy Fest bands, including The Pallbearers.

The five-day festival begins at 6:00 p.m. at Portside Lounge with a special appearance by horror movie scream queen Geretta Rosemary Geretta. Check here for a full list of Creepy Fest shows and venues.

The festival creeps into the Quarter starting in the downstairs venue at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 19 venue at Santos Bar at 1135 Decatur St. with Trampoline Team, followed by Marty Feldman’s Eyes, Die Rotzz, Fat Stupid Ugly People, The Pallbearers, Vomit Spots, and Submachine.

Upstairs bands at Santos start playing at 9:15 p.m. and feature Pawn of the Jungle, Lauren Jean’s No Man Band, Trash Night, and Red Poison Berry. Doors open at 7 p.m. and entry is $15.

Checkpoint Charlies at 501 Esplanade Ave. and Santos will host bands on Saturday, July 20.

All live shows at Checkpoint Charlies are free on Saturday. Bands begin performing at 8:30 p.m. and feature Dead Centered, Pussy Rot, Reagan Era Rejects, The KBK, The Cops, Killer Hearts, and Before I Hang.

Santos hosts an earlier show with $7 admission and featuring Witchcake, The NoShows, Future Hate, Joystick, and Franks and Deans.



Woman fired handgun several times inside French Quarter gas station, New Orleans police say

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A woman is accused of illegally firing a handgun inside a French Quarter gas station on July 1, according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

According to WGNO, an unidentified woman got into argument with an employee at the Chevron gas station located in the 400 block of N. Rampart St.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:19 p.m., according to the NOPD, when the woman returned with a gun and an unidentified shirtless male with distinctive lettering tattoos on his shoulder blades. Surveillance photographs released by the NOPD on July 14 show the woman pointing a handgun while entering the store.

The woman fired several shots into the air, according to the NOPD, but no one was injured. Both suspects immediately fled the store in a black Nissan Altima with an unknown temporary tag in the rear window, according to the NOPD.

The NOPD requests anyone with information on this incident or the identities and whereabouts of the suspects to contact First District detectives at 504-658-6010. Anonymous tipsters can call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.