The Mavericks, Bon Iver, Super Sunday Downtown and More New Orleans Events Coming April 5-11 | Events
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Zydeco and seafood extravaganza
Brasserie Faubourg hosts two days of live music and food on the Great Lawn of its home in New Orleans East. The musical lineup includes Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours, Curley Taylor, RJ & Kreole Smoove and more. Food vendors include NOLA Crawfish King, Peewee’s Crabcakes, Buggin’ Out Boils and more. There are also games and outdoor beer stalls around the grounds. Music is from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10. Visit the brewery’s website for more details.
For three decades, the Mavericks have been vying for their own brand of country and rock music through Miami, led by Cuban-American crooner Raul Malo. The band released their first album in Spanish just after the pandemic hit. The Mavericks are back in the saddle, performing at the Civic Theater at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8. Find tickets through the Civic Theater website.
Great Sunday Downtown
Mardi Gras Indians gather to show off this year’s costumes on Bayou St. John for Super Sunday Downtown on Sunday, April 10. Indians will parade down Orleans Avenue to North Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue. The event starts at 1 p.m.
In early 2020, Bon Iver had planned a small tour of a collaborative performance with TU Dance, including a stopover in New Orleans. But after allegations of sexual harassment against the TU Dance co-founder came to light, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon quickly ended the tour. Shortly after, the pandemic canceled Bon Iver’s 2020 tour for his fourth studio album “I, I.” The indie folk and experimental band are now planning these tour dates and celebrating the 10th anniversary of their self-titled second album. Bon Iver plays New Orleans at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at Champions Square. The singer-producer Dijon opens. Tickets start at $29.50 through the Champions Square website.
Dreaming of Yurumein
Grupo Yurumein is a collective of Garifuna community members, historically displaced from two Caribbean islands, and scattered across Central America and the Caribbean. A group of Garifuna now living in New Orleans collaborated with Jeremy Thal of Found Sound Nation and Neutral Milk Hotel to create a multimedia show featuring music, dance, costumes, masks, storytelling and history oral language of the Garifuna. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 at the Music Box Village. Tickets $20 to $45 through the Music Box website.
The graduates participated in a residency at the Center for Contemporary Art last year, and they have two presentations on April 8 and 9.
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
Ponchatoula hosts the Strawberry Festival with food, music and more. There are two musical stages and the lineup includes Amanda Shaw, Nashville South, Waylon Thibodeaux, The Phunky Monkeys, Tyler Kinchen and more. The festival also features a parade, rides, an egg-throwing contest, a strawberry-eating contest, and more from Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10. Find details on the festival website.
Whitney Cummings went from stand-up to starring as a fictionalized version of herself on the namesake sitcom “Whitney,” and was the creator of “2 Broke Girls.” She followed her “I’m Your Girlfriend” special with the Netflix special “Can I Touch It,” featuring a robotic version of a sex doll she had custom-made to look like her. She’s bringing her “Touch Me” stand-up tour to the Orpheum Theater. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Find tickets through the Orpheum website.
Funky Uncle Second Birthday
George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners, Leo Nocentelli, Jason Neville, the Funky Uncle All-Stars and more will perform music from The Meters, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, James Booker and more on the Funky Uncle show Second Anniversary. During the pandemic, Funky Uncle’s live shows raised funds to support local musicians and gig workers. This is the final livestream, and fans can catch the show live at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at The Howlin’ Wolf. Tickets $25 via Ticketweb. For more information on the Funky Uncle, visit their website.
The Lost Hikers of the Bayou
The Lost Bayou Ramblers perform a free show Wednesday at The Square. Daria & the Hip Drops open, and there’s an art market and food and drink vendors. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday April 6, at Square Lafayette. Visit the event website for information on the Spring Concert Series.
Billy, who was born deaf, grew up in a dysfunctional family, but he begins to see relationships differently when he meets a woman who grew up with deaf parents and begins to lose her hearing. Le Petit Théâtre presents the award-winning drama by British playwright Nina Raine at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday April 7 to Saturday April 9 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday April 10. The show also runs from April 14-17 and April 28-30. Find tickets on Le Petit’s website.
The festival features local and guest puppeteers in shows at venues including Mudlark, Art Space, AllWays Lounge & Theater and Happyland Theater from Thursday April 7 to Monday April 11.
The “Second Coming” of the Nunsense series takes place weeks after the surprise musical fundraising success for the Little Sisters of Hoboken on the original show. Now there are rumors of talent scouts in the audience and more nonsense as the nuns get more serious about their performance. At Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, April 9 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, and the show continues April 22-24. Tickets $37-$41 on the Rivertown website.
Comedian Matt Braunger has spent the past decade touring extensively, appearing on TV shows and performing on late-night shows like “Conan.” But more recently, he hosted a weekly advice podcast, “This Might Help,” on which he and guest comedians take calls and try to dole out a little help. It performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at AllWays Lounge & Cabaret. Tickets are $20 on the AllWays website.
BLÜ and $leazy EZ
Singer BLÜ and rapper $leazy EZ are hosting “Colorz of Wunderland,” a queer New Orleans party “to be free with the people you love, somewhere that’s never too far” on Saturday, April 9 in Gasa gasa. BLÜ and $leazy EZ will perform. The event is for ages 21 and up. Admission is $10. Find more information on the $leazy EZ website.
“United States of Amnesia: Dare to Remember”
Jose Torres-Tama is a shamanic time traveler in his spoken word drama about the legacy of anti-immigrant laws and sentiments and the rise of white supremacy in the United States at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 April at Ashe Theater Power House. Tickets $10. Visit Ashe’s website for more details.
Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents the recent Broadway update of the popular musical, which still features tunes from Rodgers and Hammerstein. At the Jefferson Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. The show also runs from April 22-24. Find tickets on the JPAS website.
Evenings with Enrique
Margie Perez kicks off the April concert series at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. Concerts are held every Wednesday in April and food is available. The series is presented by the Helis Foundation and admission is free for Louisiana residents. Evenings with Enrique are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit the City Park events page for more information.
Urban Southern Birthday Party
New Orleans brewery Urban South is celebrating its sixth anniversary with music, food, an arts market and nine new taproom-only beers. The Noah Young Band will perform, and Urban Smash, Gulf Coast Crawfish Co., Get Your Mom & Dim Sum, and Southerns will sell food. New beers were made in collaboration with Untitled Art, Pontoon Brewing, Perfect Plain Brewing Co. and others. The party runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Find more information on the brewery’s website.