With Jazz Fest in the rearview mirror, New Orleans is slowing down and readying itself for summer’s oppressive heat and humidity. But even during hurricane season, the music doesn’t stop, with all sorts of outdoor concerts, festivals, and parades coming up. We’ve compiled the best of the best of those shows from now until Labor Day’s Southern Decadence, so start marking your calendars.
Instead of actual bulls, hundreds of roller derby girls armed with plastic bats chase down runners throughout the streets. Whether you got hit or not, head to the Sugar Mill’s afterparty for live music from the Zydepunks and DJ sets.
Celebrate Louis Armstrong’s 118th birthday with tunes from traditional jazz outfits and brass bands. Past headliners include Preservation Hall Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, and Charmaine Neville, so expect that level of quality again this year.
Take in the delightful debachuery that is Southern Decadence, which is billed as “New Orleans' Largest Gay Event.” The multi-day event includes parades with bass brands and a concert on Bourbon St, but the real joy is in checking out the attendees’ outfits (or lack thereof).
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April Siese low-key loves the sweltering summer. Give her a follow on Twitter @ayetalian and a sweaty hug if you see her in August.