We're mid-Jazz Fest fun this week! There's a lot going on outside of the Fest gates, so try to keep up with this rundown.
The neighborhood music fest ChazFest keeps it funky on Wednesday at the Truck Farm Studio at 3020 St. Claude Avenue starting at noon and going all night. Los Poboycitos and The Tin Men are just two of the many great bands playing. You can also party a few blocks away at the Dew Drop Inn Benefit at Café Istanbul in the Healing Center on St. Claude Avenue at 6 p.m. for $25. The historic jazz hall can be renovated to be a music-centric community center. Indians are taking over the Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street later that night. Ivan Neville and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux's Indian Summer perform at 9 p.m. Another benefit on Thursday night has an amazing lineup of locals for your entertainment. Down on the Bayou IV, a benefit for the New Orleans Musician's Clinic, will pack the Republic in the Warehouse District and features Dr. John, Jojo Hermann of Widespread Panic, Marcia Ball and many more at 9 p.m.
Ladies, if this festival madness has got you feeling tense, the condom manufacturer Trojan is prepared to help you relieve any stress. On Friday, the ladies at the Trojan cart will be giving away free vibrators from 4 - 8 p.m. near the House of Blues on Decatur Street. When you're done that, head down a few blocks to Fulton Street and Poydras for First Fridays on Fulton with live music, crawfish, and food samples from the restaurants in the pedestrian mall beginning at 5 p.m. Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes are performing their CD release show at Maple Leaf Bar at 11 p.m. and they will be followed by a birthday bash for the late James Brown with the New Orleans Soul Stars.
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day across the nation. Be sure to visit one of the many great comic shops in the area like More Fun Comics on Oak Street or Crescent City Comics on Freret Street that will be having great deals on comics as well as lots of freebies. BSI Comics on Severn Avenue in Metairie will have a full lineup of local comic book writers and illustrators in-house. You can see their lineup of festivities here. If you like drinking beer from NOLA Brewery, then you can enjoy it on another level at the Rock N' Hops benefit for Musicares. The brewery will be hosting live music by Shamarr Allen, The Breton Sound, Coyotes, Andrew Duhon, and more and the beer is all-you-can-drink. The cover is $25 at the gate and the show starts at 8 p.m. Local guitarist Anders Osborne will play at the Howlin' Wolf with guest musicians guitarist Pepper Keenan, Papa John Gros, Eric McFadden and more at 10 p.m. Siberia features Bywater favorites R. Scully's Rough Seven, Ratty Scurvics Trio, and The Unnaturals at 10 p.m. for $8.
Sunday is Cinco de Mayo. The Mexican restaurants will be packed, so you should go to the Witch Bitch himself Michael Patrick Welch's annual NOizefest: Don't Trad on Me at his home at 609 Lesseps Street. NOizefest is a freeform music festival where everything goes, except drum kits. Some guests include Egg Yolk Jubilee, Ratty Scurvics's Bazzouds, Contaminated by the Cross, King James, Quintron, Helen Gillet, and many more. Anyone can join the fun at anytime and with anything that can make noise…except drum kits. The fest starts at noon.