The day is finally here: The Saints come back up against their biggest rivals in their very first regular season game of 2013. If you’re not completely focused on that, or your fantasy league, take a moment to check out the other happenings around town. There just may be something that can draw you away from the football hype.
Adding to the aforementioned hype on Friday, however, is Gleason Gras at Champions Square at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. General admission is free, and great entertainers like Anders Osborne will whip the crowd into a frenzy ahead of the Saints game against the Atlanta Falcons. The party begins at 4 p.m. You can attend the nearby after party at Little Gem Saloon with special guest DJs Mystikal and Juvenile. The party begins at 9 p.m. Kermit Ruffins takes Little Gem’s stage the next night on Saturday at 7 p.m. for $15. Or head Uptown to the Maple Leaf Bar to see the New Orleans Suspects at 10 p.m.
One the game’s eve (Saturday), multiple concerts will vie for your attention. A Hanging, Gristnam and more play at Siberia at 10 p.m. for $7. Gravy Flavored Kisses and the New Orleans Johnny’s play at Le Bon Temps Roule at 10 p.m.; there is no cover charge. Dax Riggs performs with Lafayette’s favorite dobro man Brother Dege at One Eyed Jacks at 10 p.m. for $12.
Sunday, of course, is the big game at noon! I suggest checking out the Bayou 95.7 remote broadcast at Coyote Ugly on N. Peters Street in the French Quarter. Tickets to the game can be won, and, if you don’t get them, you can enjoy $25 all-you-can-drink-beer during the showing of the game. Chelsea Wolfe will help you celebrate the victory (or, less likely, help you cry in your beer) at One Eyed Jacks at 9 p.m. for $12.