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Under the glow of tiki torches, she hosts a speakeasy-esque concert series in her own backyard. It’s an intimate view of live music, during a year when live music has been very much elusive. “I have been going to see concerts my whole life. I have never realized how much a musician needs an audience and how much an audience needs a musician,” says Emily Hingle.

Big Sam Brings Funk to The Royal Sonesta

How do you keep an interactive, energetic entertainer like Big Sam of Big Sam’s Funky Nation from getting into the crowd as he performs to them? While we must stay socially distanced from each other, Big Sam has found a way to reach into his frenzied fans with his trusty trombone once a week.

Shaking and Baking: Big Freedia’s Garden Cookout

It’s no secret that the other major passion of bounce artist Big Freedia is cooking. Since COVD-19 hit and tours got canceled, she was able to delve deeply into her passion of cooking in front of an audience by hosting the Garden Cookout in City Park’s Botanical Garden Kitchen. Since June, Freedia has cooked multi-course meals for her guests, and this is just the beginning of something new. “I want to open my restaurant called Freedia’s. I definitely want to transition into something bigger, and hopefully I get a cooking show on a network where I’m doing something different that no one else has done with their cooking show. I’m just excited to do new and different things exploring the food world.

SaxKixAve Brings it to the Backyard

It’s 5:45 on a perfect Saturday, Fall weather has just arrived, and I’m sitting outside listening to SaxKixAve, a new project from rapper Alfred Banks and Albert Allenback of Tank and the Bangas, live in a concert for the Band Room Backyard Concert series. Life is good, and the thirty other people seated six feet apart in lawn chairs and on blankets seem to agree.

Louisiana Renaissance Fest is Back

The Louisiana Renaissance Festival is back in action after uncertainty about if it could proceed due to COVID restrictions. While most of your favorite vendors and entertainers are back, there are some changes to the massive outdoor multi-week festival. All attendees must wear a mask to enter, and there are hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the festival. Social distancing was highly encouraged. Even the Washing Well Wenches, known to drag a couple of men onto their stage, had to adapt using mannequins instead of living, breathing men. That didn’t stop them from ogling them from afar.