Thursday, December 27/Parisian Courtyard Inn (1726 Prytania): After the holiday hoopla, we could all use a place to wind down and be entertained. Nothing offers those two elements quite like a house concert in an old New Orleans home. Jazz pianist and singer HeidiJo will be putting on a concert at The Parisian Courtyard Inn from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. There is a suggested $10 donation, which will go directly to the musicians. For more information about the event, you can check out their page here.
Sunday, December 30/Cafe Istanbul (2372 St. Claude Avenue): As the days of 2018 come to an end, many people are gathering together to reflect and to plan for a better future. On Sunday there will be a gathering for “We are the Solution/Nosotros Somos la Solucion,” which is a group that will be collecting funds and items for the caravan of refugees currently stuck at the border. At the event they will have food by donation, reports from the fake border, live music, dancing, tarot reading, and a community of resistance. It all begins at 7:30 PM, and you can find out full details here.
Monday, December 31/Civic Theater (501 O’Keefe Avenue): If dancing, dancing, amazing soul music, and more dancing are what you are looking for to ring in the new year, then DJ Soul Sister has the event for you. She’ll be spinning her records from 10:00 PM 2018 until 2:00 AM 2019 at the Civic Theater. Tickets will run you $30 Advance / $35 Day of show, or if you want to go premium for $100, that will get you open bar at dedicated balcony bar, premium balcony access, champagne toast at midnight, and a separate line for entry. For more information and details, you can check out the event page here.
Monday, December 31/One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse Street): It wouldn’t be NYE in New Orleans without some glitter and flamboyance. If you are looking for both of these elements and lyrical slinging, then you’ll want to checkout Boyfriend, who is a writer, rapper, singer, producer and performer. Her over-the-top live show along with her messages of female empowerment and inclusivity have helped to develop a dedicated fan base — a fan base of hair-curler adorned hes, shes and theys; a fan base of lingerie-wearing straights, gays and undecideds; a fan base of enlightened youth as well as the old and wise. Tickets range from $25-$150 depending on VIP to include balcony access, complimentary champagne, and upstairs cash bar. For more information and details, you can check out their event page here.
Monday, December 31/The Cannery (3803 Toulouse Street): Obviously, there are lots of places to ring in the New Year, and if you are looking for a one-stop party, The Cannery will ring in 2019 with open bar and The Wiseguys. The bash will feature a gourmet buffet, premium open bar, free parking, a continental breakfast and a special midnight rooftop champagne toast with those beautiful Mid-City views. Tickets are $125 and available at www.cannerynola.com/NYE. The party begins at 8:30 PM on New Year’s Eve. Also, after enjoying music and dancing, premium beverages and a gourmet buffet, guests will second line up to the Cannery’s fourth floor rooftop to watch the fireworks.