The Wknd Spill: Fried Chicken Fest, R&B ONLY, Silent House & More

by Ashlee Nicole

The list really speaks for itself; There’s so much going on this weekend! From art exhibits to concerts to festivals, there’s literally something for everyone to do. Go through the list, find your jam, and have a blast! Don’t forget to share this list with ya people!

ALL WEEKEND

Fried Chicken Festival Week – Like many other festivals, the National Fried Chicken Fest was set to return this weekend, but COVID had other plans. So instead, the creators reimagined Fried Chicken Festival Week to showcase local eateries. The weeklong evens ends this weekend. Stop by a participating restaurant, cop a deal, and show love!

Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo – Grab the kids and celebrate Halloween! Presented by Chick-fil-A New Orleans, the traditional event will benefit Audubon Zoo and Children’s Hospital New Orleans. The last entry is at 4p. 
10a – 5p | Audubon Zoo | Tickets

FRIDAY, OCT. 22

The debut of Prospect.5 – The long-awaited return of Prospect New Orleans Triennial exhibition is back with Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow, opening on Friday, Oct. 23. Curated by Artistic Directors Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi, the title is inspired by New Orleans jazz musician Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s 2010 album Yesterday You Said Tomorrow and “centers the unspoken present, the place where past and future come together, and where other courses of action become possible.” Over the next three months (Oct. 23 – Jan. 23), Prospect.5 will be featured at multiple galleries, museums, and other exhibit spaces. *Venues may require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. 
10/23 – 1/23 | Venues Opening | Artists | P.5 Venues 

A Black Creative’s Guide to P.5 – partnering with Prospect, ABCG will be host 7 unique meetup experiences around P.5 exhibitions. The first ABCG experience will be a bike tour with GetUpNRide, and will include complimentary mimosas, stops at The Historic New Orleans Collection and Contemporary Arts Center before heading over to SPILLMAN | BLACKWELL Fine Art for complimentary, signature cocktails and to check out grandfather of funk George Clinton‘s solo art exhibition. If you can’t make it opening weekend, no worries. Participants will be touring different P.5 exhibition sites every other Friday until P.5 ends (Jan. 23). 
10:30a | Meet @ GetUpNRide | Tickets

Professional Happy Hour – 🗣️Calling all professionals! After a long work week, there’s nothing like a nice cocktail to get the weekend vibes started. Head over to happy hour and enjoy 1/2 off hookah and drinks and FREE seafood prepared by DeesXquisite at Larry Morrow‘s newest “premiere indoor-outdoor vibing experience.”
4 – 7p | Treehouse | No Cover

Abstract NOLA – With a bar, food (by Lionheart Catering), hookah, and music, Abstract NOLA is a vibe. This weekend, catch DJ Spin Griffey on the 1s and 2s and T-Ray the Violinist on the strings.
7p | Magnolia Mansion | No Cover

glbl NOLA R&B Edition – glbl NOLA is a “New Orleans-based Artist, Producer, & Music Business collective changing the climate of the music industry while educating & empowering the culture.” The R&B edition will shine a light on artists, Natalie Cris, WYNTON, and Quinton Hakeem
9 – 11p | Three Keys @ Ace Hotel New Orleans | Free w/ RSVP

SILENT HOUSE – Following happy hour at Treehouse, Morg W will be bringing the Silent Party back this weekend with three channels of dope music. If you’ve never been to a silent party, just picture you vibing tf out to the music you choose to hear in your headset. It’s so dope.
7p | Treehouse | No Cover

Isaiah Rashad: Lil Sunny’s Awesome Vacation – If you’re an Isaiah Rashad fan, you don’t wanna miss the singer performing hits “From The Garden” live. To sway to Isaiah, you must present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Doors @ 8p | House of Blues | Tickets

SATURDAY, OCT. 23

Baldwin & Co. Book Festival – The recently-opened, black-owned, independent bookstore & coffee shop, Baldwin & Co. is hosting a festival with free book give-a-ways, book signings, live music, door prizes, author readings, merchandise, games, live paintings, vendor market, community empowerment programs, and so much more. 
10a – 1p | Baldwin & Co.Register (Free)

NOLA River Fest– Celebrating the cultural, economic, and environmental impacts of the Mighty Mississippi, there will be live music by the Treme-Lafitte Brass Band, along with other local acts; Food from Chef Linda The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, Clesi’s, and then some; Art, film, food, and crafts. 
11a – 7p | New Orleans Jazz Museum @ The Old U.S. Mint | Lineup

R&B ONLY – Listen, if you love old school, 90s R&B, this event is for you! It’s truly one-of-a-kind and an absolutely lit journey of R&B music from past to present. Speaking from personal experience, you won’t be disappointed! To get ya groove on, you must present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Doors @ 8:15 | House of Blues | Tickets 

Jodeci Juice Joint feat. Transfer ZekkaLil Jodeci (music producer & DJ) + Julian “Juice” Gosin (The Soul Rebels) make up the New Orleans musical duo, Jodeci Juice Joint. Collaborating with artist, Zekka, this show is said to be a different live experience than what the pair usually gives. 
9 – 11p | Three Keys @ Ace Hotel New Orleans | Free w/ RSVP

Dopamine w/ DJ Quickweave – The self-proclaimed “part-time head turna, full-time jaw droppa,” will be spinning a blend of Soul, House, Techno, and the Jazz influences of New Orleans. 
11p – 2a | Lobby @ Ace Hotel New Orleans | More Info

SUNDAY, OCT. 24

The Millenium Tour – Relive your young adulthood by jamming to B2K, Lloyd, Ashanti, Pretty Ricky, Soulja Boy, and more.  
Doors @ 6p | Smoothie King Center | Tickets

The Weekend Spill is a weekly series of a guide to a weekend in New Orleans. If you’d like to see your event on the list, hit me up!

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