The Running of the NOLA Bulls, Chess Fest, ‘Soul’ and more New Orleans events coming up July 5-11 | Events

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Running of the NOLA Bulls

The Running of the NOLA Bulls highlights San Fermin in Nueva Orleans, a weekend of events inspired by the bull runs of Pamplona, ​​Spain. The local bull run features roller derby team members in horned helmets wielding plastic bats. The run begins early on Saturday morning in the Warehouse District and is followed by a party at the Sugar Mill. The weekend also includes El Txupinazo, a Friday night party before the run, La Fiesta de Pantelones on the evening of the run, and a morning after lunch on Sunday. Jul 8-10. Visit for tickets and details.

Bad Operation

New tone ska band Bad Operation’s pool party at The Drifter got rained out last month, but they’re making up for it on Saturday, July 9. The band plays with LeTrainiump, Delores Galore and Dominic Minix (who also sings in Bad Operation) starting at 5 pm Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 in advance at


For its 2020 animated film “Soul,” Pixar tapped Jamie Foxx to voice its school music teacher and jazz pianist lead character Joe Gardner, but it’s Jon Batiste’s fingers you’ll see at the piano. Pixar captured the Kenner native’s hands for the scenes of Joe at the keys, and Batiste composed several jazz songs for the film. For their work on “Soul,” Batiste and composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won the Academy Award for best original score. The Orpheum Theater hosts a free screening of the family-friendly film at 6 pm Thursday, July 7. For more information, go to

Sailor Moon Speakeasy

Carnival Lounge hosts a night of burlesque and music based around the classic anime “Sailor Moon.” There will be burlesque performances by Joie DeVivre, Eros Sea, Ember Alert and Sofi Le Bear, with music by the Big Easy Nerd Band. At 9 pm Thursday, July 7. Tickets are $10 in advance via and $15 at the door. Find more information on Instagram, @bigeasynerdband.

Chess Fest

New Orleans was home to Paul Morphy, an international chess champion and prodigy in the middle of the 19th century. “The Opera Game,” a biopic about young Morphy, screens at Chess Fest, a day of games, puzzles and films at The Historic New Orleans Collection. There’s a mini competition for unrated players, chess puzzles, a human chess game, and more for both kids and adults. Hosted by THNOC Chess Club at the Williams Research Center from 10 am To 2 pm Saturday, July 9. Visit for information or to register for the tournament.

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Cutting Edge Conference

Now in its 30th year, the Cutting Edge Conference presents seminars on music industry business and law. There also are artist showcases at venues around town, including House of Blues, Carver Theater, Zony Mash Beer Project, Santos Bar, Sidney’s Saloon, The AllWays Lounge & Theater and more from Thursday, July 7, through Saturday, July 9. Some of the showcases are grouped by genres, including a R&B, soul and hip-hop night at Zony Mash, Thursday, and electronic music, pop and New Orleans funk at Zony Mash on Saturday. Irma Thomas will be presented a lifetime achievement award at a ceremony at Carver Theater on Friday. Visit for information.

Davell Crawford

Pianist and singer Davell Crawford, the proclaimed “Prince of New Orleans,” plays two intimate sets with his band on Saturday, July 9, at Snug Harbor. Shows are at 8 pm and 10 pm Tickets are $35 at


It’s been a while since Suplecs has released a new album — the group’s “Mad Oak Redeoux” was out in 2011 — but the New Orleans stoner rockers pop up every once in a blue moon, like at French Quarter Fest earlier this year. Catch them at 10 pm Saturday, July 9, at dba Malevitus also plays. Tickets are $15 through

Valerie Sassyfras Birthday Blowout

Valerie Sassyfras celebrates her birthday with a show at Old Point Bar. She’ll perform and there will be music videos and appearances by her cast of supporters, T-Rex and Mr. pickle. There will be a food truck and a special Horny and Lazy cocktail from the bar. At 8 pm Friday, July 8. Tickets $15 in advance via Eventbrite, or $20 at the door.

The Soul Rebels

The Soul Rebels return to New Orleans on a break from a wide-ranging national summer tour with Trombone Shorty. The brass band returns to its longtime haunt, Le Bon Temps Roule for a string of Thursday night shows. At 11 pm Thursday, July 7. Visit Le Bon Temps’ website for information.

Corey Henry & The Treme Funktet

Trombonist Corey Henry brings his Treme Funktet to the Maple Leaf for a show at 10 pm Saturday, July 9. Tickets are $15 in advance at and $20 at the door. And if you miss him on Saturday, you can catch Henry on Thursday nights at Vaughan’s Lounge in the Bywater.

Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue

Country band Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue checks into the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center for another installation of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s summer concert series. The show is at 8 pm Saturday, July 9. Tickets $10 at, and the show is available via livestream on

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