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ZOOLU 26 Celebrates the Carnival Weekend with Tiësto & DJ Diesel aka Shaq

Shaq Zoolu 26

The 26th year of the Metro’s Zoolu celebration is happening this weekend. Don’t miss the celebration and grab your tickets here.

Zoolu is one of the New Orleans dance scenes pride and joy. For 26 years, classic and international artists have descended on the Big Easy for an epic Mardi Gras celebration. 2020 is no different.

ZOOLU 26 begins this weekend at the Metropolitan nightclub. Presented by Disco Donnie, Freebass Society and Amps Events this year’s lineup draws on both classic electro-idols and fresh, hip faces. On Saturday night DJ Diesel – perhaps better known as the basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal – will headline. And on Lundi Gras, Tiësto takes the stage. 

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Quite literally a larger than life performer, Shaq has been dabbling in music since the early ’90s. He produced the NBA’s only platinum-selling record with his debut Shaq Diesel. In 2015 the DJ made his debut appearance at the massive TomorrowWorld Festival – ironically, playing the same evening as Tiësto. 

DJ-ing had been a passion for the athlete since he was a teenager. And while his rap and acting career seemed to take front stage, he was still regularly tinkering with his turntables after coming home from practice with the Los Angeles Lakers. 

While the artist has gotten a bit of internet-hate for his more recent performances, it’s apparent he loves what he’s doing. And he knows how to drop some hot tracks. 


“Longevity depends on evolution,” reads the first line of Tiësto’s bio page. As a Grammy-winning, platinum-certified, international icon, it is clear to see he’s found longevity in the tumultuous landscape of dance music. 

He credits his ability to “take the audience on a journey” for his success. He’s never lost his connection to the crowd and has ushered in era after era of dance music. In his 25 years as a producer, he’s been credited as “The Greatest DJ of All Time,” and “The Godfather of EDM.”

Not only does he have one of the most prestigious residencies in Las Vegas, he also became the first DJ ever to play the opening ceremony to the Olympic Games in 2004. And now, his incomparable show will stop in New Orleans for a Lundi Gras spectacular.


Make sure not to miss these two epic performances from ZOOLU 26. Support comes from RIOT TENARMNHMR and SHAUN FRANK. Grab your tickets for ZOOLU 26 now!

And if you’re feeling up for a pre-party, ZOOLU is hosting Arty at Ohm Lounge this Friday. Tickets are on the low for this one, $10, but space is limited! Grab them here!


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