Friday, June 18, 2010

TGIF on Frenchmen!

Good Morning Everybody,

It's been a crazy week...and I hope you're ready for the weekend!

You can get your evening started off right with a little wine tasting at Swirl (3143 Ponce de Leon) with the Friday Free for All from 6 to 8:00 pm.  Gabe Daigle of Select Wines is bringing Winemaker Rich Hartneberger from Midnight Cellars Winery to the shop for a tasting and bottle signing.  Rich will be pouring a lineup of great Paso Robles Reds while Gabe pours some fun and refreshing whites. And as he is each and every Friday, Chef Dan Esses will be dishing out his delicious tapas plates for $5...

If you're headed to the Quarter you don't want to miss Concerts in the Courtyard with Wanda Rouzan at the Historic New Orleans Collection (533 Royal St.)...Now in its third year, Concerts in the Courtyard offer budget-friendly opportunities to enjoy a favorite New Orleans artist and cocktail in a beautiful courtyard setting.  The spring series, sponsored by AOS, concludes on June 18 with music by Wanda Rouzan and cocktails by Firefly Sweet Tea. 6-8 p.m. Admission is $10 and free for THNOC members!!

Come see Bon Operatit! entertain at the site of one of America's first opera houses the singing kicks up at 7:00 pm.  The Inn On Bourbon, on the corner of Toulouse and Bourbon Streets, rests on the site of the French Opera House which stood for 60 years as the cultural center of New Orleans Creole society, and the first opera house in the United States. The fun and vivacious Bon Operatit! is sure to have you singing along to some of your favorite opera and musical theater hits as they perform a FREE concert at the hotel’s Puccini Bar. Valet parking is being offered at the hotel at a special $5.00 rate for those attending the event.

And since you're already hanging in the Quarter...gettin' your Hurricane on (or Rainbow drink...your choice) need to head on down to Frenchmen Street for some live local music!

You can get started early at the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) with Ben Polcer at 4:00 pm, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio at 6:30 pm, and Cottonmouth Kings at 9:30 pm.

Right down the street you have another trio of shows at BMC (1331 Decatur)...with Sasha Masakowski at 7:00 pm, Fredy Omar con su Banda at 10:30 pm, We Are 1 Brass Band at 1:00 am...(hey, now it's Saturday mornin'!)

d.b.a.'s (618 Frenchmen) got the Hot Club Of New Orleans at 6:00 and stay on for The Dead Kenny G's 10:00 pm...You have to appreciate a band called the Dead Kenny G's..yes?

Head on down to the Maison (508 Frenchmen) at 7:30 for Some Like it Hot...and you'll appreciate the great drinks and the NO COVER!

And for those of you hanging out Uptown don't forget it's Free Fridays at Tipitina's (504 Napoleon Ave.) with DJ Gysyphonic + Good Enough for Good Times (Rob Mercurio, Jeff Raines, Joe Ashlar & Simon Lott) starts up about's gonna be good one!

And tomorrow...PLEASE make plans to head out to Grand Isle for the “Chefs for Fishermen and Families” Event....Saturday, June 19th from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m at Bridge Side Marina, 1618 Highway 1, Grand Isle, LA, 70358...Check out this list of participating restaurants!

*5 Fifty Five: Chef Mark Quitney- Fudge Farm Pork Sandwich with Spicy Coleslaw and Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies
*Adolfo Garcia Restaurants: Chef Miles Prescott of RioMar, Chef Jared Ralls of La Boca and Chef Joshua Smith of a Mano and Chef/Proprietor Adolfo Garcia- Shrimp Chorizo, White Beans and Tres Leches
*Brigsten’s: Chef Frank Brigsten- Fried Catfish with Roasted Jalepeno Tartar Sauce
*Broussard’s: Chef Tory Stewart and the Preuss Family- Red Beans and Rice and Bread Pudding
*Café Giovanni: Chef Duke LoCicero
*La Cote Brasserie: Chef Chuck Subra- Duck and Andouille Gumbo and Bread Pudding
*M Bistro: Chef Matt Murphy- Chicken and Jambalaya
*MiLA: Chef Slade Rushing- Tomato and Cornbread Salad.
*Phil’s Grill: Chef Phil deGruy- Alligator Sliders
*Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group: Chef Haley Bittermann- Corporate Executive Chef, Chef Brian Katz of Redfish Grill and Chef Chris Montero of Bacco’s- Alligator Sausage and Seafood Gumbo, Grilled Crawfish Remoulade, Roasted Chicken and Rigatoni
*Shula’s: Chef Lou Sander- Lacquered Duck
*Taceaux Loceaux: Chef Maribeth del Castillo and Alex del Castillo
*Zea’s: Chef Greg Reggio

Have a great Friday and for more musical fun and events click on the WWOZ Livewire!


  1. Hope ya'll have fun...and enjoy your Rainbow drink at Pat O's!

  2. Just something further on the Cottonmouth Kings at the Spotted Cat -- If you are new to the scene and not sure about them, they are about 6/7 of the old Jazz Vipers. Enjoy!