Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hump Day!

Good Morning Everybody,

It's another Wednesday...and another busy day so, let's get going!!

Wednesday Events

Start off your afternoon right with a fun event sponsored by Tales of the Cocktail......The fun begins in "the Attic" at Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant for the Native Spirits Preview Party at 4:30 pm.  Locals get the first sips of the official cocktail of this year's festival while you can preview the Spirited Dinner® series, spirited seminars, and parties that are in store this summer. Stop by for a drink, food and register to win prizes including a Native Spirits pass, the the locals-only package for Tales of the Cocktail.

After your Spirits Party....stroll on down to Lafayette Square for the next event......  Wednesday at the Square kicks off this afternoon at 5:00 pm with the Creole String Beans & Cowboy Mouth.  Be sure to bring some extra dollars for food, libations and cool art purchasing!

Don't feel like heading problem...stay in the Uptown/Mid-City area and check out the Edible New Orleans Spring Issue Relase Party...there will be fabulous food, drink and music for the low low price of only $10...Click on the link for more info about this exciting event!

Looking to do something a little more arty this evening....then head on down to the New Orleans Museum of Art for this cool show at 6 pm in the Stern Auditorium.  The Quintron and Miss Pussycat exhibition is going on and there will be a presentation of 2 videos, "Electric Swamp" (2005) and a new work "Spirit Hair" (2010), the eleventh episode of the series "Trixie and the Treetrunks" followed by a Q & A with Panacea Theriac (Miss Pussycat).  This event is open to the public, and FREE to all, with a cash bar.   

Well - that should keep you busy for the time being....For a list of musical events check out Offbeat...and have som fun today!!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Sad Day for New Orleans

Good Morning All,

It's a truly sad day in New Orleans this Tuesday, but also a time to celebrate the life and music of one of the City's legends...Miss Marva Wright. Today's blog is dedicated to her soul as a person and her soulful voice we all loved so much.

If you can't make her memorial service today - take some time to listen to some of her wonderful music - she will be remembered always. (Here's a link to to Miss Marva's site - so you can listen in and please take the time to read her eulogy by Times-Picayune writer, Keith Spera.)

Today's Services

The wake for Marva will be at Gallier Hall today, Tuesday, March 30th from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

The Musical Tribute will be at Gallier Hall, from 6:00 PM to 8 PM - The BMW's (Band of Marva Wright: Benny Turner, Keiko Komaki, Jeffrey Alexander and June Yamagishi), Charmaine Neville, Davell Crawford, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., The Wild Magnolias, and many more will pay tribute to Marva.

The church service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesay morning, March 31st, at New Hope Baptist Church, 1807 LaSalle - New Orleans.

March 20, 1948 to March 23, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday is Hooky Day and Free Red Beans

Good Morning! 

What a beautiful day and another good one for playin' Monday besides just lounging around on a blanket at your park of choice....City, Audubon, Lafreniere, the Lakefront or just cruising around the Quarter....Here are some fun things to do today!

For those of you who stayed in bed too long, and are looking for a unique New Orleans thing to do....Check out Vella Vetro Art Glass at 3000 Royal St on the 2nd Floor. You can come by anytime Monday thru Friday 9 - 3 pm for free glass blowing demonstrations.

If you decided to go hang out at City Park to feed the ducks and crazy sure to check out the fancy new dog park - NOLA City Bark....and if you have a pup of your can register them for a small fee...also, doggie must be up to date with shots.

Well if you had enough relaxing in the park on this gorgeous day - here are some fun music events for tonight!!

Featured Monday Music

For some FREE red beans and rice and the cool sounds of  Amanda Walker....take a walk along the River Road levee this evening and make a stop at the River Shack Tavern...Amanda and the band will be playing at 7:00 pm tonite!

The Columns on St. Charles Avenue has Cajun music legend David Doucet at 8:00 pm. Sit on the porch, drink a cocktail and watch the streetcars go by.

Another amazing early evening show is Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Band - stop by Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at about 8:00 pm to hear Mr. French and the'll be glad you did.  I even heard he had an audience with the President recently...and NO COVER.

The always super fun Chickie Wah Wah on Canal Street, has Evan Christopher and Clarinet Road at 8:00 pm.....and be sure to enjoy some yummy food while you listen.

If you're lookin' for some bluegrass music this don't have to go too far to find it....Check out the Hi Ho Lounge and the Bluegrass Pickin' Party at 8:00 pm...I hear there's no cover and FREE red beans at this show too!

That should keep you busy for now....and I think you won't have any problems getting your fill of red beans and rice this evening....until tomorrow!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

It Really is Super Sunday!

Good Morning All,

I'm so glad I don't have to type with my feet, cause my dogs are barkin' from yesterday's Easter Keg Hunt....but it was worth it.  Glad we got to travel through the Road Food Fest several times on Royal Street for some nourishment - if you missed it yesterday - you get another chance to check out today...the food is incredible!!

So here's what's going on this beautiful Sunday!!

Sunday Events

The Road Food Fest continues today from 11 AM to 6 PM - FREE ADMISSION!  The fest is 5 blocks of Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter and it will be the home of 20 vendors serving regional specialties, everything is soooo delicious!  (For complete info - click on the link above).

Check out the food - yummm!!!
  • Shrimp Uggie made by Anthony and Gail Uglesich, who are coming out of retirement to participate
  • Louie Mueller's Texas barbecue and hot sausage
  • Maine Diner seafood chowder
  • Que Crawl Truck Cochon de lait po boy
  • Bud Royer's Pecan Pie from the heart of Texas - a la mode
  • Louisiana Meat Pies and Crawfish Pies from Lasyone's of Nachitoches (it was the best meat pie I ever ate!!!)
After you've gotten your fill of food (is that, REALLY possible??)  Check out the events for the 24th Annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.  This is the final day and ends it ends with a bang with the Stanley and Stella contest which takes place in Jackson Square at 4:00 pm.  This is a fun one if you've never been, or been before - start practicing your yelling techniques!

NOLA Pyrate Week continues with pirate themed activities to benefit local charities and continues in Dutch Alley with the Land of Nod Wetlands Awareness Event - Performer will include CoCo Robichaux, and many others!!!

The much anticipated rescheduled Super Sunday 2010 is happening today at Taylor park - Washington Avenue and S.  Derbigny Street.  There will be performances by the Mardi Gras Indian Tribes and guests include the Hot 8 Brass Band, Stooges Brass Band, Big Al Carson, Jo Cool David and many others!!  The event begins at around 11:00 am and parade starts at 1:00 pm....It should be a beautiful day for this event!

If your heading down to da''s going to be another fun and yummy day at the Louisiana Crawfish Festival in St. Bernard.  Festivities gear up at 12 noon and go to 10:00 pm tonight!

Okay is that not enough fun for you??!

Check out the Sunday Music Events

Nickel-A-Dance continues on at Maison , 508 Frenchmen St - with Lionel Ferbos & The Palm Court Jazz starts at 4:00's FREE and children are welcome!!

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Outdoor Concert is happening today at 4:00 pm (gates open at 2:00) at Brechtel Park, in Algiers - and it's FREE.  Be sure to bring your yummiest picnic food and libations!!  If will be a lovely day to listen to classically trained musicians!!!

Uptown Tipitina's has a dancing evening in store for you at the Cajun fais do-do with Bruce Daigrepont at 5:30 pm.

As always check out the Offbeat listings for more fun events happenin' around town tonight.

It all sounds like a good time - so get on out there and enjoy this gorgeous Spring Day - I'm getting ready to head on out!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

TGIF and Happy Friday!!!

Happy Friday everyone! I am filling in for Superstar Blogger Aimee today as she recovers from last night’s Ogden After Hours and the FANTASTIC free concert at the Mother-In Law Lounge featuring the Tin Men And New Orleans Nightcrawlers. That and she is busy moving offices or something at work…

Starting today through April 4 is NOLA Pyrate Week. There will be free and paid events all around the French Quarter. Last year, I particularly enjoyed the Lusty Pyrate Wench competition. Rumor has it there will be a stop at Arrrby’s this year … I just made that up.

The New Orleans Jazz & Historical Park continues its free concert series at the Visitors Center, 916 N. Peters Street, from 2 – 3:30. Eric Lucero will perform and focus and the role of the trumpet in jazz.

Over by Frenchmen Street way, today’s great free shows include golden-throated Sasha Masakowski 7 at the BMC (1331 Decatur), the licorice stick stylings of Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road 6 at d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen Street), and at the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen Street) – Brett Richardson at 4, the Washboard Chaz Blues Trio at 6:30, and the Cottonmouth Kings at 10.

Also always great is the Pfister Sister Pfriday Happy Hour 5:30 at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal Street).

Finally, if you feel like traveling down the parish, the Louisiana Crawfish Festival continues today (6 – 11 p.m.) – and all weekend – at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette

Happy Birthday today to Leonard “no, my ears are not really pointy” Nimoy (79) and Kiera “I don’t need a funny nickname when I look like this” Knightley (25).

Only 29 days until Jazz fest!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday Fun Stuff (it's almost TGIF)!!

Ohhhh...I'm recovering from the fun time at Wednesday at the Square, but you gotta move on.....It's Thursday and the usual fun free stuff is going on - and it also looks like this nasty rain will be out of here - so get ready for a fun evening!

Fun Thursday Events

Be sure to check out the Ogden Museum of Southern Art this evening for Ogden After Hours. It's going to be singer/songwriter night with James Low...and my husband will be doing the interview - so it's gonna be a good one! If you have a little time to kill before the show - run by the Circle Bar (on Lee's Circle) and get a drink - they're happy hour is mighty fine!

The Mid-City Farmer's Market - 3:00 to 7:00 at Orleans Avenue and Bayou St. John. You can also stop by Cork and Bottle for a FREE wine tasting from 5:00 to 7:00, nice!! You should definitely head on down for some good food, wine and music!

The Twilight Series at City Park Botanical Gardens has started up with the Pfister Sisters - I think it will be a beautiful night to enjoy the park - concert starts at 6:00 pm.  (and maybe you can even drive around and get a sneak peak of the fancy new dog park - City Bark!! - grand opening is this Saturday)

As always check out Offbeat for a complete list of fun events....but start planning for the weekend today - there is soooo much to do!!!

What's Happenin' this Weekend!!

Louisiana Oyster Jubilee 2010 - Check this out on Saturday - it's the 300 block of Bourbon Street from 11 - 12:30 pm.
The Jubilee is the biggest oyster party in New Orleans and will feature the Longest Oyster Po-Boy, built by over twenty of New Orleans' renowned restaurants. The colossal Po-Boy will be stuffed with 5,500 locally harvested oysters and sprawl across 340 feet of Bourbon Street. After the ceremonial cutting, the po-boy will be distributed to oyster lovers and is expected to be devoured within minutes. The Storyville Stompers Brass Band will perform as oyster aficionados celebrate the momentous occasion.

After all that oyster fun - Second line over at 12:15 to the Road Food Fest on the 400 - 700 block of Royal!

The Road Food Fest is Saturday 11 AM to 7 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM - FREE ADMISSION!  The fest is 5 blocks of Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter and it will be the home of 20 vendors serving regional specialties, only available in Louisiana!  (For complete info - click on the link above).

Check out the food - yummm!!!
  • Shrimp Uggie made by Anthony and Gail Uglesich, who are coming out of retirement to participate
  • Louie Mueller's Texas barbecue and hot sausage
  • Maine Diner seafood chowder
  • Que Crawl Truck Cochon de lait po boy
  • Bud Royer's Pecan Pie from the heart of Texas - a la mode
  • Louisiana Meat Pies and Crawfish Pies from Lasyone's of Nachitoches
Okay, if you're more of a history buff....check out the event happening at the Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street (conveniently located on the same blocks as the Road Food Fest).... There will be a presentation and book signing with Jeffrey H. Jackson author of Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 - Saturday at12:00 p.m.  (Be sure to click on the above link for more info).

As for festivals - there's soooo much going on...The Louisiana Crawfish Fest in Chalmette, a Nola Brewing Easter Keg Hunt,  the Mardi Gras Indians are doing the delayed Super Sunday, the Noo Moon Land of Nod Experience is happening at Dutch Alley at the French Market from noon to 9:00 pm...

Okay - I must be moving check out all the good stuff....there's lots to do!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hump Day with Wednesday at the Square

It's that time of year again......the plants are blooming, the birds are singing, the crawfish are boiling and it's time for Wednesdays at the Square! 

Come on down to Lafayette Square for another stellar line-up for this year's concert series....there will be crafts, food and libations....Trombone Shorty with Orleans Avenue starts off the series with a bang - and check out the entire line-up so you can make your plans.

If you don't want to go downtown this evening - be sure to check out Vegas Tapas on Metairie Road.  They're hosting an Arty Party from 5:30 to 7:30 with FREE wine, sangria and tapas - showcasing the art work of Martha Ambrose.

Wednesday Evening Music

If you're all revved up from all that early evening fun...check out this...

The Tin Men are over at d.b.a. at 7:00 pm for their weekly gig (no cover), but don't forget to tip the band..... this is always sure to be a lively show.

Go on down to Maison on 508 Frenchmen Street at 8:00 pm to check out the music styling of one of my favorite singers - Margie Perez - you'll be glad you did!

This is a short one today, because I'm psyched about Lafayette Square, but if you're looking for a complete list of things to do be sure to check Offbeat for more Wednesday night fun.......SEE YOU AT THE SQUARE!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Happy Tuesday!

Good Morning All,

Another beautiful day to be in the City that care forgot....and here are some fun things to do this warmer (yea!!) day.

Music for Tuesday

Looking for a nice cocktail happy hour and some great jazz - check out Jayna Morgan and the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band at Prytania Music & Spirits at 6:30 pm....Maybe you should even get a Sazerac for this show!

Rock 'N Bowl has a good one tonight with Jimmy Carpenter & Friends starting up at 8:30.  It will be a night of great R & B music and don't forget - if you eat next door at College Inn you get a discounted ticket for the show!!

Chickie Wah Wah has the usual fun Tuesday show with Anders Osborne, John Fohl and Johnny Sansone starting at 8:00 pm...there may be a small cover, but it's worth it to hear this trio!!

It's another beautiful evening to be hanging out on the porch at The Columns.  Watch the streetcars go by, sip a martini and listen to talented musician John Rankin.

Looking Ahead for Tomorrow

Of course don't forget tomorrow's fun.....the annual Wednesday at the Square concert series gets off to a partying start with Trombone Shorty!!

Have a great day - and be sure to pass on any fun free stuff!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday, Monday.........

Good Morning Everybody,

It's Monday morning, and I don't know about ya'll, but I wish I was still in bed on this cloudy and cold Spring morning.....but don't let the clouds get you down - there's still fun stuff to do even on a Monday!

Playin' Hooky - There's Stuff to Do!

For those of you who stayed in bed too long, and are looking for a unique New Orleans thing to do....Check out Vella Vetro Art Glass at 3000 Royal St on the 2nd Floor.  You can come by anytime Monday thru Friday 9 - 3 pm for free glass blowing demonstrations.  I've been, and it's a really cool thing to see.

There's always racing going on at the New Orleans Fair Grounds.  Post time starts at 11:00 that's a good way to spend your Monday, and you just might win a little money too!

Featured - Monday Music

The Columns Hotel 3811 St. Charles Avenue, has Cajun music legend David Doucet at 8:00 pm.   Sit on the porch and drink a hot cocktail on maybe (hopefully) the last cold night in New Orleans for awhile..........

For some great blues grooves The Apple Barrel 609 Frenchmen, has two shows this evening 7:00 pm Sam Cammarata and Dominick Grillo and at 10:00 pm Dave Gregg & the Odd Man Band.

The always super fun Chickie Wah Wah 2828 Canal Street, has the jazzy sounds of Sasha and Steve Masakowksi at 7:00 pm.....and enjoy a FREE giant plate of red beans while you listen.

Check out another talented musician on Frenchmen.  d.b.a. has Glen David Andrews at 9:00 pm.

For even more fun on Frenchmen and a yummy burger too - be sure to catch Charmaine Neville at Snug Harbor at 8:00 pm.

And for you late nighters, go funk it up at the Maple Leaf Bar 8316 Oak Street for some Papa Grows Funk!

Well that should keep you going this Monday - until tomorrow.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

It's Still a Super Sunday

The Mardi Gras Indians may have canceled until next Sunday, but it's still a Super Sunday!

Fun Sunday Events

If you haven't gotten your fill of cabbage, garlic, potatoes and kisses for flowers - than do not fear!!  The Irish Italian Parade start today at Noon on the traditional Metairie parade route.

Earth Fest continues at the Audubon Zoo with games, food, crafts and entertainment by John Mooney & Bluesiana at1:00pm – 2:30pm and The Blue Meanies from 3:00pm – 4:30pm.  A good time to celebrate Mother Earth and see all the zoo wonders!

Los Islenos Fiesta continues today in St. Bernard at 1357 Bayou Road.  It will be another fun filled day of Islenos food, music and dancing, crafts and exhibits!!

LA/SPCA Dog Day Afternoon A festival for dogs and their people with music, food, contests and prizes - from 10:30 to 4:00.  This is a fun event for you and your four legged friend.  Come out enjoy the beautiful day!!

The Louisiana Children's Museum is FREE THIS SUNDAY (and every 3rd Sunday of the month)!!  Explore the Children's Museum -  thanks to Target for being a sponsor.

Sunday Music

Nickel-A-Dance at La Maison, 508 Frenchmen St., The New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra performs at 4:00 pm and it's FREE!

Tipitina's Uptown has Bruce Daigrepoint Cajun Fais Do-Do at 5:30 so you can get your Cajun dancing on!

Well I gotta get out there and do some Sunday partying - so if you want more...As always check out the complete list of music goings on at Offbeat.

Happy Spring ya'll - it's going to be a good one!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Saturday!! St. Baldrick's Day!

Good Morning Ya'll,

Up bit early for a Saturday morning, but I was semi-good last night.  Went to the most wonderful St. Joseph's Altar in the City.  The Bello Family Altar was amazing once again....and what makes it even more better is that it's conveniently located two housed down from us.  Yea - Paul...thanks again for a wonderful evening....your sauce is the best!!
Now on to Saturday events.....

Saturday Day Events!

It's St. Baldrick's Day - so be sure to show your support (you can shave your head, but you don't have to).  Finn McCool's is having a head shaving event at noon.....and then head on down to Oak Street (between Carrollton and the River for a St. B block party with fun food, fun and music - all funds help to find a cure and help out children with cancer.

Be sure to check out Fete Francaise, 821 General Pershing from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.  There will be French and Cajun food, art and activities.  Also, the very popular Te'te', all the way from Paris France, will be performing!  So it will be fun for the whole family and some culture too!!!

One of the most interesting festivals of the weekend is the Los Islenos Fiesta 1357 Bayou Road in St. Bernard Parish - Festivities start at noon Saturday and Sunday.  Food, crafts and music representing St. Bernard's unique Canary Island culture.  This is one not to be missed!

And for those of you who want to pull an all nighter - check out Bach around the Clock at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., NOLA.  Check out this incredible schedule.

Saturday Evening Fun

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art has a wonderful program this evening from 7 - 10 pm (opening reception at 6 for museum members).  A film screening and reception - "A Well-Spent Life: An Evening with Les Blank.  Click on the link for all the info

As always - Chickie Wah Wah on Canal Street will have another funky show tonight with Jon Cleary at 10 pm.

And one of my personal favorites The Drive by Truckers will be hitting the stage at 10:00 pm at  Tipitina's Uptown.

Please check out the complete music listings for tonight from Offbeat magazine!

So much to little time - have a good one!!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

TGIF....Happy St. Joseph's Day!!


So glad it's Friday........really glad :)  Another fun spring weekend in New Orleans and there are lots of things to do - so let's get this party started!!

St. Joseph's Altars

For starters - click on the complete list and don't forget to check out the Times-Picayune classifieds for more altars at local residences - I think those are always the best!!

Friday Evenings at Swirl

This is always a fun way to start off the weekend.  Check out Swirl located on Ponce de Leon right off Esplanade and enjoy a FREE wine tasting at 6:00 pm.  Once you've tasted one of their excellent choices you'll be sure to be buy a bottle!

Spring Opening of the Degas House Courtyard

And go right down the street and visit the home of the famous artist Edgar Degas (2306 Esplanade).  You can enjoy a beautiful spring evening this Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  There will be lively tunes from famous DJ Frank Stansbury and FREE admission.  All proceeds from food and drink sales to the Edgar Degas Foundation.  (FREE parking is available American Federation of Musicians' Union Hall, 2401 Esplanade Avenue).

You say - you still don't know what to do???  There's even more fun!!

Concerts in the Courtyard of the Historic New Orleans Collection

What a treat this is.....Experience a concert in the courtyard of the Historic New Orleans Collection in the heart of the French Quarter - 533 Royal Street.  The show is from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with the Panorama Jazz Band...FUN!!!

Admission is $10, FREE for THNOC members, and includes 3 complimentary beverages (Rain Organic Vodka is providing)!!!  Guests must be 21 or older to enter and memberships begin begin at $35.00 per household.

Featured - Friday Music

This what I'd be doing if I was out tonite!!!

Threadhead Fridays at Chickie Wah Wah - an amazing show with Paul Sanchez and friends.  Music starts at 8:00 pm and be sure to check out the fabulous food from the kitchen - yummy!!!

Check out d.b.a. in the Marigny with their no cover show at 6:00pm Hot Club of New Orleans jams in the house and at 10:00pm (there is a cover) Good Enough for Good Times rolls in for a rockin' show!

And for the big rockin' show for the evening it has to be at the one and only Rock 'N Bowl - it ain't free, but it's well worth the starts at 9:30 with Bonerama and the Radiators!!!

Make sure you're listening to WWOZ 90.7 from 11-2 pm for the Louisiana Music promises to be an amazing show with lots of special guests (see yesterday's post)!!

Be sure to check out tomorrow's post - Saturday is going to be another good day with the Los Islenos Fiesta in St. Bernard, some free shows at the Louisiana Music Factory on Decatur and so much more!!

Arrivederci ya'll!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tune into WWOZ 90.7 - Friday (see below for details)

THIS JUST IN - from Bill deTurk!!

Wanted to let you all know about something special happening on tomorrow’s (Friday, 3/19) show. Legendary documentary filmmaker, Les Blank, in town this weekend as part of the Ogden Museum’s Art of Southern Film Series, will be on from about 11:15 – 12. From his camera work in New Orleans on the classic, Easy Rider, to his 40+ films that followed, Les has made several fabulous documentaries focusing on the beautiful and unique people and culture that is Louisiana.

On an unrelated WWOZ note, I also hope to be treated to a visit from show favorite Amanda Shaw and Mark Adam Miller.

Bill deTurk’s Louisiana Music Party can be heard on alternating Fridays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., locally on WWOZ at 90.7 on your FM dial or around the Universe at

St. Paddy's Day Hangover......Happy St. Joseph's Day Eve!

Wow - yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day!  I don't think I've ever seen Parasol's so crowded before - it was loads of fun, ran into old friends and made some new ones too!!  My only request is this....and if anyone from Parasol's is out there listening - more port o'lets...pretty please  :)

After the Parasol's fun - we headed over to Markey's for the Downtown Irish Club parade....Once again my personal favorite.  It was a blast!!  Dancing in the street to an amazing band (who were those guys??) and the beer was I'm just trying to recover, but I will do it!!

Now on to today's adventures.........

Featured - Thursday Events

St. Joseph's Days Altars 

Now this is an amazing "only in New Orleans" event.  The altars are a Sicilian tradition and celebrated in honor of St. Joseph (of course)...My only suggestion is go check it out and experience it for yourself - you will be sooo glad you did!

Click on the complete list I just found and don't forget to check out the Times-Picayune classifieds for more altars at local residences - I think those are always the best!!

The Usual Fun Free Thursday Stuff!

Be sure to check out the Ogden Museum of Southern Art this evening for Ogden After Hours.  It's a classical show with some incredible Korean musicians...and my husband will be doing the interview - so it will be both informative and a fun show!!  If you have a little time to kill before the show - run by the Circle Bar (on Lee's Circle) and get a drink - they're happy hour is a good one!

The Mid-City Farmer's Market - 3:00 to 7:00 at Orleans Avenue and Bayou St. John. You can also stop by Cork and Bottle for a FREE wine tasting from 5:00 to 7:00 fun!!  I also heard a rumor that Johnny Sansone is playing out there with a free show too (more free!!)  so you should definitely head on down for some good food, wine and music!

I'm afraid I'm going to be a bit lazy today and sign off for now...(I need to run off and take a couple of tylenol for my green beer headache)...but for a complete listing of today's music and more fun stuff - click on Offbeat - they got all your live local music listings.

See ya tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Eve!!

Good Morning All,

Well, I said I wasn't going to do it...but I'm gonna do it.  I'm going to Parasol's tomorrow after a 3 year hiatus.  My husband took off of work to go - and if he's goin' - I'm goin'!!  Okay, now to search for some green wear.

Here are some fun things to do on Tuesday the 16th - the Eve of St. Patrick's Day...but don't over do cause you have to be prepared for the big day!

Featured - Tuesday Events

Catch Kermit Ruffins at the early show at Bullet's - you may even get some free bbq with the show!

Catch the amazing trio of Anders Osborne, John Fohl and Johnny Sansonne at Chickie Wah Wah 2828 Canal Street, now that should be real good!!

Couple more of my favorites for Tuesday.  John Rankin does the early show at The Columns Hotel (more good weather for porch sitting and drinking)....and if you're in a late night party mood - go check the most popular show on Tuesday night - REBIRTH!!!!  at the Maple Leaf on Oak Street.

Sorry ya'll - it's a short one today (but I'm sure these fun events will suffice)...I got to start plannin' on getting my green on and all!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Ides of March........

Hello All,

I'm assuming everyone is a little pooped out from the cabbage catchin', but if you still have some spring in your step and you'd like to celebrate the Ides of March - below are a few very fun things to do this beautiful evening.  (Also, a happy birthday shout out to Pete Bowen!!  The Boondock Saint rocks - woo hoo!!)

Featured - Monday Music

For some great blues grooves The Apple Barrel 609 Frenchmen, has two shows this evening 7:00 pm Sam Cammarata and Dominick Grillo and at 10:00 pm Big Pearl.

The always super fun Chickie Wah Wah 2828 Canal Street, has the jazzy sounds of Sasha and Steve Masakowksi at 7:00 pm.

The Colunms Hotel 3811 St. Charles Avenue,  has cajun legend David Doucet at 8:00 pm.  What a beautiful night to sit on the porch and listen to some amazing music.

Check out another talented musician on Frenchmen.  d.b.a. 618 Frenchmen has Glen David Andrews at 9:00 pm.

And if that still isn't enough fun, go funk it up at the Maple Leaf Bar 8316 Oak Street for some Papa Grows Funk!

Everybody have fun tonight!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Erin Go Braugh and Weekend Events!!

It's parade time again - and there ain't nothing more free than a parade where you can catch your own dinner. Throw me some cabbage Mister!!!!

Below are a list of all the St. Patrick's parades and events for the week starting today:

Jim Monaghan's Annual Irish Parade - Friday, March 12th at 7:00 pm parade starts at Molly's at the Market - 1107 Decatur Street

Irish Channel St. Patrick's Parade - Saturday, March 13th parade begins after Noon mass at St. Mary's Assumption Church - corner of Constance and St. Mary Street

Metairie Road St. Patrick's Day Parade - Sunday, March 14th at Noon parade starts at Rummell High School.

Parasol's St. Patrick's Day Block Party - Wednesday, March 17th party starts in the morning and ends when the sun goes down (or possibly longer) corner of Third and Constance Streets.

Downtown Marching Club St. Patrick's Day Parade - (my personal favorite!) Wednesday, March 17th at 6:30 starts at the corner of Burgundy and Piety Street (near Markey's Bar)

More fun stuff this weekend!

Arnauds's located at 813 Bienville Street presents - Frappe Fridays March 12th and March 19th both lunches are from 11:30am - 1:30pm. 
The New Orleans Cultural and Culinary Preservation Society is inviting all cocktail enthusiasts to explore Herbsaint a little further at Frappe Fridays. During this series of seminars, we'll dive head first into the history of this legendary liquor and some of the city's most accomplished bartenders will lead demonstrations on how to craft a number of Herbsaint cocktails.
$35 per person, per Friday  To RSVP, contact (504) 523-5433 or

Vino On The Bayou at the Pitot House Museum 1440 Moss Street Friday, March 12, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 featuring Traditional Gypsy Jazz by the Courtyard Kings.
$10 per person, $5 for Landmarks members

It's Ladies Day at the New Orleans Fair Grounds - come see Rachel Alexandra, 2009 Horse of the Year, is set make her 2010 debut this Saturday at the Fair Grounds in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies Day Race. The 1 1/16-mile test has attracted four females to take on the four-year-old filly.  Post time is approximately 6:15 p.m.

The Foburg Music Festival - Make sure you check out the new Foburg Music Festival this weekend in the Marigny - it's New Orleans answer to SXSW. I think this Festival will be going places! It's a 3 day event starting today and going through Sunday. Weekend passes are $25 in advance and $30 the day off - now that's a deal....Check out the lineup you get for that price!! You can also buy tix for individual shows for about $5.

Have a lucky weekend and Erin go Braugh!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thursday - Here's the Low Down

Good Morning All,

To start off the day - the Harrah's buffet was quite yummy (the food on Wednesday is much better than the Sunday brunch) my favorite thing was the boiled shrimp - they were gigantic...but enough about's some excellent free stuff going on today!

Highly recommended:

Thurdays is
Ogden After Hours. Every Thursday the Ogden Museum invites a musician to perform and tell their own unique story. The musicians that are selected - are songwriters from around the country and Louisiana legends. Today the Louisiana legend and songwriter is Zachary Richard! Should be an amazing time. There is a $10 cover to go to the performance, but if you join the museum for the year (membership is very reasonable - $50 for individual and $75 for dual/family) you get a concert almost every Thursday (except holidays) plus other exciting events like art openings, movie premieres and more!

Free events!

Harrison Avenue Marketplace - 4:30 to 8:30 on the 800 block of Harrison Avenue in Lakeview.
There will be delicious food, art and music by the Creole String Beans

1st Birthday Party for Le Boulevard Marketplace - 6:00 to 9:00 at 5201 Canal Blvd. - Check out the art, collectibles and beautiful antiques - refreshments will be served :)

The Mid-City Farmer's Market - 3:00 to 7:00 at Orleans Avenue and Bayou St. John. You can also stop by
Cork and Bottle for a FREE wine tasting from 5:00 to 7:00 fun!!

Cool Show!

If you've never heard Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes you don't know what you're missing. Ernie and his band are playing at the
Mother-in-Law Lounge (1500 N. Claiborne) at 7:00 tonite. Go check it out it promises to be one rockin' night!

That's all for now - stay tuned for more cool stuff tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Orleans Post Super Bowl - Post Mardi Gras

It's only a taken me a year to get back on this thing, but I'm back on with a vengeance....

This will be a daily report on all things free in New Orleans, practically free, or what the hell - you should just pay for it - cause it's a really excellent event. I try to focus mostly on the free events (used to be a lot more events pre-K) but hey, it's still out there.

So....what's going on today you might ask. The answer is it's Wednesday, and I'm really not sure I feel like doing much today, but if the weather doesn't rain on my parade, I believe I will be headed over to Harrah's Casino (cause we got a coupon for a free buffet - hey, remember this is about the free). Do you want a free buffet too? Not a major problem, sign up for a Harrah's Total Rewards card - gamble about $10 a month and they'll start sending you all these really free cool coupons...for real!!

After the ginormous (is that a word?) buffet, we may head over for some free "live local music". This amazing music event is happenin' at DBA at 7 p.m.- none other than the Tin Men with Alex McMurray and Washboard Chaz (yes, there will be a washboard - yea!!) will be playing some amazing music. Very cool, yes? - so, if you're in NOLA check it out.

Signing off for now..... If you have a minute, check out my new website - Nola Pub. It's in the beginning stages, but I'll have some good stuff on there about the real local bars in New Orleans.

Stay tuned for more free party down events....(tomorrow is a whole new day).