Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Go Veggies - Go Green Tonight!

Happy Tuesday Everybody!!

You can get your day started off right with a trip to the Farmer's Market!!!  Visit the Crescent City's Farmer's Market at University Square (200 Broadway) from 9:00 to 1:00 pm and pick up some fresh seafood, veggies and you can even get some lunch! Chef Mark Quitney of styley downtown restaurant 5 Fifty 5 (named for its address on Canal Street) heads Uptown to dish out summer lobster gazpacho, muffalettas, chocolate hermit bars and blondie brownies .....yummy!!

Go green tonight at Global Green USA 's Build It Back Green.....A Green-It-Yourself Workshop: Cooling Your Home Efficiently the seminar is at the Green Building Resource Center (841 Carondelet) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  The mercury's rising, but your bills don't have to! Come to this free workshop to learn about radiant barrier, solar shades, HVAC maintenance, and other ways to keep your home cool while saving money.  Eric Guillory of Taylor & Tyler, Inc and Andrew Spaulding of Global Green will walk you through easy do-it-yourself measures, as well as larger projects that will help your house manage the summer heat.  Light refreshments generously donated by Mona's Café....This event is FREE and open to the public.  For more information click on the link above! 

Good Stuff Tonight!

It's gonna be a great evening to hang out at the The Columns (3811 St. Charles Ave.)...Have a cocktail and listen to the amazing John Rankin at 8:00 pm...it's a lovely night for porch sippin'!

There's a triple header over at the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) starting up at 4:00 pm with Brett Richardson, then stay on for Smokin' Time Jazz Club at 6:00 pm, and finish off the night with Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns at 10:00 pm!!

You need to go by the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street for the early show.  Cluck! Nite featuring Three Piece Spicy + Creole Cookin' (with some FREE food)...and make sure you stay up late for the REBIRTH Brass Band!! 

Have a wonderful Tuesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire link!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day....A Time to Remember

Today is the day to remember all those that served our country, so that we may have the freedoms we appreciate every day.....Thank you.

It would be a lovely day to visit the National World War II Museum (945 Magazine St.)
The Museum will also host a day of events designed to honor and remember.9:00 am – 10:00 am Memorial Hall — An opportunity to meet with veterans
9:30 am – 10:30 am “Saving History: Preserving Your Family Story” (Session 1)
10:00 am – 10:20 am Performance — Navy Band New Orleans
10:30 am – 11:30 am Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm “Saving History: Preserving Your Family Story” (Session 2)
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Performance — The Victory Belles
3:00 pm – 3:10 pm Traditional Observance of a Moment of Silence
Ringing of the Normandy Victory Bell

Once you're finished with your own backyard BBQ and picnics...here's some musical events going on this evening.

If ya'll are wondering down Frenchmen Street be sure to stop by the Spotted Cat for a full afternoon and evening of shows....4:00 pm Brett Richardson, 6:00 pm Dominic Grillo & The Frenchmen Allstars and not be be missed at 10:00 the Jazz Vipers!!

If you're headed to the Quarter there's a few things you can do this evening.   Go down to hear another amazing early evening show with Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Band at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse show starts around 8:00 pm...with NO COVER.

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

If you're still on Frenchmen Street and be sure to make a stop by the Spotted Cat for the Jazz Vipers at 10:00 pm.....it's sure to be another great Monday evening show.

Have a great Monday and, as always, check out WWOZ Livewire for more music and fun stuff....until tomorrow.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Toga Sunday (Definitely)...Super Sunday (Maybe)

Happy Sunday!!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend, and our enjoying your Sunday with fun Summer stuff!

And yes, it may be a little later than usual this year...but it's also Super Sunday on Bayou St. John and Orleans!!! (Okay there's a rumor it might not be going on....but isn't that the mystery of the Mardi Gras Indians.)  Head on down there between 1:00 and 3:00 pm...and there's a chance you might see some beautiful costumes...but if they're not there don't get mad at me :) and you can always head down to Broad and Orleans...

This weekend is also the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club elections for their Mardi Gras court at 1:00 pm....Members have been campaigning since March, and it's an affair that will take over Broad and Orleans Ave. While voting is limited to members, come out and enjoy the festivities on the neutral ground....This should definitely be going on...yea!!!

It's the final day of the fabulous Greek Fest (on the corner of Robert E. Lee and St. Bernard) and it's also Toga Sunday!! If you wear a Toga you get in free, and there's gonna be a with this year's Greece on the Bayou...Went there last night, and there is plenty of food, music, dancing and crafts!  Make sure you stock up on some ouzo - OPA!!
Here's more info on Toga Sunday!!

**There will be a Best Toga contest Sunday evening (following the 6:30 outdoor Hellenic Dance presentation).
1st Place Winner
Signed Greek Festival New Orleans Poster
Bottle of Ouzo*
2nd Place Winner
Greek Festival New Orleans Souvenir Cup
Bottle of Wine*

The rules are simple: (1) this is a family festival, so keep your togas tasteful and tightly tied -- we reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone with unacceptable attire; (2) Participants will be judged on originality, personality, crowd reaction, and other subjective terms; (3) Winners will be chosed according to contest emcee discretion; all decisions are final. Good luck!

And there's fun on the Northshore with Friends Fest!!! Friends Fest was created with the idea of bringing together people, charities, music and art. The festival is today and Monday, with food, music, lots of art and fun for the whole family!!  There will be a stage on Water St. facing Friends Coastal Restaurant.  The event grounds will be from St. Tammany St. to Water St. and Water St. to St. Josephs St.  Admission is $30 for both days of fun, and $20 in advance - click on the above link for more details!

Today's Line-Up of Music and Fun:
1:00 - 2:00 PM Four Guys & A Girl
2:30 - 3:45 PM Sgt. Peppers
4:15 - 6:15 PM Long Neck Society
6:45 - 8:30 PM Cowboy Mouth
8:30 PM Firework Extravaganza on the Tchefuncte River!!!

Jambalaya Fest continues today....so, take a little road trip to Gonzales...(it's really not that far)...The Jambalaya Festival is today (120 Irma Blvd.)!!  The festivities get kickin' up today at 11:00 am and run through 11:00 pm....."The World's Largest Jambalaya Cook-Off" is the big event with rides, music, a car show, cooking contests and more then 20 bands!!  For more details on all the fun and how to get there...click on the link above!!

That should keep you pretty busy today..and for all your live local music tonight...be sure to click on WWOZ Livewire...until tomorrow!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend - Festival Fun!!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Everybody!!

There are plenty of fun events going on this weekend!!

It's the second day of the fabulous Greek Fest (on the corner of Robert E. Lee and St. Bernard) with this year's Greece on the Bayou...Went there last night, and there is plenty of food, music, dancing and crafts!  Make sure you stock up on some ouzo - OPA!!

Head on over to Gretna for the Gospel Festival (1232 Truxton St.)...there's gonna be lots of choirs, drill teams, a health fair and food galore sponsored by the Missionary Baptist Association from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm today!!

And if you're looking for a great little road trip...(it's really not that far)...You've got to head on over to Gonzales for the Jambalaya Festival today through Sunday in Gonzales (120 Irma Blvd.)!!  The festivities get kickin' up today at 6:00 am and run through midnight....."The World's Largest Jambalaya Cook-Off" is the big event with rides, music, a car show, cooking contests and more then 20 bands!!  For more details on all the fun and how to get there...click on the link above!!

Don't forget the Arts Market of New Orleans at Palmer Park (corner of S. Claiborne and S. Carrollton from 10 am to 4:00 pm today!!  Free and open to the public!  Discover distinctive gifts that celebrate the unique style of your Dad this Father's Day with locally handcrafted treasures.  Choose from glass, metal, wood and leather art  to paintings, photographs, yard decor and more created by more than 100 of the region's best artists. Plus live music with Ken Swartz & The Palace of Sin at 1:00 pm, and Lips & the Trips at 2:30.. food and drink from  your favorite local restaurants, and exciting and educational kid's activities.

Come join  St. Augustine High School (2600 A.P. Tureaud) for their big Alumni Crawfish Boil  from 2:00 pm-6:00 pm today!!!  $20 gets you all the crawfish you can eat plus red beans and rice, jambalaya, and sno-balls (kids under 10 get in free with paid adult!!)...so go on out there and fill up on the crawfish and the fun!!

There's great shows this evening too!!
  • Mid City Lanes Rock 'N Bowl has the Honey Island Swamp Band
  • Tipitina's has Johnny Vidacovich and Stanton Moore with Anders Osborne, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Jumpin Johnny Sansone, Cyril Neville
  • And One Eyed Jack's in the Quarter has the 101 Runners featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux with original members of ReBirth and the Dirty Dozen + More

That should keep you pretty busy today..and for all your live local music tonight...be sure to click on WWOZ Livewire...until tomorrow!!
 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Opa!!!

It's time to start kicking off your long weekend...and there's lots of good stuff going on!!

Friday Events

If you're skipping out of work a little early today, head on down to the French Market (1008 N. Peters St) for the Brass Band Blowout from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. the Blowout features the Navy Band New Orleans Full Steam Brass Band, followed by Lagniappe Brass Band and The Original Deja Vu Brass Band, featuring Gerald French, Kid Chocolate and Kerry Lewis. Farmers and flea markets will be open.

Well, if it's Memorial Day weekend it can only mean one thing...Greek Fest (1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd.)!!....Come out and Experience Greece on the Bayou, the annual Hellenic party with a uniquely New Orleans flair!  Join the fun for delicious food, delightful drinks, and entertainment the entire family will enjoy.  (Entrance fee is only $5...and children under 12 get in FREE!) The fest runs all weekend, and tonight things get kickin' at 5:00 pm...Oh....and make sure you check out the ouzo daiquiri...it's a good one!

Where Y'Art? is happenin' over at the New Orleans Museum of Art starting up at 5:30 p.m. with a performancde by Dorian Rush and Harry Mayrone, and the museum will hold a special family art project too.  At 6 p.m., guests can attend a walk-through of the museum's latest exhibit "Madeleine Albright: Read My Pins" with NOMA curator Lisa Rotonda-McCord, and at 7:00 p.m. A Midsummer's Night Dream begins in the sculpture garden (if you were lucky enough to get tix), and the film "Pushing the Elephant."  The film is shown in conjunction with the museum's "Ancestors of Congo Square" exhibit and director Beth Davenport will be on hand to answer questions after the screening.

There's the usual excellent "free" wine tastings over at Cork & Bottle on Orleans and Jeff Davis...and the Swirl tastings over on Esplanade and Ponce de Leon. Be sure to pick up a bottle after you taste your favorite wines!

Special Music Tonight!

The Howlin' Wolf will put on a "SAVE PBS Concert: The Throwdown" tonight at 9:00 p.m.  The show will feature members of the Funky Meters with Station Moore, members of the Voices of Wetlands Allstars, Ivan Neville, Tony Hall, John Gros and more.  This show will benefit George Porter and his band who are going through some legal troubles with their old label...Go out and support!!!

For more good stuff go to the http://www.wwoz.org/ livewire...and tune in for Bill deTurk's Louisiana Music Party from 11 - 2:00 pm....Yea!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Discover Louisiana's Most Endangered Landmarks - Tonite!

Good Morning Everybody,

Another lovely Thursday (hey, it might even rain) and lots of fun going on in the City!

Thursday Events

Don't miss out on the weekly wine tasting at Cork and Bottle (3700 Orleans ) about 5:00 pm in Mid-City and the tasting is free - you can try out these six yummy wines: 2009- Lenda- Albarino, 2010 - Taft Street- Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 - Govone- Moscato D'Asti, and a 2007 - Taft STreet - Russian River Valley Pinot Noir!!  And be sure to stop by the Crescent City Farmer's Market and patronize local Louisiana vendors with fresh veggies, seafood and more! 

Need some culture and music? You gotta go to the show at the Ogden Southern Museum of Art - better known as Ogden after Hours.  The concert starts up at 6:00 pm. with Matt Lemmler, New Orleans jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger, recording artist and producer!  So come on down for some music, culture, fun and cocktails....don't miss it!!  (Members get in free!)

Go hang out at City Park this evening for The Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series with entertainment by Seva Venet!! The gates open up at 5:00 pm and the performance starts at 6:00 pm in the City Park Botanical Garden Pavilion of the Two Sisters...There is an admission charge, but hey, it's helping the Park out..so....it's a good thing...$8 for adults and $3 for children.

Tonight the Louisiana Landmarks Society and the New Orleans' Nine Selection Committee invite you to a reception for the 2011 New Orleans' Nine Most Endangered Sites from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Pitot House (1440 Moss St.)  Modeled on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Most Endangered program, Louisiana Landmarks implemented our own list of the most endangered historic resources in New Orleans in 2005.  This event is free and open to the public!

Tonight's Music

There's lots of good stuff on Frenchment Street with another great evening full of music at the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) with Brett Richardson at 4:00 p.m., Zazzou City at 6:00 p.m., and to top off the night with The New Orleans Moonshiners at 10:00 p.m.!


Theres's fun night waiting for you over at dba (618 Frenchmen) with the Colin Lake Trio at 10:00 pm for a low low cover of only $5 and be sure to check out their yummy beer selections!!

While on Frenchmen move on down to the Three Muses (536 Frenchmen) for the Ben Polcer Group at 7:30 pm - the music will get you movin' on into the weekend and they got yummy food too!

If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Enjoy Concerts in the Park and a Beautiful Church!

Happy Wednesday! 

Come on down to Lafayette Square for Wednesday at the Square and another stellar line-up for this year's concert series....there will be crafts, food and libations....Tab Benoit and Navy Band New Orleans Full Steam Brass Band get things movin' this evening at 5:00 pm - check out the entire line-up so you can make your plans.

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents its first free outdoor park concert at Lafreniere Park today at 6:00 p.m..... Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets to the gazebo on the center island in Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Boulevard, and enjoy the glorious sounds of live music during the LPO's first free outdoor concert in this beautiful green oasis!  The LPO will serenade listeners with a selection of well-known and well-loved orchestral works including John Williams' famous movie music from Star Wars and E.T., as well as a medley from Richard Rodgers' The Sound of Music. The evening will close with Tchaikovsky's rousing 1812 Overture, and while you won't see any actual cannons in the park, you will hear their sounds, thanks to modern technology, in this stirring conclusion to a wonderful, family-friendly musical evening.

Come be a part of history!  Archbishop Gregory Aymond will celebrate Mass in St. Alphonsus Church (2025 Constance Street) tonight at 7:00 pm.   This will be the first publicly held mass in St. Alphonsus since 1979.   A reception will follow the Mass, and if you've never visited this National Historic Landmark you really should...it's more beautiful than words can describe.

Wednesday Evening Music

If you need some yummy food and great music tonight be sure to head on over to The Rendon Inn (4501 Eve Street - in beautiful Broadmoor) for some great food and some excellent music with Marc Stone at 7:00 pm!!

And there's more yummy food and music in Mid-City - Go by Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for Meschiya Lake at 8:00 pm!!  Come hungry for some Taceaux Loceaux!

Heading over to Frenchmen Street?  Lots of places with no cover, but don't forget to tip the talent!!

Start off your fun with the early show over at dba (618 Frenchmen)....The Tin Men get things kickin' at 7:00 pm (no cover)....and then stay on for Walter "Wolfman" Washington & The Roadmasters (small cover, but it's worth it!!) at 10:00 pm (as always) it's gonna be a fun one!!

Another great evening full of music at the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) with Brett Richardson at 4:00 p.m., The Orleans 6 at 6:00 p.m., and to top off the night St. Louis Slim & The Frenchmen St. Jug Band at 10:00 p.m.!

Move down Frenchmen for a great show at Three Muses (536 Frenchmen)....it's Schatzy at 7:00 pm...if you didn't think you were a big fan of accordians this performance will change your mind!!

Looking for some dinner and then some music for dessert?  Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) can help you out!  Get an entree' over at Ye Olde College Inn and then get a half price ticket to the show right next door at Rock N' Bowl....Tonight they've got Rocky's Hot Fox Trot Orchestra at 8:30 pm - Rocky and his band put on a great show...you don't want to miss it!!

If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesdays with Veggies, History and Music!

Happy Tuesday Everybody!

You can get your day started off right with a trip to the Farmer's Market!!!  Visit the Crescent City's Farmer's Market at University Square (200 Broadway) from 9:00 to 1:00 pm and pick up some fresh seafood, veggies and you can even get some lunch! Chef Mark Quitney of styley downtown restaurant 5 Fifty 5 (named for its address on Canal Street) heads Uptown to dish out debronzed redfish with jumbo lump crabmeat and roasted peppers, super creamy lobster mac, heirloom bread salad and assorted sweets .....yummy!!

It's the Bouligny Lecture Series with Thomas E. Chavez this evening from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Historic New Orleans Collection (533 Royal)...the Francisco Bouligny Lecture, is an annual program examining the shared history between Spain and Louisiana.  Thomas E. Chávez, New Mexico historian, museum professional and author “Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift”.  Though frequently overlooked, Spain played a major role during the American Revolution, aiding the thirteen colonies in their rebellion against Britain. Thomas E. Chávez will explore Spain’s reasoning, its position during the war and how Spain’s assistance led to the formation of the United States.   This lecture is FREE and open to the public.

Good Stuff Tonight!

It's gonna be a great evening to hang out at the The Columns (3811 St. Charles Ave.)...Have a cocktail and listen to the amazing John Rankin at 8:00 pm...it's a lovely night for porch sippin'!

There's a triple header over at the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) starting up at 4:00 pm with Brett Richardson, then stay on for Smokin' Time Jazz Club at 6:00 pm, and finish off the night with Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns at 10:00 pm!!

If you missed it last week - no worries! You can get your fix of Hawaiian music with Hawaii 504 tonight - it's Hawaiian music with a New Orleans groove over at the Balcony Music Club (1331 Decatur) tonight at 8:30 pm...Aloha!

You need to go by the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street for the early show.  Cluck! Nite featuring Three Piece Spicy + Creole Cookin' (with some FREE food)...and make sure you stay up late for the REBIRTH Brass Band!! 

Have a wonderful Tuesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire link!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Read My Pins and Monday Music!

Happy Monday Everybody!

What a beautiful weekend....hope everyone had a good one!!

Something very cool is going on at the New Orleans Museum of Art....Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, features over 200 pins from her personal collection. The exhibition, organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, will be on display to the public at NOMA from May 24 to August 14. Tonight from 5:00 to 6:00 pm there is a conversation with Madeline Albright and Mitch Landrieu...This event is open to the public, but seating is limited, please RSVP at (504) 658-4100.

Monday Night Music

It's a lovely evening for porch sippin' over at the Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles)....At 8:00 pm David Doucet of Beausoleil fame will have you enjoying this Monday night with some great music!!

Head on down to Mid City for even more music at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) with piano player (and sometimes guitar man) John Cleary at 8:00 pm...and come hungry - the kitchen is open with good food!!

You can stay in the Mid-City 'hood and go on over to Banks Street Bar (4401 Banks)about 10:00 pm for the N'awlins Johnnys tonight!

And If you're lookin' for some bluegrass music tonight you don't have to go too far to find it....Check out the Hi Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude) and the Bluegrass Pickin' Party at 8:00 pm...there's no cover and FREE red beans (veggie red beans too)! 

BMC (1331 Decatur) has a great early show at 6:00 pm with Fun in the Pocket featuring Mayumi Shara (drummer extraordinaire)...then stay on for the next show at 9:30 with Smoky Greenwell's Blues Jam!!

Head down Frenchmen Street to d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) for two great shows!!  It's  the By & By String Band at 6:00 pm and stay on for Glen David Andrews at 9:00 pm!

Be sure to make a stop by the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) early for this great line-up of music....Brett Richardson at 4:00 pm, Dominic Grillo and The Frenchmen Street All Stars at 6:00 pm and be sure to stay on for the Jazz Vipers at 10:00 pm.....it's sure to be another smokin' Monday evening show.

To top off you're evening....you gotta go Uptown and over to the Maple Leaf (8316 Oak) for Papa Grows Funk at 11:00 pm they really know how to get your Monday night funkified!!!

Have a great one...and for more musical fun check out WWOZ Livewire ....until tomorrow.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Rubber Duck Sunday and A Benefit for Colin

Good Morning - There's lots of stuff going on today!

The Bayou Boogaloo continues on today with a full day of fun starting up at 11:00 am on the banks of Bayou St. John (and Orleans Ave.) with a full weekend, of music, food, art and the "Derby Duck Race" for Second Harvest is today at 3:45 pm....Check out 10,000 rubber ducks in the Bayou!!!  I got my "Quack Pack" did you get yours???

Click on the link above for all the festival fun, and click on "Derby Duck" to get your duck in the race!!  See below for the today's music schedule:

NOLA.com Stage
JD Hill and the Jammers 11am-11:45am
Kevin Skehani 12:45pm-1:45pm
Sasha Masakowski’s Musical Playground 2:45pm-3:45pm
The Revivalists 4:45pm-5:45pm

Positive Vibration Stage
Lagniappe Brass Band 11am-12pm
Paul Soniat 12:20pm-1:20pm
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio 1:40pm-2:40pm
Kristin Diable 3pm - 4:00pm
Monk Boudreaux and Golden Eagles featuring Billy Iuso 4:20pm - 5:20pm
Kris Royal and Dark Matter 5:45pm - 7:00pm

Abita Stage
Karnival Kreyol featuring Cedric Watson 11:45am-12:45pm
Group Fantasma 1:45pm-2:45pm
Leah Chase + Gerrmaine Bazzle + Stephanie Jordan 3:45pm-4:45pm
Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters 5:45pm-7:00pm

Do you eat all your veggies???  and even if you don't you're gonna love Veggie Fest at the Zeitgeist (1618 Oretha Castle Haley) all weekend long and today 10:00 am to 4:00 pm...There's gonna be all types of veggie fun with music by Country Fried, Eudora and Deep Soul, and more...check out the link above for all the good stuff going on over there this weekend!!

Looking for a ride to the beach you can head on over to Downtown Bay St. Louis, Mississippi for Bay Bridge Fest...Enjoy the Bay town with great Mississippi seafood, arts and crafts and music, the fun is all weekend long and starts up at 11:00 am today!!  Here's just some of of the great line-up:
  • Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars (Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Vidacovich, Waylon Thibodeaux, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, George Porter, Jr.)
  • George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners
  • Amanda Shaw
  • John Mooney
  • Honey Island Swamp Band
  • Los Po-Boy-Citos
  • John “Papa” Gros
  • Jeremy Mojo Phipps and the Outsiders
  • Dread Clampitt
  • US Navy Rock Band
For all the Fest fun and the complete schedule - click on the above link!!!

Tonight please come out to support A Night of for Care for Colin Benefit Show at The Howlin Wolf (907 South Peters) from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm....This tribute will be a healing experience for everyone and a way to pay tribute to Colin through music and help support his family.  There's gonna be a fantastic silent auction and raffle items, and of course amazing music with Fred LeBlanc + Dash Rip Rock + Motorway + Blue Plate + Jimmy Robinson.  For more info on the event and auction items, please click the link above.  See you tonight!

For more good stuff going on today...Be sure to check out the WWOZ Livewire.  Until tomorrow!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bayou, Bay, Sugar and Veggie Fests + More Fun 'Round Town!

Happy Saturday - There are plenty of fun events goin' on around town and beyond!!!

The Bayou Boogaloo continues on today with a full day of fun starting up at 11:00 am on the banks of Bayou St. John (and Orleans Ave.) with a full weekend, of music, food, art and the "Derby Duck Race" for Second Harvest this Sunday.  I got my "Quack Pack" did you get yours???

Click on the link above for all the festival fun, and click on "Derby Duck" to get your duck in the race!!  See below for the full music schedule:


Do you eat all your veggies???  and even if you don't you're gonna love Veggie Fest at the Zeitgeist (1618 Oretha Castle Haley) all weekend long 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday...There's gonna be all types of veggie fun with music by Country Fried, Eudora and Deep Soul, and more...check out the link above for all the good stuff going on over there this weekend!!

Take a little road trip to Arabi today for the Old Arabi Sugar Festival at the LeBeau Plantation Grounds....The fun starts up at 11:00 am this morning with yummy foods, a dessert contest, crafts and music by the Jazzmanian Devils, CHS Jazz Band, Irene Sage and more!!  Admission is free - and click the above link for more info on this fun event!!

Looking for a ride to the beach you can head on over to Downtown Bay St. Louis, Mississippi for Bay Bridge Fest...Enjoy the Bay town with great Mississippi seafood, arts and crafts and music, the fun is aall weekend long and starts up at 11:00 am today!!  Here's just some of of the great line-up:
3:00 - 4:15 pm Lynn Drury
4:45 - 6:00 pm Mem Shannon & the Membership
6:30 - 7:45 pm Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys
8:30 - 10:00 pm Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
For all the Fest fun click on the above link!!!

It's gonna be a beautiful night for a drive-in move!!  The NOLA DRIVE-IN will have its second screening tonight at 8:00 p.m. (opening at 6 p.m. with beer, taco truck, and popcorn) at 300 N. Broad at Bienville on top of the old Schwegmann’s grocery store in the rooftop parking lot. The film will be BOTTLE ROCKET.  The event is only 4 dollars. Donations will be gladly accepted. Concessions available for purchase. Drive-in or bike-in event with seating available.  Fun!!!

Music Tonight!!

You can funk it up in Mid-City over at the Banks Street Bar and Grill (4401 Banks) with JUICE!!  The band gets jammin' at 10:30 pm!!

Stay in Mid-City and head on over to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for some yummy food by Taceaux Loceaux and great music at (:00 pm with the  Ramblin' Letters String Band!!

And it's the "pick of the night" over at Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton)....Get your dancin' shoes on and take a step back to the '80s with The HELP featuring Barbara Menendez.  You'll hear some of your old Cold favorites and some great new songs too!  Remember to hit Ye Olde College Inn right next door, eat some din din and get a discounted ticket to the show...I wouldn't want to miss this one!!

So much to do today, but there's even more good stuff so be sure to check out the WWOZ Livewire - have a good one!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Courtyard Concerts, Seersucker, Boogaloos, and More!!

What a busy Friday!!  So much to do this evening.....Here's some great things going on this evening!

It's 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 latin sound of Otra...FUN!!!  Admission is $10, FREE for THNOC members, and includes 3 complimentary glasses of wine graciously donated by the Hotel Monteleone!!! Guests must be 21 or older to enter and memberships begin at the low low price of $35.00 per household.

And you don't want to miss the annual Sippin' in Seersucker at Canal Place tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 pm!!  Don your best seersucker ensemble - or summer chic - for this party that kicks off the summer social season.  Partygoers will enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres ...from local restaurants and luscious libations; amazing raffles; shopping specials; and amazing entertainment!!  Tickets are for the low low price of $25 for Museum members; $35 nonmuseum members for all this fun!!  Click on the link above for all the details on this evening's event!

Party for a good cause tonight at the Eiffel Society (2040 St. Charles)!!  It's Simba & Friends Paws for a Cause - Fashion Show...tonight with doors opening at 8:00 pm!!  Help raise money for Animal Rescue New Orleans and The Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter - There's gonna be music by Canales and DJ Mion with great auctions and giveaways!  See below for all the details!


The Bayou Boogaloo starts up this evening at 5:00 pm on the banks of Bayou St. John (and Orleans Ave.) with a full weekend, of music, food, art and the "Derby Duck Race" for Second Harvest this Sunday.

Click on the link above for all the festival fun, and click on "Derby Duck" to get your duck in the race!!  See below for the full music schedule:


So much to do this evening, but there's even more good stuff so be sure to check out the WWOZ Livewire - have a good one!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thursday Vino Fun!!

Good Morning Everybody,

Another lovely Thursday and lots of fun going on in the City!
Thursday Events

Don't miss out on the weekly wine tasting at Cork and Bottle (3700 Orleans ) about 5:00 pm in Mid-City and the tasting is free - you can try out these six yummy wines: Graffigna - Argentina Reserve Malbec, Graffigna- Argentina Reserve Pinot Grigio, Elsa Bianchi- Argentina Torrentes, Oyster Bay- New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Oyster Bay- New Zealand Pinot Noir, and Oyster Bay- New Zealand Merlot!!  And be sure to stop by the Crescent City Farmer's Market and patronize local Louisiana vendors with fresh veggies, seafood and more! 

It's another installment of Tasting at the Track...Starting up at 6 p.m. you can try 35 wines for $25 at tonight’s “Tasting at the Track.”  The Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots hosts “The Grape Adventures: A Varietal Journey from Albarino to Zinfandel. The reception-style tasting will be held in the clubhouse, and feature red and white varieties including Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Malbec to name a few. Cheese and wine experts will also be on hand to answer questions.  Fun!

Need some culture and music? You gotta go to the show at the Ogden Southern Museum of Art - better known as Ogden after Hours.  The concert starts up at 6:00 pm. with Cajun music from The Vermilionaires from Lafayette, Louisiana, .....so come on down for some music, culture, fun and cocktails....don't miss it!!  (Members get in free!)

Go hang out at City Park this evening for The Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series with entertainment by Banu Gibson!!! The gates open up at 5:00 pm and the performance starts at 6:00 pm in the City Park Botanical Garden Pavilion of the Two Sisters...There is an admission charge, but hey, it's helping the Park out..so....it's a good thing...$8 for adults and $3 for children.

Not too far from City Park you can get your food fix and dance it off too!!  Head on over to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) the music is jammin' and the kitchen is open with amazing food from Taceaux Loceaux!!  Check out the swing dance lessons from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and stay on for Tuba Skinny & Erika Lewis!!!

There's lots of good stuff on Frenchment Street with an amazing double header of music at dba (618 Frenchmen)...it's Paul Sanchez with Alex McMurray and Mary Lasseigne at 7:00 pm and stay on for Los Po-Boy-Citos at 10:00 pm with a low low cover of $5!!

While on Frenchmen move on down to the Three Muses (536 Frenchmen) for the sounds of Washboard Rodeo at 7:30 pm - the music will get you movin' on into the weekend with no problems and they got yummy food too!

If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday Fun & Alternative Triple Header!

Happy Wednesday! 

Come on down to Lafayette Square for Wednesday at the Square and another stellar line-up for this year's concert series....there will be crafts, food and libations....The Iguanas and Los Po-Boy-Citos get things movin' this evening at 5:00 pm - and check out the entire line-up so you can make your plans.

Wednesday Evening Music

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

And there's more yummy food and music in Mid-City - Go by Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for Meschiya Lake at 8:00 pm!!  And don't forget to come hungry for some Taceaux Loceaux!

There's an amazing triple header of alternative music over at Tipitina's (501 Napoleon) tonight!!  It's Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker plus Mahayla...Doors open at 8:00 pm (tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door)..It's gonna be a great night of music - click on the Tips link for more info!

More good stuff!!

Start off your evening with the early show over at dba (618 Frenchmen)....The Tin Men get things kickin' at 7:00 pm (no cover)....and then stay on for Walter "Wolfman" Washington & The Roadmasters (small cover, but it's worth it!!) at 10:00 pm (as always) it's gonna be a fun one!!

Another great evening full of music at the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) with Brett Richardson at 4:00 p.m., The Orleans 6 at 6:00 p.m., and to top off the night St. Louis Slim & The Frenchmen St. Jug Band at 10:00 p.m.!

Move down Frenchmen for a great show at Three Muses (536 Frenchmen)....it's the Loose Marbles at 7:00 pm...check it out for the music and their yummy food!!

Looking for some dinner and then some music for dessert?  Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) can help you out!  Get an entree' over at Ye Olde College Inn and then get a half price ticket to the show right next door at Rock N' Bowl....Tonight they'll be some swinging going on with Swing-A- Roux at 8:30 pm!!

If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Beautiful Tuesday with Veggies, Porch Sippin' and Aloha Fun!

Happy Tuesday Everybody - The weather is beautiful (again!) and there's great stuff going on!

You can get your day started off right with a trip to the Farmer's Market!!!  Visit the Crescent City's Farmer's Market at University Square (200 Broadway) from 9:00 to 1:00 pm and pick up some fresh seafood, veggies and you can even get some lunch! Chef Mark Quitney of styley downtown restaurant 5 Fifty 5 (named for its address on Canal Street) heads Uptown to dish out debronzed redfish with jumbo lump crabmeat and roasted peppers, super creamy lobster mac, heirloom bread salad and assorted sweets .....yummy!!

Good Stuff Tonight!

It's gonna be a great evening to hang out at the The Columns (3811 St. Charles Ave.)...Have a cocktail and listen to the amazing John Rankin at 8:00 pm...it's a lovely night for porch sippin'!

There's a triple header over at the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) starting up at 4:00 pm with Brett Richardson, then stay on for Smokin' Time Jazz Club at 6:00 pm, and finish off the night with Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns at 10:00 pm!!

If you missed it last week - no worries! You can get your fix of Hawaiian music with Hawaii 504 tonight - it's Hawaiian music with a New Orleans groove over at the Balcony Music Club (1331 Decatur) tonight at 8:30 pm...Aloha!

You need to go by the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street for the early show.  Cluck! Nite featuring Three Piece Spicy + Creole Cookin' (with some FREE food)...and make sure you stay up late for the REBIRTH Brass Band!! 

Have a wonderful Tuesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire link!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Historical Monday with Freedom Riders and Treme'!

Happy Monday Everybody!

What a beautiful weekend....and what a beautiful Monday!
It's the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary - Come to the Ashe Cultural Arts Center to welcome the 2011 Student Freedom Ride into New Orleans. The trek retraced the original 1961 journey that never made it into the city with current college students and original freedom riders.  A street festival begins at 5:00 p.m. with a performance by the Young Audiences Brass Band....the bus is expected to arrive at 6:00 p.m. with a reception to follow.  At 8:00 p.m. in the center and on WYES (check your local cable/satellite provider for channel), a documentary titled "Freedom Riders" honoring the more than 400 individuals who participated in the protests will premier. 

This Evening the Louisiana Landmarks Society presents "Why Treme?" the 30th Annual Martha Robinson Lecture tonight at 6:30 at the Historic New Orleans Collection (533 Royal).  Lolis Edward Elie, a retired civil rights attorney, and his son, Lolis Eric Elie, a story editor for HBO’s Treme, have lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years, a decision they made independently as adults.  Both father and son will discuss why the neighborhood is important and why they chose to live there, and the younger Elie will discuss his 2008 film Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans.  A reception will follow, and this lecture is FREE!

And Frenchmen and Decatur are kickin' with lots of music tonight!

BMC (1331 Decatur) has a great early show at 6:00 pm with Fun in the Pocket featuring Mayumi Shara (drummer extraordinaire)...then stay on for the next show at 9:30 with Smoky Greenwell's Blues Jam!!

Head down Frenchmen Street to d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) for two great shows!!  It's  the By & By String Band at 6:00 pm (no cover) and stay on for Glen David Andrews at 9:00 pm for the low low cover of $5.00!

Be sure to make a stop by the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) early for this great line-up of music....Brett Richardson at 4:00 pm, Dominic Grillo and The Frenchmen Street All Stars at 6:00 pm and be sure to stay on for the Jazz Vipers at 10:00 pm.....it's sure to be another smokin' Monday evening show.

Head on down to Mid City for even more music at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) with piano player (and sometimes guitar man) John Cleary at 8:00 pm...and come hungry - the kitchen is open with amazing food from Taceaux Loceaux...Yum!!

And If you're lookin' for some bluegrass music tonight you don't have to go too far to find it....Check out the Hi Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude) and the Bluegrass Pickin' Party at 8:00 pm...there's no cover and FREE red beans and (veggie beans too)! 
Have a great one...and for more musical fun check out WWOZ Livewire ....until tomorrow.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Celebrate and Help Today with Liuzza Palooza!!

What a beautiful Sunday and there's so many things to do today!

If you're thinking about about one thing to do today...be sure to go out to Liuzza Palooza a musical and culinary event benefiting Michael Bordelon today from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm..Right across the street from Liuzza's Restaurant on (3636 Bienville).

Here's Mike's Story....

Tragically, on February 5th of this year as Mike headed home after work, he was involved in a violent car crash. While waiting at a red light on Canal Street a drunk driver traveling 80 miles per hour slammed into the back of his car, ramming it into an iron gate. Mike, hospitalized for nearly a month, was in a coma for a week while in the intensive care unit. Three weeks after the accident he was transferred to another hospital for physical therapy and faces many months if not years of rehabilitation in dealing with his traumatic brain injury. Michael’s insurance has maxed out and the drunken driver (an eight-time DWI offender!) only had $25,000 worth of coverage which has yet to be collected.

Friends, family, co-workers, and customers are all praying for Mike’s recovery, but want to do more. To that end, The Taste Buds are hosting a fundraiser of festival proportions, showcasing Louisiana Seafood, local music, and our own brand of fun. Titled LiuzzaPalooza 2011, proceeds from the event will be used to pay for Mike’s rehabilitation and expenses related to his hospitalization.

More info on the event!!

The entrance donation is only $5 and it's Free Admission for children 12 and under.  And check out this amazing line-up of food and music that Mike's friends have put together for him!!

11:00 am Gideon & The Chimney Sweeps
NOON to 1:00 pm Paul Varisco and the Milestones with special guest Luther Kent
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Rockin' Dopsie
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Creole String Beans

And check out the food vendors...YUMMY!! And most food items will be only $5 each!
Acme
Broussards
Café Giovanni
Deanies Bucktown
Dirty Dicks
Drago's
Galatoires
Katy's
La Divina Gelateria
Liuzza's
Louisiana Hospitality Foundation
Lucky Dog
Luke
Mr. B's
Mr. Mudbug
Parkway Bakery
Pier 424
Ritz-Carlton's M Bistro
Southern Sales Solutions
Ruth's Chris
Zea Rotisserie & Grill

It's going to be a beautiful day to support Mike...so get get your booty out there! And for all the info on the event click the link at the top of the page..See you there!

More Events Today!

Stop in the Bywater before you head down to Mid-City...You don't want to miss the Piety Street Market today from Noon to 5:00 pm!  When 40+ vendors offer creative arts, handmade crafts, homemade goodies, vintage collectibles and flea market finds.  Located at 612 Piety St., just off the corner of Chartres St., Piety Street Market is held at the Old Ironworks, which offers a spectacular indoor/outdoor setting for a bustling neighborhood market....The Market celebrates festival season today with a double bill of percussive African music with:
12:30 PM: Seguenon Kone
2:30 PM: The Kora Konnection

And for something unique and different head on over to the Westbank for FORESTival, a celebration of art and nature at A Studio in the Woods today from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm on 13401 Patterson Road in Algiers...Here's the cool schedule of activities today!
Schedule:
11:30-3:00 interactive clay activity for kids and adults, Growing a Clay Forest with Jane Hill
12:00-1:00 Beth Turner, piano
12:30 Tour of the founders’ home with Joe & Lucianne Carmichael
1:30-2:30 Panorama Jazz Band
2:30 Tour of the woods with botanist David Baker
3:00 Tory Tepp presents Spirit Ferry
3:30 Dance performance with Monique Moss and Third Eye Theatre
4:00-5:00 Troi Bechet, vocals
4:30 Silent Auction closing
4:30 Tour of the woods with botanist David Baker

For more information on this amazing festival and how to get there...click on the above link for more info!!

And if you're craving seafood...don't forget to check out the Plaquemines Parish Seafood Fest...going on all day today!  Check the link for all the fun, food and music happening from 10:30 am until 11:00 pm tonight!!

If you're looking for Sunday music...be sure to click on the WWOZ Livewire for all the good stuff going on around NOLA today and tonight!  Have a good one!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Parks, Trains, Pups and Seafood Celebrating!!

Good Morning and Happy Saturday! 

Head on down to City Park to celebrate their 100th birhday with Art Spark in the Park today from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the The Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn (Across from Storyland)it's Free and open to the public! The Great Lawn in City Park (across from Storyland)will sparkle with 100 Arts Market artists, elegant music, storytelling
and local cuisine to commemorate a century of fine art housed at NOMA!!

And you definitely want to check out SteamFest 2011 - The Original Audubon Park Steam Engine and last Louisiana-built locomotive, SP745returns for SteamFest2011 May 14th-15th from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at The Riverview (The Fly) Kids Attractions, Music, Food & Fun, Model Trains,Ellsworth Maritime Steam Engine Exhibit Hosted by the Louisiana Steam Train Association Pay One Price $10, kids $5....There's gonna be a great musical line-up both days -

Saturday
* The Refugeze
* Christian Serpas and Ghost Town

Sunday
* Hazel and the Delta Ramblers
* Liquid Peace Revolution

Today is the Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) "Pup" Crawl...It's time to help out ARNO and drink with your pup!! You can bring your pooch on a pub crawl to live it up in UPTOWN...today!! Party animals interested in participating should visit http://www.animalrescueneworleans.org/ for more details. First 100 people to register will receive a t-shirt and one free shot at each participating location. Funds raised will benefit Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO), an all-volunteer organization created and dedicated to the rescue and aid of abandoned and homeless animals.  The cost is only $25 and additional donations are welcomed and appreciated.  DO IT FOR THE PUPS (and kitties!!)

Where:
1100-200: Bulldog, 3236 Magazine Street, Check-in for pre-paid participants and same-day registration available
Schedule for Crawl 2pm-7pm
200-245: Balcony Bar & Cafe
300-345: Tracey's
400-445: Rendezvous Tavern
500-545: The Bulldog
600-645: Raffle
700: Competition Results/Award (For Best Shot)

And all weekend long it's the The Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival celebrate the rich heritage of the people of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Visitors will enjoy great local seafood and other unique, local food specialties. The festival offers continuous live music from popular local bands, and traditional Cajun music. Visitors will also enjoy crafts from local artisans, carnival rides, sandbagging contests, and the Seafood Queen Pageant. And there are helicopter rides that offer a view of the region and the Mississippi River!! For more information on all the fun and how to get there click on the link above!

After all your festival and "pup" crawling fun...go hear some "Live Local Music"!!  Check out the WWOZ Livewire for all the music goin' on round town!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Yea for Friday Fun!!!

The website is up again...yea!! and there's still lots o'fun stuff to do on Friday.


You got Vino on the Bayou at the Pitot House tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 pm!! This event is always a great way to kick off the evening. For more information concerning the Pitot House's fun event, you can contact Louisiana Landmark Society at 504.482.0312.

There's the usual excellent "free" wine tastings over at Cork & Bottle on Orleans and Jeff Davis...and the Swirl tastings over on Esplanade and Ponce de Leon. Be sure to pick up a bottle after you taste your favorite wines!

Joe Krown returns to Le Bon Temps Roule' (4801 Magazine) for a piano playing evening of great music at 7:00 pm!

And there's always the Bard of New Orleans - Paul Sanchez at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) at 8:00 pm for some Threadhead music and I'm sure some special guests..and don't forget the yummy food from Taceaux Loceaux!!

For more good stuff go to the http://www.wwoz.org/ livewire...and tune in now for Bill deTurk's Louisiana Music Party 11 - 2:00 pm...Now!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fun in NOLA on Thursday!

Good Morning Everybody,

Almost TGIF!!  Here's some good stuff going on today!

Thursday Events

Don't miss out on the weekly wine tasting at Cork and Bottle (3700 Orleans ) about 5:00 pm in Mid-City and the tasting is free - check out their amazing South African wine flight today!!  And be sure to stop by the Crescent City Farmer's Market and patronize local Louisiana vendors with fresh veggies, seafood and more! 

Need some culture and music? You gotta go to the show at the Ogden Southern Museum of Art - better known as Ogden after Hours.  The concert starts up at 6:00 pm. with Lars Edegran and Tom Sancton Edegran is a Dixieland jazz musician and bandleader who often plays piano, guitar or banjo; Sancton is a jazz clarinetist, whose mentor was the legendary clarinetist George Lewis.....so come on down for some music, culture, fun and cocktails....don't miss it!!  (Members get in free!)

Go hang out at City Park this evening for The Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series for Tim Laughlin!!! The gates open up at 5:00 pm and the performance starts at 6:00 pm in the City Park Botanical Garden Pavilion of the Two Sisters...There is an admission charge, but hey, it's helping the Park out..so....it's a good thing...$8 for adults and $3 for children.

Head on over to Frenchmen Street for an amazing double header of music at dba (618 Frenchmen)...it's piano man Jon Cleary at 7:00 pm and stay on for Funkifry'd at 10:00 pm with a low low cover of $5!!

While on Frenchmen move on down to the Three Muses (536 Frenchmen) for the sounds of Luke Winslow King with Jon Gross & Mike Voelker at 7:00 pm - the music will get you movin' on into the weekend with no problems and they got yummy food too!

If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

No Winding Down this Wednesday!!

Happy Wednesday!  Hopefully everyone has recovered from Jazz Fest..it's time to get back in the swing of things with some good stuff today!

Come on down to Lafayette Square for Wednesday at the Square and another stellar line-up for this year's concert series....there will be crafts, food and libations....George Porter, Jr. and The Lee Boys get things movin' this evening at 5:00 pm - and check out the entire line-up so you can make your plans.

Head on over to Lakeview for the Harrison Avenue Marketplace presented by Beacon of Hope tonight from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the parking lot of Lakeview Grocery at 801 Harrison Avenue.  You'll enjoy music by Coot, and and check out over 75 vendors to help you find that perfect something. You can enjoy delicious treats from local food vendors.  Pick up a crepe from Crepes a la Carte or Baked Alaska from Antoine's.  Sip on a Margarita from the Beacon of Hope beverage booth or grab a beer from St. Dominic's. Harbor Community Church will also have great activities for the little ones.

Wednesday Evening Music

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

And there's more yummy food and music in Mid-City - Go by Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for Tom McDermott & Meschiya Lake at 8:00 pm!!  And don't forget to come hungry for some Taceaux Loceaux!

Heading over to Frenchmen Street?  Lots of places with no cover, but don't forget to tip the talent!!

Start off your evening with the early show over at dba (618 Frenchmen)....The Tin Men get things kickin' at 7:00 pm (no cover)....and then stay on for Walter "Wolfman" Washington & The Roadmasters (small cover, but it's worth it!!) at 10:00 pm (as always) it's gonna be a fun one!!

Another great evening full of music at the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) with Brett Richardson at 4:00 p.m., The Orleans 6 at 6:00 p.m., and to top off the night St. Louis Slim & The Frenchmen St. Jug Band at 10:00 p.m.!

Move down Frenchmen for a great show at Three Muses (536 Frenchmen)....it's the Loose Marbles at 7:00 pm...check it out for the music and their yummy food!!

Looking for some dinner and then some music for dessert?  Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) can help you out!  Get an entree' over at Ye Olde College Inn and then get a half price ticket to the show right next door at Rock N' Bowl....Tonight they've got piano man Joe Krown at 8:30 pm!!

If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tuesday with Brass, Eclectic Grooves and Aloha Music!

Happy Tuesday Everybody - There's some crazy good music going on for a Tuesday (plus eat your veggies!!)

You can get your day started off right with a trip to the Farmer's Market!!!  Visit the Crescent City's Farmer's Market at University Square (200 Broadway) from 9:00 to 1:00 pm and pick up some fresh seafood, veggies and you can even get some lunch! Chef Mark Quitney of styley downtown restaurant 5 Fifty 5 (named for its address on Canal Street) heads Uptown to dish out debronzed redfish with jumbo lump crabmeat and roasted peppers, super creamy lobster mac, heirloom bread salad and assorted sweets .....yummy!!

Good Stuff Tonight!

The Candlelight Lounge (925 N. Robertson) is having a non-stop evening of music...check out the line-up!  You're not gonna want to miss this one!
  • Sixth Ward International at 5:00 pm
  • Shannon Powell and the Treme Rollers at 6:00 pm
  • Rebirth Brass Band at 7:00 pm
  • Treme Brass Band with special guest at 9:00 pm
Keep celebrating the music this evening when Anxious Sound & Open Ears Music Series present: Tatsuya Nakatani/Donald Miller and The Rob Cambre Trio tonight at 10 p.m. over at The Blue Nile (upstairs - 532 Frenchmen Street).  Check out the T-P article on this eclectic group - Wow!!

If you were wishin' you were in Hawaii right now...(and hey, who doesn't want to be in Hawaii?)  You can get your fix of Hawaiian music with a New Orleans groove over at the Balcony Music Club (1331 Decatur) tonight at 8:30 pm...Aloha!

Have a wonderful Tuesday and for more fun shows and events going on click on the WWOZ Livewire link!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Jazz Fest Encore - Monday at the Music Factory!

Oh my goodness!!  What another amazing Jazz Fest...for you hardcore peeps out there, don't worry there's still more music out there!

Okay it's the last day at the Louisiana Music Factory (201 Decatur) for their annual in-store Jazz Fest concerts...here's the line-up for today!!  This is truly the best way to cap off your Jazz Fest Weekend!
  • Chip Wilson and Jesse Moore at Noon
  • Spencer Bohren at 1:00 PM
  • Drew Young Band at 2:00 PM
  • Davis at 3:00 PM
  • Paul Sanchez at 4:00 PM
  • Bob French Band at 5:00 PM
  • Panorama Brass Band at 6:00 PM
Remember to support the Music Factory by purchasing some of this great local music!!

And Frenchmen and Decatur are kickin' with lots of music tonight!

Head down Frenchmen Street to d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) for two great shows!!  It's  A Threadhead Party at 7:00 pm, and be sure to stay on for Glen David Andrews at 11:00 pm!

Be sure to make a stop by the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) early for this great line-up of music....Brett Richardson at 4:00 pm, Dominic Grillo and The Frenchmen Street All Stars at 6:00 pm and be sure to stay on for the Jazz Vipers at 10:00 pm.....it's sure to be another smokin' Monday evening show.  (There's no cover...but remember to tip the band and your bartender!)

Head on down to Mid City for even more music at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) with two amazing shows tonight...Spencer Bohren gets things rolling at 6:00 pm ($8 cover) and piano player (and sometimes guitar man) John Cleary is at 9:00 pm (cash cover at the door)...make sure to click on the link above for all of Chickie's great shows in May!!
And If you're lookin' for some bluegrass music tonight you don't have to go too far to find it....Check out the Hi Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude) and the Bluegrass Pickin' Party at 8:00 pm!!
Have a great one...and for more musical fun check out WWOZ Livewire ....until tomorrow.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Jazz Fest Day 7 - Bill deTurk's Tips and Picks!!

Good Morning!!  Can't believe it's the last day of Jazz Fest!!  Here's the next installment of Bill deTurk's Tips and Picks for the 7th and final day of Festin'!

Jazz Fest Tips – Take time to check out the amazing indigenous art in the Folk Crafts Area.  When you have nothing on your music schedule, go to the Fais Do Do Stage.  When you need to get out of the sun and sit down a minute, hit the Gospel Tent, although not sure how long you will be able to stay in your seat.  And number one tip is to master the “walk by”; face it, there is too much truly fabulous music, so “walk by” and check out an act for 10 minutes or so as you make your way to another mind-blowing destination.  Everyone have a great day and enjoy the world’s greatest music and heritage festival!

Jazz Fest Picks - If you just don’t know where to find the energy to make it on Day 7, plenty of great stuff in the The Blues Tent… where there are chairs.  Mem Shannon & the Membership (11:25 Blues) – Great storytelling funky blues.  Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band (12:45 Blues) – Ain’t no party like a Chubby party.  Feufollet (1:35 Fais Do Do) – Bridging the traditional to Contemporary Cajun gap, and a great girl singer.  Tabou Combo (1:40 Congo) – Today’s Haitian selection.  Henry Butler (2:00 Blues) – Great piano and vocals from former New Orleanian.  Bluerunners (2:50 Fais Do Do) – Reunion of ‘80s pop-cajun band.  Rebirth Brass Band (3:25 Congo) – Quintessential contemporary brass band.  Sonny Landreth (3:30 Blues) – Louisiana master of the slide guitar.  Neville Brothers (5:40 Acura) – Who else would you close out Jazz Fest with.  Bobby Lounge (6:00 Lagniappe) – Tough time slot, but you have to see this guy to believe him.

Thanks for listening to my picks this year.  Now let’s get some rest…

PS...Don't forget to check out Bill in the Grandstands for his big interview with Isabeau at 5:00 pm!!

And always remember if you can't make it down there you can listen to all the great music on WWOZ 90,7 FM on your radio or online!!!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Jazz Fest Day 6 - Bill deTurk's Tips and Picks!!

Good Morning!!  Can't believe it's already the last Saturday of Jazz Fest!!  Here's the next installment of Bill deTurk's Tips and Picks for the 6th day of Festin'!


Jazz Fest Tips – Take time to check out the amazing indigenous art in the Folk Crafts Area.  When you have nothing on your music schedule, go to the Fais Do Do Stage.  When you need to get out of the sun and sit down a minute, hit the Gospel Tent, although not sure how long you will be able to stay in your seat.  And number one tip is to master the “walk by”; face it, there is too much truly fabulous music, so “walk by” and check out an act for 10 minutes or so as you make your way to another mind-blowing destination.  Everyone have a great day and enjoy the world’s greatest music and heritage festival!

Jazz Fest Picks - Day 6 is nothing short of the kind of embarrassment of musical riches you can only find at the world’s greatest music and heritage festival; If I listed all of my picks today, I would never make it out to the Fairgrounds.  Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders (11:15 Congo) – This guy just has too much soul for this time of day.  N.O. Cottonmouth Kings (11:15 Economy Hall) – Six sevenths of the group you formally knew as the Jazz Vipers.  Smithfield Fair (11:25 Lagniappe) – Scottish fare in case you missed the Highland Games.  Marcia Ball (12:30 Acura) – Non-Louisiana pick of the day... She really does not live here.  AsheSon (12:30 Jazz & Heritage) – Band members from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala.  Baritone Bliss (1:20 Jazz tent) – If you like the bari sax.  Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars (1:55 Acura) – Louisiana Pick of the Day.  RAM (2:00 Congo) – More Haitian sounds.  Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (3:25 Gentilly) – New Orleans’ latest international music star.  Allen Toussaint (3:35 Acura) – Nothing I can say can do this man justice.  Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters (4:15 Blues) – Tower of Power funk driven by a unique Louisiana voice and guitar style.  Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show (4:15 Lagniappe) – The Bard of New Orleans and superstar sidekicks.  BeauSoleil (4:25 Fais Do Do). The first worldwide French-Louisiana music superstars.  Aaron Neville’s Gospel Experience (5:50 Gospel) – An angelic voice and heaven-hopin’ tunes.  Jimmy Buffet (5:25 Acura) – I want to be him when (if) I grow up. 

And always remember if you can't make it down there you can listen to all the great music on WWOZ 90,7 FM on your radio or online!!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Jazz Fest Day 5 - Bill deTurk's Tips and Picks!!

Woo hoo!!  Another day of Jazz of Fest and some more good stuff from Bill deTurk!!

Jazz Fest Tips – Take time to check out the amazing indigenous art in the Folk Crafts Area.  When you have nothing on your music schedule, go to the Fais Do Do Stage.  When you need to get out of the sun and sit down a minute, hit the Gospel Tent, although not sure how long you will be able to stay in your seat.  And number one tip is to master the “walk by”; face it, there is too much truly fabulous music, so “walk by” and check out an act for 10 minutes or so as you make your way to another mind-blowing destination.  Everyone have a great day and enjoy the world’s greatest music and heritage festival!

Jazz Fest Picks - Day 5 is shaping up to yet another “Chilly at the Gentilly Stage” kid of day!  Bobby Cure with Al “Carnival Time” Johnson (11:30 Gentilly) – Both Bobby and Al are great guys, talented musicians, and seasoned professionals.  Ingrid Lucia (12:25 Lagniappe) Laid back swing while channeling Billie Holiday.  Soul Rebels Brass Band (12:35 Acura) – Soulful and funky, they will be joining the Treme Music Tour this summer.  Edie Brickell (1:00 Acura) – What has she been doing since marrying Paul Simon and never having to work again?  Centennial Celebration for Lionel Ferbos (1:40 Economy Hall) – The “World’s Oldest Active Jazz Musician” turns 100 in July!  Yvette Landry (1:40 Lagniappe) – The Breaux Bridge, LA native celebrates the release of her first solo album.   Buckwheat Zydeco (2:25 Gentilly) – This Grammy Winner has the best hair in Zydeco.  Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers (2:35 Congo) – Louisiana Pick of the Day.  Luther Kent (2:50 Blues Tent) – This bear of a man knows how to growl out the blues.  Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars (2:50 Fais Do Do) – Louisiana zydeco/rock.  Ivoire Spectalce (2:55 Jazz & Heritage) – Featuring multi-instrumentalist Seguenon Kone and dancers.  Eric Lindell (4:15 Blues Tent) – Rootsy New Orleans blues/rock.  Arcade Fire (5:35 Acura) – Find out who the latest Album of the Year winner really is.  100th Birthday Celebration of Mahalia Jackson (5:40 Gospel) – Featuring Irma Thomas and John Boutte.  Willie Nelson (5:45 Gentilly) – Non-Louisiana Pick of the Day.  Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas (5:50 Fais Do Do) – From the school of the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier.

Go out and enjoy and some live local music!!!  And if you can't make it out to the Fest you can catch it online at www.WWOZ.org...TGIF!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Jazz Fest Day 4 - Bill deTurk's Tips and Picks!!

Happy Jazz Fest Thursday...and it appears the weather gods are going to bless us again today!!
Bill deTurk continues to help you out with your Jazz Fest Fun with his "Tips and  Picks" of the Day!

Jazz Fest Tips – Take time to check out the amazing indigenous art in the Folk Crafts Area.  When you have nothing on your music schedule, go to the Fais Do Do Stage.  When you need to get out of the sun and sit down a minute, hit the Gospel Tent, although not sure how long you will be able to stay in your seat.  And number one tip is to master the “walk by”; face it, there is too much truly fabulous music, so “walk by” and check out an act for 10 minutes or so as you make your way to another mind-blowing destination.  Everyone have a great day and enjoy the world’s greatest music and heritage festival!

Jazz Fest Picks - Let’s call Day 4 “Stayin’ Chilly By Gentilly Stage Day”!  Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue (11:25 Gentilly) – Start the day with an easy on the eyes and easy on the ears experience.  Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes (12:20 – Acura) – Not exactly what one would expect from classically trained musicians.  Shasha Maskowski (12:20 Jazz Tent) – We love young, talented girl singers.  Little Freddie King (12:20 Blues) – Real blues form a real good guy.  Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove (12:35 Congo) – Sousaphone lead jazz/funk/soul.  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (1:45 – Fais Do Do) – Louisiana Pick of the Day.  New Orleans Bingo! Show (2:15 Gentilly) – And now for something completely different.  Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers (3:10 Fais Do Do) – This guy’s accordion playing is hotter than hell.  Galactic (3:25 Acura) – They paint a picture of the contemporary N.O. music scene with their sound.  Djakout #1 (3:35 Congo) – More great indigenous Haitian sounds.  Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys (3:40 Gentilly) – Cute, talented charismatic, and would not be surprised to see Cyndi Lauper make an appearance.  James Booker Tribute (4:10 Blues) – Amazing local pianists interpret the inimitable Bayou Maharajah.  Locos por Juana (4:25 Jazz & Heritage) – You probably never heard them, but I bet you like them.  Michelle Shocked (4:35 Fais Do Do) – Hear what the former French Quarter girl is up to these days.  Cyndi Lauper (5:25 Gentilly) – There is a lot more to her than ‘80s pop stardom.  Maceo Parker with Pee Wee Ellis (5:30 Congo) – Non-Louisiana Pick of the Day.  

Hope you can sneak out of work today and go enjoy...and if you can't make it out to the Fest you can catch it online at www.WWOZ.org...see you later gator...and P.S. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jazz Fest Wednesday...Can I Clone Myself??

Can I clone myself??  There's sooo much going on today!! 

The music continues all day long at the Louisiana Music Factory (201 Decatur) for their annual in-store Jazz Fest concerts...here's the line-up for today!!  Click on the link above for the complete Fest line-up:
  • Kermit Ruffins + Irvin Mayfield + Dr. Michael White + Rebirth Brass Band at Noon
  • Garage A Trois at 3:00 PM
  • Dumpstaphunk at 4:00 PM
  • Joe Krown with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste Jr. at 5:00 PM
  • Tab Benoit at 6:00 PM
And of course, you don't want to miss Chaz Fest 2011 (3020 St. Claude)...it's ten hours of non-stop music, culture and good times on two stages!!  Click on the link for more info....Tickets are $30 for all the great acts and heck out the line-up!

 The Main Stage

•12:30 - War Amps
•1:30 - Mas Mamones
•3:00 - Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers
•4:30 - The Palmetto Bug Stompers
•6:15 - Valparaiso Men's Chorus
•7:45 - King James ∓ the Special Men
•9:00 - The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars

 The Bywater Juke Joint Stage

 •12:00 - The New Dopey Singers
•1:00 - The Actioneers
•2:30 - Sarah Quintana
•3:45 - Helen Gillet and Other Instruments
•5:30 - The Geraniums
•7:00 - Schatzy
•8:30 - Narcissy

And there's more music!!  Starting up at 4:00 pm this afternoon it's the 2nd Annual Daze Between Festival at the Rusty Nail (1100 Constance) to benefit The New Orleans Musicians Clinic and the Gulf Restoration Network...Today's musical theme is DAY OF THE DEAD - A Musical Tribute to the Grateful Dead featuring:
  • Papa Mali and Friends
  • Honey Island Swamp Trio
  • The Iko Allstars featuring Billy Iuso, Reggie Scanlon (from the Radiators), CR Gruver and Mike Foo (from Gravity A)
  • Drums and Space featuring Steve Molitz, Colonel Bruce Hampton (retired) Mike Foo, and special guests
  • Counterclarkwise featuring Josh Clark and Dave Brogan (from Tea Leaf Green) Steve Molitz (Particle, Phil Lesh) and Steve Adams (ALO)
Are you looking for an amazing book for Jazz Fest?? (of course you are!!) Jay Mazza will be hosting a book signing and party for his new release, "I Got the Fish in the Head"...It's everything you ever wanted to know about one of New Orleans iconic bands - "The Radiators"!!  The signing is at Maple Street Book Shop today from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.   And there's gonna be music with Chris Mule from the Honey Island Swamp Band, Phil DeGruy, Stephen Smith and others!!!  It's gonna be a party!

As most of you know...today's the day to head on down to Lafayette Square for Wednesday at the Square....there will be crafts, food and libations....and music by Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Review and MarciaBall things get kickin' this evening at 5:00 pm - and check out the entire line-up so you can make your plans.

Wednesday Evening Music
Hang out in Mid-City where there's yummy food and great music at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) there's an early show at 6:00 pm with Tom McDermott & Meschiya Lake, and stay on for the Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound Now for Yes Music People at 10:00 pm...don't forget to come hungry for the amazing food from Taceaux Loceaux!  Click on the Chickie's link above to purchase tickets in advance, or bring cash at the door!

Heading over to Frenchmen Street?  Start off your evening with the early show over at dba (618 Frenchmen)....with the By & By String Band at 5:00 pm, The Iguanas at 7:00 pm....and then stay on for Walter "Wolfman" Washington & The Roadmasters at 10:00 pm (as always) it's gonna be a fun one!!

Another great evening full of music at the Spotted Cat with Brett Richardson at 4:00 p.m., Swing Dance Lessons at 5:00 pm, The Orleans 6 at 6:00 p.m., and to top off the night St. Louis Slim & The Frenchmen St. Jug Band at 10:00 p.m.!

Looking for some dinner and then some music for dessert?  Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) can help you out!  Get an entree' over at Ye Olde College Inn and then get a half price ticket to the show right next door at Rock N' Bowl....Tonight they've got Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers to get you swingin' at 8:30 pm!!

That should keep you pretty busy today.....If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mid-Week Festin' - No Stoppin' You Now!!

Happy Tuesday everybody - So much festin' to do!!

You can get your day started off right with a trip to the Farmer's Market!!!  Visit the Crescent City's Farmer's Market at University Square (200 Broadway) from 9:00 to 1:00 pm and pick up some fresh seafood, veggies and you can even get some lunch!  Chef Mark Quitney of styley downtown restaurant 5 Fifty 5 (named for its address on Canal Street) heads Uptown to dish out debronzed redfish with jumbo lump crabmeat and roasted peppers, super creamy lobster mac, heirloom bread salad and assorted sweets .....yummy!!

And the music continues all day long at the Louisiana Music Factory (201 Decatur) for their annual in-store Jazz Fest concerts...here's the line-up for today!!  Click on the link above for the complete Fest line-up:
  • John Autin at Noon 
  • Washboard Chaz Blues Trio at 1:00 PM
  • Galactic at 2:00 PM
  • Billy Iuso and Restless Natives at 3:00 PM
  • James Andrews at 4:00 PM
  • Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue at 5:00 PM
  • Big Chief Monk Boudreaux at 6:00 PM
And don't forget to buy some music from one of these great artists while you're there....LA Music Factory has the best selection in town!!

And there's more music!!  Starting up at 4:00 pm this afternoon it's the 2nd Annual Daze Between Festival at the Rusty Nail (1100 Constance) to benefit The New Orleans Musicians Clinic and the Gulf Restoration Network...Check out the lineup!
  • Country Fried
  • Jenn Howard and Crazy McGee
  • Lubriphonic
  • The San Fancisco Free for All with a no holds barred mashup featuring members of Tea Leaf Green and ALO featuring Josh Clark, Dan LEBO Lebowitz, Dave Brogan, Trevor Garrod, Steve Adams, Reed Mathis, and Cochrane McMillan
  • Guitarmaggedon old school guitar shredding jam session featuring Josh Clark, LEBO, with special guests Leo Nocentelli, Matt Grondin, Chris Mule and many more!!  Wow!!!
More Good Stuff Tonight!

Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) is the place to go for more amazing mid-WEEK Jazz Fest jammin'!!  Enjoy the super talented Grayson Capps at 7:00 pm!!  Then Anders Osborne, John Fohl and Johnny Sansone at 10:00 pm. The trio has been the best selling show so far. Tickets available at the door for both shows!   And don't forget they got yummy food with Taceaux Loceaux over there too!

And you can't celebrate your Jazz Fest without celebrating at  Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton)!  Get an entree' over at Ye Olde College Inn and then get a half price ticket to the show right next door at Rock N' Bowl....Tonight at 8:30 pm they've got Amanda Shaw and Glen David Andrews..what a show!!

And your Tuesday night would not be complete without a trip down to the Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak Street) for the early show.  It's Cluck! Nite featuring Three Piece Spicy + Creole Cookin' (with some FREE food)...and make sure you stay up late for the REBIRTH Brass Band!!  You'll be glad did! 

There's lots more more music going on so go ahead and have a wonderful Tuesday, and for more fun shows and events click on the WWOZ Livewire link!