Saturday, June 11, 2011

Vieux to Do, Stompers, Camo Fest, Porch Crawlin' and More!!

Happy Saturday, and there's lots going on today!!

It's World Naked Bike Ride hosted by The World Naked Bike Ride's New Orleans Chapter and they meet up today at 11 a.m. over at Markey Park in the Bywater, and they'll be an after party at the Country Club (634 Louisa)!! Their mission: "to peacefully expose the vulnerability of cyclists, humanity and nature in the face of cars, aggression, consumerism and non-renewable energy." Be lookin' for some naked folks all around the Quarters this mornin'!

And of course it's Vieux to Do this weekend, with not one, not two, but three festivals in the Quarter!!

1st it's the 25th annual French Market Creole Tomato Fest!!

Here's the entertainment schedule:

URSULINES STREET STAGE (near the French Market arch)

11:00 am to 12:30 pm Creole Zydeco Farmers
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boyz
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots

URSULINES ST. STAGE (near the French Market arch)

11:30 am to 1:00 pm Mary Broussard & Sweet La La
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm The Magnolia Sisters
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Big Red & the Zydeco Playmakers

There's also a children's Activity area and stage: Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion - and here's the entertainment schedule:

10:00-11:00 One Mind Brass Band
12:00-1:00 Johnette Downing
1:30-3:00 KidSmart Circus Arts workshop
3:30-4:30 Hope for Haitian Children Foundation presents The Bamboula 2000 Imagination Tour
5:00-6:00 "Accordions around the World" performance and presentation by Norbert Slama Trio

And of course the cooking demonstrations!

12:30-1:30 What is Creole Cuisine...and what exactly is a Creole Tomato? Featuring Marilyn Doucette, Executive Chef, Meals From The Heart Café and John Burns, Edible New Orleans Magazine.

4:00-5:00 p.m. Creole Tomatoes, Mirlitons, & Satsumas: Quirky and Classic New Orleans menu items. What makes Louisiana produce unique? Featuring cookbook author Dale Curry and John Burns, publisher, Edible New Orleans Magazine.

On to fest numbers two and three on the ground of the Mint on Decatur and Esplanade!!

The 5th Annual Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco Fest - Entertainment Schedule:

11:30 am to 1:00 pm Joe Hall & the La. Cane Cutters
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Bruce Daigrepont
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Step Rideau & The Zydeco Outlaws
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

11:00 am to 12:30 pm T-Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Les Freres Michot
3:15 pm to 4:45 pm Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars
5:15 pm to 6:45 pm Lost Bayou Ramblers

URSULINES STREET STAGE (French Market's Creole Tomato Festival)
11:00 am to 12:30 pm Creole Zydeco Farmers
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boyz
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots

And last but not least you got the Louisiana Seafood Fest...and check out these restaurants participating!!! American Sector, Bombay Club, Bourbon House, Commanders Palace, Crescent Pie and Sausage Co., Dickie Brennan’s Steak House, Galatoire’s, Green Goddess, La Thai, Mike’s on the Avenue, Palace Café, Patois, Phil’s Grill, Louisiana Gator Burger, Ralph’s on the Park, Rambla, Red Fish Grill, Rib Room, Roux on Bourbon, Bourbon Orleans Hotel, Semolina, Upperline, Vegas Tapas Cafe, Zea.....WOW!!!!!

Okay..after eating all that amazing food you need a way to walk it off, there's a couple ways you can do it this evening!!

Be a 610 Stomper for a day - It's the Stomper Ball Crawl!! With their signature 'staches, powder blue shorts and blazing red members-only jackets, New Orleans' favorite all-male dance organization the 610 Stompers will parade through the Mid-City area with their fans for the 610 Stompers Ball Crawl 2: Stompin on the Bayou from 4 to 8 p.m., today!! The crawl will end at Bayou Beer Garden, capping the evening with an epic after-party featuring live music and food. Proceeds from the event will support several local nonprofit organizations serving New Orleans. Registration is $35 and includes free beer at each location; event T-shirt and registration gifts; entrance into fun contests and the after-party; as well as bragging rights to say you danced with the 610 Stompers! Registration will be held 2 to 4 p.m. at Mid-City Yacht Club, 440 S. St. Patrick St., where attendees can pick up their wristbands and T-shirts. This is also the time to start practicing!

And you don't want to miss Camo Fest 4 in the Quarter - the fun starts up at 8:00 pm at the Tropical Isle on Bourbon and carries on 'til midnight (or later)!!! Camo Fest defies description, but here you go...It's a pub crawl. It's a scavenger hunt. It's a way of life. The Fest has no political affiliation or aspirations or commentary to offer. Wear camo. Have fun. That's an order. Camo is mandatory. Cash is pretty much mandatory. The following are optional but helpful: PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS, parade throws (beads, dog tags), cameras and cell phones. The nearest bar to the rally point is The Alpine. Get a drink from there or bring your own to the start. And don't forget No realistic looking weapons please!

And there's another crawl!!! It's the Faubourg St. John Porch Crawl this evening from 4pm - 7pm with admission $30 in advance $40 day of - Stopping at 5 of the "hoods" nicest porches!!
  • Porch on the 2800 block - Cocktail by Santa Fe
  • 2 Porches on the 3100 block - Serving Café Degas and Pal's offerings
  • One Porch on Kennedy Park - Libations from Liuzza's by the Track
  • Porch on the 3200 Block - Compliments of Crescent City Steakhouse
Snacks and bottled water will be available at each porch - Taxi Cabs will be waiting at the end of the event. Pick up porch passes the night of the event at Kennedy Park (3200 Ursulines) Tickets at and Terranova Brothers Superette - 3308 Esplanade for more info - click the link above!

Music wise lots of more good stuff here's a short list!

BJ's Lounge - Mr. Okra's Birthday Party with lots of great music!
Chickie Wah Wah - Roddy Romero and the Hub City Allstars
Buffa's Lounge - Hawaii 504
There's also some amazing art openings and music in the St. Claude Arts District!! 

Alright, this is just a short list of amazing stuff going on today (I know, can you believe I said short!!)  For more even more good stuff going on today click on the WWOZ Livewire ...Have a good one!

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