Happy Friday Everybody - I hope you're rested up cause you got a busy weekend ahead!
Tonight kicks off Satchmo Fest with the SATCHMO CLUB STRUT on Frenchmen Street!!
In true Satchmo style, there’ll be some Struttin' on historic Frenchmen Street tonight from 6:00 pm to 2 am. The jazzy club crawl offers the perfect chance to experience the sights and sounds of New Orleans’ unique music scene in a progressive jazz concert that spans 17 locations along Frenchmen Street!
Throughout the evening, music aficionados will be treated to jazz performances by Centurion Lionel Ferbos and a variety of stellar musicians, including Chris Thomas King, Don Vappie, the Soul Rebels, Shamarr Allen, Ellis Marsalis, Charmaine Neville, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Glen David Andrews, the Free Agents Brass Band, Tom McDermott, Fredy Omar, Jason Marsalis, and others, including the “Satchmo of Japan”, Yoshio Toyama. Plus, New Orleans’ own Allen Toussaint & Jazzivity, Davell Crawford, Donald Harrison Jr. and the Treme Brass Band will be featured on the Red Stripe Stage in Jane Alley, a new outdoor venue at 619 Frenchmen.
Strutters will dance, drink and dine the night away while supporting the New Orleans Jazz Celebration, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and perpetuating jazz to audiences of all ages. Venues include Maison, Snug Harbor, Blue Nile, Three Muses, d.b.a., Vaso, Checkpoint Charlie’s and Bicycle Michael’s, to name a few. There will also be featured signings of jazz-themed books by John Swenson, Tom Jacobsen and Ricky Riccardi at Faubourg Arts and Books, and a display of children’s art from Benjamin Franklin, Edward Hynes Charter School, McDonogh # 42 Elementary School and McDonogh 35 High School, depicting individual interpretations of the contest theme, “What a Wonderful World”.
For more details on all the fun, complete music schedule and to reserve a wristband that opens the doors of these exciting venues to Club Strutters, visit nojc.org/strut. General admission is only $30; the VIP price of $80 includes fabulous food and drink at the Maison Penthouse. I'll meet you down on Frenchmen Street!!
And don't forget Satchmo Summer Fest runs all day Saturday and Sunday with music, educational seminars and special events! Click on the link for a complete schedule of all the fun going on this weekend!! (If you're off today check out some of the Friday seminars too!) http://www.fqfi.org/satchmosummerfest/
More Friday Fun Stuff!!
And don't worry there's even more good stuff going on this Friday!!
And this is always a fun way to kick things off. It's the weekly wine tasting over at Cork & Bottle (Orleans at Moss St.) - today they have a wine flight with wine picks from the C & B staff! Come taste some great, affordable bottles today at the FREE tasting from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Check out the selection:
NV- Secco Italian Bubbles - Rose
2009- Lorca - "Fantasia" Torrentes
2009- Arancio- Nero D'Avola
2008 - Director's Cut - Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
2009- Raywood Vineyards - Cabernet Sauvignon
And you can double your wine tasting fun! 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!
You say - you still don't know what to do??? There's even more fun!!
Head on over to Mid-City and to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for happy hour at 5:00 pm with some great drink prices and yummy food from Taceaux Loceaux and stay on for Paul Sanchez at 8:00 pm (there's a small cover for the Paul show - but he's definitely worth the dinero!)
While you're in the neighborhood - go on over to Banks Street Bar and Grill (4401 Banks St.) for some jammin' with J Monque "D at 10:00 pm - for a no cover show!
And for even more fun close to Mid-City (almost Uptown) over at Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) it's The Top Cats at 9:30 pm!! Remember if you eat at Ye Olde College Inn right next door you get a discount to the show! Happy rockin' and bowlin'!
And for those of you hanging out Uptown don't forget it's Free Fridays at Tipitina's (504 Napoleon Ave.) at 10:00 pm with Iko All-Stars featuring Billy Iuso, Reggie Scanlan, CR Gruver, Sam Hotchkiss, Michael Fouquier!!
Alrighty, well that should keep you busy this evening and tomorrow...If you're looking for more fun stuff to do...check out the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar and tune in today from 11-2 pm for the Louisiana Music Party with my hubby Bill deTurk!!