Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday w/Wine, Blues, BBQ and Cats!!


Always a fun way to kick things off.  It's the weekly wine tasting over at Cork & Bottle (Orleans at Moss St.) - from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Come out and sample some! 

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! 

The Where Y'Art? party is celebrating Young Audiences this evening over at the New Orleans Museum of Art starting at 5:00 pm with Gallery & Exhibition Tours, lots of fun activities and music!! The event is FREE with museum admissions. $10 Adults, $8 seniors, students, active military, $6 children ages 17 to 7, children 6 and under are free. Check out the events!
  • 5p to 8p: Art Making Activity: Royalty for the Evening (Crowns)
  • 5p to 8:30p: Student Art Work on Display
  • 5:30p to 8:30p: Music: Mr. Michael's Class: Michael Patrick Welch and Kerry Gibson will share some of the music they have created in New Orleans schools
  • 6p: The Elegant Image: Lecture with Don Statdner
  • 6:30p: Tour: The Art of Storytelling: Permanent Collection
  • 7:30p: Classical Iyengar Yoga Demo
  • 7p: The NOLA Project: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sculpture Garden)
  • 8p: Tour: The Art of Storytelling: Permanent Collection  

The Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival at Lafayette Square kicks off this afternoon with a little warm-up for the big weekend!! The Fest is New Orleans' premier showcase of Southern blues and soul - with two stages of music, a dozen vendors of outstanding barbecue and a massive crafts fair featuring hand-made works by artisans from throughout the region. The festival is free and open to the public!! Check out the line-up!

5:30 p.m. - Henry Butler
6:15 p.m. - Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters

Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Mel Waiters
South Memphis String Band (featuring Luther Dickinson, Jimbo Mathus and Alvin Youngblood Hart)
Tab Benoit
Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
Little Freddie King
King James & the Special Men

Bettye LaVette
Marcia Ball
The Campbell Brothers
Super Chikan & Watermelon Slim
Luther Kent & Trick Bag
The Homemade Jamz Blues Band
Eric Lindell

Get Fired Up for Kingsley House (1600 Constance) with Kermit Ruffins tonight! Kingsley House and the Young Leadership Council will host "Get Fired Up for Kingsley House with Kermit Ruffins" from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event will feature entertainment by Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, drinks and raffle prizes. VooDoo BBQ and Grill will spend time at Ruffin's famous BBQ grill cooking some tasty treats for guests. WWL Traffic Reporter Christina Leavenworth and Kingsley House Board Member Miles Channing Thomas will serve as mistress and master of ceremonies. There's no charge to come on in, but donations are much appreciated!

You still don't know what to do?

The Amazing Acro-Cats Halloween Spooktacular continue at The Shadowbox Theatre (2400 St. Claude) with nearly two weeks of Halloween spooky fun running through October 16. If you think it's difficult housebreaking a kitten, imagine training one to ride a skateboard. Shows are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with 10 p.m. performances on Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays. Click on the link to purchase tickets:

Head on over to Chickie Wah Wah on Canal for their happy hour and a double header of music this evening.  Come on by around the 5 o'clock hour for a happy hour and music by the Sweet Olive Swing Band, and stay on for David Vandervelde with Caddywhompus and Carter Tanton at 9:00 pm there's a small cover, but the show will be worth it!

And there's more good music in Mid-City (almost Uptown) over at Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) for Guitar Shorty plus Josh Garrett 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'!

Need more music??  Then go to Frenchmen Street!

You can get started early at the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) with Brett Richardson at 4:00 pm, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio at 6:00 pm, and the New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings at 10:00 pm.

Stop by Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill (437 Esplanade - corner of Frenchmen) for some excellent margaritas and some great music all afternoon with Bryce Eastwood at 4:00 pm, Eudora Evans and Deep Soul at 7:00 pm and stay late for Fredy Omar con su Banda at 10:30 pm!!

Right down the street you have another trio of shows at BMC (1331 Decatur)...with El DeOrazio & Friends at 3:00 pm, Moonshine and Caroline at 7:00 pm, and the Dana Abbott Band at 10:00 pm!

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 - and tune in today from 11-2 pm for the Louisiana Music Party with my hubby Bill deTurk!!

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