Good Morning Everybody - Yea for a beautiful Thursday!!
Don't miss out on the weekly wine tasting at Cork and Bottle (3700 Orleans ) about 5:00 pm in Mid-City. You can also stop at Clever (right next door) for their "tasting special" - $1 off your first cocktail after attending the free wine tasting. And be sure to stop by the Crescent City Farmer's Market and patronize local Louisiana vendors with fresh veggies, seafood and more!
Celebrate the new glowing Superdome tonight and watch 'em Light up the Dome!!....New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, Superdome commission Chairman Ron Forman and SMG Senior Vice President Doug Thornton will host a free-to-the-public lighting ceremony to showcase the capabilities of the $1.6 million permanent lighting system that will be set to a musical soundtrack. The ceremony is at 7:15 p.m. tonight and the Square opens at 6 p.m...and don't worry about parking - they'll be free parking in the Champions Garage!
Need a little more art, culture and music? You gotta go to the show at the Ogden Southern Museum of Art (925 Camp St.) -better known as Ogden after Hours. The concert starts up at 6:00 pm with a Celebration of the Centennial Birth of Mahalia Jackson, this concert seeks to expose her music to a new generation. The concert will showcase vocalists Leah Chase and her daughter Chase Kamata, George French, Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony (featuring her daughters Yolanda Windsay and Jolynda "Kikki" Phillips). The event will also showcase Matt Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz Revival Band, and the premiere of the WWOZ Choir under the direction of Matt Lemmler featuring Leslie Smith, Cindy Scott, Miki Fujii, Sarah Quintana and special guests. Besides the fantastic music come enjoy the Oktoberfest beers at the "O" bar, and remember if you're a member of the Ogden you always get in free!
Tonight is the next big installment of Live at Lafreniere Park (3000 Downs Blvd.) at 6:00 pm with Rockin' Dopsie! They'll have frosty beverages and delicious food. Look for the huge stage on the island, and the best part? . . .Admission is FREE!!! Kids and pets are welcome too!
Some Thursday Night Music
There's fun on Frenchmen at the Maison (508 Frenchmen) with a double header tonight with Those Peaches at 5:00 pm and Dave Easley at 7:00 pm !
Spotted Cat Music Club (623 Frenchmen) has a triple header with Brett Richardson at 4:00 pm, Miss Sophie Lee at 6:00 and stay on and party with The New Orleans Moonshiners at 10:00 PM!!
If you're looking for some more dancing - head on over to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for swing dance lessons - 6:00 to 7:00 pm for beginners and 7:00 to 8:00 pm for advanced (go to http://www.nolajitterbugs.org/ for more info and to sign up for lessons.) And stick around afterwards for the Kristin Diable and The City at 9:00 pm (there might be a cover, but the sultry sounds of Kristin is worth it)! It's gonna be a fun night at the Chickie's!!
More fun in Mid-City with a different kind of dancing over at Bayou Park Bar (542 S. Jeff Davis)! It's the burlesque stylings of Spooky Lestrange and Her Million Dollar Baby Dolls...the show consists of a rotating cast of local dancers and out of towners, venerate cultural icons, both classic and cult. With a literary flair, their past “Church of Burlesque” events include ‘sermons’ on True Blood, banned books, and comic books. This should be a good one! (Might be a small cover - but it will be worth it!)
For more fun stuff to do and more music...check out the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!