Friday, May 25, 2012

A Friday w/ Greek Fun, Jambalaya, Lots of Vino & Music!

Happy Three Day Weekend - Woop woop!!!

Start your weekend off with a little wine close to Bayou St. John (cause it's a wine kind of weekend!)  It's the Friday Free for All from 6 to 8 pm at Swirl Wine Bar & Market (3143 Ponce de Loen).  Jared Breaux from International will take you on a European tour tonight with 4 free wines from Italy, Spain, France and Portugal. Chef Richard will be in the house serving up his delicious tapas plates. This tasting is free!  See you there!

Well, if it's Memorial Day weekend it can only mean one thing...and that's Greek Fest (1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd.)....Come out and experience Greece on the Bayou, and the 39th 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's a good one!

Looking for amazing vino, delicious food, and you have a little money to spare.  Then head on down to the Convention Center today and tomorrow for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) Grand Tastings this evening from 6 to 9 pm and tomorrow from 2 to 5 pm.  Click on the link for all the information and get on down there for the fun!!

And if you're searching 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 with cooking contests starting up at 11:30 am and the fun runs 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 on the link above!!

You still don't know what to do?

Get on down to Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) for happy hour with Gallivan Burwell and the Predatory Drifters and stay on for two shows with The Malone Brothers at 9:00 and 11:00 pm!  Be sure to come hungry for delicious pizza and other Italian treats!!

And there's more good music in Mid-City (almost Uptown) over at Rock 'N Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton) for The Bucktown Allstars 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 - head to Frenchmen Street??

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

Right down the street you have another trio of shows at BMC (1331 Decatur)...with El the Orazio and Friends at 3:00 pm, Kipori Woods Band at 6:00 pm, and Dana Abbot at 9:00 pm!!

d.b.a.'s (618 Frenchmen) got and early show with The Hot Club of New Orleans at 6:00 pm and stay on for  Eric Lindell  at 10:00 pm...there's a $10 cover, but you don't want to miss the show!!

And there's two great shows at the Blue Nile (532 Frenchmen) - You've got Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers at 7:00 pm and stay on late for The Stooges Brass Band - it's a fun night at the Nile!  (I'm pretty sure there's a cover for the shows - but it's worth it!)

That should get you going this evening...if you're looking for musical fun be sure to click on the WWOZ Livewire..and make sure you tune in to today from 11- 2 pm for the best music show in town..The Louisiana Music Party with your host Bill deTurk!!

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