Lee Frank sent me some notes to help me prepare for my first visit to New Orleans since Katrina. I sometimes say I was briefly a world expert at New Orleans music based on the fact that for six months in 2002 and 2003 I was Henry Butler‘s manager.
I went down there once as John Ellis is manager.
this time I’m going to medical conference but if I either discover a new band or run into one of the 10 or so people I still know down there I can deduct the trip as a business expense. I’m not really a doctor but I play one on the Internet. I also formed a branch of my own religion and I would ordain people as Rabbi.
And completing the square I book the New Orleans klezmer all stars twice, booked Glenn Hartman on Casey SU radio, and introduce Glenn to Beth Custer for the short-lived supergroup drone and bone.
Tipitina’s: Uptown. Tchoupitoulas on the river. Classic large music venue. Me: Named for a song by Professor Longhair and look for the bust of Fess and inscription on the pavement it says “when you go to New Orleans check out THE Mardi Gras”.
Maple Leaf Bar: Way Uptown on Oak Street. Rebirth on a Tuesday night is a must. Starts at 11pm-ish. He notes elsewhere that it is next to a good restaurant called Jachues-Emo.
Le Bon Temps Roulet: Funky Uptown bar. Good to catch a brass band. Don’t think I’ve been there but certainly no the phrase.
Chickie Wah Wah: Little joint in Mid-City various styles. Likewise.
d.b.a: Frenchman Street. Full Bar, good drinks. Often has free local music. Seen the listing don’t think I’ve been there.
R Bar: After hours bar on Royal Street. News to me.
One Eyed Jacks: Rock, Rockabilly club on Toulouse Street in the FQ. (French Quarter, not Yat way to say “fuck you”. That’s actually a Neil Simon “Odd Couple” joke. “Yat” Is a derogatory term for lower middle class and working class New Orleans people who did not go to Newman lake my freshman roommate who apparently greet each other with “where you at?”)
3 Muses: Sit down venue with nice cocktails and food. My three muses are “weed wine and song” although I have left New Orleans and I am near Texarkana. Oh that’s a joke I’ll settle for a Barq or Abita.