Free Fridays Continue at Tips with the Sketch


Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes headline a free show this evening (August 14, 2009) at Tipitina’s.  Gym Neighbors (you gotta love that name) open the show.  The Sketchy Boys are fresh off a swing out west where they tore up the Mountain Mardi Gras showcase at Red Rocks in Colorado.

Free Show at Snug Harbor Tonight (August 14, 2009) at Midnight

The Justin Peake Quartet will be performing.  Justin has been such a constant presence these past 5 years ago, it is hard to believe that this will be his first set as a leader at New Orleans’ leading jazz club. With this stellar line-up and a strong book of material I’m sure it won’t be his last.  His band includes Will Thompson IV on piano, Robin Boudreaux on sax and Jesse Morrow on bass.

Betty Harris Recap

photo credit: Dylan Stansbury

photo credit: Dylan Stansbury

Yesterday evening, August 12, 2009, the soul legend Betty Harris performed out front of the Old Point for the finale of the Wednesdays on the Point series.  Marc Stone’s All Star Soul Band backed her up. Here’s how it went down- Marc opens the show with Joshua Paxton on keys, Sam Price on bass and Jermal Watson on drums.  Then they bring out the horn section- Jimmy Carpenter on saxophone, Leroy Jones on trumpet and Rick Trolsen on trombone.  They do a hip version of “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.”  Then the backing vocalists- Erica Falls, Elaine Foster and Tony Crews- escort Miss Betty Harris, resplendent in a burgundy gown and displaying a significant amount of cleavage, to the stage.  The band is really tearing it up at this point and Harris matches them in intensity.  They rip through a long set of her hits and some covers.  Towards the end of the set, Harris turns to Marc Stone, who she clearly enjoys working with, and says, “I’m going down.”  She proceeds to leave the stage and comes right up front and center, stretching her microphone cord to its limit, and sings to the crowd.  She ad libs a bit about how a young woman will take grief from a man that an older woman won’t tolerate.  Though the crowd took a while to get into the show, no one crowded to the front when they brought out the legend, she eventually had the group up front eating out of her hands.

Soul legend Betty Harris Plays for Free This Evening (August 12, 2009 )

Wednesdays on the Point’s 2009 Season Finale stars Soul legend Betty Harris and Marc Stone’s All-Star Soul Band.  The concert is from 6-8 PM tonight in the 100 Block of Olivier St. (at the intersection of Patterson and Olivier Streets in Algiers Point,  (outside Old Point Bar). It is free and open to the public.

She will be backed by guitarist Marc Stone who leads a 10-piece all-star band that features Jimmy Carpenter (Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Eric Lindell) on saxophone, trad jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones, keyboardist Joshua Paxton, Sam Price (Otra, Honey Island Swamp Band) on bass, trombonist Rick Trolsen, drummer Jermal Watson along with Erica Falls, Elaine Foster and Tony Crews on background vocals.

This is a rare chance to see her do a full concert here in New Orleans. She only does a select handful of shows a year, and has not played New Orleans since April of 2008.

Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue To Perform at Mimi’s

This evening, August 12, 2009, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue will bring their cool country sounds to Mimi’s in the Marigny.  The club is at 2601 Royal St. at the corner of Royal and Franklin in the Faubourg Marigny section of New Orleans.  The show will be from 9 PM until midnight in the upstairs performance space.

Free T-Pain Performance Tonight (August 11, 2009)


The rapper/producer T-Pain will be playing for free tonight at the House of Blues in New Orleans.  Since the organizers expect a full house,  fans eager to see the performer who last appeared here as an opening act for Lil Wayne on the much bigger stage at the New Orleans Arena will need to get tickets in advance.

Russell Batiste at the Maple Leaf Tonight


Russell Batiste will be pounding the drums this evening, August 10. 2009, as a substitute for Papa Grows Funk.  Expect the show to start around 11 PM.

11th Annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Ceremonies This Afternoon (August 9, 2009)

This afternoon at 2:45 PM, at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame will inducted it’s latest class.  The public is invited.

According to Cherice Harrison-Nelson, the organizer of the annual awards ceremony, representatives from area New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian gangs have been invited to participate. In addition to performances by the Indian gangs, the program will feature the presentation of awards to Mardi Gras Indians and community leaders who have supported the Mardi Gras Indian tradition.

This year’s honorees include Chiefs’ Choice Crystal Feather Honoree- Big Chief James “Yam” Harris of the Semolian Warriors; Elder Statesman Honoree- Wild Man Raymond Hunter of the White Eagles; Queens’ Choice Honoree & Rising Star Award- Second Queen Assetua Amoramenkum of the Yellow Pocahontas; the Musical Heritage Award goes to Spy Boy Ricky Gettridge of the Yellow Pocahontas; the Photographers’ Choice: Capturing the Flash Award goes to J. R. Thomason; the Cultural Icon Award- Big Chief Edwin Harrison, Sr. of the Creole Wild West and the White Eagles; and the Community Supporter Award goes to the internationally known filmmaker Jonathan Demme

The annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is dedicated to the memory of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr. He inspired the ceremony through his efforts to share his lessons on life with the students of Haley School. He taught the faculty the importance of respecting and honoring one another.

Saxophonist Martin Krusche To Play for Free at Midnight

Martin Krusche will perform with his trio, Jesse Morrow on bass and Paul Thibidaux on drums at midnight tonight, August 8, 2009, at Snug Harbor.  The show is part of the club’s free midnight series.  If you haven’t been yet, it’s very cool.  They remove the wall that separates the music club from the bar creating one large room.

Date Announced for Hart McNee Second Line

The music community of New Orleans will honor the life, times, and music of the recently deceased Hart McNee with the largest second line seen in Bywater this side of Mardi Gras. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 2 PM. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Storyville Stompers and the Bywater Brass Band. The parade starts at the McNee ancestral home at 3212 Burgundy Street.  It will stop at Flora Cafe, the Sound Cafe, and the Cake Cafe before disbanding on Frenchmen Street at Cafe Brasil. It is sure to be THE social event of the hurricane evacuation season–Hart wouldn’t have it any other way!!!!