Eiffel Society Opens This Evening on St. Charles Avenue

The glass and steel structure that towers above St. Charles Avenue has had numerous incarnations.  When it first opened, it was a high-end restaurant that featured cutting edge cuisine.  For several years it was the home of the Red Room, an elegant nightclub.  More recently, social aid and pleasure clubs have started their parades through the streets of Central City by strutting down the long entrance ramp to the beat of brass bands.

Now the building, which was originally part of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, enters it latest phase.  It is a collaborative effort between nationally renowned Chef Ian Schnoebelen, mixologist Alan Walter, the art collective known as the Life is Art Foundation and the musician Kevin O’Day.

O’Day is the Talent Programmer for the Eiffel Society and he promises eclectic, top-quality music from the city of New Orleans and around the country.   The guitarist Todd Duke is playing tonight.  Every Wednesday will be Latin night with the percussionist Michael Skinkus and featuring Fredy Omar twice a month.  O’Day, an acclaimed drummer, will lead the house band, called the Eiffel Society Jazz Band, on Thursdays.   The schedule for the coming months features such standout players as Russell Batiste, Mike Dillon, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, James Andrews and Johnny Vidacovich.  The rising Hip-Hop Star Freddie Gibbs will perform during the weekend of the Voodoo Music Experience.  The music starts tonight at 7 PM.

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