In December, as part of a cover story on his record label returning to New Orleans after three years in Philadelphia, Chris Watson told The Gambit, The next step, to me, along with signing more national or international acts, you got to have some New Orleans bands on Park the Van. This week Watson and Co. nabbed their first: Generationals, a new group centered around singers and songwriters Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner, former guitarists in the Baton Rouge band the Eames Era.
Cancel the drama; New Orleans City Park and the Voodoo Music Experience have seen a counselor, talked frankly and openly about their differences, let go and let God, smooched, hugged, dapped, made up, and this year's Voodoo Fest will indeed be held in City Park Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
A Dallas TV station is reporting that Mayor Ray Nagin is on the verge of losing his 1,700-square-foot vacation home in suburban Frisco for failure to pay his homeowner association dues. Apparently Nagins neighbors dont know how important he is or that other people are expected to pay his way. Maybe Texas really is a whole nother country.
KTVT-TV in Dallas reports on its Web site that Nagin has owned the Texas residence for about two years, but that his neighborhood association filed a lien on the townhome in January. Additional paperwork was filed March 17, and now the property owners plan to sell Casa C. Ray on April 7 to pay Hizzoners debts to the association.
Maybe the auto-pay instructions to his bank accidentally got erased when the citys mayorofno server ran out of space.
Things really are tough all over.
White linens not just for the bourgeois Julia Street crowd anymore: Its also the bourge-y attire of choice for Lower Garden District scenesters. Tonight, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at his Coliseum Square home (1013 Race St.), local cinematographer Daryn DeLuco -- who photographed the excellent post-K film Low and Behold -- hosts a release party for Stop Smiling magazines 20 Interviews issue, which features chats with David Lynch, R. Crumb and others. The soignee shindig boasts oddly alluring freebies such as Jim Beam cocktails mixed by national intoxicologist Kirk F. Estopinal (three more days of Whiskey Awareness Month, after all), a cotton candy machine (!), truffles from D.I.R.T. (an organic chocolatier), spinning by DJs Joey Button and Drew Stubbs, and the first official nonofficial gig by New Orleans' newest pop group Generationals -- half of the beloved, bygone Eames Era -- as a member of Park the Vans ever-expanding roster. Check out songs from the bands forthcoming debut Con Law (two-word review: its fantastic), chat up some New York City smarty-pants, wash down some fresh-spun carnival candy with a sweet old-fashioned and wonder whether the Crescent City arts district just got gerrymandered.
All Photographs by Jonathan Bachman
Forgive me for being a little late on the uptick on this, but it appears as if the Honeybees are doing pretty well in the 2009 NBA.com Dance Team Bracket. After taking down the Los Angeles Laker girls in Round 1 (pretty huge, they're dance team royalty...or something) they're walloping the Golden State Warriors dance team 82% to 18% in fan voting.
But seeing as how nothing is certain when it comes to brackets in the month of March, I feel it's my duty to present all the best photos we have to offer this year's Honeybees to get people out and voting until they bring home the title. Hit the jump to waste a lot of time.
(Every Friday afternoon, Gambit will be posting a story from the upcoming weeks newspaper as a Web extra early edition for our Internet readers. This week its a profile of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which will be honored Monday night at the Big Easy Music Awards, where they'll receive the Music Heritage Award.)
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will receive the Big Easy Foundation's Music Heritage Award
By Will Coviello
Even if the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is not doing anything special to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its first release, My Feet Can't Fail Me Now, the album still marks some of the elements that have propelled the band through more than three decades together: dedication to practice and trying new things.
??"In the beginning, we came together to learn music," Gregory Davis says. "There weren't any gigs. They were rehearsals."
??The group included Roger Lewis and Charles Joseph, who were students at Southern University. Joseph brought his younger brother Kirk to play sousaphone. Davis was a student at St. Augustine High School. Drummer Benny Jones was in a band and had some connections to get gigs with social aid and pleasure clubs. The members agreed to work on any type of music.
??"Whatever you were exposed to, you could bring," Lewis says. "If you were interested in be-bop, avant garde, blues, rock you could do it with the Dirty Dozen."
??By the time the group released Feet in 1984, some of those modern jazz strains were part of its repertoire.
??"On Feet [the song], you're listening to Charlie Parker from a piece called 'Dexterity' and by the end of it, we're playing Horace Silver and 'Tripping,'" Lewis says.
??Through experimentation, heavy touring and collaborations with artists in other genres, the Dirty Dozen opened the door for a new approach and a new generation of New Orleans brass bands. The Dozen literally showed the world what could be done with a brass band setup....
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Why Twitter Sucks, Alexander Zaitchiks spot-on cover story for last weeks Sacramento News & Review. Twitter brings us within sight of an apotheosis of those aspects of American culture that have become all too familiar in recent years: look-at-me adolescent neediness, constant-contact media addiction, birdlike attention-span compression and vapidity to the point of depravity, Zaitchick reasons, in a 277-character thesis statement that surely would feel like a damn dissertation to those who tweet daily or, God help them, hourly. Besides being required reading for anyone with an acute distaste for social networking sites and an unhealthy bent for conspiracy theories spoiler alert: it equates the language-slaying, narcissist-enabling service to a global pandemic the article is also OMG, LOL funny. Among the better passages:
How can you not hate a site that encourages people to post, At the parkI love squirrels! and F@*k! I forgot to TiVo Lost last night. How can you not want to slap these people with a mackerel?
Just last week, (tech blogger Clive) Thompson contributed to Twitters national epic psychosocial genome project by tweeting: Im extremely sad that I cant find Liz Phairs Rocket Boy to blip on blip.fm. Frowny faces all around, Clive.
What else could one expect from a bunch of pirates if not a little feuding? New Orleans' pirating scene has been growing in recent years, which should come as no surprise when one considers the choice of drinking rum and hanging around with a bunch of wenches versus blacksmithing and addressing everyone as lord and lady. Pirating has caught on nationally as a sort of sea-worthy renaissance fair alternative. There are frequent events in California, Florida and even landlocked states, says Capt. John Swallow (pictured), a leader of New Orleans' www.pyrateweek.com. His group has been marauding the city and in cyberspace, where there is a considerable pirate contingent (here, a message board, here). Pyrate Week in New Orleans starts today and there are events for the next nine days. This includes many charitable projects and volunteering opportunities. The eco-friendly swashbucklers are even helping out the Green Project. But be advised there is another group of pirates swooping in on the Big Easy next weekend (www.pyratecon.com, April 3-5). The buccaneers and wenches of www.pyratecon.com are coming in for their own events (including a wench auction). Though there are common roots, the groups are not currently linked, and the scheduling is sort of an unfortunate happenstance. We'll see if New Orleans is big enough for two fleets. And if it makes the pages of Pirate Magazine.
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