There’s a new addition to collectible festival posters in Louisiana: a “Roux-ster” poster for the 2011 Family Gras in Metairie Feb. 25-27. Artist and lawyer Stephen Rue created the poster and bordered it with the names of all the Carnival krewes in Jefferson Parish. Violet Peters, president and CEO of the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, which hosts Family Gras, says Rue’s artwork is the first in what will be an annual poster commemorating the festival.
The numbered posters — only 1,000 are available — cost $30 (cash only) and will be sold only on the Family Gras grounds.
Get more information about Family Gras and the musical lineup here.
Rue has been selling Roux-ster paintings (“The Roux-ster has become my Blue Dog,” Rue says, referring to George Rodrigue’s ubiquitous art subject.) in the New Orleans area and elsewhere for some time. He recently exhibited his artworks in New York City. Rue trained at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and plans to stage an inaugural New Orleans Arts Festival in 2012.
Lafayette's GIVERS, seemingly never not on someone's "bands to watch" list, made a deal this month with Glassnote Records, home to Phoenix and Mumford & Sons. The group's been working on an a debut LP while still riding on this killer lil' teaser EP and 2009's self-titled EP — both free for you to stream. (The band's next N.O. appearance is during Foburg on March 11.)
Tomorrow, members of the Elephant 6 collective — the '90s-defining pop circle spanning Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, Nana Grizol and others — take their Holiday Surprise Tour to One Eyed Jacks. A taste? Download Elf Power's "Stranger in the Window" from the band's latest self-titled LP. And grab Nana Grizol's "For Things That Haven't Come Yet" and "Galaxies" from 2010's Ruth.
Grab Musik from the Future, the latest mixtape from 7th Ward rap group NOMW (New Orleans Most Wanted).
DJ Karo put together this massive bounce mix — blast it.
Below is MC Dee-1's latest music video, "It's My Turn":
Another weekend, and this time a big one. Noah Bonaparte Pais stopped by the WWL Eyewitness Morning News to break down Gambit's entertainment picks for this busy busy 3-Day Weekend. Among them: Cliff Hines' tribute to Prince at One Eyed Jacks; NOMA's "Where Y'Art?" screening of Rashomon; Ubu Cocu at the All Ways Lounge; the Krewe of Cork parade; the art exhibit "Mine Eyes" at the Front; and a lot more. Check out Noah for places and times.
Because there is no dearth of immensely talented brass band musicians here in New Orleans, coming up on a good brass band battle is a relatively easy feat to accomplish. At clubs, in the street, at second lines parades... A good one is taking place Saturday night at HOB. The featured bands include The Hot 8, To Be Continued, New Birth, and The Free Agents There will be lots of second liners in the building, footwork extraordinaire to be sure, along with some seriously competitive bands getting at each other.
To get you in the mood, allow me to present what I consider the street battle to happen in 2010. Dumaine Street Gang’s annual December parade always produces a good battle between two of the several bands they hire and this one didn’t disappoint. The Hot 8 took on The Stooges just one month after the latter’s Red Bull Street Kings title victory. It was an exciting match and an explosive end to a fabulous four hour long parade.
“TALK THAT SH*T NOW!!!”
Doors: 08:00 PM
Show: 09:00 PM
$15.00 - Advance
$17.00 - Day of Show
By Marta Jewson
Sunday’s Barkus parade brings some New York glamour to the streets of the French Quarter. The theme, "A Broadway Tail," highlights famous musicals, and Queen Barkus will wear designer canine clothes from Bitch New York.
The procession of costumed dogs and their escorts will be accompanied by the Treme and Hot 8 brass bands, the Riverside Ramblers and the Roots of Music band.
Marching for the first time this year are members of Save-An-Angel, a non-profit dedicated to helping dogs diagnosed with cancer get life-saving treatments.
Times aren't posted yet, but here's a look at the the three-day Foburg festival's lineup. The second annual fest is March 11-13 and features headlining acts Ra Ra Riot, Das Racist and Toro Y Moi (pictured).
Tickets are $40-$50 for the weekend. Grab 'em here.
You might have signed up for daily deal services Groupon and/or LivingSocial because someone you know — one time — got a fantastic deal on something, and you were hoping to also hit the coupon jackpot. But it's been several months and the sites' daily blasts are yielding nothing but horribly written emails with talking cartoon cats, promising you deals for "Cajun fare" at restaurants you'd never eat at and chemical hair removal procedures you still can't afford with the discount.
You are on the verge of giving up, deciding that Amazon.com deal was a fluke, when an email arrives that changes everything: that great deal that happened to your friend, that one time, is happening to you. That's what happened today, for me at least, over at LivingSocial, which offered a 50 percent off coupon for buzzed-about rustic European restaurant Feast (reviewed here by Ian McNulty).
Bigger is usually better, but not with 'titREX, the city's Mardi Gras micro-krewe. The floats are big enough to carry an action figure or Barbie doll. Parade watchers are more likely to catch a bracelet than a bead necklace. This year's theme is "Too Little, Too Late" and the Angry Mermaid float references both the BP oil spill and Hans Christian Andersen's mermaid tale. The krewe was created by Bywater artists and the details on the float require a front row viewing position. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Bacchanal (600 Poland Ave.) and snakes its way around the neighborhood to Vaughan's Lounge.
When pictures surfaced Tuesday of Wikipedia entries accompanying sculpture at the Louisiana State Capitol building, the Internet burst with laughter at Louisiana's expense. Worse yet, the entries were printed in 2009 — they'd been up for two years, not only without anyone taking notice, but nobody seemed to think it a problem. When Gambit checked to see who was responsible for the display placards, Capitol employees shrugged. Those who weren't aware the Wiki printouts were there were wholly embarrassed.
And so is the state House of Representatives, by the looks of it. This morning, it announced the printouts have been pulled. (Read the statement below.)
Nearly one year ago George Rodrigue moved his New Orleans gallery from its rented location of twenty years at the corner of Royal Street and Orleans Street to a permanent location at the corner of Royal Street and Pere Antoine Alley, adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral.
Although by outward appearances this is a simple move across the street, the change holds resounding significance for an artist who longed for a gallery of his own and who remains deeply connected to an historical city. The week we signed the purchase papers, the Monseigneur himself called to ‘welcome us to the neighborhood,’ despite a relocation of no more than twenty feet.
The new Rodrigue Gallery takes up an enormous space on the bottom floor of a four-story historic French Quarter building. The upper floors overlook both Royal Street and Pere Antoine Alley, named for a popular pastor, from 1774 to his death in 1829. Together with his friend, Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau, they focused their efforts on assisting New Orleans’ large slave population, especially women and children.
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