A few hours before DJ Soul Sister kicked off her popular weekly "Hustle" dance party upstairs, Mimi's in the Marigny announced on Saturday that the bar's music schedule is suspended indefinitely.
We regret to inform you that Mimi's has to suspend music for the time being. We will keep you informed as we ourselves become informed of the situation. Please remember that we are still your favorite neighborhood bar and continue to support us and our amazing employees. Kitchen will still be cooking and drinks will continue to flow. Thank you for your continued support.
A lawsuit filed by Marigny residents in Orleans Parish civil district court on Friday challenges that the bar hosts music "illegally" and noise is "plainly audible" in neighborhood homes and businesses, causing "physical discomfort and annoyance." Judge Michael Bagneris told attorneys representing Mimi’s that the bar must cease its music unless it can present city permits that say it can do otherwise. The lawsuit alleges that the bar has hosted music without proper permits and is not zoned for entertainment.
For its 2013 street festival Block Party, local independent record label Community Records assembled more than 20 bands to perform on its two stages in- and outside 3 Ring Circus' The Big Top Gallery on Clio Street. The all-ages fest, founded in 2008, features artists from the Community Records roster of punk rock and ska bands, as well as touring acts, including Asian Man Records founder Mike Park and MU330's Dan Potthast.
Local artists on the bill include maximum pop duo Caddywhompus, Community Records supergroup All People, Big Easy-nominated electronic outfit Whom Do You Work For?, and pop punks Donovan Wolfington, who use the fest to launch their album release — you can stream or download Stop Breathing here.
The 2013 Block Party begins noon Saturday, April 13 and wraps up around midnight. Tickets are $15 at the door, $13 in advance or with donation of food or clothing for the New Orleans Mission. There also is a free pre-show at 7 p.m. tonight at Banks Street Bar featuring Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus, Informant, Sons of Odin, I'm Fine and New Lands.
See the full Block Party schedule and lineup below the jump.
Following his acclaimed 2010 album These Old Boots, veteran singer-songwriter and musical everyman Dave Jordan returns with Bring Back Red Raspberry on Threadhead records.
The bassist and bandleader of the funk band Juice began his solo stint a few years ago, landing a critical success with the Anders Osborne-produced These Old Boots. For his latest LP, Jordan revealed loose acoustic arrangements and John Prine slices of Americana — stripped-down roots rock, as comfortable in the corners of rowdy pubs or smoky blues holes. Country-folk confessions ("She Was Born in April") and New Orleans rolling piano blues ("Biggest Little Shrimp in Town," covered by Art Neville) comfortably straddle roadhouse zydeco and late-night rock 'n' roll — channeling his regular gigs at Banks Street Bar with The Neighborhood Improvement Association. Jordan also pulls from Neil Young- and Tom Petty-sized ballads ("Telluride" and "Walkin' Wounded") and for good measure there's even an ode/eulogy/love song to Hubig's Pie.
Jordan assembled a backline of musicians from local powerhouses like Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, 101 Runners and the Louisiana Philharmonic, among others. It also feature the final studio performance of Jordan's late bandmate Jamie Galloway of Juice.
The album also was backed by a successful Kickstarter (on which he pledged to make "a killer record"). The campaign raised more than $12,000, topping his $11,000 goal.
Jordan performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak St.) with New Orleans bluegrass kings Ramblin' Letters.
Well. doesn't Noah Bonaparte Pais look snappy in this morning's appearance on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News. Among the weekend's entertainment highlights: Aarabmusik at the Parish at House of Blues, Bleached at Circle Bar, French Quarter Festival, Terrence Malick's To the Wonder at FilmORama, Madame Butterfly at the New Orleans Opera, the French Quarter Festival, the Strawberry Festival and much more.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band has a long history performing at the Kennedy Center, so in some ways it makes sense that “Bingo! Show” would find a stage there, even if the performances sound like something that might fit a more experimental theater’s bill.
“It has elements of cabaret, it has elements of burlesque, but also elements of Tom Waits and Fellini and Charlie Chaplin,” [Ben] Jaffe says. “And it has elements of playing bingo with your grandparents.”
[Clint] Maedgen adds: “The fact that we have Big Freedia and Preservation Hall on the same bill kind of says it all.”
Alex Woodward previewed the show last month, and there's more here — from a hometown perspective.
Lucky D.C. — there's even an after-party with Big Sam's Funky Nation. Great warning on the Kennedy Center website, too:
The show may contain strong language, partial nudity, and moderate sexual references. But nothing you haven't seen or heard if you've visited New Orleans. *wink*
1. The Postal Service (the U.S. Postal Service, not the band) has now backed off on its proposal/threat to cut Saturday mail delivery.
2. The Postal Service (the band, not the U.S. Postal Service) yesterday released the 10th anniversary remaster/remix/reissue/whatever of its album Give Up. Which makes me happy. Because I am old.
3. The Postal Service (the tour, not the band, not the U.S. Postal Service) doesn't look like it's coming to Jazz Fest. There was a big hole in the schedule between April 20 and May 18, right during Jazz Fest, and since the tour is stopping at a bunch of festivals, I held out hope that Quint Davis would be springing this as a surprise. But no.
4. Big Freedia (not the tour, not the band, not the U.S. Postal Service) will be opening for The Postal Service for three shows in July — in Vancouver, B.C., Portland, Ore. and Berkeley, Calif. So why not bring the tour here?
Here is one of the bonus tracks from the reissue of Give Up, "A Tattered Line of String."
From the "casual encounters" listings on New Orleans' Craigslist: an "avid" fan of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones and its HBO series has gained some fairly large viral love in her search for a personal song of fire and ice.
In my fantasy, I am Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, and Rightful Heir to the Iron Throne and the Seven Kingdoms. After crossing the Narrow Sea and defeating the forces of Westeros, it is within my power and right to slay all of those who betrayed my family and denied me my rightful place for so many years. The most vile enemies of house Targaryen, House Stark and House Baratheon must pay the highest price. All of those who fought against the Mother of Dragons are slain - all except one. When I come to Robb Stark, out eyes lock and something moves inside of me. I realize I need to have him, want him, and I can tell he is thinking the same. I order my guards to throw him in the dungeon and later that night, I have him brought to me, in the throne room. There, on the Iron Throne I've so recently won, I make wild and passionate love with him, repeatedly.
Our Mother of Dragons requests responses from only those who possess the qualities of Robb Stark, also known as actor Richard Madden, with one caveat: "I would appreciate pictures, but please, no names. In order to stay as true to the fantasy as possible, I ONLY want you to refer to yourself as Robb Stark. You will need to provide your own clothing. Please keep in mind that you will have recently participated in a battle and been thrown in a dungeon, so you will not be wearing your nicest furs."
John Michael Rouchell, the namesake powerhouse behind the soul-pop outfit MyNameIsJohnMichael, debuted the Prince-like single "Holler," a bright R&B throwback with a hook-heavy, minimal arrangement. The track glimpses the first of three EPs to be released throughout 2013 — "Holler" appears on the first, out later this month.
Last year, MyNameIsJohnMichael released the EP Orphans & Elders, a three-track turn of Rouchell's take on updated New Orleans R&B .
You can download "Holler" on his website and stream it below.
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For this week's cover story, I accompanied New Orleans' Bustout Burlesque to Las Vegas, where the troupe had three performances at the 16th annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender. The article (with photos by Andreas Koch) only tells part of the story, though — the videos have to be seen in order to appreciate the talent and the artistry involved.
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