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King of Rampart 

If you open a music venue/bar on Rampart Street in the French Quarter, it's only fitting to name it in honor of a man considered king of the street, king of the cornet and king of Storyville at the turn of the century: Charles "Buddy" Bolden, better known as King Bolden.

"His presence was everywhere and everybody knew who he was," says Mario Madero, manager of King Bolden's (820 N. Rampart St., 525-2379). "Everybody said you could hear him all across the Quarter."

Madero hopes to add jazz to his lineup, but for now he keeps regulars happy with Anais Patterson performing on Fridays, DJs spinning into the mornings (The club opens at 6 p.m. and closes about 6 a.m.), and periodic live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The club is closed on Mondays.

"I would like to bring in more jazz," he says. "It is Rampart Street, after all. But there are only so many [musicians] around right now. Certain musicians who are around are already gigging somewhere else."

Madero says his bar draws mostly locals who come to kick back and listen to music. He doesn't serve food, but customers can order in from nearby eateries like MeauxBar. Those who come to King Bolden's find high-end liquors and quality beers at good prices and a variety of patrons to keep things interesting.

"I get a really eclectic crowd," he says. "I'll have a totally different crowd in the early evening than late at night for the lounge DJ." Jam With Art Peruse some art galleries, listen to music, enjoy libations and maybe even win some original art during the Jammin' On Julia event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 6 in the Julia Street-area of the Warehouse Arts District. The New Orleans Arts District Association event includes coordinated art openings at 16 galleries where visitors can turn in coupons for a drawing to win a wire sculpture by artist Steve Martin or a special fleur de lis and pearl necklace from Ariodante Gallery (you must be present to win). Bars will be set up where you can order a drink to sip while you listen to free music by Tim Laughlin and Kitt Lough. The event will be covered live by WKSY Radio (106.1) and WDVW (Diva Radio, 92.3). For more information, call 524-3936.

click to enlarge Anais Patterson performs on Fridays at King Bolden's.
  • Anais Patterson performs on Fridays at King Bolden's.


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