Michael Dominici 
Member since Dec 11, 2014


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Re: “Saturn Bar

It would be tragic to imagine a New Orleans without The Saturn Bar. After all, it's the home of Michael Frolich's amazing fantasy paintings evoking everything from the discovery of America to hellish scenes worthy of Dante or Bosch peppered with absurd local references (Hap Glaudi!) -over the years, the garish colors have been tempered with decades of smoke and that, coupled with a half-century's worth of memorabilia, knick-knack's and dignified 'junk' gives the Saturn Bar the impression that it was curated and then abandoned by Tom Waits. This isn't like rumbling through your grandmother's long abandoned attic. This is more like confronting her dreams and nightmares on St. Claude & never. This place has history. But, not like a quaint place like The Columns, or The Napoleon House, or even Lafitte's Blacksmith House...it's more akin to a place like Bud Rip's...an open secret, a 'dive bar' where you might find yourself having a drink next to Lucinda Williams or some local yokel that has decided that he'd rather watch reruns of The Rockford Files here then back at his shotgun shack just down the street. I still have fond memories of proprietor O'Neil Broyard's unique brand of hospitality: if he liked you, he might offer you some snacks from various containers behind his bar, or bumper sticker, or rarer still, a warm smile. His family has kept the place intact, and it is still the home of The Mod Dance Party and neighborhood musicians such as Luke Spurr Allen, Valparaiso Men's Chorus, and Alex McMurray hold court with spirited performances on an irregular basis. And, no, they don't got no craft cocktails.

Posted by Michael Dominici on 12/11/2014 at 12:55 PM

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