Second Lines & Brass Bands

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Upstairs Inferno screens at Broad Theater June 23

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM


In this week's cover story, Gambit editor Kevin Allman took a look at a new book about the Up Stairs Lounge fire, which claimed the lives of 32 of people at a French Quarter gay bar in 1973. A screening of an award-winning documentary about the fire with an accompanying panel discussion takes place at the Broad Theater June 23.

The 2015 documentary Upstairs Inferno includes interviews with survivors, witnesses and family and friends as well as news footage and images. Director Robert L. Camina appears at the panel immediately following the film, joined by Marilyn LeBlanc-Downey and Skip Bailey, the sister and nephew of one of the fire's victims.

There are several other events around town this month commemorating the 45th anniversary of the fire, including a memorial service and second line hosted by LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana at St. Mark's United Methodist Church (1130 N. Rampart St.). That service begins 5 p.m. June 24.

The screening begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Tickets are available online

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tee Eva Perry will be remembered at a second line memorial June 11

Posted By on Sun, Jun 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM

  • Tee-Eva Perry.

Tee-Eva Perry, who died last week at 83, will be memorialized June 11 with a second line parade starting at the Magazine Street restaurant she founded, Tee-Eva's Old-Fashioned Pies and Pralines.

A native of Colonie, Louisiana, Perry worked as a caterer in California before returning to Louisiana and selling sweets based on her family recipes. She also helped revive the long-dormant Mardi Gras Baby Doll tradition with her friend Antoinette K-Doe, dressing up on Fat Tuesday with a satin bonnet, bloomers and a doll's dress. She and Antoinette K-Doe (who died on Mardi Gras 2009) also served as sometime-backup singers for Antoinette's husband, R&B legend Ernie K-Doe.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a statement on Perry's death:
"New Orleans has lost an icon, an inspiration, and a true original with the passing of Tee Eva. Her pralines and sweets were a local treasure, and the Baby Dolls represent the true culture of New Orleans. She was a culinary and cultural legend. A daughter of the city of New Orleans. May she Rest in Peace."
Baby Dolls, musicians, Mardi Gras Indians, family and friends and others who wish to remember Tee-Eva Perry will gather at 5 p.m. to celebrate her colorful life with a parade.
Location Details Tee-Eva’s Pies & Pralines
5201 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA
(504) 899-8350
Coffee & Dessert

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday postponed to March 25

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 9:20 AM

Mardi Gras Indians at Super Sunday in 2016.
  • Mardi Gras Indians at Super Sunday in 2016.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians will wait another week to parade in Super Sunday, which is moved to March 25.

Rain and scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast for Sunday, March 19, forcing the annual event and festival at A.L. Davis Park to postpone until next weekend.

The festival will open 11 a.m. and the parade begins around 1 p.m. There are food trucks and vendors around the block, and following the parade there are performances from Hot 8, Young Pinstripe and To Be Continued brass bands, Big Al Carson, DJ Captain Charles, DJ Jubilee, and the Young Men Olympian and Lady Buckjumpers social aid and pleasure clubs, among others.

The parade begins at Washington and continuing to Simon Bolivar Avenue, then left to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, left on Claiborne Avenue, then left on Washington for performances inside the park. There typically are dozens of food and drink vendors surrounding the park and route.

The weather could clear for Monday, March 19 for the Indians' annual appearances on St. Joseph's Night.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday 2018 is March 18

Posted By on Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 3:11 PM

Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday 2016.
  • Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday 2016.

The New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council has announced official route info and the music lineup for Super Sunday events.

Super Sunday 2018 falls on March 18, the night before St. Joseph's Day. Mardi Gras Indians from throughout the New Orleans area parade through Uptown, typically beginning around A.L. Davis park. The procession begins around 1 p.m., with a festival in the park beginning at 11 a.m., with food trucks and vendors on surrounding streets. Indians also take to the streets on St. Joseph's night

There are two stages with music and appearances from the Hot 8, Stooges and the Troop brass bands, with DJ Captain Charles, DJ Jubilee and DJ Maniac, Gina Brown, Rechell Cook, Lucky Lou and Da Crew, Ree Generation Band, the Young Men Olympians, Lady Buckjumpers, and B.R.W Singing Group.

Council Chief Howard Miller announced the route: from A.L. Davis park at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street, it moves to Simon Bolivar Avenue, left on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, left on Claiborne Avenue, and left on Washington to return to the park.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Second line for Mr. Okra set for Feb. 25

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 4:45 PM

Mr. Okra at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. - PHOTO BY FRANK ETHERIDGE
  • Mr. Okra at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

A second line honoring Arthur "Mr. Okra" Robinson will immediately follow his walk-through visitation services on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Robinson — the iconic singing produce vendor whose brightly colored truck toured New Orleans neighborhoods for years — died Feb. 15 at age 75.

Visitation is at Marigny Opera House from 1 p.m.-2:40 p.m., after which the doors will close and Robinson's family, a brass band and police escort will lead a second line through the Marigny. It moves down Dauphine Street toward Lesseps Street in Bywater, turns left on Lesseps, and concludes at BJ's Lounge (4301 Burgundy St.).

Joining the second line are Kinfolk Brass Band and Darryl “Dancingman504” Young.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Funeral services, second line announced for Mr. Okra

Posted By on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 6:05 PM

Mr. Okra at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. - PHOTO BY FRANK ETHERIDGE
  • Mr. Okra at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Update: The second line has been scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, immediately following the visitation.

Arthur "Mr. Okra" Robinson's funeral will be held Sunday, Feb. 25. The iconic New Orleans fruit and vegetable vendor died Feb. 15 at age 75.
A walk-through visitation is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Marigny Opera House (725 St Ferdinand St.), to be followed by a reception at BJ's Lounge (4301 Burgundy St.). There also is a fundraiser to cover funeral costs.

A memorial second line is tentatively set for Monday, Feb. 26. A route and time have yet to be announced.

His daughter Sergio Robinson plans to be back on the road soon, carrying on the singing vendor tradition from the front seat of Mr. Okra's unmistakable painted truck.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

"All Fats Day": New Orleans says goodbye to Fats Domino with immense second line

Posted By on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 11:00 PM


A sign bobbing above the sea of captain's hats and blue and white outfits declared Nov. 1 "All Fats Day" for "St. Antoine of the Lower Nine."

From Vaughan's Lounge in Bywater to the gates of his black-and-yellow landmark on Caffin Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward, an enormous crowd joined a second line parade honoring rock 'n' roll legend and New Orleans icon Antoine "Fats" Domino, who died Oct. 24 at age 89.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Second line for Fats Domino set for Nov. 1

Posted By on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Friends and fans left bouquets, notes, records, signs and candles outside Fats Domino's old house on Caffin Avenue Oct. 25. The artist died Oct. 24. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
  • Friends and fans left bouquets, notes, records, signs and candles outside Fats Domino's old house on Caffin Avenue Oct. 25. The artist died Oct. 24.

A second line honoring Fats Domino will begin in Bywater and head to his famously black-and-yellow house on Caffin Avenue. James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars will lead musicians in the procession.

The second line meets at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Vaughan's Lounge (4229 Dauphine St.) and parades down St. Claude Avenue to Domino's former home at 1208 Caffin Ave., then it returns to Vaughan's for a memorial party and tribute performance.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Black Men of Labor second line Oct. 22 to celebrate the life of Deborah Cotton

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 5:26 PM

Deborah "Big Red" Cotton with the Black Men of Labor.
  • Deborah "Big Red" Cotton with the Black Men of Labor.

The annual Black Men of Labor second line this Sunday will salute and celebrate the life of Deborah "Big Red" Cotton, the community activist and Gambit second line correspondent who died in May as a result of injuries she suffered in the 2013 Mother's Day second line shooting.

The parade will line up at Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club at 2 p.m. and step off promptly at 3 p.m., making stops in Treme and the 7th Ward.

As Deb would say: show up and holla for ya girl.
Location Details Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club
1931 St. Claude Ave.
Faubourg Marigny
New Orleans, LA
(504) 945-9654
Louisiana Contemporary and Bar

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mayoral candidates tackle issues facing musicians, social aid and pleasure clubs

Posted By on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Baby Dolls parading in 2017. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
  • Baby Dolls parading in 2017.

While the New Orleans Saints kicked off their 2017 season, a crowd filled the Carver Theater Sept. 11 to hear how eight mayoral candidates plan to protect musicians and artists as the city and its cultural communities brace for another bout.

Moderator Lolis Eric Elie said music and cultural policy is "one of the most important and least discussed aspects" of the campaign. Candidates largely agreed that a lack of affordable housing as well as inequitable event fees and unsustainable payouts for gigs have threatened artists' and their families' abilities to live in New Orleans.

All candidates agreed to change the fee structures for parades and events for social aid and pleasure clubs and masking groups and echoed a “music is not a crime” mantra, though each had different ideas for ensuring protections for musicians and workers in a cultural economy and how they’d be represented at City Hall under their respective administrations.

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