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Irma Thomas’ Mother’s Day at the Zoo

For 31 years, Mother’s Day has meant Irma Thomas and The Professionals at Audubon Zoo. I’m not a mother so I wasn’t privy to this time-honored ritual until this year, when we accompanied 2 mother’s to Audubon Park for brunch at the Clubhouse Café followed by an afternoon at the zoo. The oak-shaded Clubhouse patio was filled with families, many with small children dressed to make their mothers proud. Indoors, there was an ample spread of all-you-can-eat breakfast delights from the design-your-own-omelet bar to bagels and lox as well as local favorites like a creamy mirliton soup and grits & grillades. The dessert table was crowded with festive cakes, mousses and pies.  Continue reading

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Irma Thomas at the Square (and 2 great men die)

It was another beautiful day for the outdoor free concert, Harvest the Music, at Lafayette Square. Soul Project, a jazz funk band who’s been playing Frenchmen St. venues since 2002, was already playing when I arrived. I would have loved to get some photos of the band and dance to their compelling beats, but Miss Linda’s Soul Food Mac and Cheese ($3) was calling me. As always, the Harvest the Music concert series benefits Second Harvest with monies spent on food and beverage going to feed the 1 in 8 people who go to bed hungry each night. Continue reading

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Irma Thomas – Oyster Fest Day 2

“Soul Queen of New Orleans,” Irma Thomas, took the stage to end the 2nd annual Oyster Fest. Though it was cooler than Day 1, I sincerely hope that the organizers find their way to Armstrong Park or some other grassy field before next year. Even with cloudy skies and the sun setting, heat radiated from the blacktop. But, the large crowd (and DancingMan504) could have cared less – Irma was going to sing us off the surface of the sun and into the heavens and we couldn’t wait. Continue reading

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