Tag Archives: Tremé Brass Band

Oyster Fest 2011 – Day 1

The second annual Oyster Fest had plenty of improvements over last year’s premiere but the same nagging problem at its core – who holds a raw seafood fest on blacktop in 95 degree weather? Organizers provided the misting tent so popular last year and added several tented areas for eating at tables in the shade. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Concerts, festival, free events and lagniappe, Local Cuisine

Jazz Fest Starts – Trombone Shorty!

Jazz Fest has started and music is everywhere! I’d planned a quiet day at home but out of town friends changed all that and off I went to a yummy meal at Emeril’s, served impeccably, followed by a night of brass at the House of Blues. When we walked in, the Stooges Brass Band had the stage. Their fierce energy ran non-stop through a forever of songs. When I say non-stop, I mean they never stopped, one song ran seamlessly into the next. It was amazing. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Concerts, festival, Local Cuisine

Largest Po-Boy, Spring Fiesta and Raintree Gala

I’ve said it before, if you leave your house, this city rises to meet you. New Orleans is full of life and leaves nothing uncelebrated. Saturday in the French Quarter might include a food festival, a parade and a gala as it did for me last week. We stumbled first onto the longest oyster po-boy in the world. A thousand fried oysters from Acme Oyster House filled a 3 block long baguette on Bourbon Street. Different local restaurants dressed sections about 6 feet long. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under decorations and costumes, festival, free events and lagniappe, Local Cuisine, parade, walking

Mystic Krewe of Barkus – the dog parade!

During a season of near daily parades rolling day and night, it’s hard to stand out, but the Mystic Krewe of Barkus has one thing other parades don’t – dogs!!! The parade was M.C.’ed by local meteorologist, Margaret Orr, from the balcony of the Good Friends Bar. Turns out the Krewe was founded in that bar in 1992 at a meeting of the Margaret Orr fan club Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under decorations and costumes, free events and lagniappe, Local Cuisine, Mardi Gras 2011, parade

Krewe du Vieux and Krewedelusion (R-rated)

Though much of the humor is the local insider sort, Krewe du Vieux and Krewedelusion are far and away the bawdiest sanctioned parades to roll through the French Quarter. Mardi Gras hasn’t officially started but the brass bands and costumes and throws have already begun. Saturday morning, I heard a band coming down the street and ran out to find DancingMan504 leading the second line honoring the recently departed Poppa Neutrino. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Concerts, decorations and costumes, entertainment industry, free events and lagniappe, Mardi Gras 2011, parade

Treme Brass Band in the Treme

Friday night, NOLA Defender, the paper I write for, hosted a Trick or Treme party behind the Hotel Storyville on Esplanade.

http://www.hotelstoryville.net/index.html

The backyard/event area was a wonderland of lit seating areas, food and beverage kiosks, a stage and a wonderful wooden decking area emblazoned with the event banner. There was jambalaya like your mama makes and sauced chicken wings among many savory items, and a chocolate cake decorated with a cemetery complete with an open grave. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Concerts, Culture, decorations and costumes, free events and lagniappe, Local Cuisine, moving, walking

Anders Osborne commemorates Katrina

5 years ago today, Katrina made landfall. Around here, they refer to it as, “the storm,” as if there had never been another. Commemorations began all over the city yesterday, despite the most rain we’ve had in months. I chose to attend a free concert by Anders Osborne at my favorite venue, Lafayette Square. Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under Concerts, Culture, decorations and costumes, festival, free events and lagniappe, oil spill catastrophe