Monday, September 22, 2014

Can You Say "Burlesque" as in New Orleans Tease?

Tease, tease, and more tease - I haven't been able to stand up properly for two days!  And to think that my wife took me for my birthday - what a keeper.  The 4-day festival exceeded my expectations this year.  And the "Queen of Burlesque" competition Saturday night unveiled such highly selfless acts that it was nearly impossible for this reviewer to eliminate any of the beauties.  So I won't.  But I will fantasize - I mean, remember fondly - their devotion to the art of Burlesque. 
And I will add that last year's queen in her stunning introductory act convinced me that I am still alive.  Thank you MEDIANOCHE of Spain and all of the international participants - including New Orleans' own finalists - ELLE DORADO, ATHENA, & especially 1st RunnerUp CHARLOTTE TREUSE - for causing the tremors felt among the audience at New Orleans' Harrah's Casino.  I am gushing with enthusiasm about the 2015 event - if I can stand up by then.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


With the 2 weekend-long huge New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival following so closely on the heels of the now larger French Quarter Festival, no wonder some call this the Festival Season.  Marketing for sure, but New Orleans prides itself on being a year-round festival city - even during our wet and sweltering summers.  Hundreds of festivals abound locally and nearby touting the virtues of crawfish and crabs, mirlitons and tomatoes, zydeco and blues, voodoo and whodo, film and literature.  And from 12th Night in early January through December.  Let's eradicate "festival season" and simply say, FESTIVAL CITY.   

Sunday, November 11, 2012


When I look at some of the silly inductees voted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame I wonder if Tiny Tim will ever make it.  So now the original Meters are finally nominated for induction.  Not only were they THE major funk influence in America, they boasted some of the most talented musicians the funk world has heard.  You can easily say George Porter, Jr. may indeed be the all-time greatest funk bassist.  And I say it in the same breath as Stanley Clark, Jaco Patorious, Bootsy Collins, and my cousin, Larry Graham.
Strut You Cissy, Strut!

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Another typical New Orleans October weekend (except that our Saints have a bye):  free festivals, concerts, and beautiful, warm days.

Back and forth again today between the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival in Lafayette Square downtown and the Louisiana Seafood Festival in Woldenberg Park on the river.  It's only a 15-minute stroll between both lovely areas.

Last night the Blues Fest ended with bluesman Chris Thomas King belting away old favorites.  His bassist was phenomenal as well.  (Did you know King played Mississippi minstrel Tommy in the film, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" with George Clooney and New Orleans ambassador John Goodman?)  

Drago's BBQ oysters were the best of the Seafood Fest yesterday but today I have a lot more dishes to try.  Enjoyed John Besh at the cooking demo tent.  And was that solo Sean Payton I bumped into?

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