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Jeudi

January 29th

St. Cecilia’s Asylym Chorus

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

Choral group welded through New Orleans eclectic music scene; $5

       

Jonathan Freilich

Ogden After Hours, 6p.m.

Hear the guitarist/composer play and speak at Thursday’s premier after hours event

 

Chrisette Michelle

Saenger, 7:30p.m.

Grammy nominated singer for her album “Better” in 2013

 

Johnny Vidacovich

Maple Leaf, 12a.m.

Drumming sensation takes the stage with Mike Dillon and Brian Haas

 

 

Moth GrandSLAM Championship: 1

The Joy Theater, 7:30p.m.

Ten StorySLAM champs retell their tales to the theme “Fish Out of Water”

 

Vendredi

January 30th

Lynn Drury

Old US Mint, 2p.m.

New Orleans songwriter performs a solo show

 

Helen Gillet

Old US Mint, 8p.m.

Cellist uses electronic loops to create compelling compositions

 

Pelicans vs LA Clippers

Smoothie King Center, 7p.m.

L.A. vs. LA

 

Donnie Darko

Prytania Theatre, 12:15 a.m. (also playing 31st)

Cult classic takes to the big screen…again

 

Soul Creole

d.b.a., 10p.m.

A band made up of LA and TX natives mix up a pot of gumbo goodness with hints of zydeco, blues, soul and hip hop

 

Gravity A: Re-Orientation

Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

New Orleans funk quartet gets reoriented with Sonic Bloom ft. Eric Bloom of Lettuce

 

In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Review

Saegner, 2p.m. and 7p.m.

13-piece band jazzes it up with six singer-dancers complete with WWII era costumes

 

Slippery When Wet

House of Blues, 8p.m.

A tribute to Bon Jovi

Samedi

January 31st

Krewe du Vieux

French Quarter, 6:30p.m.

The raunchy and sarcastic Quarter parade is back and rolling down a new route

 

Krewe Delusion

French Quarter, 7:15

Burlesque diva Trixie Minx presides over Delusion rolling after Krewe de Vieux

 

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

d.b.a., 11p.m.

Get funky after Krewe de Vieux


Blue Oak Bringing BBQ to Chickie Wah Wah


by Sam Nelson

A pair of local smoker savants are looking to fill up the 'cue on Canal. Starting October 1, Blue Oak BBQ will move in permanently to the kitchen at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St.), replacing The Sammich. To kick off the transition, Blue Oak is going whole hog with a pig roast for the Saints game on Sunday, September 15.

 

The barbecue joint opened in July 2012 in the kitchen at Grit’s bar in Uptown, where they’ve served food six nights a week.

 

“We’re very excited about these guys coming,” Chickie Wah Wah’s co-owner, Dale Triguero said.  “They serve great food. They are young, ambitious, and serious about what they do."

 

The pig roast on Sunday is a chance for Blue Oak proprietors Ronnie Evans and Philip Moseley to introduce their food to Mid-City.

 

“We want the neighborhood to get to know what we do before we move in,” Evans said. “For us, it’s just a new neighborhood we love about this city.  And it’s a great venue for music that we think will be good for barbecue.”

 

Evans and Moseley will begin roasting a 45 lb. piglet at 3 a.m. and smoke it for almost 12 hours before serving it during the Saints game, which kicks off at 3:05 p.m.

 

“We’ll have a big old smoker parked right in front of the bar,” Evans said.  “It’s a process, but when it’s all said and done, it’s worth it.”

 

Blue Oak will also be selling brisket, pulled pork, fried green tomatoes, St. Louis-style ribs, their version of deviled eggs, mac and cheese, brussel sprouts, and their signature dish “smoked chicken wings.”  All food is smoked over local oak wood they source from a farm on the West Bank, Evans said.

 

“We’re still working on our menu for the kitchen, though,” Evans said.

 

Beginning October 1, Blue Oak BBQ will open its kitchen weekdays daily at 4 pm for happy hour (featuring $2 domestics at the bar) and stay open until midnight, Triguero said. They will serve food on weekends for LSU and Saints games.  

 

Triguero noted that everyone knows Chickie Wah Wah for its music.  

 

“But we only have music three out of 24 hours in a day," he said. "I really prefer people to think of us a eatery who just happens to have music. That would be ideal.” 

 

Blue Oak BBQ will begin serving food at 2:30 pm before the Saints-Bucaneers game.  Immediately after the game, Andreux and the See of Sounds will play a live music set.  

 

“We think it’s going to be the start of a good relationship,” Triguero said.  




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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

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Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

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Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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B. E. Mintz

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