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DIMANCHE

August 31st

Southern Decadence Parade
Royal Street, 2p.m.
Official song: Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch”

 

Musical Mediation: Travis Bird
Marigny Opera House, 5p.m.
Local singer-songwriter offers a partially improvised set (by donation)

 

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 6p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie

 

Bounce TV Summer Music Festival
Lakefront Arena, 7p.m.
Starring Maze ft. Frankie Beverly & Patti Labelle ($60+)

 

Hi Ho Silver Oh, Dark Rooms
the BEATnik, 10p.m.
Precious pop from Los Angeles

 

Psychedelic Winter
One Eyed Jacks, 10p.m.
A tribute to Pink Floyd tribute ($10)

 

 

Polyphonic Spree, Sarah Jaffe
Southport Hall, 10p.m.
Choral rock band from Dallas (rescheduled date)

LABOR DAY

September 1st

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 1p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie

 

Heroes: A Labor Day Screening Program
Antenna Gallery, 3-7:30p.m.

A selection of documentaries on America’s workers

 

Viridiana
Cafe Istanbul, 7p.m.
Luis Buñuel’s 1961 film is rich with intrigue

 

Alexis & the Samurai
Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Indie folk duo perform every Monday

 

King James & the Special Men
BJ's Lounge, 10p.m.

Weekly gig in the Bywater for downtown rhythm and blues

MARDI

September 2nd

 

Yulman Stadium Dedication
Tulane Yulman Stadium, 3-5p.m.
Opening ceremonies for the Green Wave’s new stadium

 

Progression Music Series
Gasa Gasa, 8p.m.
This week ft. Barry's Pocket + Christin Bradford Band

 

Comedy Beast
Howlin Wolf Den, 8:30p.m.
Free comedy show

 

Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Witch Mountain, Hedersleben, Mountain of Wizard
Siberia, 9p.m.
Hawkwind and Space Ritual saxophonist still touring the world ($12)

 

Punk Night
Dragon’s Den, 10p.m.
This week ft. The Boy Sprouts, The Noise Complaints, Mystery Girl, Interior Decorating

MERCREDI

September 3rd

Carol McMichael Reese: New Orleans Under Reconstruction
Garden District Book Shop, 6p.m.
Panel discussion by contributors to this informed book on post-Katrina N.O.

 

Restaurant Week Kickoff Party
The Chicory, 6-8p.m.
The Restaurant Association invites the public to sample bites and libations ($25)

 

Katy Simpson Smith: The Story of Land and Sea
Columns Hotel, 7p.m.
Author presents her debut novel of the American Revolution

 

Alien Ant Farm
Southport Hall, 7:30p.m.
With H2NY, Kaleido, Music from Chaos ($15)

 

Pocket Aces Brass Band
Howlin Wolf Den, 8p.m.
Get your funky brass fill on a Wednesday ($5)


Breezy's to Become Gasa Gasa

Culture Clash of Art, Music, 3-D Light Mapping Coming to Freret St. Spot



An old Freret favorite will be back on the block soon. This spring, the former Breezy's is set to be reborn as Gasa Gasa. The collective's founders talked to Sarah Esenwein about the new space.

 

Locals may remember Breezy’s, the impromptu art exhibition and performance haven on Soniat as a do-it-yourself speakeasy known only by word-of-mouth. The laid-back, non-judgmental venue stopped having events recently, but it didn’t so much close as go into hibernation. The spot at 4920 Freret St. is now transitioning from a small collective into a full blown community talent co-op.

 

Founders Mike Collins, Micah Burns, Mike Seaman, Mike Twillman, Gavin MacArthur, along with creative directors Mika Revell, and Pam Blackmon, wanted to expand the concept into a permanent, promotional establishment.  After finding the perfect space, the Mike’s sat down over beers and started formulating the fruition of this foundation; the newly evolved "synergy of artists," called Gasa Gasa.

 

The name ‘Gasa Gasa’ comes from Japanese origins, describing something restless and always moving.  Co-founder Gavin MacArthur suffered a stroke while surfing and in his rehabilitation of re-learning how to walk, he was all over the place…his Japanese doctor describing him as ‘gasa gasa’…or ‘You do too much’.  

 

“The name was born out of sheer chaos, kind of like art itself," Gavin said.

 

“We wanted a place where musicians, artists and artisans could come together all under one roof combining a music venue with an art gallery and vendor space with an ever-evolving personality.  It is a Culture Clash coming together here at Gasa Gasa," said Pam Blackmon.

 

The new Gasa Gasa will be entirely art.  From the exterior and interior murals, the smoking alley awning (G.G. will be a non-smoking venue) to the light fixtures and barstools, it will all be created by local artists and available for sale.

 

 

“Breezy’s was that underground artists coffee shop, and we will maintain that integrity, with the club being a conglomerate for artists that delivers a certain comfort level of acceptance to those who may not fit the traditionally ‘art gallery’ rigidness. We didn’t want to just be that traditional New Orleans music club, because the spirit of New Orleans is to be regenerational,” said Mika Revell.

 

“With New Orleans housing so many different types of art mediums, it’s like we’re digging into the couch cushions and bringing out the treasures for the city to behold.” said Blackmon.

 

Heightening the visual experience of the artwork, Gasa Gasa will employ a 3D Projection Light Mapping system that is remotely operated by two iPads, controlling the audio and visual projections.  This new technology makes it possible to create optical illusions through laser lights.

 

“We’re creating something that’s never been done before.  The venue itself will be a living piece of art. The lighting matrix pivots and makes it possible to bend lights around objects," said Mike Collins.

 

The 3D mapping makes it possible to project multi-image creations on the walls, forming around the geometrical three dimensional wall art.  Triangles and other geometric forms will be mounted on the walls, as well as the prow and hull of a ship with a female figure head.  On the opposing wall, a navigational map mural is painted and ships can be projected, sailing through sky.

 

“Its almost like finger-painting with lasers lights. We can even turn the entire space into looking like a jungle, you just have to come see it to experience it,” added Micah Burns.

 

The walls themselves are not only pieces of artwork, but an instrument in the acoustics for the music. Local bands will find they’ve never sounded better thanks to the innovative build out of the interior.

 

 

“The construction of the room has no right angles. Our sound system is state of the art and we are built to recording studio standards. Every performance will be recorded.  We will actually do a recording of the bands at sound check, then those recordings can be posted to social networks for the bands to use as promotion before their actual set," said Burns.

 

The band’s performance can be recorded and posted to Facebook.  There, people can vote on the band and if the video garners enough ‘likes’ that band will be admitted into the Gasa Gasa music discovery program.

 

It is Gasa Gasa’s mission to bring together music, art and the community.  They strive to be more than just a nighttime hot-spot, they’re goal is to also be a daytime destination serving the surrounding neighborhood and hosting community events, offering everything from a place to spend the afternoon enjoying music to taking art classes.  Their scope is expansive.

 

“We want to be a conglomeration of all things art for everyone…a co-op of epic proportions,” said Burns.

 

Gasa Gasa's new frontier is currently being forged, with construction ongoing. Organizers are projecting a grand opening date sometime at the end of May, close to Memorial Day weekend, but they are planning on inviting the public to come check out the space at Feret Fest on April 6 for a soft opening.

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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,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Listings Editor

Anna Gaca

Art Listings

Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock