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Garden District Book Shop, 6PM
From her new book "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies"
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, 7PM
Book publishing workshop
Dillrd University, 7PM
Olympic gymnast talks fame and fitness
The Carver, 7PM
World soul jazz music
Loyola University, 7PM
Clowns for a cause, to benefit Syrian refugees
St. Roch Tavern, 8PM
Tonight: beer, haircuts, karaoke
Bayou Beer Garden, 8PM
Blue Nile, 9PM
Interstellar future funk
Snug Harbor, 10PM
Galactic drummer’s side project - also at 8PM
Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
Cup Floweth Over
Write Bros "First Flight" Reviewed
When I first heard of this project, I wondered if it would ever happen! Getting some of the best songwriters and musicians in New Orleans to record an album together, putting their talents on tracks and their egos on the side, would be no easy feat. But Spencer Bohren, Jim McCormick, Alex McMurray and Paul Sanchez a.k.a. the Write Brothers managed to put together "First Flight" this winter. I've listened to every track, note and word and offer this as my humble opinion.
The album begins with "Cup Full of Soul." This is quirky telling stories about Smoke House Turnip and Pete Fountain enjoying the Spirits of New Orleans. For the cost of a couple dollars, a savory lady gave them a first taste of a 'cup full of soul'. I believe this to be the best song on the record and reflective of their style.
Another winner is track 5, "New Orleans." This is a song about being home, missing home, and ultimately making a home by finding a place where you belong. This song could be about anyone's home but as these artists are from the Crescent CIty and their love for New Orleans comes out in the lyrics and the emotional tone in which it is performed. For obviosu sreasons, this tune is sure to be a local favorite!
Track 8, "Losing You" is the closest thing to a cute catchy love song on the album. You will catch on quick to the lyrics and find yourself singing along! Ultimately, the song is about a guy suffering from a stream of bad luck but of all the bad, the one thing that he can't get over is losing his lady.
"Wedding Day" is the deepest song on the album and the most touching. It's about a man dealing with the loss of his wife. He repeats his best day of his life over and over to pretend the worst day never happened. This is song that takes guts to record but I find it to be something special.
Musicians are notorious for letting egos get in the way of great music. Surprisingly, this eclectic group of New Orleans' music royalty put egos aside and their talent in the forefront, making this album something special. The songs are songs that you can tell they picked for themselves and it shows in the recording. This might be the Write Bros first flight, but I'm looking forward to the return trip! This is New Orleans music that we crave and let's hope the second flight gets off the ground.
The Write Brothers will be playing at the Ogden After hours Thursday August 27 at Ogden Museum of Southern Art 925 Camp Steet. www.writebrosmusic.com.
Brad Bohannan is a New Orleans entrepreneur. He owns a music publishing company, co-host a songwriting show, and hosts several music events a year. He also owns Spirits On Bourbon and Turtle Bay on Decatur. Brad can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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