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JEUDI

August 28th

Thursdays at Twilight
City Park Botanical Garden, 6p.m.
Tonight ft. Bon Operatit ($10)

 

Ogden After Hours
Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.
This week ft. Troy Sawyer ($10)

 

Mark Powell: The Sheltering
Maple Street Book Shop, 6p.m.

Southern author reads from his new thriller

 

Saints vs. Baltimore Ravens
Superdome, 7p.m.

Pregame the preseason in Champions Square at 4

 

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.
Local baseball in Metairie

 

Nine Lives: A Musical Witness of New Orleans
Le Petit Theatre, 8p.m.
Starring Paul Sanchez, Bryan Batt, Michael Cerveris, and local musicians ($20-50)

 

Bug
Allways Lounge, 8p.m.

Darkly comedic play written by Tracy Letts—final performance

 

Bishop Allen
the BEATnik, 8p.m.

Lovable indie pop band on tour from NY ($10)

 

Terence Higgins, Cliff Hines
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Two local powerhouses join forces ($10)

 

1st Annual Positive Hip-Hop
Cafe Istanbul, 9p.m.

Freestyle battle with a $500 grand prize

VENDREDI

August 29th

Mad Decent Block Party
Mardi Gras World, 2p.m.
Ft. A$AP Ferg, Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis & more ($45)

 

Friday Nights At NOMA
NOMA, 6-8p.m.

Art historians speak on Hale Woodruff’s murals, plus music by Arpa Quartet

 

Zephyrs vs. Memphis
Zephyr Stadium, 7p.m.

Local baseball in Metairie

 

The Producers
Southport Hall, 7:30p.m.

The 80s new wave band, live! ($20)

 

Nine Lives: A Musical Witness of New Orleans
Le Petit Theatre, 8p.m.
Starring Paul Sanchez, Bryan Batt, Michael Cerveris, and local musicians ($20-50)

 

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski - A Reading
Mid City Theatre, 8p.m.
A comedy reading that’s half Shakespeare, half Dude ($10)

 

Underdogcentral HeadPhones Release Party
Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Ft. Lyriqs Da Lyraciss, Dappa, Kaye the Beast, No Suh, Kash Akbar

 

Amanda Shires
Freret Street Publiq House, 9p.m.

Texas singer and violinist (and wife of Jason Isbell)

 

Foundation Free Fridays
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.

Ft. Gravity A’s tribute to the Talking Heads

 

TNM Presents: The Match Game
Shadowbox Theatre, 10:30p.m.

The New Movement resurrects the ‘70s game show for laughs ($8)

SAMEDI

August 30th

The Cincinnati Kid
Historic NO Collection, 10:30a.m.
Starring Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret, Edward G. Robinson (free)

 

George Porter Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners, Tab Benoit
Howlin’ Wolf, 4p.m.
Plus Bonerama, The Boogiemen, Dave Ferrato and Tchoupazin & more

 

Guitar Lightnin’ Lee & His Thunder Band
Kajun’s, 5p.m.
Stay late for karoke

 

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

 

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski - A Reading
Mid City Theatre, 8p.m.
A comedy reading that’s half Shakespeare, half Dude ($10)

 

Panty Waste, TV-MA, Beautiful Sons, Liquid Nailz
Siberia, 9p.m.

Decadence punk show benefits LGBTQ prisoner advocates Black & Pink New Orleans

 

Yelephants, Donovan Wolfington, Pope
One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.
All-star local band lineup in the Quarter ($5)

 

Rebirth Brass Band
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.
Grammy-winning band is a can't-miss New Orleans standout ($15)

 

Caddywhompus, Vox and the Hound
Carrollton Station, 10p.m.
Local indie math rock champions

 

Part Time, Sea Lions
Circle Bar, 10p.m.
California synth-psych ($5)

 

Naked Karaoke—Decadence Edition
Allways Lounge, 10p.m.
Clothing optional, in case karaoke wasn’t bad enough
 

TNM Presents: The Megaphone Show
Shadowbox Theatre, 10:30p.m.
The New Movement’s flagship storytelling improv show ($8)

DIMANCHE

August 31st

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

 

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


Good Sports

Sports & Leisure Quickly Becoming Players in the Local Rock Scene



There's nothing bargain bin about Sports & Leisure, though at first mention their name does paint an interesting picture.

 

Listen to the six-piece epic rockers' first demo and your whole world is set to be blown apart by an all-encompassing soundscape. The fermata of an organ dancing around one chord ushers in what is the driving force behind “Fire Breathers.” Crashing drums, guitar, and vocals come on like a volcano's eruption. Then, the rich, layered vocal harmonies kick in.

 

Sports & Leisure came to be through a series of emails from singer/guitarist Richard Dubourg and multi-instrumentalist BJ Blue.

 

“It was probably about a year of BJ and myself writing songs back and forth,” says Dubourg. “We played together a couple of years ago but I wanted to do it again.”

 

Local rock aficionados may recognize Dubourg from his stint in MyNameIsJohnMichael. Blue and another member, the prolific Jeremey Peres, previously played together with the Green Genes. All but Russell Shelton are from the New Orleans area.

 

“We've all known each other since we've been teenagers, maybe just peripherally but we all played in punk bands around the Cypress Hall scene in Metairie, which was the little indie rock mecca of that time, an all-ages venue kind of thing. Our bands would open for each other,” explains bassist Whitney Brown, “I knew who Richard [Dubourg] was, I knew who BJ [Blue] was, and then Jeremy [Peres] and I had played together. We all knew who each other were.”

 

Brown was the originator of the Sports & Leisure name, originally choosing it for a different musical project before joining Dubourg and co.

 

“It's a trivial pursuit category,” says Brown.

 

“It's also a big Walmart sign,” jokes Blue.

 

“They actually brought that back right after we chose that name,” Brown continues. “A friend of mine sent me an article on Facebook that said 'Walmart bringing back the sports and leisure section' and I was like, 'No!'”

 

Sports & Leisure was the only moniker the whole band could agree on. It came after a slew of failed names, including Grammar School for Girls, Radio Atlantic, and the seemingly nonsensical Carpet and Ottoman. As their music progressed from song ideas to their current catalog of tracks, Sports & Leisure became a band-wide aesthetic that even translated to their wardrobe.

 

“We like to present ourselves. It's important. If you go on stage looking kind of slobby it gives the vibe of high school garage band,” explains Dubourg. Blue agrees, citing a cleaner look for rising ticket prices. “I used to go somewhere and just expect the cover to be five bucks and now people call us and say, 'the cover's gonna be like ten, twelve.' That's kind of getting up there. If you pay that much for a theater show, you expect something back for it. So I think looking sharp and playing sharp makes it worthwhile.”

 

The band's logo of a tennis racket laid diagonally across a rifle is a playful nod to that Walmart section and the earthy sound Sports and Leisure draws from. “We're trying to keep it organic, kind of dark but never moody. It's just dark tones. A lot of it is actually pretty positive-sounding,” says Dubourg. The band doesn't take itself too seriously in name but with every member effortlessly switching instruments at any given moment, the sextet are definitely serious musicians.

 

The constant shuffling makes for an interesting and unexpected live show. “Scott [Hannan] switches between three different instruments in one song. I had someone tell me, 'Every time I look at that kid he's always smiling; he always smiles the entire time he's on stage but he'll be playing something else,'” recalls Brown.

 

Don't miss a moment when Sports & Leisure take the stage Monday (Oct. 8) at the House of Blues opening for UK indie darlings Bombay Bicycle Club. In addition to quite a few New Orleans shows, including a November 30 record release party for Vox and the Hounds' heavily anticipated debut album, Sports & Leisure are looking to record their own EP come wintertime.

 

“Either in November or December we're planning on going in to record. We'll hopefully be done by January or February with a five song EP,” says Dubourg.

 

“Fire Breathers” may be their only demo but expect another one by that Vox and the Hound show. Touring is definitely on Sports & Leisure's mind too.

 

“Touring isn't in the cards just yet but we're planning on doing a few out of town things. I think once we have the recordings to promote ourselves a bit better then we can go out of town and show other bands what we're doing,” says Blue, “I think this has put as at the next step as a band. We've played shows and written songs and the next step is doing a recording, trying to get that established here and then I think, the road.”

 

 


 

For more on Sports & Leisure, visit their website here.

 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article inidcated the song "Fire Breathers" employed castanets and slide guitar. Those insturments were not used in the recording of the song.

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Jason Raymond

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