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August 22nd

Murder Ballads

Euclid Records, 5PM

Book signing with Dan Auerbach and Gabe Soria

 

DIY Fermented Foods

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Fermented dairies, like kefire, yogurt, butter, buttermilk, and more

 

Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8PM

Galactic drummer's side project

 

Water Seed

Blue Nile, 9PM

Future funk stars

 

Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9PM

See the legendary band on their home turf

 

Rebirth Brass Band

Maple Leaf, 10PM

2 sets by the Grammy-winning brass band

 

Smoking Time Jazz Club

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Trad jazz masters

 
 

MERCREDI

August 23rd

Wine Down Wednesdays

New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6:30PM

Free yogalates at the Mint

 

The Heart of Herbalism

Rosalie Apothecary, 7PM

Syrups and immune health

 

Trapper Keeper

Side Bar, 8:30PM

Local improv music duo, feat. Dr. Jeff Albert

 

Trainspotting

Bar Redux, 9PM

Free screening of junkie masterpiece

 

Chris & Tami

The New Movement, 9:30PM

TNM's founders perform weekly free show

 

Vixens & Vinyl

One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM

Burlesque dance party

JEUDI

August 24th

Summertime Blues

Shops at Canal Place, 5:30PM

Young professionals meet-up with blues, brews, and BBQ

 

Architecture & Design Film Festival Kick-Off

Contemporary Arts Center, 5:30PM

Opening night party and film

 

Yoga Social Club

Crescent Park, 5:45PM

Get sweaty and centered

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6PM

Feat. Sweet Olive String Band

 

Ambush Reggae Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local roots reggae group

 

Royal Teeth

Tipitina's, 9PM

Feat. Merci Raines and No True Scotsman

VENDREDI

August 25th

Friday Nights at NOMA

NOMA, 5PM

Feat. The Pfister Sisters

 

Exotic Races

Fair Grounds, 5PM

Races feat. ostriches and camels

 

More Lovely and More Temperate

Valiant Theatre and Lounge, 6PM

Performance of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets

 

Lil' WeezyAna Fest

Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. Gucci Man, Rich the Kid, Kodie Shane, YoungBoy NBA, and Lil Wayne

 

Drive-In On the Patio

Bar Redux, 9PM

Campy and cool movies, The Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and The Giant Gila Monster

 

Little Maker & Mr. Universe

One Eyed Jacks, 9PM

Feat. special tribute to The Band

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Prytania Theatre, 12AM

Feat. NOLA's foremost shadow cast The Well-Hung Speakers

SAMEDI

August 26th

It's About TIME

Studio Be, 6PM

Artist conversation about oppression via symbols like the monuments

 

New Pride Pageant

Cafe Istanbul, 6PM

Honoring Mr & Miss New Orleans Pride 2017

 

New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

SuperDome, 7PM

The Saints and Texans go head to head

 

Rick & Morty Marathon

Bar Redux, 9PM

Outdoor binge session for Dan Harmon's animated series

 

Swamp Motel

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Album release party for Louisiana rockers

 

Vox & The Hound

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

Pop group, feat. psych band Midriff and Naughty Palace


Hit Me With Your Best Song


by Ashley Rouen

The ultimate songwriting challenge is back for a Mardi Gras special. Hit Me America Jam Session features some of Louisiana’s top songwriters, who participate in writing a hit song with the help of a live audience in one hour. This installment of the series will be held at Spirits on Bourbon (2.11), where dueling pianists TJ Zino & Todd Adams will be put to the test.

 

For the first hour of the show, Zino and Adams play a classic musical show traditional in many local bars. Their pianos will duel, and when the hour is up, they write. The event will be filmed and broadcasted at a later date. 

 

Producer/filmmaker Steven Scaffidi has added another twist to the competition this time around. One of Spirits’ top bartenders will undertake a second challenge: concoct an original cocktail inspired by the song Zino and Adams eventually write. The “Hit Me Highball” will become a staple of the bar’s drink menu.

 

“Anything is possible,” says creator Scaffidi. “The artist has no idea what the song will be like. The lady in the front row might yell something,” says Steven, “Someone in the back plays a drum riff on a coffee table. The artist can take or reject the ideas.” 

 

Scaffidi’s local production company, Ghost Rider Pictures, will film the event for both TV and YouTube. The song will be recorded and produced afterward for distribution on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify. 20 percent of the music royalties will go towards Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center. In fact, each Session names a charity of choice to donate a portion of the song's earnings. And for Wednesday’s Session at Spirits on Bourbon, 100 percent of all Hit Me Highball sales will also go to the charity as well.

 

At the inaugural jam session, Rockin’ Dopsie, with the help of a live audience at the Children’s Hospital, wrote and recorded “Easy Breezy,” inspired by the local football loving crowd. The next episode will feature Scott Lee Tully at Morning Call in City Park on Sunday, Feb 22 at 2p.m.  Later in April, Lynn Drury is slated to perform at Café Istanbul. Check out the full schedule here.

 

The Hit Me America Jam Sessions call upon the local community to host private jams with any of the artists listed on the website. They could be held at private residences, coffee shops, bars, schools, or even large venues like the Mahalia Jackson. Those interested in hosting a private party can invite their friends to be a part of the filming and creation of a hit song. There is a form available on the website for any individual or group interesting in hosting a session. 

 

“The concept is good for artists,” continues Steven, “And gives the public a chance to be a part of the music. “ 

 

WHAT:           Hit Me America Jam Session featuring TJ Zino & Todd Adams.

WHEN:           Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TIME:              6pm-9pm

WHERE:         Spirits on Bourbon, 615 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

 

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Contributors

Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Alexis Manrodt

Listings Editor

Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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