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NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden (5:00 PM)
The NOLA Project presents this festive comedy that pits two of Shakespeare's most beloved characters in a war of words and wits
1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd (5:00PM- 11:00 PM)
The Holy Trinity Cathedral is inviting Grecophiles of all ages out to Bayou St. John for goat burgers, traditional music and dancing, and regional libations
The Convention Center (6:00PM-9:00 PM)
An experience for both foodies and wine connoisseurs with live music by Flow Tribe
Zephyr Field (7:00 PM)
New Orleans baseball against the Omaha Storm Chasers
One Eyed Jacks (7:30)
Sketchy Characters Productions brings you a comedy sketch and web series that plays off the madness of the French Quarter
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Art Klub, 513 Elysian Fields Ave (8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
The Little Gem Saloon (8:00 PM)
The fourth evening of a chamber music festival that has something for classical aficionados and dilettantes alike
Howlin’ Wolf (9:00 PM)
A funky two night celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary
Circle Bar (10:00 PM)
Rock around Lee Circle tonight
Stooges Get Fresh
Brass Band's Leader Talks About Collaboration with Mannie Fresh, Assuming Ownership of Hi-Ho Lounge and Madden
The Stooges Brass Band and Mannie Fresh spent time in a studio together in Los Angeles earlier this month to record a new album. Tomorrow night at Maison, us lucky New Orleanians and our welcomed guests will have the chance to see the results.
If you miss that, you’ll likely see the collaboration next month at the Hi-Ho Lounge. The Stooges' Thursday night gig at the St. Claude Ave. bar has fast been gaining acclaim as the place to start the weekend. Soon, they'll assume ownership of the bar, as well.
In October 2010, the Stooges won the Red Bull Street Kings Competition, where the Stooges, Free Agents, Soul Rebels, and To Be Continued brass bands battled under the bridge on Claiborne Ave. The Stooges claimed their prize earlier this month when they were given the Red Bull Studio in Los Angeles to record a new record with a producer of their choosing, paid for by Red Bull.
Walter Ramsey, founder and leader of the Stooges, which began in 1996 on the streets of New Orleans, said the band immediately picked Mannie Fresh to work the boards on their new record.
“He’s one of our hometown heroes that made a commercial success,” Ramsey said. “And he brings that Mannie Fresh flavor. We already the Stooges, so we naturally act funny. But he makes us even better.”
Mannie Fresh has been producing hip-hop since the mid-80s, and became known worldwide as the producer behind the Cash Money sound of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, when Lil’ Wayne was just a juvenile. Mannie Fresh was also half of the Big Tymers.
“He brings the hip hop element,” Ramsey said.
Mannie Fresh and the Stooges have collaborated before, playing shows together over the last two years, but never in a studio – as is the case with New Orleans musicians.
In Los Angeles earlier this month, Ramsey said Mannie Fresh bounced around the studio. “He went from DJ, then to MC, back to DJ, then beat machine, then electric keyboard, back to the beat machine, got off that and got on the drum set. It’s been this great relationship. He fits in the band. He’s like another band member. He blends in.”
Mannie Fresh described the collaboration’s sound in the studio as a “jazz, hip-hop, electronic gumbo,” in an interview with VLNTV.
Ramsey said we probably won’t get to see a turn-table solo from Fresh tomorrow night, but he’ll do his thing on the beat machine and keyboards while the Stooges blow their lungs out.
Well, almost blow their lungs out. After the record releases, Mannie Fresh and the Stooges will go on tour. The Stooges will also soon take over the Hi-Ho Lounge on St. Claude, where the neutral ground parking spots and huge smoker outside has become a Thursday night standard.
“Yeah yeah yeah. We’re a little bit over a month away,” Ramsey said. “Our vision with the Hi-Ho has been to have it be there for musicians. A musician’s club. For the people too. But where musicians can chill. Around the city, we only get to see each other when we working, playing clubs. We’ve been talking about it for years, like we need our own spot.”
Ramsey confirmed a rumor of a VIP green room to be added to the Hi-Ho, equipped with Madden.
“We gameheads. We talk shit a lot. Usually we go to each other’s houses to do that. Besides music, we talk Madden," Ramsey said.
And as is natural for a New Orleans crowd, any chance to fly the Saints' flag is highly coveted.
“Everybody be fighting for the Saints," he said. "Sometimes we just gotta play with different uniforms.”
Imagine: two Breesuses on the field.
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