Lafayette Square is again the place to be on Wednesdays with the return of the Harvest the Music concert series. Presented by Hancock Bank, the series is free to the public with all food and beverage proceeds benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank.
Anders Osborne opened the season with a full throttle performance, playing each tune like it was the finalé. Joined by bass player Carl Dufrene, drummer Eric Bolivar and keyboardist John "Papa" Gros, Anders rocked the crowd for over an hour, playing old favorites as well as "On the Road to Charlie Parker" and "Got Your Heart" from his latest effort, American Patchwork. The gang finished their first set with a powerful cover of Neil Young's "Ohio."
The Harvest the Music event hosts several booths from local restaurants as well as Abita beer. Every dollar spent on local yummies helps local families in need of food. September is Hunger Action Month. One in Eight people in Louisiana is dealing with hunger and the numbers continue to climb as the effects of the BP gusher roll through our state. Second Harvest can turn $1 into a meal for four. What better way to contribute to your community than to eat, drink and be merry with some of the finest food, beverage and music in the nation? I had crab cakes from Lucy's Retired Surfer Bar that really hit the spot. The grilled oysters at Oceana's smelled terrific but the longest line was for the pulled pork from Squeal Bar-B-Q. Come hungry!
By the end of the short break, the Square was entirely packed. Men in suits, folks in tie-dye and babies on blankets all turned out. NoDef favs, DancingMan504
and Margie Perez
were also in attendance. Catch Margie this Friday at 10 pm at Maison
on Frenchmen St. Next Tuesday, Ms. Perez starts off the Fall series of the Music Clinics for Youth, led by Shamarr Allen. This ten week clinic is free to the public. For more information, contact Allison Padilla-Goodman (firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 627-5071.)
Anders' second set was even more soulful and raucous than the first as the group welcomed Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Ivan Neville to the stage. Mr. Neville was in rare form on the keyboards. I'm a sucker for Mardi Gras Indians and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux always lends an air of gravitas to any show. Well fed and fueled by Abita, the standing room only crowd helped close the nearly three hour show by singing along to "Li'l Liza Jane." Between the delicious eats, the many friends I ran into and the incredible show, I was left glowing for hours.
Next week's show features Cowboy Mouth with Creole String Beans starting the show at 5 pm.