POSTED Fri. Dec 27, 2013

Bluesmen, Quintron, Golden Girls and Dr Funkenstein

Bluesmen, Quintron, Golden Girls and Dr Funkenstein
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN
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We were thinking about taking a break from living life to the hilt between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Then we were all, ‘Take a break? The hell? We live in New Orleans.’

So yeah, a lot going on this weekend.

1 Little Freddie King and Guitar Lightnin' Lee & his Thunder Band

Can you find two cooler cats on one stage than bluesman Little Freddie King and R & B virtuoso frontman Guitar Lightnin’ Lee I mean, sure, you could resurrect Robert Johnson and Jimi Hendrix and hope their combined spirits would do the trick of creating an atmosphere so impossibly cool the universe would implode in a supernova of guitar licks, whiskey, sweat and cigarette smoke, but given that we sadly do not possess resurrection technology yet, settle for a show featuring Freddie, Lightnin’ Lee and the latter’s Thunder Band tonight (Dec 27) at Siberia (2227 St Claude). Show gets going at 9pm.

2 The Golden Girls: Live!

Ever the source of some of the quirkiest quirks in our fair city’s grab bag of theater eccentricities, the Mid-City Theatre (3540 Toulouse) is showing The Golden Girls Live from now until Jan 12. Shows are Thu-Sun at 8pm, with the exception of a New Year’s Eve performance at 6pm. Tickets are $30 and can be bought here get on that, as the showtimes are already selling out. Apparently, ’80s nostalgia is the cow that keeps on milking.

3 Quintron and a whole lotta other fun

Not to shill too much for Siberia, but they’re putting on one of the can’t miss shows of the weekend on Sat night (Dec 28) with Quintron & Miss Pussycat. If you’re not familiar…well, how can we explain? Quintron is a German-noir-neon-techno-funk-synth composer. His shows partly revolve around his keyboard, his sound and light machine – which is like an audio-spitting disco ball – and his cheeky burlesque partner, Miss Pussycat. Music and madness ensues. And is exacerbated on Saturday by crunkmaster bounce queen Katey Red, plus Heavy Lids, Jean-Eric and DJ Rotten Milk. This gig is gonna blow minds. Starts at 10pm.

4 George Clinton & P-Funk

I can’t believe that, given the Siberia lineup, George Clinton playing at Tipitina’s (501 Napoleon) may be the_tamer_ option on Saturday, but such is life in New Orleans. Anyways, ‘tame’ is very relative, and Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are, clearly, gonna Bring the Funk . What I’m saying is, it’ll be as tame as a tiger in a liquor store. If you don’t catch Clinton and crew on Saturday at 10pm, they’re also playing at Tip’s at 8pm Sunday, and DJ Soul Sister is opening for both sets.

5 'Treme' signs off

Last, but certainly not least, the last episode of Treme shows on Sunday night. I’ll miss the show; it may have received mixed reviews from New Orleanians, and there were times when even I thought the pacing was a little muddled, but it was and is the most complete filmed love letter to New Orleans on television, and being a penner of a few of those love letters myself, I tip my hat in respect and fond farewell to it. I’ll be catching the final episode at Buffa’s (1001 Esplanade) at 8pm; it will be rebroadcast at 11pm.

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