POSTED Mon. Jan 13, 2014

Football is done. But les bon temps will still roule!

Football is done. But les bon temps will still roule!
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

I’m sad the Saints lost, believe it. But there is a silver lining: now we can focus on Carnival! And lots of pre-Carnival activities. Like the below… Also, in big headliner show news, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are playing at the Saenger on Wednesday and Thursday. Get tickets here and join the other ants marching to the show. See what we did there? Eh? Eh? Ah, never mind.

1 Danny Barker's birthday

Today would have been the 105th birthday of the legendary Danny Barker, one of the brighter stars in the considerably large constellation of New Orleans musicians. Café Istanbul (2372 St Claude) is holding a celebration for the event that includes performances by local artist/poet/activist/musician Esquizito at 9pm. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

2 The Barman's Fund Second Anniversary Party

Ever heard of The Barman’s Fund It’s one of those ideas and organizations that deserves all our love. In their own words: “a bunch of bartenders take every penny they make once a month and pool it, and then give it to various charities.” On Tuesday night (Jan 14), the fund is having its second anniversary party at Indulge Island Grill (845 Carondelet St) from 6:30pm-1:30am. Get squishy with some of the city’s best bartenders, and spend some money on a good cause while you’re at it: all proceeds go to A Child’s Wish. Image courtesy of The Barman’s Fund.

3 The meaning of Mardi Gras

We promised some pre-Carnival activities, and we’re delivering with a talk on Mardi Gras and all it means by local author Errol Laborde, who will be discussing his book, Mardi Gras – Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival at the Hubbell Library (725 Pelican Ave) on the West Bank. On Tuesday (Jan 14) at 6:30pm.

4 Meschiya & Tom at Chickie Wah Wah

Here’s a really easy one: Meschiya Lake is one of the city’s finest vocalists. Tom McDermott is one of our finest pianists. They are appearing together at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) on Wednesday (Jan 15) at 8pm. You should be there too. Image courtesy of Meschiya Lake.

5 Bayou launch party with Natural Light All Stars

Last but certainly not least, Bayou, the literary magazine of the University of New Orleans, is throwing a launch party for their latest edition at the Saturn Bar (3067 St Claude) at 9pm on Thursday (Jan 16). The entertainment is the drunken sing along bonanza that is the Natural Light All Stars. Seriously, these guys put on one of the most entertaining live acts in the city; I have previously described them as a piano bar on steroids. Don’t miss them. Image courtesy of Bayou Magazine and The Natural Light All Stars.


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