Posts tagged "jazz"

What’s Bourbon Street like in November?

My friends and I will be going to the Alabama/LSU game and thought we’d spend a night or two in New Orleans. I’ve been there before for Mardis Gras and I know how crazy that can be. I wanted to know what Bourbon Street is like in the off season. Should we bring beads (and yes, we know that’s touristy, but we don’t mind 😉 Is it worth it to get a hotel with a balcony overlooking Bourbon?

It won’t be as crazy as Mardi Gras (nothing is) but there should be lots of people in town for the game. The weather in November is also usually nice.

There are only two (2) hotels with balcony rooms overlooking Bourbn Street:

Royal Sonesta
Ramada Inn on Bourbon

Balcony rooms can be fun. They also tend to be noisy (from the crowd on the street all night). If sleep is important don’t get a balcony room. You don’t need beeds and it’s actually against the law to throw them from the balcony to the crowd. Yes, people do it and the police don’t interfere unless it becomes a problem. If hotel security/management or the police tell you to stop then stop.


Dancing in the Street

This is a sketch from Food Dood, the 3rd episode of Boo! Bub? Boo. Bluh?

Watch the show here: http://blip.tv/file/2993441

Visit the Boo! Bub? Boo. Bluh? web site: http://piemerica.org/b4

Duration : 1 min 31 sec

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Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras 2009.AVI

If one of your next holiday celebrations is Mardi Gras, here’s a preview — sights and sounds in the French Quarter that I experienced in February 2009. Captured on my little Sony digicam.

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Travel to New Orleans

You know about Mardi Gras, the French Quarter and Bourbon Street, but there’s so much more to learn. Find out more about life with http://www.WatchMojo.com in the Big Easy: New Orleans.

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The Street

A woman hides in a telephone box to avoid an unwanted admirer.

Duration : 3 min 1 sec

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Street Performer

Street Performer

Duration : 16 sec

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Leroy Jones

For more information, click here: http://fum.com.hk/bands/detail/000000069/page1/

Born in New Orleans on February 20th, 1958, Leroy began studying the trumpet at age 10, in school band. By the time he was 13 years old, he was already playing gigs and leading Danny Barker’s young Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band. The Fairview Band performed at church events, Social & Pleasure Club events, Funerals, and Second Line Parades all over the city of New Orleans. The band has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institute Festival of Culture & Folklore. The Fairview band later evolved into the Hurricane Brass Band, which became the seed of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Leroy was a significant figure amongst the new breed of aspiring young musicians participating in Barker’s renaissance of New Orleans brass bands.
After a very brief stint in the Jazz Studies Program at Loyola University’s Conservatory of Music, joined the musicians union and went on to pursue his career as a professional musician. He has played with nearly all the famous jazz bands in town, and has performed at festivals and clubs throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, Japan and Australia.
The past decade has been a member of the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra, performed on numerous recordings with various artists, leads one of the Preservation Hall Jazz Bands and has two critically acclaimed solo releases, “Mo’ Cream From The Crop” and “Props for Pops” on the Sony/Columbia label. continues to travel and record the world over.

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French Quarter Fest, New Orleans

Music and soul from the Cresent City.

New Orleans, Louisiana is known for it’s World class musical events. It is after all the “Birthplace of Jazz,” and on just about any given day or night of the week you can stop into the most unsuspecting place, a joint here, a tavern there, and be enchanted, moved and grooved by the most talented of musicians.

What I love about the music in New Orleans is that it is utterly unpretentious: It’s cheap, it’s plentiful and it comes directly form the soul – it is raw emotion in motion. Everybody who is “anybody” plays down there, and everybody who is nobody (all of us) gets “down” with it.

The French Quarter Festival, featured in this video, is but one of New Orleans’ well known events. It is however lesser known than the Jazz Festival and therefore draws a smaller, more local crowd. The musicians in the French Quarter Fest are all well known local musician’s (one of the criteria) and boy do they know how to get a crowd up on their feet!

The beauty of the French Quarter Fest is that you can actually roam the Quarter, and down by the river, listening to Big Band, Swing, Latin Jazz, Zydeco, Soul, Gospel and more while noshing on favorite foods from some of our Country’s most notorious restaurants (Emeril’s, K-Paul’s, Arnaud’s…..) You can break off from the crowd, breathe, spread out, come and go, and go at slower pace than the much touted and also wonderful Jazz Fest which takes place in the Fair Grounds and has a “one time entrance only policy.”

So, get ready to get out of your chair and up on your feet and join FatBellyTraveler for a tour of French Quarter Fest 07′.

And then pick up the phone and book your reservations for French Quarter Fest 08’!

Special Thanks to:
French Quarter Festival All Stars with Connie Jones
Leif Pedersen’s Big Band
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers
Marva White & the BMW’s

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Carry a pocket knife on bourbon street?

Could I carry a decent sized pocket knife while walking up and down bourbon street? Going into bars and shops? Laws down there? Never been there before.

as long as the blade is not longer than 4 inches it’s not a problem.

but wearing it say on your belt, in a holder is not recommended as the policemen/bouncers may ask you to leave it at home or in your car.

so carry it if you want but keep it in your pocket or out of sight.


Carl's Jr. Kentucky Bourbon Burger Party Hollywood

Carl's Jr. hosted a swingin' launch party for their Kentucky Bourbon Burger at Crown Bar in Hollywood on March 31, 2009. Mixologist Erica Lancellotti created a signature drink for the event – The Carl's Jr. Twisted Bourbon. Enjoy the sights and sounds!

Duration : 2 min 20 sec

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