It is going to be hot in New Orleans — and I’m not just talking about the music and food. A while back I wrote an advisory for ALA-goers headed to New Orleans. That advice about restaurants, music, and other diversions is still good.
Seeing Kermit Ruffins, who trumpets as hard as he parties, is not optional. Fortunately you have several opportunities to punch your Kermit card:
-Sun Aug 11 at Kertmit’s Treme Speakeasy (1535 Basin St) 6pm
-Thurs Aug 15 at Vaughns (4229 Dauphine St.) 9pm
-Fri Aug 16 at Mid City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl (3000 South Carrollton) 9pm
-Sat Aug 17 at Little Gems Ramp Room ( 445 S. Rampart St) 7pm
There are a couple of opportunities to see Jon Cleary, a funky and skilled pianist/songwriter:
-Mon Aug 12 (with his band the Absolute Monsters) at The Maple Leaf (8316 Oak St.) 9pm
-Tues Aug 13 (solo) at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St.) 8pm
Some other not-to-miss New Orleans favorites:
-Rebirth Brass Band, Tues Aug 13 at The Maple Leaf (8316 Oak St.) 10:30
-Mia Borders, Sat Aug 17 at the Oak Wine Bar (8118 Oak Street) 9pm
-John Boutte, Sat Aug 10 at dba (618 Frenchman St) 8pm – Deacon John follows at 11 or Sat Aug 17 at dba (618 Frenchman St) 8pm – Eric Lindell follows at 11
-and don’t miss Dr. John on Fri Aug 16 at Tipitina’s (501 Napoleon Ave.) 9pm
So that leaves Wednesday. You have to work this one out yourselves. Might be a good time to check out the ultra casual Spotted Cat (623 Frenchman St.) or the ultra-traditional Preservation Hall (726 St. Peter).
SAA during the day, dining in the evening, music at night, sleep when you return home.