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HAPPY HOUR is a cocktail-fueled 60 minutes of random conversation with folks who have nothing in common, other than being New Orleanians in a bar. Featuring extraordinary New Orleans musicians playing live, host Grant Morris and sidekick deluxe Andrew Duhon

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HAPPY HOUR is a cocktail-fueled 60 minutes of random conversation with folks who have nothing in common, other than being New Orleanians in a bar. Featuring extraordinary New Orleans musicians playing live, host Grant Morris and sidekick deluxe Andrew Duhon

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Favorite nola podcast

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Love the lad C-rock. Absolute unit

Lots of fun

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Good conversation with fun guests.

iTunes Ratings

34 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
3
0
0
0

Favorite nola podcast

By Cornhuskermike - Feb 14 2018
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Love the lad C-rock. Absolute unit

Lots of fun

By MacSteveH - Dec 24 2016
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Good conversation with fun guests.
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Rank #1: You're Going To Hate Me By The End of Tonight

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If you're a woman, it's turning out to be a weird year. Suddenly we're all up in arms about whether or not the State is going to let you have an abortion. If you're a woman who would prefer to have the choice about whether or not to have an abortion, rather than leave that decision to a guy in Baton Rouge, Amy Irvin is your best friend. As the Executive Director of the New Orleans Abortion Fund, Amy is literally out there fighting for you. So, hey, cut her a bit of slack if she can't remember the phrase "pro choice" after a couple of cocktails.

Theophile Bourgeois IV is a tattoo artist and the front man for New Orleans band Them Ol' Ghosts. Theophile, pronounced Thay-o-feel (it's very Cajun French) has graduated from tattooing drunk people from his old shop next to strip parlor, to working banker's hours from his shop on Oak Street, in Uptown New Orleans.

TBIV has a disarmingly beautiful voice, even when singing the acerbic love song he wrote for his wife, "Bitch, I wrote this song for you" with tender loving lyrics like "“I know you’re worried I’m a narcissistic inconsiderate asshole, but don’t you worry baby ‘cause this heart belongs to you.” Given that we're almost halfway through the year, Theophile Bourgeois might be your best find of 2019 so far.

If you're interested in the truth, so is Jonathan Blake Vasquez. Jonathan recently moved to New Orleans from Dallas, and brought his Truth Hurts Podcast with him. It's a no-punches-pulled look at life. And what we find out in this conversation is that the whole enterprise has the unlikely subversive intent of turning us all into Vegans. 

Back to the being a woman thing again for a moment. If you're a woman, no doubt you've been hit on in almost every way imaginable. Well, guess what? There's one more way you hadn't imagined. Happy Hour photographer Alison Moon is back in town on a break from her stint as a grad student at Oxford University, with alarming tales of how the brainiac class of guys try and get women into bed. It's fairly unbelievable so in the interest of spoilers we won't ruin it for you. But if you've got time to kill, this insight is almost worth the whole price of admission to this Happy Hour.

If you want to see some photos from this show, head over here. It's also available as a video at https://www.facebook.com/neworleanspodcasts/

Happy Hour is recorded live at Wayfare in Uptown New Orleans. Photos by Jill Lafleur.

May 22 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #2: Keto Fat Bomb Explodes the Myth of Celebrity

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Sure it's heresy to eat King Cake before 12th Night but Susan Freeswick brings a load of awesome food to this edition of Happy Hour, including King Cake, and gets a NOLA Heresy Pass because it's all Keto from her bakery Everyday Keto to Go. In the middle of this conversation, Susan's Keto Fat Bomb explodes the myth of celebrity.

Strictly, it's writer Thomas Beller who explodes that myth. Tom set out to be a rock star, as the drummer in a New York band. Along the way he stumbled into a different kind of stardom: as a staff writer for The New Yorker, the pinnacle of all writing gigs ever, anywhere. Tom describes the night he hung out recently with another superstar writer, playwright Tom Stoppard - the night neither of them had anything to do after the Rolling Stones canceled their Jazz fest gig - and British Tom imagined that New Yorker Tom "must have felt like a dog with five tails" the year he had the New Yorker gig.

If you'd like to know what happened to the rest of the guys in New York Tom's band, check this out: https://www.beastiemania.com/whois/cushman_tom You can find Thomas Beller down on Canal Street staring at the crumpled Hard Rock Hotel or at Tulane directing the creative writing course.

Singer/songwriter Dave Jordan's take on celebrity is, "Everybody in New Orleans thinks they're a celebrity." Not that they're delusionally believing they're the greatest guitar player of all time like some kind of loser wandering along Hollywood Boulevard, but they claim celebrity of a more totally NOLA nature in claiming they make the best gumbo or fried turkey on the planet - where "planet" ends at the spillway.

Dave plays two songs on this show, one off his latest album, Burning Sage, the other a cover of Bob Dylan song that Andrew Duhon joins him on.

For his part, Andrew Duhon is writing a new album and premieres a brand new song he's just finished writing with Anders Osborne, called Everybody's Got a Little Piece of the Map. 

If you're listening to the conversation here about high school drinking and wondering, "What did ever happen to Friar Tucks bar on Freret Street?" this true story might interest you. http://uptownmessenger.com/2011/01/friar-tucks-ceasing-operations-immediately-owner-tells-freret-street/ 

You may also find these kind of hilarious yelp reviews interesting: https://www.yelp.com/biz/friar-tucks-new-orleans

It's new Orleans Happy Hour is recorded live over drinks at The Freret Beer Room. You can find photos from the show by Jill Lafleur and more information at our website: https://link.chtbl.com/NnOEpjgh

Dec 05 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #3: Accidental Ecstatic Hypoventilation - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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This is probably not quite how Kate Becker intended her serious practice of healing and self development through breath work to be interpreted, but did you know you can get high AF from breathing Breath work is cheaper than drugs and the effects of happiness linger on and reverberate through your life long after the high is gone. You might ask, "Why aren t we all doing it " Well, exactly Rene Coman, the super smart bass player from legendary NOLA band The Iguanas, has been fighting loneliness his whole life, practically from the moment he was born. Then, after years in the wilderness, hanging out with cigarette smoking 60 year olds, a successful music career, getting married and raising kids, Rene finally discovered a cure for loneliness podcasts Now he s the co host of his very own podcast, the highly entertaining, curmudgeonly Troubled Men Podcast. Owen Legendre is one of the funniest people in New Orleans. And on the internet in general, actually. He s half of the comedy duo, Bare Handed Bear Handlers yes, he explains where the name comes from who are responsible for making some outrageoulsy funny stuff like Pensacola Prophet The Legend of Pecan Pinwheelie. On today s show Owen sings a couple of songs, one about old people "all my friends are dead" called Platinum Plated Walker, and a brand new country ballad making it s world premier, about Owen s Aunt Mille the drug smuggler and her unsuspecting or is he husband, Uncle Willie. This is the first happy Hour of 2019. We re off to a roaring start. Photos at Wayfare by Jill Lafleur.

Jan 09 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #4: The Bearded Lady

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Ingrid Victoria is best known in the world of drag queens as the maker of extravagant eyelashes. If you've seen drag queens on TV or on stage and wondered where the heck you get eyelashes like that, now you too can get hooked up for just $25 (or $12.50 for one eyelash) at Chimera Lashes.

But Ingrid doesn't stop at making eyelashes. She also crochets stuff. Like beards. If you're thinking a woman in a fake beard must look like a circus freak, head over to here and check out the photo of Ingrid in her beard. She's gorgeous.

Talking of men dressed as women, Edward Simon might be studying for a Ph.D in psychology, and he night also be a photographer, but he's also an award winning actor who made a name for himself playing the lead in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Oh, and he's also a recording artist with three records and was the lead singer in the Hollywood hair-band Knife Confession.

Duz Mancini came to New Orleans from West Los Angeles and never went back. 10 years later, and after a stint as a song writer in Nashville, Duz is back and making music with his band the Scorpedos. On this Happy Hour, Duz plays two new songs. If you're not familiar with the Scorpedos, do yourself a favor and check this out.

Happy Hour is recorded live at Wayfare in Uptown New Orleans.

May 15 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #5: Mahalia Jackson Was My Great Aunt - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Musician and producer Nesby Phips may be best known worldwide for his work with Lil Wayne and other hip hop artists, but here in New Orleans his equally impressive claim to fame is that Mahlia Jackson was his great aunt. Nesby is one of the owners and gatekeepers of Ms Jackson s copyrighted material and is working on cementing her legacy in various ways. Nesby is also the force behind the musical project Black Man 4 Sale and the voice of the podcasts "Am I Tripping " and "Call Me Old Fashioned." If you live in New Orleans there s a good chance you ve spent time with Joe Bikulege even if you didn t know it. For the last 14 years Joe has been the owner of Le Bon Temps Roule on Magazine Street. Joe is also a big supporter of Cops 2, the citizens support group for the NOPD 2nd District. If you re checking this out before Saturday October 21st, go support Cops 2 at the first ever Cochon de Lait Festival at Palmer Park. Marci Schramm knows a thing or two about festivals. For ten years she was the Executive Director of the French Quarter Festival and presided over its journey from local party to major festival with a bigger economic impact on New Orleans than Jazz Fest. Yes, really. Today Marci helps her husband run publishing company River Road Press and is Director of Development for the New Orleans Ballet Association. Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.

Oct 18 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #6: Slaps! - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Just when you think New Orleans couldn't surprise you any more, you meet Luke Hooper.

Luke Hooper is the kind of character a Hollywood screenwriter would dream up. Tall and handsome. A semi-professional iron-man athlete who is also an award-winning inventor. He's invented a new version of delivering wireless power (yes, that's right, wireless power), creates futuristic games for children, designs creative solutions for giant companies like Nike, and has defended his patents in the Supreme Court of the US (yes, the Supreme Court) and won. He invented shoes that do themselves up, called Slaps. And he works out of an office downtown, next to the yoga studio he founded. Even the name "Luke Hooper" is from Central Casting superhero.

There's nobody larger than life than Katrina Brees. Katrina is the founder of The Bearded Oysters Mardi Gras parade troupe, the Kolossos Bike Zoo, a do-it-yourself coffin business, and now she's sponsoring legislation that is making its way through the Louisiana legislature. Donna's Law is named for Katrina's mom, Donna. In 2018 suicidal thoughts got the better of Donna, and she bought her first gun and killed herself with it. Donna's Law will allow people who feel they are a threat to themselves or others to self-register on a list that denies them the right purchase a gun. Somehow, Katrina is managing to do what literally nobody in America has accomplished - she is shepherding bipartisan gun control into law. While at the same time retaining her sequined, giant-eyelashes, crown-wearing flamboyance.

If you've spent any time in New Orleans and you love going out to hear live music, there's a fair chance you've never heard any bluegrass. Well, you have nobody to blame for that but yourself. Any time you feel like hearing some bluegrass you can go check out The Tanglers. Jacob Tanner and Craig Alexander are the core of the band, which is a 6-piece, and they do a duo gig where the two of them call themselves The Tanglers. Yes, that's confusing but if you never see the full band, the duo version of The Tanglers is awesome, as you'll hear on this Happy Hour.

Photos at Wayfare by Jill Lafleur.

Feb 20 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #7: Lady Problems: The Vagina Whisperer

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Sara Reardon grew up like any other half Chinese half Native American in New Orleans East. Somewhere along the line Sara branched out on her own and became The Vagina Whisperer. Although the title might sound like something you get bestowed on you in the Native American tradition, it was actually created by the mom of a friend, one night in the hot tub when the girls were discussing their various vaginal issues. It s amazing how many women have problems, from prolapses to painful sex and many more, that just don t get talked about. Happy Hour is an unusual format to discuss women s problems but Sara is fearless she even describes how to take a selfie of yourself peeing if you d like to. Edward Wycliff might be the hippest guy in New Orleans and he s not even a hipster. He s a graduate from the Peace Corps where he spent time in Lesotho did you know it s pronounced "Lesutu" . Today Edward has a business where he teaches people in Lesotho to sew bowties made of their native textile called shoesoe pronounced "shwayshway" which he sells in New Orleans at the Palace Art Market on Frenchmen Street. If you are an average person who went through the education system anywhere in America, you are going to learn more about Lesotho in this 60 minutes than you learned about Africa in your entire elementary and high school education. Andrew Duhon s new record, False River, is only days away from hitting shelves and playlists. Meantime you can get three songs right now on Spotify and a special bonus track for free if you pre order the album from Apple Music. You can also hear two songs on this show. In a cunning and unique marketing ploy, neither of these songs are on the record. If you know anybody who has been thinking of visiting or moving to New Orleans and they ask you, "What s the place like " send them a link to this show. This conversation could only happen in a New Orleans bar. Photos at Wayfare by Josephine Hennessey.

May 09 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #8: I Was Dennis Rodman's Roommate - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Brentt Arcement grew up as a drummer in New Orleans and took his musical skills to Los Angeles where he carved out a career as an A list drummer, playing with Fiona Apple, Live, and many other big name artists. But the show stopping sentence in this conversation is when Brentt gets onto the subject of how he met, became friends with, and even lived with none other than Dennis Rodman. You ll be pleased to learn that Dennis is not just a regular guy. If you think Dennis Rodman has a unique life, wait till you hear about the people Katie Sikora hangs out with. Katie is one of the creators of an online undertaking called The Sexism Project. Katie, a photographer, photographs and interviews women in particular industries about their relationship to sexism. So far the project has examined the lives of women in the New Orleans music industry and the New Orleans sex industry. It s hard to put into words on a page, here, just how riveting these photographs and conversations are. Katie is one of these people who move to New Orleans 5 years ago and find the fertile soil they need to flourish. Piano player, composer, and writer Tom McDermott moved to New Orleans in 1984. Tom is another New Orleanian who couldn t live anywhere else. An insanely gifted player and disciple of James Booker, on this edition of Happy Hour Tom plays Professor Longhair s Tipitina and one of his own compositions, The Gospel Waltz That Wasn t. Andrew Duhon says that sitting at this table of creatives he ought to play something polished, but opts to continue his tradition of trying out new songs on Happy Hour. This unitiled song When The Fog Rolls In is a song Andrew wrote over the past couple of days and just finished today. It s beautiful, and about as close to perfect as you can get for first time out. If you re a Duhon fan this is a must listen, if you re not a fan yet, you will be after you hear this. This is our final show for 2018. It s been a great year for Happy Hour. We ve met amazing New Orleanians, we ve heard amazing music, and we ve been lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time for podcasting and we ve seen our audience grow beyond anything we ever imagined. If you re one of our regular listeners, thanks for hanging out with us on your podcast app or on Facebook, or Spotify, or wherever you find us. We look forward to seeing you in 2019. Photos at Wayfare by Jill Lafleur.

Dec 12 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #9: What Humans Call Love

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Chris Lee is back! With a brand new record.

Chris retired from music for a few years but missed the adulation, and also has a few things to get off his chest. The new songs are gathered under the album title, Protest Songs and Party Anthems and Chris plays one of each on this Happy Hour. After you hear the first song, the question you're going to have answer is this: should Chris technically get a visit from The Secret Service and get hauled off for questioning? He maintains that he is not actually advocating that we lynch the President, but that we hang him after a trial has found him guilty of treason. It's a fine line.

Mary Devon Dupuy is uninviting you to her wedding. Mary Devon is a comedian but she's not kidding when she says you better not show up at her wedding, even though she somehow mistakenly has listed her wedding openly online complete with directions and an RSVP button. If you Google Mary Devon's name hopefully by now you won't find it. But you will find her doing comedy around New Orleans, regularly at The Dragon's Den where she hosts an evening called F*ck Yeah Comedy. (We have to use the asterisk or they apparently kick us off Facebook and iTunes and other platforms, even though I f'kn Love Science has like a million followers so go figure...)

Cliff Ussery didn't grow up in New Orleans but in a way he did. As a kid Cliff's parents sent him here in the Summer to hang with his cousins. Now as an adult he's come back. Wait till you hear what he's been up to working for The Saints and Pelicans. Professional sports is apparently rough at every level, even for the poor unpaid suckers who sell T-shirts at games.

Andrew Duhon is gearing up for Breakfest, his annual Jazz fest early morning concert. This year it comes complete with a string quartet. If you've never been it's totally recommended.

Photos at Wayfare by Jill Lafleur.

Apr 17 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #10: Learn To Live Laugh Love - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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If there really is a God, why do 80% of the people in Indonesia, the 5th biggest country in the world, live without running water or basic human needs? Is this a theological question, or a political question? Today we're in a perfect spot to find out.

Yanti Turang left her tiny Australian town called Kyneton to visit Indonesia, where her father came from, and was appalled at the sub-standard living conditions that saw members of her own family dying of preventable diseases. Yanti moved to New Orleans where she founded an organization to change all that, called Learn to Live. Learn to Live changes lives in Indonesia, South Africa, Laos, and Kenya.

While Yanti was moving to New Orleans, Joanna Hale McGill's mother dragged her out of New Orleans to go live in Picayune, Mississippi, where she was subjected to blatant racism. Somehow, Joanna didn't get mad, she got God. Today Joanna Hale McGill is a rising star in the world of Gospel music - and when you hear her singing you'll know why. Joanna does her best to answer why God is good to her but letting 80% of Indonesians live in Hell; and you get the sense that if you gave Joanna another 5 minutes and one more song to sing she might turn the whole Inodnesian thing around herself.

God didn't pick out Marcus DeLarge's tie, but he could have. Marcus is the sharpest dresser ever to appear on Happy Hour. And possibly the most passionate attorney. Marcus only lasted about 3 months as a prosecutor in the DA's office before he found his calling as a fighter, defending folks who need him to stand up to the justice system that's stacked against them.

Andrew Duhon gets pretty close to finding God during this conversation. He also revisits and reworks an old song that time and experience have improved vastly.

This conversation is a raucous but respectful romp through international politics, racism, slavery, theology, and immigration. A classic Happy Hour.

Photos at Wayfare by Jill Lafleur.

Apr 10 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #11: The Calla Lily Thief - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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If you're looking for a good place to steal hard to find, exotic plants, Ninth Ward Nursery is the place.

Mark Sanders started Ninth Ward Nursery, as you might have guessed, in the 9th Ward, as a way to relive his glory days as a child, wandering through the backwoods of Huntsville, Alabama, waiting for the street lights to come on. Mark is also a travel writer and editor so there are plenty of hours when the one-man nursery business is unattended. On the advice of our lawyers, we recommend you buy plants the legit way in the hours that Mark is in attendance at the nursery. You'll recognize him, he's the guy with the yellow Google sunglasses.

Havialh Malone is the 4th best looking woman in the universe. It's official. She was named Ms Louisiana Universe in 2018 and was 4th runner up in the national pageant. For most people that would be a crowning achievement. For Havilah it's basically a footnote. You're not even going to believe the list of accomplishments Havilah has racked up in her few short years since graduating from Bonnabel High, but they include running a $160m company, appearing on QVC and Home Shopping Network, and writing a #1 Best-selling book.

The last time Danielle Ryce was on Happy Hour she was 50% of a musical duo. Now she's a smaller percentage of, Dianella, a far larger band, but they're still all playing her songs and she's still got one of the world's most impressive singing voices. You would be forgiven for thinking that's hyperbole, but check it out for yourself. Danielle plays two songs on this Happy Hour.

Andrew Duhon has had an idea about owning a piece of land in the back of his mind and the riff for a song about it in his back pocket for a while now. On this show Andrew unveils the song that is the sum of those two parts. This one's a keeper.

Photos at Wayfare by Jill Lafleur.

Mar 27 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #12: Doncho Builds His Bulgarian Wall - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Some criticisms of President Donald J Trump just sound better in Bulgarian. New Orleans Bulgarian band Blato Zlato have a blistering folk tale about little Doncho who gets to build his big dream wall, only to find he s destroyed his own view, and much more. Band members Boyanna Trayanova and Lou Carrig are as Bulgarian as they are New Orleanian. It s a heady combo and makes for great musicians, with very pointed views about the way they and their fellow musicians are treated better in Bulgaria than at home on Frenchmen Street. Katy Tinsley works the good side of Frenchmen Street. Katy is the Director of The Palace Market, the artists night market that s open 7 nights a week just off of Frenchmen Street. Katy came to New Orleans after a whirlwind romance and just celebrated her first wedding anniversary. By the next one her husband, Alex, is going to have taught her sharp from flat. Comedian Chris Trew s life is anything but funny. Running The New Movement Theater has turned out to be more complicated than it might have appeared when Chris and his wife Tami were among the pioneers of the improv comedy scene in New Orleans. Chris does his best to explain the ramifications of the accusations of sexual misconduct at the theater, but it s uncertain by the end of this conversation just when the end of the longer conversation might arrive. Chris and the theater clearly have some bridge building in front of them before things return to normal in New Orleans comedy world. Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.

Apr 11 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #13: Mr & Mrs Sazerac - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Linda Seabright and James Arey have a lot in common. Linda is a radio personality on KRCB, one of the NPR stations in San Francisco. James is a radio personality on Classical 104.9 in New Orleans, and you might have heard him in his previous incarnation as an announcer on New Orleans NPR station, WWNO. How James jumped ship and ended up back on the same ship is a pretty interesting tale. How Linda ended up teaching mindfulness while still contemplating her previous 6 boyfriends going all the way back to the guy she toured Europe with for a year on 800 is an even more interesting tale. While all that s going on, Kelcy Mae has a new band, called Ever More Nest, a new spirit guide, and a new record coming out, called The Place That You Call Home. And perhaps what might be the biggest revelation to come out of today s show you can get Quaaludes legally in South Africa. If you don t know what a Quaalude is, we ll be selling them at Happy Hour as soon as C Rock hooks us up. Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.

Apr 04 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #14: Ecstasy Saved My Life - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Lori Tipton is the most popular guest in Happy Hour history. Last time Lori was here she talked about her shallow vagina and how she had to become intimately familiar with its intricacies in pursuit of self administered insemination aka turkey baster . As impossible as it sounds, today Lori has an even more amazing story to tell. Today s story includes details of Lori s mother s escapades in strip clubs on Bourbon Street where she worked for many years as a house mother and professional pool player, and the day Lori went to visit her and found she had murdered two other women and killed herself. No matter how good you are at guessing where stories are going to go, you won t predict this one. Briefly, without spoiling anything, FDA administered Ecstasy MDMA has changed Lori s life and delivered her true happiness. Legendary New Orleans musician Billy Iuso has a dream that he s not far from realizing moving to Jamaica. He s got a house picked out and a plan to buy it. Next week he turns 50 and looking back he s accomplished almost everything that he musically set out to do. The one thing he hasn t done, which is about to be rectified at this year s Jazz Fest, is open for The Rolling Stones. Billy plays two songs on this Happy Hour. If you re a fan you re going to love these intimate versions of his songs, if you re discovering Billy for the first time this is a great introduction to a kick ass musician you need to know about. David Villarubia is the most eligible bachelor in New Orleans. He s the owner of the Degas House, the house Edgar Degas, the now famous artist, lived in for a few months, on Esplanade Ave, before he was so famous. But that s not what makes David so attractive. Here s the hook he used to be an international pilot for Delta, and he can fly anywhere in the world, free, for the rest of his life, and take anyone he wants with him You know where to find him. Photos at Wayfare by Jill Lafleur.

Jan 16 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #15: The Totally Random All Cajun Happy Hour Special - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Happy Hour is billed as "Random conversation with folks who have nothing in common." Anything that s truly random will, sooner or later, appear to us not to be. Like flipping a coin and getting four "heads" in a row. Or inviting random people to sit around a table at a bar in New Orleans and discover they re all Cajun. Louis Michot is the fiddle player and lead singer in the Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers. You don t get much more Cajun than Louis and his tales of Petit Paris aka St Martinville , living in Broussard, Lafayette, and out in the woods of Arnaudville. Louis plays two songs on this Happy Hour, accompanied on one of them by fellow Cajun Andrew Duhon. Here in New Orleans we pronounce Andrew s name Doo Hon but if you go a few miles West just how many is open to debate it s pronounced Doo Yong. Until you get a few miles out of Lafayette, into Texas, where it reverts to doo hon, as evidenced by Louis dog whose name was Clint Duhon, pronounced the Port Arthur way cause that s where he came from. Lizzie Guitreau is a Baton Rouge Cajun who decided that her inspiration from watching the TV show House as a kid should propel her into making TV shows rather than medicine. Lizzie went to UNO for film, started a band of film makers and is still working with them today, as Worklight Pictures. Ready for the next weird Cajun coincidence Worklight Pictures are making a documentary about The Lost Bayou Rambers. It s called On Va Continuer we will continue and premieres in February. Brandon Beeyard can t hide his true identity too long. Yes, it turns out his name is really spelled Bulliard, and he s Cajun, from, wait for it, St Martinville aka Petit Paris, and his family is related to Louis s wife s family. Brandon is headed for self propelled meta stardom no, that s not a typo, though he might also be bound for mega stardom by way of his of his revalatory and inspirational life story podcast, Dreamster. The photos on this page were taken at Wayfare by Jill Lafleur yes, that s a Cajun name

Jan 30 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #16: 6 Dead For Dinner - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Anne Ohri s plan for the ultimate demise of her family is, as each member dies, for them individually to be wired into a chair at a dining table set up in a mausoleum on their family farm in Plaqueimine s Parish and be slowly reclaimed by the ocean as erosion destroys Louisiana. Strangely, that s kind of the plan for her 10m experimental school called New Harmony High. New Harmony is one of only ten projects in America that is re imagining high school education that will prepare kids for jobs that are yet to be invented. It s wildly futuristic and exciting. So is selling pot in Colorado, which is what her youngest of four kids does and which is, unknown to him, giving him lungs that will assure him of a choice seat at the table of the dead. By the way, Anne already has the table. Dr. Les White has a buddy who knows a lot about human lungs he s a cardio thoracic surgeon and he told Les that "The ugliest human lungs he sees are the ones belonging to people who smoke pot." That might not sound too poetic but there s a good chance that Les could make it sound that way if he had a mind to. Les has 35 years of experience as a professor of English lit, specializing in poetry. He can even rhapsodize about the four dogs that live at his bedside, in urns. Erica Falls decided a year ago that she wants to end up in an urn too. Not necessarily one at Les s bedside. But she still hasn t given up on growing old with the love of her life, if he would just show up and do what he promised he could deliver. Until then, Erica s getting good mileage out of the optimism of falling in love on her new record Home Grown. Erica sings a beautiful song off of the record, called The Makings of Love. Erica is accompanied by one of the city s greatest guitar players, the fabulous June Yamagishi, who has not yet made a decision about cremation versus burial and isn t inclined to make it today. He does, however, play guitar throughout the entire show. If you don t feel compelled for any other reason to check this conversation out, ignore the witty banter about eternity and the Oversoul, and listen to June play it s beautiful. Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.

Aug 23 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #17: Don't Be A Dick - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Remy Robert rhymes with Amy Snowbear is, among other things, a professional matchmaker at a new startup called Tawkify where you can get hooked up with another human by another human, not an app. There are a lot of layers and nuances to this as you will hear in this conversation but Remy distills the the sum of her knowledge of relationships into this simple admonition Don t be a dick. Apparently just being yourself is enough to win over the right person, if you can find him or her. When she s not hooking people up, Remy s life consists of hanging out with famous chefs like Alon Shaya, translating their prodigious skills into simple enough language to become recipes in a cookbook. Her next cookbook is a Mad Libs inspired culinary adventure. And after that she just might be concocting a book with Chef Kenneth Temple. Chef Kenneth Temple is the recent winner of the prestigious TV cooking show, Chopped. He s been a personal chef to Lil Wayne and other celebrities Lil Wayne likes chicken wings and he s just published a cookbook with 75 of his favorite signature recipes, called Southern Creole. If you re a betting person you could pretty safely bet on Chef Kenneth becoming a big deal celebrity chef and media star. But don t expect him to follow any well worn path. His current cooking show is on Facebook and it s a vast departure for anything you ve seen before. NOLA FAM are charting their own path through the world of Hip Hop. Happy Hour favorites, Moni explains how he has undergone a persona change, inspired by the 1986 Saab Turbo S. He s not kidding. Like the Saab, Moni is nearly invisible, but reliable and fast, and that s how he s come to be called 900. The other half of NOLA FAM used to be known as Q Hefner but is now known as Q The Don. The genesis of these identity change is the imperative of rhyme and while you re betting on Chef Kenneth put a side bet on NOLA FAM. As 900 says, "Things are bubbling." Take a listen to their music on this show, these guys are definitely onto something. Photos at Wayfare by Hope Byrd.

Nov 29 2017

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Rank #18: Ontological Girls In Action - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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It was a day just like any other. Rev Dr Ray Cannata was walking down Freret Street in Uptown New Orleans, on his way home from his favorite new lunch spot 4 hours later when he happened to glance into Wayfare at the very moment Happy Hour host Grant Morris was glancing out from behind his mic, about to begin the show. Next thing you know, Ray has a martini and he s explaining why we re all going to Heaven even if we don t do any good deeds. If you ve ever thought about converting to Christianity or reaffirming your faith, look no further, Ray is the guy to talk to. Kay Morrrison, perhaps better known to New Orleanians as The Occasional Wife, started out as a good little Southern Baptist girl in Algiers. Kay was a member of a gang of like minded Southern Baptists known as Girls In Action. Today Kay is avowedly one of the happiest people you ll ever meet. Her joie de vivre is contagious. Even Andrew Duhon feels upbeat and gung ho about life by the end of this conversation. Andrew has finished his new album, which looks like it s going to called False River, and is considering taking some business advice, branching out and writing songs for other artists. Andrew tries out one of his new songs today, and plays one off of False River. The Kay and Ray show, one of the happiest Happy Hours in our 7 year history, is brought to you by dirty martinis at Wayfare. Photos by Alison Moon.

Nov 01 2017

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Rank #19: Too Old to Die Young - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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The nucleus of Bon Bon Vivant so good they named it twice is the extended Cosio family, Glori and sister Abigail and Abigail s husband Jeremy Kelley. On paper it sounds like some kind of mafia setup, but in real life the band with addition of Ry D Antonio on drums sounds like a swirling melange of rockin Gypsy jazz, shaken not stirred into a sophisto lounge New Orleans danceable feel good fest. And if you can believe it, they started out in Simi Valley, home of the Ronald Reagan Library. Seth Smiley started out in Baton Rouge, but soon found his way to New Orleans where he married into one of the city s royal families the Wolfes. If you ve been in New Orleans for some time you ll know the Wolfes as the folks behind the landmark Wagner s Meat stores. If you arrived later, you ll be more familiar with the current Wolfe family HQ, Melba s po boy shop. Seth is an oxymoron a nice lawyer. Maybe there is something in a name. Seth s take on how he eschews trials for negotiation is refreshing and educational. New Orleans is typically at the top of the list of "worst of..." anything and the bottom of the list of "best of..." anything. But, not this list. Hopefully you re sitting down because this is going to come as a shock. Did you know that we are not at the top of the list of most alcohol consumption in the country Or even in the state They drink more than us in New Orleans, in Houma Yes, apparently Houma is the booze and drug capital of Louisiana. And we have that on good authority. Dr. Susan Julius aka Dr. J is an addictionist at Townsend, a nationwide operation that has 8 addiction clinics in Louisiana. Dr J tells us, "If you learn nothing else today, understand this," and goes on to explain that addiction to anything, from Netflix to heroin, is exactly the same. And it all has a single genetic cause that can be chemically corrected Addiction treatment is really changing, and where better to learn about it than over a cocktail at Happy Hour. Andrew Duhon makes his last appearance on Happy Hour as a guy with two recorded albums. The next time Andrew comes on Happy Hour he ll be a guy with 3 albums Andrew s new record False River comes out this week, though it s not quite as simple as it used to be before digital downloads complicated the music business. Whatever exact date you can get it, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Even if you are diehard Duhon fan already this is going to blow you away. Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.

Apr 25 2018

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Rank #20: Glory-Holing The Galaxy, And Back - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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For under 400 Samantha Bearden can show you how to be the person you ve always dreamed of being. A Mississippi born Star Shaman, Samantha will, somehow, restructure your DNA, both in your body and in the ether, and you ll end up being the best version of yourself possible. The total all in cost is 367. Who wouldn t try that, right P H Fred has a number of lives to try out being the best version of his multilple selves. One of the reasons for his multiple parallel existences is that Mr Fred doesn t sleep. Because of the 8 hours a day that frees up, plus being a genius and having the brain of three people at least Fred can manage to write 1,000 songs this year, antagonize every club owner and festival organizer in New Orleans, have a simultaneous roaring international music career while at the same time being an educator extraordinaire. Vince Ebeier was the front man for one of New Orleans most impressive early 21st century rock bands, The Scorceses, before their own success tore the band apart. Now Vince is back with his new outfit, Spylights. Vince and Spylights guitar player Roman Duffard unveil their new material with a song that s a searing skewering of Facebook. The new record Empath, is out soon. You ll be able to get it here. Andrew Duhon is back from touring his new music around the South. Andrew has a brand new song, and a brand new album, False River, due out in just a few weeks. Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.

Jan 31 2018

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