Rank #1: You're Going To Hate Me By The End of Tonight
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.
May 22 2019
Rank #2: Keto Fat Bomb Explodes the Myth of Celebrity
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
Rank #3: Accidental Ecstatic Hypoventilation - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
Jan 09 2019
Rank #4: The Bearded Lady
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
Rank #5: Mahalia Jackson Was My Great Aunt - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
Oct 18 2017
Rank #6: Slaps! - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
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
Rank #7: Lady Problems: The Vagina Whisperer
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
Rank #8: I Was Dennis Rodman's Roommate - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
Dec 12 2018
Rank #9: What Humans Call Love
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
Rank #10: Learn To Live Laugh Love - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
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
Rank #11: The Calla Lily Thief - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
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
Rank #12: Doncho Builds His Bulgarian Wall - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
Apr 11 2018
Rank #13: Mr & Mrs Sazerac - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
Apr 04 2018
Rank #14: Ecstasy Saved My Life - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
Jan 16 2019
Rank #15: The Totally Random All Cajun Happy Hour Special - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
Jan 30 2019
Rank #16: 6 Dead For Dinner - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
Aug 23 2017
Rank #17: Don't Be A Dick - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
Nov 29 2017
Rank #18: Ontological Girls In Action - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
Nov 01 2017
Rank #19: Too Old to Die Young - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
Apr 25 2018
Rank #20: Glory-Holing The Galaxy, And Back - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans
Jan 31 2018