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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

35 Ratings
Average Ratings
32
3
0
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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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It's New Orleans: Happy Hour

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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

Rank #1: Employees Must Wash Hands After Exposing Themselves - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Andrew Ward has more weird experiences than 20 Happy Hour guests combined. Without even mentioning the royal Indian heritage of his transgender chickens, how he gets to be involved in Louisiana s record setting race to be number one in the country for Gonorrhea, or the fact that Yulman Lapalanian is his step dad, Andrew s regular night in a bar on Frenchmen Street is not like yours. On Andrew s average night the bartender drops his pants to illustrate a point by displaying his genitals which turn out to have Batman tattooed on one testicle, Superman on the other, and what is going on in between you ll have to figure out for yourself. Christine Clouatre was a bartender on Al Copeland s yacht and is here to say Al never hit on her once. Maybe it was because she told him that she spent her off hours in the jerk off room at the adult sex store on Airline Highway. That was all a long time ago. Today she s an upright citizen who spends her off hours beading like a Mardi Gras Indian with her beading krewe, the Dames de Perlage. Julie Lodato is a fellow Dame and a beading Saints fan, as you can see from her intricate bead work scene of the classic Gleason punt. By day, Julie creates artwork that sells Blue Runner Beans, Crystal Hot Sauce, and other Louisiana goodies. Andrew Duhon returns from a musical run up and down the great American highway to play a beautiful new song inspired by the stoic travails of his mom who has "the good kind of cancer." This is the kind of song that restores your faith in the over used term, "singer songwriter." Oh, just in case you were wondering if there s anything you might not have heard in a barroom conversation before, Andrew Ward relates what he s been up to lately convincing Ugandan men to have a circumcision while they re hanging out at a music festival in Uganda. For real. Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.
Oct 11 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #2: If It's Not Amazing It's Not Worth It - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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If you ve ever wanted to meet a bunch of amazing New Orleanians, or you want to reaffirm your faith in the plain old New Orleans tradition of having honest to god real conversations and fun with complete strangers, this is for you. YouTube sensation Princess Shaw describes how she got to be the Princess, what it s like to be a star, to travel the world, to come home to New Orleans with no job, to go from being a lesbian to loving men, and what to do when your partner cheats on you. And that s for starters. Desiree Ontiveros has a company called Badass Balloon Company that makes balloons with sayings on them the like of which you can see in the photo, above. Most of the sayings on these balloons will get us axed from whichever respectable podcast app you listen to podcasts on but you get the idea pretty quickly from Desiree s description. When she s not making balloons Desiree dreams of being a sexy assassin, like the original Princess Shaw. If you re not following that exactly, you ll catch on a couple of minutes into this conversation. Matthew Rosenbeck is not Jewish but equally surprisingly he s about 18 Irish. Matthew has been the driving force behind the band The Honorable South, a music booker on Frenchmen Street and a podcast pioneer. Today he s a visual artist with a gallery exhibit and a rising star of sculpture. Andrew Duhon didn t bring a guitar but he did bring his harmonica. Matthew demonstrates his producer skills and masterminds a collaboration between Andrew and Princess Shaw. They come up with a song about cheating that s actually pretty darn good. By the end of these drinks it s hard to discern if Grant is dating Princess Shaw and cheating on her with Desiree or by what method he s going to be killed. Somewhere in another universe in a parallel dimension this conversation is still going on. Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.
Jun 14 2017
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #3: Obama: The Funniest Person in New Orleans - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Lauren M is officially The Funniest Person in New Orleans. Lauren is the winner of the 2017 Hell Yes Next award from the comedy HQ of New Orleans, The New Movement Theater. Just a few hours after being crowned, Lauren s first official engagement is Happy Hour. It s trial by fire. One of Lauren s pieces in her routine, which she does on this show, is discussing her mother the racist. Lauren is black and her mom is white. Lauren s dad is black. Which makes Lauren the Obama of New Orleans. And that s not even the most interesting thing about her. Other than being the funniest person in New Orleans she was also a member of the famous Second City comedy theater in Chicago and spent 8 months as a comedian on a cruise ship and and only had sex for the last 3 weeks of the gig. Actually, you re going to have to do the math on that yourself. Kris Fortier is no stranger to people like Obama. The ex President that is. Kris has a company called Porter which caters to people with enough money to have other people make their dinner reservations, buy their booze and groceries, or just hang out with them and get them soup when they re not feeling well. For somewhere around 50 and hour you can basically buy a friend. And once you meet Kris you ll get the idea it s well worth it. Rory Callais is a member of a band you might not have heard of if you re going by record releases. Vox and The Hound have taken years to make their new record, Aloha Shores. We take a listen to a couple of tracks on this show and we re pretty sure you ll agree with everyone at Wayfare, it s awesome. In fact, the Funniest Person in New Orleans endorses it. Also, if you like David Bowie s music and good looking people taking their clothes off you can experience both of those at once at Rory and burlesque dancer Bella Blue s show Oh You Pretty Things. Best to show up high, by the way. Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.
Jul 12 2017
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #4: Blend In and Stay Out The Sun - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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If you re a white person in the U.S. you might tend to think of other races as being, of themselves, monolithic. However, if you re a member of a race with non white skin hues you are more attuned to the finer shades of skin color that make you lighter or darker than other people of your same race. Your perception of yourself and where you fit on that spectrum can determine how you feel about yourself, and how "threatening" you may appear to white Americans. This, believe it or not, is the subject of a beautiful song by Mykia Jovan, called 16 Shots, off of Mykia s album, Elliyahu. If you ve never heard Mykia s music you re in for a treat. You can hear a song on this show, but if you want you can bug out of here now and go find Mykia on Spotify. We guarantee you ll fall in love with her and want to come back to know more about her. And you sure are going to learn some interesting stuff about Mykia on this Happy Hour Dr. Charles Corprew has made a name for himself by being a social justice revolutionary. Dr Corprew s part in the revolution is to ask "What s Your Revolution " By ascribing each of us a personal role and responsibility in revolutionizing our lives, we ll create a society that s better for all of us. Although Happy Hour specializes in doing nothing but talking, this conversation, for a change, is actually talking about something real. It s called "Social Justice." Toni Arnona spends her days fighting for personal justice too. Toni s fighting as a lawyer. Sometimes in criminal cases and sometimes personal injury. We ve talked to quite a few lawyers on Happy Hour over the years, and, without casting any aspersions at all on past guests or comparing Toni to any of them, it is rare and refreshing to meet someone who is so genuinely decent. Not only is this edition of Happy Hour real New Orleans, it s about as real as it gets. Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.
Mar 07 2018
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #5: Trouble Never Ends - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Manny Chevrolet Bruno describes himself as "The next Mayor of New Orleans." A perennial mayoral candidate with the slogan "A troubled man for troubled times" Manny is stepping it up this election cycle with his new slogan "Trouble Never Ends." It s unlikely you ve ever heard a candidate for office espouse quite this strange of a collection of thoughts. Along with the usual promises to legalize marijuana and dismantle the Sewerage and Water Board, Manny is disturbed by the existence of domesticated pets and doesn t believe questionable drinking water is much of a problem. And that s just the tip of the iceberg. As a retired body builder, professional fitness trainer, and owner of two elite gyms in New Orleans, Sacha Owens could kick Manny s ass. It s a miracle she doesn t. People don t ever come to blows on Happy Hour but this might be as close as we ve gotten. for the past 3.5 years George Elizondo has resisted the temptation to install Tinder on his phone. He s working on his music. And the concentration is paying off. George s band Nebula Rosa is about to release their new record. If you have an idea for an album title that s not "Welcome To My World" let George know. You might be able to find him at The Bulldog on Magazine Street. Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.
Sep 13 2017
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #6: B J And The 20K Picasso of New Orleans - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Jax Frey is the most prolific painter in the entire world. Yes, you read that correctly. Jax has painted more paintings than anyone in the world. At least 6,500 more than Pablo Picasso who held the previous world record at 13,500. Jax is at 20k and counting. Except she can t get the folks at the Guiness Book of World Records to believe her. Not for want of trying. And not for want of having her record officially sanctioned by Guiness s competitors. The stuff you learn over a drink at Happy Hour is crazy. Did you even know there s a competing world record keeper Anyway, Jax is making 40 bucks a shot selling these paintings and she s knocking out thousands of them. Do the math. Oh, and by the way, she s single. David Capasso was single, more or less, for 13 years. On either side of that was the time he date a woman for a year and a half then went back after the 13 year break and married her. David is an attorney who loves to break certain laws, namely those pertaining to the restrictions on smoking weed. He s also an expert on blow jobs, anal sex, and the comparative merits of performing both or either in public spaces. If you had to have a lawyer, this has gotta be the guy. Whe he gets you off it s going to be a hell of a party. Carly Meyers and Adam Gertner are not legally married but they ve been together since they met at the Denver High School For The Performing Arts. You can see why they were and still are attracted to each other and formed a duo he s a drummer and she s a trombone player. It s a marriage made in some kind of parallel universe heaven where music is different. But guess what It works. They re a duo who call themselves ROAR and their music does seem beamed in from another planet. One where everything is super cool and upbeat but not nerdy and super hip without requiring tattoos and mustache wax. If this music doesn t end up being a super huge worldwide commercial success we ll hand in our prognosticator license. It s a must listen. Photos at Wayfare by Hope Byrd.
Jul 19 2017
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #7: The Librocubicularist - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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You may have met a librocubicularist and not known it. You may stood next to one at Barnes and Noble. You might even be one. According to singer songwriter Alexandra Scott, a librocubicularist is a person who enjoys reading in bed. According to our crack Happy Hour research staff Grayson Jernigan the word is not in Websters dictionary, but then Webster can t be expected to know everything. Alexandra, on the other hand knows a lot of stuff, including inside tales of her hometown Charlottesville and the actions of the neo Nazis who, for all the wrong reasons, have put the place on the map. Godwin s Law of internet etiquette allegedly postulates that discussion of Nazis ends all discussion. But this crowd managed to push on through and cover a great deal of post Nazi ground from Fiji inspired skincare to Polaroid photography, and much more. Linsey Lamba created her Fijian inspired skincare line, Ariya Apothecary, when she was working for Microsoft in Seattle and living in New Orleans. A life of bouncing back and forward stressed her out and gave her acne which she cured herself with potions she whipped up based on her mom s Fijian folk remedies. Today Linsey lives full time in New Orleans, has a skincare line, and doesn t need to mess with Microsoft. Ginette Bone is 6 feet tall but her accent is probably the first thing you notice about her. Living in New Orleans for 37 years hasn t dimmed her British diction one bit. Ginette and her husband, artist Blake Boyd, own the Boyd Satellite Gallery on Julia Street and are in the throes of assembling their joint decades long project, Louisiana Cereal. It s a collection of over 500 Polaroid photographs of Louisiana luminaries that is going to be a limited edition book and an exhibit. You can be a part of it thanks to Kickstarter. Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.
Aug 16 2017
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #8: 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
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #9: Corruption, Consent Decree and Other Shocking New Orleans Revelations

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Happy Hour is not the kind of podcast you expect to hear shocking inside breaking news revelations about corruption in the New Orleans justice system, but you never know who you're going to be sitting next to in a bar and what they're going to tell you after a drink or two.

Simone Levine is the Executive Director of Court Watch NOLA. It's a watchdog organization that keeps an eye on the courts. You won't even believe the story about Judge Bonin and why he gets defendants who appear in his court to wear an ankle monitor. Kickbacks. From the ankle monitor company. Sometimes the judge orders defendants to wear the monitors for up to a year - and the defendant has to pay $10 a day to the monitoring company. This story is going to be in the NY Times, and we scooped them on Happy Hour!

Lila Turner has only been in New Orleans for 6 months but she's probably done more good for the city in that time than most of us do in 6 years. Lila is the Development Director for Son of a Saint, an organization that mentors fatherless kids, mostly because the fathers are one step beyond ankle monitoring: incarcerated.

Basch Jernigan is the front man for the NOLA soul/Southern-rock band Roadside Glorious. It's hard to pin down exactly what they sound like, but that's a positive. Basch threw away a career in environmental journalism to sing in a rock band. That decision is not doing his student loans too much good but it's great for the rest of us who love music.

Andrew Duhon unravels a brand new tune called Emerald Blue. If you're already a Duhon fan you''re going to love this. If this is the first time you've ever heard Andrew, you're coming in at a high point.

If you'd like to see photos by Jill Lafleur from this show recorded live at Wayfare, click here.

Oh, and by the way, wait till you the hear the shocking details of the Consent Decree that keeps both the NOPD and Sheriff's department under the thumb of the Feds, and who's getting paid for that. This is quite a Happy Hour. Thank God for cocktails.

Jun 26 2019
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #10: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #11: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #12: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #13: You're Not Allowed To Call It Nut Milk

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OK, so here's the thing about nut milk. Apparently Louisiana dairy producers are ticked off and powerful enough to get the legislature to outlaw anyone calling or labeling anything as "milk" that doesn't come from a cow. No bull. That's going to be the law. And that's according to one of the State's most connected journalists, Stephanie Grace.

Stephanie Grace was a columnist for the Times Picayune before quitting and moving to The Advocate, only to end up at The Advocate again now that they have bought the Times Picayune and become a brand name with a "|" in it - a vertical line that's been hiding on your keyboard for years and is under-utliized in daily parlance, for good reason. Nonetheless, Stephanie gets paid for calling bullsh!t on Louisiana politicians, a job with enormous security. OK, the paper is officially called The Times Picayune | New Orleans Advocate

Talking of long life, Paul Tuennerman says an insurance actuarial guy told him he's going to live till he's 92. Paul totally believes this and lives his life accordingly, wantonly eating hotdogs and creating dishes like charbroiled sh!tty sticky buns with high-end ice cream, which you're going to be able to order at a Dat Dog near you. Paul is actually the CEO of Dat Dog and he does sh!t like dream up stoner desserts for a living.

Hey! Meet The Bummers! Sean Doyle and Ben Shooter are the guitar playing vocalist 50% of the alt/pop/rock band that sounds kind of like Lennon & McCartney if they had dropped acid in Mid City instead of India. Sweet harmonies wrap around bizarre and whimsical lyrics about subjects ranging from lawyer Morris Bart to the fate of being trapped in The Fountainbeu building on the corner of Tulane and Carrolton. You're going to love this discovery.

Find photos from this show recorded at Wayfare by Jill Lafleur, here.

Jul 17 2019
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #14: The CBD & Cocktails Experiment

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Jonathan Andry shows up to this week's Happy Hour with a bunch of his CBD product, CBD-Tox. It's allegedly a kick-ass hangover cure, with 20mg of high grade CBD in each capsule.

So, picture this. You're in a bar in New Orleans - Wayfare to be exact, Uptown - with ace guitar player June Yamagishi, Erica Falls, the vocalist for Galactic, high-net-worth business consultant (for folks over $20m only) Melissa Schutz Lilly, and singer-songwriter Andrew Duhon. And Jonathan's free boxes of CBD capsules. Oh, and everybody's drinking cocktails. So what do you think happens next? Correct. Everybody takes two CBD-Tox capsules.

This podcast is the live, real-time experimental record of what happens next.

Without spoiling anything, Erica's pain threshold changes fairly substantially over the hour. Andrew believes he can see where the song he's writing can be fixed, and debuts it. Melissa's stomach ailment disappears. And Jonathan defends himself against a lawsuit from the estate of the late Dr.John.

Warning: your results with 40mg of CBD may vary. But we highly recommend accompanying it with rye, rose, pinot, or a gin based cocktail of indeterminate contents. We can guarantee those results.

If you want to see photos of this experiment by Jill Lafleur or get more info about this show, click here.

Jun 19 2019
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #15: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #16: Come with me River of Dream Weavers - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Thomas Cole found America so polarized that he no longer wanted to live here, and moved to India. That was 1969. Thomas stayed in India, Nepal, Thailand, Tibet and Afghanistan for 16 out of the 20 next years where he became what we don t dare call a "rug merchant." Thomas a far more elegant title for that occupation, and now he has a new, double barreled occupational handle and achievement he s an author photographer. Thomas s new book of photographs is called Standing in the Shadows New Orleans in Focus. It s an elegant and impressive pictorial chronicle of the city. Roger Johns is an award winning author. His award is Georgia Author of the Year, because he lives in Georgia, but he s a native Louisiana boy from Alexandria. Roger s books are crime novels, with a main character called Wallace Hartman who s a woman detective. The stories are set in Baton Rouge, which Roger describes as "the most interesting city" he s ever been in. And he s not kidding. You never forget your first. That s why Joy Clark will remember this Happy Hour forever. It s Joy s first podcast. If you ve never heard Joy play or sing, you are in for a treat she s the real deal. She also has a fascinating life story that involves being home schooled on the West Bank and a long lost African American cousin in Germany. Andrew Duhon almost bought himself a time bomb in the shape of a touring van today, but luckily figured out the truth before he got himself killed on the road. Andrew, as he often does, tries out a brand new song. It s another beautiful dissection of the human heart. Photos taken in the few remaining rays of daylight at Wayfare by Jill Lafleur.
Nov 07 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #17: Transactional Microdosing - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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If you re a guy you have to assume a woman wants to have sex with you for the same reason you want to have sex with her. Namely, that there s some kind of attraction. According to Chef Toya Boudy, that s not what women think at all. Not just some women but all women, according to Toya, are looking for something else beyond the satisfaction of sexual desire. Though it might not be a wholly original theory to believe women want more out of a sexual encounter than men, it s interesting to find out exactly what men might think that is. Ian Neville is the guitar player in New Orleans premiere funk band, Dumpstaphunk. Growing up as a member of the royal family of New Orleans music has come with its challenges, but Ian has been equal to them and manages to walk the line between being a regular New Orleanian and avoiding his nightmare scenario of extreme fame coupled with extreme poverty. Mark Bologna grew up as a die hard New Orleanian too. His parents, who were "Kids when they married and kids when they had me," owned the renowned Teddy s Grill in Gentilly and Mark grew up cooking without knowing that s what he was doing. After 15 years away working for the V.A. Mark has returned to New Orleans where, among other things, he hosts the popular local podcast Beyond Bourbon Street. You never know when you sit down with total strangers in a bar what it is you re going to find that you have in common. You might not be surprised to discover, in this case, there are gumbo stories to swap, and you might not even be surprised to hear about various opinions about sex, but you might be a little more surprised by the discussion about psychedelic drugs. Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.
Sep 06 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #18: Operation Gentilly Bum Rush - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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Here's everything you need to know about this week's Happy Hour: if you're disgruntled about the Rolling Stones playing Jazz Fest, there's a subversion plan afoot.

Andrew Duhon comes up with this genius idea after ony one drink, and dubs it "Pontchatrain's 11," inspired by the Oceans 11 scam. The plan involves everyone sitting around the table at this Happy Hour to pull it off. The key player is Katherine Klimitas.

Katherine is an artist, a jeweler, a graphic artist, and a lover of country music. She's also confined to a wheelchair and because of that she has become the go-to person for Jazz Fest for checking out that the festival is ADA compliant. So the plan is, on the day the Stones are playing, to use Katherine's vehicle as a Trojan Horse, to sneak in Andrew and Georgi Petrov.

Georgi Petrov is one of the most impressive jazz guitar players you'll ever hear. He fronts his own quartet and plays with a bunch of other people, including the super-talented Meryl Zimmerman.

If you're wondering where you've heard the name Meryl Zimmerman before, you might be thinking of her dad who is a graduate of Ben Franklin and is now of the author of a Long Island New York based contribution to the wide world of Jewish trivia under the title Rashi Rambam and Rama Lama Ding Dong.

Anyway, this is all besides the point and we haven't even gotten to Josh Brasted yet. Like Meryl's father and Katherine Kilimitas, Josh went to Ben Franklin and is now an internationally known photographer specializing in photographing musicians. Josh, apparently because he's Catholic, is very self-effacing and describes himself as "Solidly okay," but the big deal here is that he's got a press pass to Jazz Fest to cover the Rolling Stones.

You see what's going on here? Okay, here's the bottom line: the deal at Jazz Fest is, while the Stones are playing the rest of the stages are going to be shut down. That's what's really pissing off Katherine. Except all the rest of the stages are not going to be shut down because Andrew Duhon and Georgi Petrov, plus other hand-picked musicians that will form their one-off band for the day, will be smuggled into Jazz Fest with their instruments and will set up and play on the Gentilly stage during the Stones set.
In between this plan coming together, Andrew plays a new song, Meryl and Georgi play two songs - one by the inimitable Fred Rogers, which is really going to shock you, in a good and sophisticated jazzy way. Meryl Zimmerman is the real deal.

Musically and in conversation, this might be the most quintessentially Happy Hour of all time. And when you see Katherine, Josh, Georgi, Andrew and the rest of the subversives on the news after the Stones play at Jazz Fest, remember you heard it here first.

Photos at Wayfare by Jill Lafleur.
Feb 06 2019
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #19: Boudreaux in a Spit Hood - Happy Hour - It's New Orleans

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It's hard to know which is Travis Laurendine's best story on this Happy Hour.

Maybe it's getting punched out by then Saints coach Jim Haslett when Travis was wearing the Boudreaux the Nutria mascot at a Zephyrs baseball game. Or maybe it's meeting Dick Cheney when he (Travis, not Dick) was named the smartest person in Louisiana. Or is it the story about how Travis started and staged Boycott Bowl? Or, try this one, maybe it's the fact that he's a secret super big deal in the music industry and is configuring a whole new aspect of Universal Music's business. And there's more!

Jenelle Slobof has some good stories of her own. Jenelle is a psychiatric social worker who specializes in working with super messed up people who are brought into an emergency room with mental problems. The only downside to that occupation - other than possibly getting beaten up or spat on, which is why people are restrained and have something called a spit-hood - is the fact that we don't have that exact occupation in Louisiana. Jenelle blames the Governor of Louisiana, but what she doesn't expect is that the Governor apparently follows us on Twitter and weighs in on the discussion. So how about that?!

Ben Shooter spends more time at Wayfare than anyone in the room. And not just at our table. Ben is normally a cook in the kitchen at Wayfare. Just like in a feel-good movie, the Wayfare staff stop work, crowd around and cheer when Ben plays an original song. And with good reason, the kid is good! You can catch Ben with his band, The Bummers.

Andrew Duhon is back from the road and premieres a brand new song, about slowing down. By the way, full circle, Andrew and Travis went to high school together and Travis produced Andrew's first show.

Photos by Jill Lafleur.

Mar 20 2019
1 hour 2 mins
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