The re-opening of old friends
We've had a bad year here in New Orleans. But we are looking forward to 2006, and we're ready to ring it in with the opening of some of our favorite haunts.
Tipitina's and Galactic
Galactic had a big party planned for September at the Uptown Tipitina's to celebrate ten years together. But that B---h Katrina cancelled it. So, Galactic will have a ten-and-one-half year party on New Year's Eve. It starts at 9 p.m. and will probably go on to 3 or 4 a.m. Can't make it? Not to worry. NPR will broadcast it.
NPR's broadcast from New Orleans
NPR's traditional "Toast of the Nation" program on New Year's Eve will originate from New Orleans this year and Tipitina's is the venue. There's a second-line parade at 1 p.m. and since Tip's is in my neighborhood, I plan to be there.
Get funky at the Maple Leaf
While you're uptown, try the Maple Leaf Bar. The Rebirth Brass Band will be there Saturday night.
House of Blues is back
The New Orleans House of Blues re-opened this week and will have a great New Year's Eve show with Better than Ezra and Supagroup.
Rock and Bowl
One of my favorite places is the Mid-City Rock and Bowl. It's just what the name implies. A bowling alley and a great music venue. Real funky! This weekend you can see Vince Vance & the Vallants, Benny Grunch & The Bunch, and Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas.
In the Marigny
d.b.a. on Frenchmen Street has great music all weekend, including Hot Club of New Orleans at 6 and Walter "Wolfman" Washington.
For Jazz try Donna's on N. Rampart Street, the Marigny Brasserie, or the Palm Court Jazz Cafe on Decatur Street.
Although New Orleans is not officially open to tourists until next month, there are many already here and we welcome them. Plan to come to see us as soon as you can. We miss you.