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Video: The Roux – A Spicy Brown Burlesque Show

OffBeat Videographer JonGunnar Gylfason sat down with Blu Reine, the producer of The Roux: A Spicy Brown Burlesque Show, for the latest exclusive OffBeat video.

The Roux, by JonGunnar Gylfason, OffBeat Magazine

Photo by JonGunnar Gylfason

Blu Reine started The Roux as a way to promote diversity within the burgeoning burlesque community by highlighting a variety of performers of color.

Reine’s show pays homage to African-American burlesque and variety performers with a lineup that includes classic burlesque, neo burlesque, boylesque, drag, comedy and much more.

The performers incorporate local music into their acts, so it’s not uncommon to see a burlesque performance set to a Dr. John song when a live band is not employed.

Reine, a performer herself, and “the honey badger of burlesque” Jeez Loueez talk about the importance of presenting burlesque performances by women of color in the video.

Check out the interview and performance clips below.

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Jim Monaghan’s 19th Annual Halloween Parade Set to Roll October 31

Molly’s at the Market has announced the return of Jim Monaghan’s Halloween Parade on Friday, October 31, at 6 p.m.

Jim Monaghan's Halloween Parade 2014Since its establishment in 1995, this parade has come to be a cornerstone of the holiday New Orleanians consider to be “Mardi Gras for the locals.”

Expect horsedrawn carriages carrying costumed riders who’ll toss Halloween-themed throws while riding through the French Quarter.

The parade will be accompanied by local marching organizations and bands such as The Storyville Stompers,The Kazoozie Floozies, The Bearded Oysters, and The Muff-a-lottas.

The parade will begin at Molly’s at the Market at 1107 Decatur Street and proceed through the French Quarter to The Erin Rose at 811 Conti Street via Decatur, Bienville and Burgundy Streets.

The parade will then pause for 30 minutes at The Erin Rose to refill drinks and conduct a costume contest.

After, the parade will process down Bourbon Street and end back at Molly’s at the Market.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to ride in the parade, visit

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Mini Greek Festival to Celebrate 150 Years of Holy Trinity Cathedral

The Greek community is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Holy Trinity Cathedral with a weekend of events that begins with the “An Evening on the Bayou” mini Greek Festival on Friday, October 10.

Holy Trinity, overlooking Bayou St. John, is the oldest Greek Orthodox Church in the Americas. Its annual spring Greek Festival is a well-known New Orleans event.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

The “Mini Greek Festival” begins at the cathedral at 6:30 p.m. with an ouzo toast and will continue into the night with a fireworks show, traditional Greek music and dancing, and traditional Greek cuisine.

The weekend keeps rolling Saturday morning with the “Greeks on the Bayou” historical New Orleans bus tour, which departs from Holy Trinity and runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

At 7 p.m., there will be a formal dinner at Metairie Country Club, along with the premiere of the documentary film “150 Years of the Holy Trinity in New Orleans.”

On Sunday at 10 a.m., His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios will preside over a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity. Other Christian leaders will be in attendance, and a celebration will follow in the Hellenic Cultural Center.

According to Reverend Father George Wilson said in an email that the church’s community is excited to share “their history, culture, and love of New Orleans beyond the walls of Holy Trinity.”

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McClure’s Barbecue Opens in Ocean Springs Mississippi on September 27

The new Ocean Springs, Mississippi, location of local favorite McClure’s Barbecue will celebrate a soft opening this weekend.

McClure's Ocean Springs

McClure's Barbecue in Ocean Springs

Never one to shy away from an opportunity to host a party, McClure’s partner and co-owner Ryan Shapiro said the new location will be serving up much more than just tasty barbecue on Saturday, September 27, especially since Galactic and Break Science will be playing just down the street at Kress Live in Biloxi.

“We’re going to start off with our regular, full menu,” Shapiro said. “We’re going to be serving lunch, dinner, and a late night menu.”

In addition to the food, Chicago based blues band Nick and the Ovorols will take the stage Saturday night at McClure’s from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., with Mitch Stewart taking over from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.

“From 1:30 a.m. until the sun comes up, we’re doing the Galactic and Break Science after party,” Shapiro said. “DJ Otto is opening up for the Galactic and Break Science show, and he’s going to be the DJ for the after party as well, with some very, very special guests.”

Shapiro said the new Ocean Springs location is perfect for parties and he hopes to add more events like this into the mix in the future, especially as more New Orleans acts begin to play Kress Live

“The two venues are about seven minutes away from each other,” he said. “They are right next door to each other, so you can go see Galactic at Kress Live and come right to the after party at McClure’s.”

McClure’s Barbecue
1911 Government Street
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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Ticket Giveaway: Galactic at Kress Live on September 27

We’re giving away five pairs of tickets to see Galactic at Kress Live in Biloxi, Mississippi, on September 27.

Kress Live, a new venue along the Gulf Coast, has already attracted a host of New Orleans and national artists.

Brooklyn based electronic duo Break Science will open for Galactic, and the show starts at 9 p.m.

Enter here for your chance to win one of the five pairs of tickets we’re giving away!

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New Orleans Concert Picks of the Week: September 25 – October 1, 2014

Hungry for live music… Look no further! Here’s OffBeat’s look at New Orleans’ top concerts for the week of September 25 – October 1, 2014 featuring: Don Vappie Creole Trio, the Breton Sound, Papa Mali, the Bad Plus, Lynn Drury, Paul Sanchez and John Rankin, The Head And The Heart, and more!

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  • Armstrong Park: Jazz in the Park feat. Russell Batiste and friends with the Wild Tchoupitoulas, Edna Karr Marching Band, Mike “Soulman” Baptiste (JV) 4p
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art: After Hours featuring Tim Laughlin (JV) 6p
  • Palm Court Jazz Café: Duke Heitger and Crescent City Joymakers (TJ) 8p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Same Ol’ 2 Step (ZY) 8:30p
  • Snug Harbor: Don Vappie Creole Trio (JV) 8 & 10p



  • Chickie Wah Wah: Johnny Sansone (BL) 9p
  • d.b.a.: Pine Leaf Boys (KJ) 10p
  • Frenchmen Theatre: Gravity A (FK) 10p
  • Gasa Gasa: Tank and the Bangas (VR) 9p
  • Rock ‘n’ Bowl: Bonerama (FK) 9:30p
  • One Eyed Jacks: New Orleans Beard and Mustache Championships with the Breton Sound (ID) 9p
  • Tipitina’s: the Original Subdudes (FK) 10p

the Breton Sound at Gasa Gasa

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  • Blue Nile: Washboard Chaz Blues Trio (BL) 7p
  • Carrollton Station: John Mooney (BL) 10p
  • Chickie Wah Wah: Tommy Malone and Seth Walker (BL) 9p
  • d.b.a.: Papa Mali (FK) 11p
  • Saenger Theatre: 1964 the Tribute (CB) 8p
  • Snug Harbor: Adonis Rose (JV) 8 & 10p



  • AllWays Lounge: Aurora Nealand and the Reed Minders Sextet (TJ) 8p
  • One Eyed Jacks: the Bad Plus (RK) 8p
  • Snug Harbor: Singleton, Freilich, Green and Vidacovich (JV) 8 & 10p



  • Funky Pirate: Lynn Drury (BL) 8p
  • Howlin’ Wolf: Water for People Big Easy Bash featuring New Orleans Suspects (FK) 9p



  • BEATnik: Shonen Knife, the Bills (PK) 9p
  • Columns Hotel: Paul Sanchez and John Rankin (JV) 8p
  • Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse: Jason Marsalis (JV) 8p



  • Civic Theatre: The Head And The Heart (VR) 8p
  • d.b.a.: Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters (BL) 10p
  • House of Blues: Luke James (VR) 9p

Fan Funding Success Story: Hwy Lions

After successfully fundraising nearly $6,000, Shreveport band Hwy Lions are heading back into the studio to finish recording their sophomore album, The Wheel.

Hwy Lions by JenFar Photography

Photo by JenFar Photography

After recording their debut in the attic of a downtown bar, the Hwy Lions opted to record their next record at Shreveport’s Foxtrot Studios, which they described on their Kickstarter page as, “a diamond in the rough in our city.”

After five days of recording, they had a generous portion of the album completed but had completely ran out of money.

The band turned to Kickstarter in order to raise the funds to complete the album which, lead singer Daniel Goodwill says, “was an amazing resource we were hesitant to embrace but it ended up being something more powerful than we could have imagined.”

The band even got some help from a family friend, legendary New Orleans guitarist, Papa Mali, who created a trailer to help advertise the campaign.

Fans who donated to the Kickstarter campaign got rewards such as handwritten lyrics, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and pre-release downloads.

The band even offered to take fans on fishing or bowling trips for pledges of $250 or more.

The Wheel is expected to be released by the end of November and will kick off a week long run of shows throughout Louisiana.

The shows will be announced in the upcoming weeks on the Hwy Lions Facebook page.

Click here to watch Papa Mali’s trailer for the band.

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Ticket Giveaway: Crimestoppers Costume Gala September 27

We’re giving away two tickets to the Crimestoppers Heroes and Hooligans Costume Gala on Saturday, September 27.

The costume party, which will feature silent and live auctions, a costume contest, great food, and live music by the Wise Guys.

Doors open at 8 p.m., and costumes are strongly encouraged, but dressy casual attire is also acceptable.

Enter now for your chance to win!

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Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival Kicks Off Third Year

Some of the biggest names in Southern blues will descend on Bogalusa this weekend for the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival.

Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival 2014Though only in its third year, it has quickly become a staple of the blues circuit, named 2012’s “Best New Event of the Year” by the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals and one of the Louisiana Tourism Department’s Top Ten Must-See festivals.

Because attendance soared past 5,000 in 2013, they’ve added a second day to the line-up this year, as well as on-site camping.

The headliners, Southern rock mainstay J.J. Grey & Mofro, will close the festival 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Other acts include Big Daddy O, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and Paul Thorn on Friday, and Big George Brock, Johnny Sansone, Mike Zito, Devon Allman, and Ruthie Foster on Saturday.

The weekend’s festivities also include ample food and art vendors, as well as a tribute to Bogalusa native Professor Longhair with a special event poster designed by fellow Bogalusa native Richard Thomas.

The festival will take place at Cassidy Park, 129 Ben Miller Road, with shows from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 26, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 27.

Tickets are on sale online and at the gate and cost $10 a day, with children under 12 free.

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Photos: Trombone Shorty and Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue teamed up with Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds for an irresistible double bill at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA, on September 11th.

Shorty brought the high energy show that has built his band into a monster to a sold out house, playing through originals like “Hurricane Season,” “Buckjump,” “Something Beautiful,” and “On Your Way Down.”

One of the highlights came when 19 year old Stephanie Young, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University from Suffolk, VA, was invited up on stage from the audience to play with the band. Stephanie crushed her solo and left the crowd screaming frantically.

Brooklyn’s own Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds opened the night with a crushing set of super charged R&B and funk infused rock n roll.

A highlight of their set was when Orleans Avenue drummer Joey Peebles came up and sat in with the band, powering through a two drummer piece that also lit a fire under the crowd.

Trombone Shorty, by Bob Adamek, OffBeat Magazine

All photos by Bob Adamek. Click here to view the gallery on Flickr.

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