The V Side: New Libation Orchestra, Swamp Pop, Where Y'Art?!, Smackdown
THURSDAY / Orchestral Nights: There's always reason to celebrate, but just hearing the name of the New Libation Orchestra makes one want to raise a glass. The local music collective features members of Galactic, Brian Coogan, Quickie Mart and more. Drummers Kevin O’Day and Steve Riechlen, bassist Chris Arenas, keyboardist Brian Coogan, guitarist Jeff Raines, saxophonists Ben Ellman and Brent Rose, trumpeter Eric Lucero and DJ Quickie Mart, are orchestra regulars. Soul-jazz and funk feature most prominently in the Orchestra, with the members taking cues from the late 60s and 70s. Friday, July 20, 10:00pm, d.b.a., 618 Frenchmen Street.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY / Swamp Thing: Not only is Gonzales, LA hosting an entirely and legitimately throwback and unique music festival-- we are talking serious B-sides-- but the Swamp Pop Music Festival is air conditioned and indoors. It's almost unfathomable. "Swamp Pop," a unique Louisiana musical genre among the ranks of zydeco. Cajun with a rock and roll flair, or "gutsier," Swamp Pop originated in the 1950s and was most popular from 1958 to 1964. Tommy G & Stormy Weather, Junior LaCrosse & Sumtin Sneaky, and David St. Romain are among the lineup. The Swamp Pop Festival benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and even features a cook-off, a pageant, and a motorcycle poker run. Friday, July 20, 5:00pm - 12:00am. Saturday, July 21, 10:30am - 11:00pm. Lamar Dixon Expo Center's indoor Trademart Building, Gonzales, LA. Tickets $10-$15.
FRIDAY / There Y'Art Shall Be: NOMA seems to always outdo themselves with their Friday night Where Y'Art?! series. This week's lineup features their art-making activity, music by the Scott Sibley Outfit, a gallery talk with Russell Lord, curator of Ralston Crawford and Jazz, screenings of WYES's New Orleans in the 50s and The Nightlife That Was, and "Art You Can Eat," which I'll have to quote directly: "The crossroad of Art, Science and New Orleans Cuisine: Do-it-yourself molecular gastronomy meets bananas foster and other New Orleans classics" led by Haley Bitterman, Executive Chef: Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group." Talk about Date Night...this week's Where Y'Art?! might be Date Month. Friday, July 20, 5pm - 9pm. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Diboll Circle, City Park.
SATURDAY / Spelling it Out: The aptly titled Urban Education Smackdown goes down this weekend. Writer and performer Jim Fitzmorris conjures a fictitious school based on his year working in a New Orleans charter school. He uses the theatrical medium as a political battleground to ask questions from all sides about education. Presented by Mike Harkins and Irish Channel Productions, "When the lights go down, the schooling begins!" Saturday, July 21, 8pm, Shadowbox Theatre, 2400 St Claude. $15 GA, $10 students & teachers.