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12th Night Champagne Social with King James & The Special Men

I, quite literally, just took down my Christmas tree (in order it take advantage of Christmas Tree recycling for the wetlands), and already it’s carnival time. Oh my. It really never stops.

I think my preferred Twelfth Night celebration is tonight’s “Champagne Social” with King James & The Special Men. If you haven’t checked out their regular Monday gig at BJ’s you’re missing out.

Champagne Social tonight @ d.b.a. 10pm. $5.

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Euclid Trivia Night

Know way more about music than I do? The Euclid folks recently started up this weekly trivia night at the Hi-Ho. Check it out:

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d.b.a. Goes (mostly) Non-Smoking Today

So d.b.a. is going smoke-free today. And when I say smoke-free–I mean the bar will definitely be smoke-free during performance times (which is most of the time), and may possibly make exceptions for performers who want to smoke, or during very early and late hours.
There has been quite a bit of press and controversy and confusion surrounding this new policy. So, firstly, full-disclosure, I work there. Secondly, I am an occasional smoker, who doesn’t mind going outside for her occasional cigarette…Now, I feel like a kid caught in the middle of a divorce. The smokers feel betrayed; the non-smokers are jubilant. I do not feel so strongly either way.
Reading the comments on the article in nola.com you’d think this were a hot-button issue like gay marriage or something.
Choosing to jump the gun on the inevitable, but elusive, smoking ban is an experiment that will have to play out over the next months and years. But, in the meantime, may I present a solution that does not involve long discussions of property rights versus government responsibilities to protect workplace and public health? Let us look to technology and human innovation to solve the problem. If you are heavy smoker, or just really like smoking indoors: have you seen the progress being made with smokeless cigarettes? All of the nicotine, and the act of smoking, without all the kill-you stuff. I’m just saying, why can’t we all just get along?

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Last Show at the Circle Bar…

…for a while. Ye old Circle Bar, one of my favorite bars in the city, is going to be closing for a while to undergo some renovations. They’re saying six weeks, but we know how that sort of thing goes. Tonight they are having a big closing night blowout featuring four really good bands, each headliners in their own right: The Happy Talk Band, Rik Slave and The Phantoms, Felix and O.L.D. This gonna be a fun one. 10 pm.

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Anxious Sound’s Holiday Ho-Down

Nothing says the holidays like experimental cajun music, right?

The Hi Ho Lounge is hosting Anxious Sound’s annual Holiday Ho-Down tonight at 10pm. Here’s the deets:

Anxious Sound’s annual tradition of closing out the year with a convergence of the region’s most adventurous improvising musicians continues with the 2010 installment which looks to be the most exciting one yet. The cast of characters will include such local luminaries as JAMES SINGLETON, SIMON LOTT, DONALD MILLER, JESSE MORROW, WILL THOMPSON, ROB CAMBRE, and Mississippian BRUCE GOLDEN. But there’s one set in particular that we’re really psyched about….

Are you ready for FREE CAJUN IMPROV ???
There is no better proof of the universality, endless scope, and continuing vitality of free improvisation than GERARD DUPUY. A resident of Moncla, LA (on the Red River) in Avoyelles Parish, Mr. Dupuy is the leader of the Moncla Cajun Band and plays the traditional instruments used in Cajun music, particulary the violin. He is know in those circles as the “Stump Man” due to the tree stump he stands on in performances. Gerard is a retired GED instructor from the Jumonville Memorial Area Technical Institute. He performed in France and London for the first times this past June. BUT in addition to all of this, Mr. Dupuy has independently evolved his own free-improvising approach to the double-bass that in some way resembles the organic treetrunk crackle-and-throb of such giants as Peter Kowald and William Parker but filtered through Mr. Dupuy’s life & music experience in Cajun culture. This achievment is all the more remarkable for being developed in relative isolation and with NO knowledge that such an approach to music existed on a worldwide level. Mr. Dupuy arrived to this type of playing completely on his own.

Six years ago, Baton Rouge-based bassist & improvisor BILL HUNSINGER came across film footage from a French doumentary “GUM-BOH! LA! LA!” that featured Mr. Dupuy playing in this fashion and henceforth dedicated himself to finding the man. Since then Hunsinger & Dupuy have met and played together, and will feature the public debut of their collaboration – dubbed CONTRA-CONTRA-CAJUN – at the 2011 Holiday HO-Down.

Needless to say, we are VERY excited to present this dynamic new project to New Orleans listeners. In addition to being fun & exciting music, it serves as living proof that adventurous approaches to sound are RIGHT AT HOME here in Lousiana.

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Christmas Eve Drinking

Finally got that shopping done? Need a drink? Why not go have one at the Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel? While you’re there you can experience the beautifully decorated lobby–a tradition the hotel resurrected last year.

Wanna keep drinking?…Then go over d.b.a. where DJ Lefty Parker and Elves will be bringing you a holiday soul/funk dance party. Bar opens at 7pm. Music starts at 9pm.

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The Old New Orleans Lil Big Vaudeville Variety Show – Holiday Extravaganza!

One-Eyed Jacks has some old-timey, holiday fun lined up this evening. Check it out:

The Frenchmen Street Flauntrepreneurs proudly present…The Old New Orleans Lil Big Vaudeville Variety Show – Holiday Extravaganza (It’s a Real Humdinger!) A night of floor shows, dancing, live music and old timey partying deep in the wilds of the French Quarter! featuring…

Meschiya Lake and her Lil Big Horns Jazz Band

with performances by…
The Basin Street Buttercups
Dante the Magician
Trixie Minx
The Nola Jitterbugs
…and more!

Taxi Dancers and Cigarette Girls too!

$12 cover, $10 with vintage dress

Doors open for social dancing… 9.30pm
Live music and floor shows begin… 10pm

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