The mainstay of Frenchmen Street at Spotted Cat Music Club is reopening this weekend for the first time in more than a year.
The New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings, a jazz band that was often spotted at Spotted Cat before the pandemic, play at 6pm on Friday. Dominick Grillo and the Frenchmen Street Allstars will follow at 8 p.m.
On Saturday there will be four shows in the Spotted Cat: Panorama Jazz Band at 2 p.m., Russell Welchs Hot Quartet at 4 p.m., Michael Watson & the Alchemy at 6 p.m. and Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns at 8 p.m.
On the first night of the relaxed phase 3 restrictions, music is limited and one last call (!) For alcohol
“Our staff and our family of musicians have failed to entertain our many fans locally and around the world,” said a message on the club’s website.
“With the local restrictions lifted, it is time for us to return. If the past year has taught us anything, then all things change and people have the opportunity to come together to adapt to new circumstances. The cat is no different. … We adapt to the time in which we run our house. “
To comply with current coronavirus restrictions, ticket sales for each show are restricted to groups of two or more people at socially distant tables. A single ticket costs $ 20 plus service charges and is available through an Eventbrite link at dottedcatmusicclub.com.
New Orleans public health regulations do not allow dancing and the closing time is 11:00 PM. Table service is offered.
CNN anchors Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon broadcast from the Spotted Cat yard on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, 2018. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
“With a lot of care we can create a safe space to bring music back to our stage and do work for many who have been without for far too long,” said the club’s statement.
The return of Spotted Cat, the club where CNN anchors Don Lemon and Brooke Baldwin repeatedly hosted juicy New Year’s Eve shows, is yet another sign that New Orleans nightlife is coming back to life, albeit at an earlier time.
Kermit Ruffins got off his massive black pickup on the corner of AP Tureaud Avenue and North Dorgenois Street and was ready to rest …
The nearby Favela Chic, located in the corner of Café Brasil, was the first Frenchmen Street Club to feature indoor music since the COVID-19 shutdown a year ago. On March 12, the first day of New Orleans Phase 3 coronavirus restrictions being relaxed, Tyler Hotti and the Coolants performed in Favela Chic, but with no horn section.
Other clubs in the French entertainment district are still closed, but the street has not been entirely silent.
The Yard on Frenchmen, just off Esplanade Avenue behind Engine 9 Fire Station, regularly hosts marching bands in its courtyard.
There were bands on the sidewalk in front of the closed Frenchmen Street Art Market, while dba sells take-away drinks across the street.
Musicians also play in front of the Royal Frenchmen Hotel & Bar, in whose courtyard concerts are held in the evenings with tickets.
In February, the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, one of the longest-running Frenchmen Street Clubs, began streamed Sunday evenings without an audience on the StageIt.com platform. This series will be continued on Sunday at 7 p.m. with trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and his quintet.
In other places, music venues are slowly coming to life again.
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The Bullet’s Sports Bar in the 7th district has started hosting the trumpeter Kermit Ruffins on Tuesday evening and the Original Pinettes Brass Band on Fridays.
Last weekend, two of New Orleans ‘bigger clubs, Tipitina’s Uptown and The Howlin’ Wolf in the Warehouse District, presented their first shows since the pandemic began. Participation was limited to 75 people in accordance with applicable city regulations.
The music continues on Friday at Tipitina with two sold out performances by keyboardist Jon Cleary and the Absolute Gentlemen Trio with limited capacity. A trio with guitarist and singer Walter “Wolfman” Washington can be seen on Saturday at 7 and 9:30 pm. A limited number of tickets are still available.
The Howlin ‘Wolf booked the Rebirth Brass Band on Friday and the Hot 8 Brass Band on Sunday, like every weekend through May.
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New Orleans’ busiest music venue since the fall is Broadside, the 13,000-square-foot outdoor entertainment space across Toulouse Street from the Broad Theater.
The Broadside has been open since October and has regularly presented top notch local bands. The 150 permitted participants sit outside on socially distant Adirondack-style chairs.
This weekend the club has the Soul Brass Band on Saturday at 2pm, followed by a joint performance with drummer Herlin Riley and drummer Mike Dillon at 5pm. The soul band Lulu & the Broadsides play on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Broadside
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