If you somehow missed Party Girl's scented memo last month, I hope you didn't miss Grant Street Dancehall's grand reopening on July Fourth weekend. It was four days and three nights of some of the best music to come through Lafayette in a long time. The sentiment throughout the weekend: Grant Street veterans and newcomers alike died and went to heaven. The remodeled Grant Street sports raw wood on the walls, contemporary lighting, a metal sign on the stage made by Begneaud Manufacturing and leather sofas and huge round ottomans. The Air Conditioned Lounge is pretty cool too (pun intended), and the raised deck in the back of the main club might just be the best spot in the house. As Party Girl lounged on an ottoman, watching The Fabulous Boogie Kings, much to my surprise, a cocktail waitress came to take my order. I was in heaven!
The long weekend kicked off Thursday night with Red Beans and Rice Revue and Sonny Landreth, with Steve Conn, Mel Melton and C.J. Chenier. It felt like everyone in town was in the crowd that night for the historic Lafayette musical reunion. On Friday night, Jerry Lee Lewis rolled into town, chauffeured by John Troutman and Eric Adcock. The legend was a man of few words backstage before the show, but The Killer had plenty to say when he sat down at the piano. (Vocalists Warren Storm of Lil' Band O' Gold and Susan Cowsill made it out for ol' Jerry Lee's set, too.) It was quite a different scene Saturday night when eccentric piano player Bobby Lounge took the stage. After being rolled up in his "Iron Lung," escorted by a nurse, Lounge entertained the crowd with his twisted lyrics and stories. People will be talking about that show for a long time. The evening wrapped up Sunday with a swamp-pop double bill of The Fabulous Boogie Kings and GG Shinn. The crowd didn't thin a bit, and Party Girl ran into locals like Julie Bordelon and Eric and his wife, Jenn Adcock, who'd been there every night. It's hard to stay home when you know there's some good music goin' on!
Party On! ' PG
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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
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