Mar 9, 201708:00 AM
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Lady Lamb at Breezy’s and BUKU Finally Arrives

Sometimes you can go home again

Mike Griffith

Lady Lamb at Breezy’s

One of the great things about the New Orleans music scene is that is always capable of surprises. On Ash Wednesday, Lady Lamb rolled into Breezy’s space for an intimate acoustic performance. It’s been quite some time since I set foot in Breezy’s and I was pleased to see that it has been preserved. The spirit of the former bohemian coffee shop was an ideal setting for Lady Lamb’s unique style of performance. For those unfamiliar with Breezy’s it was a New Orleans institution whose last home was in the Freret neighborhood and run by Bob Borsodi—a truly bohemian character. We always just called it “Bob’s” because there was no way to understand the space without mentioning the owner in great detail. Bob has been memorialized in greater detail elsewhere, but I will always remember him as a having a tremendous amount of patience for those of us who were desperately trying to create something from the hell that was adolescence. It seems like Aly Spaltro has captured the spirit of that kindness with this pared back tour playing to small clusters of fans who meet in living rooms and other small performance spaces. This comes in support of her new EP Tender Warriors Club. The concept of Tender Warriors embodies an appeal to empathy in our daily lives and Spaltro’s bare performances of these songs captured that essence perfectly. One of the things that I love about Aly’s songs and performances is that they are tender without being meek. They exude confidence without being overbearing. Spaltro’s performances don’t insist on themselves they exist in concert with the world that surrounds them. On Wednesday evening sitting among a handful of other silent and attentive fans, she led us on a journey of vulnerable strength that was strangely apt as the last echoes of Carnival died away. Certainly it brought back those feelings of comfort and acceptance that made Bob’s an amazing space for so many years.

 

BUKU is Finally Here

Well BUKU Arts + Music Project is here—which amazingly means that the festival season is properly upon us. This year the festival will take place on Friday and Saturday (Marhc 11-12). Once again the promoters have put together a powerful and eclectic lineup. There is so much great music that is hard to pick just a few things to highlight. I’ll steer clear of the headliners other than to say Young Thug and Grizmatik play before Travis Scott on Friday and Tycho and Run The Jewels pave the way for Deadmau5 on Saturday. If you are a regular reader here you’ve heard me rant and rave about Tycho and Run The Jewels for years now. Here is a chance to catch them back to back on the same stage.

This year the Ballroom stage is positively loaded with talent—on Friday Car Seat Headrest plays at 5:15 p.m. CSH had one of my favorite records of last year. They are followed by Thundercat (who has one of my favorite records of this year so far) at 7:30 p.m. You can round out the day with Big Wild for good measure. On Saturday the same stage boasts Yeasayer, Vince Staples and The Floozies all one after the other. There is so much to see this weekend you really can’t go wrong. Just get out to Mardi Gras World and follow your ears. You’re bound to catch sight of something that you absolutely love.

 

To Do This Week

Tonight check out The Wild Reeds at Gasa Gasa. Friday and Saturday (if you’re not at BUKU) you can check out Robert Earl Keen at Tips on Friday and The Gripsweats at the Leaf on Saturday. Sunday Merchandise plays Siberia. Monday Neko Case is at Preservation Hall and Nick Hakim is at Gasa Gasa. On Tuesday check out the excellent Allison Crutchfield at Gasa Gasa with Vagabon. That same night the incomparable Ryan Adams will be at the Orpheum. On Wednesday Stevie Nicks will be at the Smoothie King Center with The Pretenders as the opening act(!) (I know, I’ll be there too).

 

To Listen This Week

 

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Mike Griffith is a New Orleans native and like many locals developed an almost immediate and lifelong obsession with live music.  With the revival of “In Tune” his obsession is now on display for our readers.  Mike fills the time between shows teaching media studies at Tulane university where he received his PhD.  He is particularly interested in projects that combine the native understanding of a place with new forms of digital expression.  

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