May 31, 201811:30 AM
The sounds that move the Crescent City
Oyster Fest and Shilpa Ray
Tomorrow night Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/poet/punk Shilpa Ray will drop into the Santos Bar. After stints performing with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Grinderman and Sharon Van Etten, Ray released the excellent Last Year’s Savage in 2015 and the phenomenal Door Girl last year. This record is a phrenetic trip through styles and genres that are ultimately tied together by Ray’s wry humor and exquisite voice. One of the things I really like about Ray’s work is her unwillingness to suffer fools. There is no time for the superficial or the willfully unaware in her world. These folks are dismissed as mere impediments to actual connection and experience. This will we a wonderfully intimate performance. Check out the video for “Morning Terrors Nights of Dread” below.
This Saturday and Sunday Oyster Fest returns to Woldenberg Park with food, music, crafts and of course the oyster eating world championship. On Saturday the festivities kick off with with the Treme Brass band at 10:30 a.m. You can also catch the Lost Bayou Ramblers at 1 p.m., The Bucktown All Stars at 2:45 p.m., Darcy Malone and The Tangle at 4:30 p.m. and Shamarr Allen and The Underdogs at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday the Oyster Shucking contest gets going at noon. On Sunday the Mulligan Brothers play at 1:15pm, Sweet Crude at 3 p.m., Naughty Professor with Sexy Dex at 4:45 and Bag of Donuts close things out at 6:45 p.m. On Sunday the Oyster Eating Contest is at 11:45 a.m. In edition to the music, all of your favorite oyster haunts will be there including Acme, Drago’s and Felix’s. The event is free and open to the public. If you want to roll in style there are VIP passes available that include food, beverages and the all important air conditioning.
To Do This Week
Tonight Midge Ure is at the Parish and the Gentilly Stompers are at Bamboula’s. Tomorrow night Shilpa Ray plays Santos Bar and the Wild Rivers are at Gasa Gasa. The Free Friday show at Tips this week is Gravy with Darcy Malone and The Tangle. Saturday Eyehategod drop into Tips. Saturday and Sunday make sure to hit the Oyster Fest. On Saturday night you can catch Joe Krown and Wolfman at Buffa’s or Sweet Crude at d.b.a. Monday Chad Valley is at Gasa Gasa. Tuesday the Staton Moore Trio does two shows at Snug Harbor. Wednesday the Tin Men and Wolfman do their usual back to back sets at d.b.a.
To Listen This Week
- Check out the video for Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante”. Alynda Segarra uses footage from the recovery of Puerto Rico to further illuminate the political message of her remarkable song. Via Youtube
- The Bad Bad Hats are finally back with a new single and a new album announcement via Youtube
- Weezer finally cover Toto’s “Africa” via CoS