Of course Labor Day weekend in New Orleans means that it is once again time for New Orleans’ largest LGBT event of the year – Southern Decadence. On Saturday you can catch the annual Queen B Drag Brunch at Broussard’s. Saturday night is the 15th Bourbon Street Extravaganza (at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann) featuring Ultra Nate, Jeanie Tracy and Beth Sacks. The 45th annual walking parade begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday. If you are looking to make a weekend out of the events, the ACE hotel is offering great rates along will a full slate of events including dance parties, curated DJ sets, and a special edition of Big Queer Pod Fest – a one-night-only audio extravaganza putting together the best of your favorite queer podcasts with game shows, interviews, special guests and a live taping of all sorts of shenanigans, co-hosted by Jeffrey Masters of LGBTQ&A and Fran Tirado of Food 4 Thot. No matter where you end up in the Quarter this weekend, there will be something exciting to see or do. Get out there and follow your ears.
Booker Fest at the 100 Men Hall in Bay St Louis
If you’re looking to get out of town this weekend, the 100 Men Hall in Bay Saint Lewis is having their inaugural Booker Fest—celebrating the life and music of our own James Booker. The host site for this event, the 100 Men hall is one of the few original buildings left on the Mississippi Blues Trail. Things begin Friday night with a screening of Lily Keber’s amazing and definitive biography Bayou Maharajah (check out the trailer below) and continues Saturday with a a series of performances and readings including tributes by Tom McDermott and Josh Paxton. Just an hour down the road, this event is a great way to start your long weekend. More info can be found at this link.
Other Things To Do This Weekend
If you’re in the mood for a bit of nostalgia, The Backstreet Boys are at the Smoothie King Center tonight and Cowboy Mouth are the Free Friday show at Tipitina’s. Also tonight, you can also catch Chris Lake at Republic or Aurora Zealand and the Royal Roses at d.b.a. Tomorrow, Rebirth Brass Band is at Tipitina’s with Deva Mahal or Cole Williams at Backroom at Buffa’s. Saturday you can also catch the Herlin Riley Quartet at Sung Harbor for two shows. Sunday night you have the choice of two huge shows: George Clinton’s Farewell Tour is at the Fillmore with Dumpstaphunk while Charlie Wilson plays the Smoothie King Center. Monday, Charmaine Neville is at Sung Harbor for two shows. Tuesday, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard are at the Joy. Wednesday, Ryley Walker plays the Howlin’ Wolf while the Tin Men take the early show at d.b.a. And Thursday The Motet are at Tipitina’s.
To Listen This Week
- Check out Diana Krall’s amazing cover of Tom Waits’ “Temptation” via Youtube
- The New Pornographers have dropped a new track “The Surprise Knock” via Youtube
- Charlie XCX has a new track “Miss U” from the “13 Reasons Why” Soundtrack via Youtube