Saturday, May 19, 2007

NOLApalooza



Since the Memphis bureau of Hurricane Radio has been silent lo, these many months, and neglected to inform us of the Super Bowl of Swine, I'm not going to be able to drive up this weekend, as my life revolves around making tasty tortilla treats for the good people of the Lower Garden District on Friday and Saturday nights.

I reckon I got something to do tommorrow, however, since there is never a weekend that goes by in this town without a festival of some sort, and this one looks to be one hell of a show. It will also be a cover charge well spent, if money does get to the NOFD, to buy some stuff that they need.

Though it is a shame that, with all the taxes people pay in this country, the politicians can't figure out a way to fully fund Fire Departments, it is good to see that there are some folks out there who have decided to go ahead and "git-r-done," and try and raise some supplemental cabbage in support. I hope the event will be well attended. I will try and bring back some pictures.

But this got me to thinking, especially along the lines of Ashley's Sinn Fein mantra. Couldn't NOLA do something like this on a macro scale? Like, send NOLA bands out on a full scale invasion of the United States next summer, after Jazz Fest? Take it all on the road, like the Lollapaloozas of olde: one big, traveling NOLA circus taking over fairgrounds and civic centers in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Nashville, Memphis etc? How effective of a message spreader would that be? "We are still here. We are not OK. But this is how we roll. This is why you love us. This is why you need us."

This City may not need an Irish Channel Republican Army, for NOLA already has her boots - they play every night at places like Tipitinas and the Circle Bar and Le Bon Temps and Carrolton Station... Could you imagine how such a thing would go off?

7 comments:

sophmom said...

What a great idea! The "tasty tortilla treats" sound pretty good too!

Leigh C. said...

Lovin' that idea!

But who would we get for the sideshows?

Ashley said...

What a fucking genius of an idea.

Oh, and we need to start a band. I'll play drums, you play guitar. Everybody sings.

Leigh C. said...

Maybe I can get the Human Blockhead out of retirement and off Coney Island for it...

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Thanks, y'all. Now we just need to figure out who to call to get something like this together.

Sideshows? The concession stands would be as much entertainment as sustenance, based on my experience in this town. Add to that some Mardi Gras Indians, the FEMA trailer tour, the Vic N Natly show & other assorted theatre ensembles, music seminars for kids, an art market, and some Levees.org booths, and you've got all the side shows you need. You could even have a rock climbing wall decorated in a Bourbon Street fascade as revelers try to scale the storefronts for beads.

And Ashley, yes we do. I'm in on bass or acoustic six.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Well, I had hoped to make it to the block party, but this city can get so distracting at times....

bmacfee said...

GREAT idea! We have a decent sized fairground here in Marshfield, MA (@20 mi south of Boston). A friend and I discussed a NOLA fest of some kind a while back. Last year we had Marcia Ball and Tab Benoit at the Fair - the crowd LOVED it!!

Email me if this comes to something and I'll put you in touch with the right people fr booking, etc.