HAPPY HOUR is a cocktail-fueled 60 minutes of random conversation with folks who have nothing in common, other than being New Orleanians in a bar. Featuring extraordinary New Orleans musicians playing live, host Grant Morris and sidekick deluxe Andrew Duhon.
It's hard to know which is Travis Laurendine's best story on this Happy Hour.
Maybe it's getting punched out by then Saints coach Jim Haslett when Travis was wearing the Boudreaux the Nutria mascot at a Zephyrs baseball game. Or maybe it's meeting Dick Cheney when he (Travis, not Dick) was named the smartest person in Louisiana. Or is it the story about how Travis started and staged Boycott Bowl? Or, try this one, maybe it's the fact that he's a secret super big deal in the music industry and is configuring a whole new aspect of Universal Music's business. And there's more!
Jenelle Slobof has some good stories of her own. Jenelle is a psychiatric social worker who specializes in working with super messed up people who are brought into an emergency room with mental problems. The only downside to that occupation - other than possibly getting beaten up or spat on, which is why people are restrained and have something called a spit-hood - is the fact that we don't have that exact occupation in Louisiana. Jenelle blames the Governor of Louisiana, but what she doesn't expect is that the Governor apparently follows us on Twitter and weighs in on the discussion. So how about that?!
Ben Shooter spends more time at Wayfare than anyone in the room. And not just at our table. Ben is normally a cook in the kitchen at Wayfare. Just like in a feel-good movie, the Wayfare staff stop work, crowd around and cheer when Ben plays an original song. And with good reason, the kid is good! You can catch Ben with his band, The Bummers.
Andrew Duhon is back from the road and premieres a brand new song, about slowing down. By the way, full circle, Andrew and Travis went to high school together and Travis produced Andrew's first show.
Photos by Jill Lafleur.