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.
The real Debbie and Donna are New Orleans twins who won $200m in the lottery and blew it all.
The fake Debbie and Donna are Jon and Chelsea from a band called Toonces which they formed in the aftermath of playing Debbie and Donna in a comedy music show where - dressed as the opposite gender - they fell passionately in love. So passionate was their love that they included Dana - a man dressed as a woman - along on their first night of sex together. Which didn't go according to what you might think would be the normal course of events. And that, believe it or not, is just the beginning of the story. The rest of it involves a hedgehog called Quilliam, yoga, tarot cards, and an imaginary religion.
Grant mentions that when he walked into the bar he assumed Clyde Edward Casey aka Casey was going to be the most eccentric person at the table, an observation which, looking at Casey aka Clyde is wholly forgivable. Even though the threesome twins story is hard to top, Casey aka Clyde aka Casey does not disappoint. Casey aka Clyde has done practically everything required of the card-carrying eccentric, from carving wooden figures on Bourbon Street to making harmonica bracelets but not wanting to tell you where he sells them (here) to getting married to the Cosmic Queen on a reality TV show in the French Quarter.
In other company, owning Kitchen Witch, a bookstore in Mid City that sells "9-10,000 cookbooks," and refusing to drive a "stinkin' Lincoln" (literally stinkin' from the animals carted around inside it and a plug to drain out water) would make you the kook, but in this conversation Debbie Lindsey is almost a straight arrow. Almost.
Andrew Duhon tries out a song about pickling that is unfinished and gets help putting the lid on it from Toonces.
This is without doubt one of the most eccentric and unpredictable barroom conversations you have ever heard. Or your money back.
Photos at Wayfare by Graham daPonte.