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.
Abby Mannix comes from a tough family. Her uncle wrote for Seinfeld, including "The Opposite" episode where George ends up getting his job with The Yankees, but he the family still regarded him as a failure. And Laurie Cohen was a member of a Suicide Gang (not Isis) and was a freakin' bitch but that's another story. Anyway, Abby has some of the family funny genes and puts them to good use having a sense of humor about dropping out of law school, having 4 kids, and more directly doing sketch and improv comedy at La Nuit theater.
Donnie Rose started out as a lawyer with Morris (One Call That's All) Bart and best friend and later law partner Vince Arnona with whom he owns and runs Wayfare restaurant and bar on Freret Street. If you don't want to sit through the entire show to find out what's going on at Wayfare - which we only get to at the end - show up there on a Saturday or Sunday and try the all new brunch. However, you wouldn't want to miss the story of Donnie getting his body waxed to win a $1,000 bet or his sure-fire method for discerning who exactly is a hipster.
Kevin "Smokin'" Bowles, Jenn A, and Lana Caruso, collectively known as The Unnaturals, are hands-down New Orleans' most kick-ass surf, rockabilly, swing, metal, punk band. They are also funny, opinionated, smart and deceptively good musicians who, incidentally, like to drink. Bass player Jenn got her start drinking with her dad with a starter mini-cup of Manischewitz wine. Lana has been down every aisle of the supermarket store - nothing more certain - but she's never run across nothin' like Manischewitz from Slidell to Mandeville.
When Lana's not grinding metal (actual metal, not music) with her boyfriend, she's playing drums, while Jenn is playing in a number of bands with her boyfriend Bill, including Maggot Sandwich, the only fine dining sandwich Wayfare doesn't serve.
Photos by Alison Moon.