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.
Robin Rosemond started early. She left home at 13 and for her 18th birthday got thrown in jail for fighting a cop.
A couple of kids and a long marriage to Herr Hoffmeister later, Robin found herself having an existential crisis at The Nutcracker Ballet in Anchorage Alaska and spending the next few years alone in the never-ending Northern night "where the odds are good but the goods are odd."
Don't ask Jedd Haas where he went to school. Unless you've already decided you don't want to be his friend. He's a good guy to be friends with though: if you stay off of the education question you'll get to sample some his award winning booze.
Jedd is the founder of Atelier Vie distillery, where he makes Absinthe, whisky, and the award winning Euphrosine #9 Gin that he brought with him to this show.
We don't like to give anyone free commercials but without a word of exaggeration this is the greatest gin you've ever tasted. Jedd describes it as "Gin for people who don't like gin" and he's right - it's in a class of its own. Which is why it won a gold medal at the distilling olympics.
Even Casa Borrega's Hugo, an avowed tequila monogamist, was won over.
Google changed Kelcy Mae's partner's name. It started out as Lucy but Google, like Kelcy, preferred Pudd'n and so that's how it goes now Google is running the universe. As if that isn't enough to deal with, Kelcy's dad wants to be Elvis and her ex is crazy.
Thank God Kelcy is an awesomely talented songwriter and singer and can weave all these experiences into elegant, smart, witty songs and wash it all down with some slick guitar playing. Is Happy Hour producer Graham daPonte dancing?
On a sad note, our fabulous Happy Hour photographer Douglas Engel is living with the fishes. He's not dead or snuffed out by the Mob, he's literally taking care of some fish ponds. Hey, it's New Orleans: our photographer is also an aquaculturist.