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.
Old folk wisdom says there are two things you don't want to see being made: sausages and legislation. You might want to add kombucha to that list.
According to one of the guys who makes it, Daniel Morris from Big Easy Bucha, it's made in what's called "open brewing" which is kind of like brewing beer except instead of being in a closed system it's an open vat with a SHEET over it. Yes, a sheet. A black sheet. In all fairness Big Easy Bucha, sheet or no sheet, tastes awesome. As we can attest after a rigorous taste test on this Happy Hour, sacrificing ourselves for science by adding whisky to Bucha, making what Andrew Duhon christens as Boozy Bucha.
Harry Rosenberg (no relation) and Molly Portier make up 50% of Blonde Roses, one of the most exciting new bands in New Orleans. In fact they're so new that they've only been around a few weeks having been reborn from an earlier outfit you'll know if you;re from Lafayette, called Wooden Wings. As you know if you listen to Happy Hour, we get to hear a lot of great music on this show - these guys rate up there with the absolute best.
Do you know anything about bras? If you do you can decorate one and enter it into the Bodaceous Bra competition at Festi Gals, an annual festival celebrating women that Diane Lyons dreamed up to complement festivals about tomatoes and oysters. Diane's day job is an event planner with her own company Accent DMC which she describes as being like Run DMC but with less money. However, still plenty of champagne.
Andrew Duhon just finished writing a song called Whatever Happened to Gray. Although by now it may be called something else, a rose and the color gray by any other name would be, well, a plant and a color with different names. If you want to know why the song induces trance-like good feelings, Andrew has a musical, psychological and mathematical explanation.
Photos at Wayfare by Nathaniel Trahan.