Happy Hour

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.   

Good News: It's HIV

Good News: It's HIV
December 5, 2018

Among a wide variety of other pursuits, Dr. MarkAlain Dery is an HIV doctor. Amid the staggeringly bad news about the rate of HIV infection in New Orleans (second in the nation behind Miami) is the good news that if you have to contract a serious illness - say, diabetes, cancer, or HIV - HIV is the one to pick. According to MarkAlain, you can get a simple (and free) HIV... Read More »

You Can Be Right Or You Can Be Christmas

You Can Be Right Or You Can Be Christmas
November 28, 2018

If you're even the tiniest bit cynical about Christmas, you have got to hear Debbie Davis's impassioned explanation of why Christmas matters. We're so used to thinking we have to be be smart, ironic and funny in conversation that it's shocking to hear a completely unvarnished, sincere, heartfelt defense of simple niceness. And then the big question: why can't we be like this all year? The answer might lie in Debbie's... Read More »

The Empath, The Cajun Jew, and The Woman With Vision

The Empath, The Cajun Jew, and The Woman With Vision
November 14, 2018

Vince Ebeir's new band is called Spylights and their first record is named after Vince's gift: he's an Empath. That means Vince feels your pain, but also your pleasure. So be careful what you get up to around him. Vince brings along his guitar player, Roman Duffar, and the guys play two songs off the upcoming Empath record. Also, if you're in a band and you need marketing or any other business... Read More »

Come with me River of Dream Weavers

Come with me River of Dream Weavers
November 7, 2018

Thomas Cole found America so polarized that he no longer wanted to live here, and moved to India. That was 1969. Thomas stayed in India, Nepal, Thailand, Tibet and Afghanistan for 16 out of the 20 next years where he became what-we-don't-dare-call a "rug merchant." Thomas a far more elegant title for that occupation, and now he has a new, double-barreled occupational handle and achievement - he's an author/photographer. Thomas's new... Read More »

Arab Halloween Shark Escape

Arab Halloween Shark Escape
October 31, 2018

The only person who showed up to our Halloween Happy Hour in costume is one of two Cajun Jews called Alex who work for Live Nation. The one wearing the bat suit at Wayfare is Alex Rosen, a refugee from Lafayette who now lives in New Orleans and is the Marketing Manager for all the new Fillmore  music venue - a 2,000 seater in Harrah's Casino.   Alex tells us we're going... Read More »

A R 1 10 27 13 Sagittarius

A R 1 10 27 13 Sagittarius
October 24, 2018

Among the many things you could find remarkable about Arwen Podesta - and there are plenty - perhaps the singularly most impressive is the fact there is a part of your body named after her. There is a part of everybody's body name after her. It's in your DNA. Arwen was a part of the Human Genome Project - the folks who mapped the human genome - and as a result... Read More »

Do Your Country Smooth Fascist Thing

Do Your Country Smooth Fascist Thing
October 17, 2018

Jose Fernandes grew up under a fascist regime in Portugal. Jose came to Hammond, of all places, on a tennis scholarship, almost 40 years ago. In the interim, between then and the current rise of fascism, Jose has been a stock broker and a door-to-door furniture salesman - the latter for something like 20 years - before devoting himself to photography. Now, with his wife, Jose is the owner of the... Read More »

Madonna, The Wusband, & School of Rock

Madonna, The Wusband, & School of Rock
October 10, 2018

One of the great things about New Orleans is, you never know who might be standing in line with you at the supermarket, or sitting next to you at the bar. A perfectly normal, unassuming person turns out to be, in this case, the photographer who took the iconic images of, among others, Tina Turner, Lou Reed, Dennis Hopper, and is the author of the book A Portrait of M,... Read More »

Americana crib of Baby Dolls

Americana crib of Baby Dolls
September 26, 2018

Americana is a genre of music that didn't exist in the UK till Paul Spencer brought it back from the US. (Some may argue with this proposition but it's fundamentally true.) Paul's a Brit who lived in Los Angeles, worked in the music business, and traveled frequently to New Orleans where he got to know and love Jazz Fest (among other indulgences). When he moved back to the UK, Paul started... Read More »

The Queer Horror Fried Lobster Undercover Superstar

The Queer Horror Fried Lobster Undercover Superstar
September 19, 2018

According to horror film maker and Director of the NOLA Horror Film Fest, JT Seaton, the reason gay people love horror is because being trapped in a house with a poltergeist is what it feels like all the time to be gay everyday in regular society. When it comes to the end of his life, JT's preferred way to go out is alone on a beach. Till that happens JT is... Read More »

UNOLA 1001

UNOLA 1001
September 12, 2018

If someone hadn't hacked Cherice Harrison Nelson's phone and changed her calendar around she would have been on time and we wouldn't have gotten to meet Sar (pronounced sare) who happened to be hanging out and sat in for Cherice for the first 30 minutes of Happy Hour. Sar's family came over to the US from somewhere in Europe and shaved some syllables off of their last name to transform themselves... Read More »

Gardez Donc

Gardez Donc
September 5, 2018

The "Duhon" in Andrew Duhon is pronounced doo-hon in New Orleans and just a few miles west in Erath, Acadiana, where Andrew's family is from, it's pronounced doo-yong. We'll come back to this Cajun French issue in a minute, but meanwhile Mr Duhon is just back from The Holy Land with tales of the Messiah returning, though whether it's Jesus the Christian Messiah or some other Messiah predicted by the Jews,... Read More »

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