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This Magazine Street shop is the setting for McAlary Antiques. Established by Margie Bush in 1969, it is now owned and operated by her daughter, Allain Bush. The store houses a large variety of beds, continental furniture, religious artifacts, ironwork, and lighting throughout its twelve showrooms and lush courtyard. Bush Antiques is a must-stop on any antiquers trip to New Orleans.
Sake Cafe in Uptown is an upscale Japanese restaurant that specializes in Sushi, Sashimi, and premium Sake. Voted Best Japanese/Sushi 2010 by Where The Locals Eat, its a great place to experience traditional Japanese cuisine with a New Orleans flavor. Try the New Orleans Roll which contains crawfish. Sorry folks, no red beans and rice here.
Pirates Alley Cafe and Absinthe House
Pirates Alley Cafe is located in the famous Pirates Alley, just steps away from The St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest active church in the country; the Faulkner House, which was once home to the great writer; as well as the Cabildo, the former center of Government where the Louisiana Purchase was signed. Swing by and enjoy one of their specialty Absinthe drinks while taking in the views of one of the most photographed places in the city.
Pirate's Alley Cafe
Steve Earle has been appearing throughout the season as Annie's (Lucia Micarelli) musician friend, Harley Watts. In this episode, we see him composing a new song entitled "This City", which is played during the end credits. Steve was recently nominated for "Artist of the Year" for this year's Americana Awards.
Steve Earle on iTunes
Generations Hall is the setting of Antoine Batiste's (Wendell Pierce) high profile gig and numerous beatings in Poker. With three spacious rooms, Generations Hall is the perfect venue for all functions big or small. Earlier this spring, we held the My Darlin' New Orleans Celebrity Auction benefiting the New Orleans Musician's Clinic at Generations Hall.
Irma Thomas is the Grammy Award winning soul and R&B singer known as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans". This year signifies her 50th year as a recording artist, with her first single landing on the Billboard Charts in 1960. Check out her website for upcoming shows.
Widely known as Mr. Personality, Lloyd Price is responsible for giving us R&B hits such as "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy", "Personality", and "Stagger Lee", the latter of which is performed in this episode. His success in the 50s, which led to him being covered by the likes of Elvis Presley, undoubtedly helped give birth to rock n' roll. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Lloyd Price on iTunes
Big Sam Williams
Big Sam Williams, first appeared in Episode 8 with his band, Big Sam's Funky Nation, at Le Bon Temp Roule. In this episode, Sam appears sans Nation, playing trombone in the R&B review.
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Allen Toussaint also returns to the screen after his previous appearance in Episode 2 with Delmond Lambreaux (Rob Brown) and Elvis Costello in the recording studio. In addition to his work as a musician, Allen is also co-founder of NYNO Records which focuses on New Orleans musicians.
Miss Gina Brown, who appears on backup vocals, has performed worldwide with everyone from Etta James to Bad Company. Check out her exhilarating live show with her band Gina Brown & Anutha Level.
Gina Brown & Anutha Level on Myspace
Tricia Wallace also takes the stage as a backup singer alongside Gina Brown.
On the trumpet is Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Famer, Dave Bartholomew. Dave made his first Treme "appearance" in the Pilot Episode when Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) snatched his out-ofprint CD set from the closed down music shop.
Dave Bartholomew on iTunes
New Orleans trumpeter, Tracy Griffin, also takes the stage in this episode. In addition to his own recordings, Tracy has appeared as both a trumpet and flugelhorn player on albums for Tori Amos, Larry Hamilton, and the Rockin' Jake Band.
Amadee is a well known tenor saxophonist and flautist who has been immersed in the New Orleans music scene for over 30 years. He spent 10 years as the musical director for the band Chocolate Milk, and is a member of the Allen Toussaint Orchestra. You can preview and purchase his solo album "Amadee", which was released on Toussaint's NYNO Records, below.
Amadee on Amazon
Brian Breeze Cayolle
Taking the stage on baritone sax is Brian Breeze Cayolle. Cayolle's ability to play all of the types of saxophones, as well as clarinets, has made him a very sought after musician. He has played with everyone from Fats Domino and Dr. John, to Billy Joel and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Today you can find him performing with some of New Orleans' finest in his band, the French Quarter All-Stars.
Brian Cayolle on LMF
Bassist, composer, and arranger, Roland Guerin, has appeared on over 80 albums worldwide. In addition to this achievement, he is also the creator of a one-of-a-kind hollow bodied, six string bass, which allows him to write for the entire spectrum of music genres. You can currently find him playing shows with Shannon Powell and Allen Toussaint's bands.
Roland Guerin on iTunes
Herman has played drums for a number of artists, including Don Vappie and John Boutté. He also appeared in the 2004 movie "Ray" in which he played drums for Ray Charles' band.
Renard, who plays guitar for the all-star performance, is also a producer & engineer, and plays multiple instruments. His trombone work can be heard on recordings by Peter Gabriel and The Indigo Girls among others. He also has his own funk/soul group, The Renard Poché Band.
Renard Poché on MySpace
Renard Poché on iTunes
Clarence "Reginald" Toussaint
Reginald is a producer, engineer, and percussionist, which he plays alongside his father, Allen Toussaint, in this episode. Reginald is also the label president of Captivating Recording Technologies, which put out Allen's 2005 Jazzity Project, "Going Places".
Going Places on LMF
Also known as Freaky Pete, Stafford Agee of the Rebirth Brass Band, takes the stage on trombone. Last month marked their 27th Anniversary, so join in on the celebration by going to one of their upcoming shows!
Rebirth Brass Band
Rebirth on iTunes
Previously featured in Episode 4, John Boutté shows up once again; not in the R&B review, but on Janette Desautel's (Kim Dickens) door step! In case you're not so lucky as to have him show up at your front door, take a look at his show schedule to see where you can find him.
John Boutté on iTunes
Domilise's is a New Orleans institution which makes it a must-stop on anyone's visit to New Orleans. Located off of Tchoupitoulas in Uptown, they are known particularly for their seafood Po-boys. Swing by for a Po-boy, along with a bag of Zapps potato chips and an ice cold Dixie beer. Oh yeah, and don't forget to take a number! Domilise's is located at 5240 Annunciation Street.
Soul Rebels Brass Band
The Soul Rebels are a band that can't simply be put into one specific genre. Their seamless blend of funk, rock, hip-hop and reggae has earned them opening slots for The Neville Brothers, The Fugees, Green Day, Counting Crows, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page and dozens more. The summer brings them shows all over the country, so take a look at their schedule to see if they're playing near you.
Soul Rebels on MySpace
Joining the Soul Rebels on stage to perform his track "Drink a Little Poison (4 U Die)", is blues guitarist John Mooney. Upon his arrival to New Orleans in 1976, Mooney began playing regularly with the likes of Earl King, Snooks Eaglin, The Meters, and Professor Longhair. Today you can find him playing with his group, the Bluesiana Band, who he's been performing with for nearly 30 years.
John Mooney on MySpace
John Mooney on iTunes
A proud member of the talented Neville family, Art has been involved in the New Orleans music scene since the early 50s. His first gig was playing keys with the Hawkettes who soared to local fame with their hit "Mardi Gras Mambo". He later went on to form The Meters in '66, and in '77 he joined forces with brothers Aaron, Cyril, and Charles to form the Neville Brothers. Both bands are still prominent on the local and national level.
The Neville Brothers
The Neville Brothers on iTunes
Davis (Steve Zahn) and Janette's (Kim Dickens) last night out culminates at the historic Columns Hotel in the Garden District. Originally a personal residence, the Columns was built in 1883 by one of New Orleans' great architects, Thomas Sully. The hotel's Sunday Jazz Brunch is popular among locals, as well as its bar, The Victorian Lounge along with its grand, columned porch. Swing by for an evening and find out why Esquire listed it as one of the Top 100 Bars in America.
Donald Harrison, Jr. and Congo Nation
Donald Harrison, Jr. makes his grand entrance as Big Chief of the Congo Nation Mardi Gras Indian Tribe, whom Big Chief Albert Lambreaux (Clarke Peters) and the Guardians of the Flame encounter on St. Joseph's Night. Donald first appeared in the pilot episode on stage with Delmond Lambreaux (Rob Brown).
Donald Harrison, Jr.
Donald Harrison, Jr. on iTunes
Otto DeJean & The 7th Ward Hard Head Hunters
Playing Big Chief Albert's (Clarke Peters) Spyboy, is Otto DeJean, who in real life is Big Chief of the 7th Ward Hard Head Hunters. Otto is also the founder and president of the Circle of Chiefs, a group who works to promote community involvement among tribes. In 2007, Otto was included in the Gambit's 40Under40 list, which honors 40 people under the age of 40 for contributions they have made to the area and the potential they show for making the community a better place.
7th Ward Hard Head Hunters
During the flashback sequence, Creighton (John Goodman) is seen reading " The Moviegoer" by Walker Percy. The novel tells the story of a young New Orleans stockbroker who sets out on an undefined "search", following the decline of Southern tradition, family problems, and his traumatic experiences in the Korean War. Published in 1961, "The Moviegoer" in considered one of the most popular pieces of Southern Literature in the 20th Century.
"The Moviegoer" on Amazon
Revolution Social Aid and Pleasure Club
The Revolution SA&PC is known to put on one of the best second lines of the year. They are led by King Byron Hogan and are seen in this episode in the second line for Daymo's Jazz Funeral. If you're looking for more, you can find clips of their second lines on YouTube.
Treme Brass Band
Just as in the first episode, the season finale ends in a jazz funeral procession led by Uncle Lionel Batiste, Benny Jones and the Treme Brass Band.
Treme Brass Band on MySpace
Treme Brass Band on iTunes
Thanks for reading and hope to see y'all next season!