9th Ward dive Saturn Bar has been sold

When I first started visiting Saturn Bar I marveled over the weird, stuffed sea turtle named Candy that occupied prime space in the old, smokey redoubt. Turns out it was a piece by noted artist Mike Frolick, and it fit in well with all the other curiosities that an ancient 9th Ward dive has a tendency to collect.

Now the old joint will have to soldier along under new owners. Details to come but here’s a piece I wrote in 2018 more

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

It’s a Queen Ida and The Bon Temps Zydeco Band morning here in New Orleans 9th Ward. Put on La Louisiane while you’re frying your morning bacon. I can’t count how many kings of Zydeco there have been but there is only one Queen – and that’s Miss Ida.

‘tit Rex cancels 2021 Mardi Gras parade

The Mardi Gras Krewes are now in charge of public policy in New Orleans. California-native Mayor Latoya Cantrell is not interested in crafting rules and regulations for a safe Carnival season so the krewes are creating a patchwork of cancellations and altered plans for the 2021 Mardi Gras. Continue Reading

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Listening to Barbara George’s I Know this afternoon on a lovely fall day in New Orleans. That’s Melvin Lastie tearing up the cornet. His family of musicians hail from Delery Street right here in the 9th Ward. And Miss Barbara? She’s a 9th Ward native too. The cut hit number one on the R&B charts.