I had the pleasure of hanging out with Dave Bartholomew Jr for a few hours two weeks ago. He was chill. We spent most of the time talking about long-defunct New Orleans nightclubs like Big Crip’s Place, and his dad’s music. We didn’t touch on “Tra-La-La” one of my favorite one of his father’s songs but I’m sure Dave Jr would’ve had a great backstory.
Listening to ‘Four O’Clock Blues’ by Little Mr Midnight here at the Scrumptious House in the finest ward in all of New Orleans – the 9th. Hope y’all are having a great weekend. I reckon all y’all are coming out to see 9x roll tomorrow, they put on the single best second line in all of 2018.
Here’s the second line schedule for all the remaining parades. There are 24 left in the current season. Also, I built a google map of the 9x roll link
Down here in the 9th Ward of New Orleans most folks know Lizardi Street for a certain quick mart that occasionally sells full-size fried shrimp po boys for an astounding $5.
Historians have a different take on the storied street. Cuban merchant Señor Don Manuel J. de Lizardi built himself something of an empire in 19th century New Orleans. It is he is who the street is named after.
If you care to do some historical property ownership research you’ll find that Lizardi owned many homes, houses and buildings stretched across our city particularly in the French Quarter.
One historical tome referenced Lizardi with the honorific Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
Lizardi passed away in 1869.
We were unable to ascertain who inherited his fortune upon his death.
If you like geeking out over the history of New Orleans street names please purchase “Hope & New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names” by Sally Asher.
Our 9th Ward Daily Photo screening committee initially nixed the publication of this photo. It’s a little blurry. But after further review they decided it was eligible for public viewing.
I like it a lot, every single photo is not always going to be in perfect focus. Such is the nature of running down a street filled with thousands of people and attempting to capture the moment.
We’re listening to “Got a Brand New Baby” by Little Mr Midnight on Regal Records this morning. This platter came out way back in 1950 and was recorded at J&M Studios right here in New Orleans. When you’re digging around the flea markets on the West Bank look for a various artists compilation LP titled “I Want To Boogie Woogie” as that will be your easiest score. The original came out on a shellac 10″ and is hopelessly rare.
Dig through the sofa cushions and scrape together a few bucks to buy Alvin “Shine” Robinson’s old Imperial single “I’m Leaving You Today” backed with “Pain In My Heart”
If you don’t know Shine check out what Dr John had to say about the man: “He could take it a la Ray Charles or a la Big Maybelle, but no matter how he took it he liked it ratty.”
By the way, back in the day, ratty or raddy meant funky.
Robinson had a short but hot discography before dying at the young age of 51 back in 1989.
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