2018 Prince of Wales second line in New Orleans

“People go out to the second line to have a good time, that’s what it’s about, you know that special feeling of joy-spontaneous joy of life, that you can only get from a second line”

Joe Stern, Prince of Wales stalwart, speaking on the New Orleans second line tradition in an interview back in 2010. Continue Reading

2018 Brady Texas World Championship Barbecue Goat Cook Off

I retired from judging the big Brady, Texas World Championship Barbecue Goat Cook Off a few years back. I had a good long run out in the dead middle of Texas but when eating 5lbs of meat became a chore I backed off and made room for someone with a more capacious gullet.

I never looked back. Attending as a civilian is more fun that working the judges table; you have time to bond with the cooking teams, and kick back under the towering live oaks of Richards Park.

Only the good lord knows how many hundreds of cans of Keystone Light were drunk last weekend in Brady.

Here’s our field report.

2018 Valley of Silent Men second line in New Orleans

Valley of Silent Men Social Aid and Pleasure Club kicked off the 2018-2019 Second Line season with a riotous performance. It had been seven long weeks since we’d had a proper second line and the crowd was hungry for street daquiris, smoked turkey legs, and brass on the blacktop. Here’s what we saw (and do not skip the video at the end): Continue Reading