2022 Ladies of Unity Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

The 2022 Ladies of Unity Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line rolled through Central City, New Orleans yesterday afternoon. Every second line has its peculiar feature and yesterday’s street party featured an off the charts performance by All Starz Brass Band. Their lead trumpet player is an absolute maniac and was peeling off some of the hottest solos I’ve heard in years. Continue Reading

2021 Lady Rollers Social Aid And Pleasure Club Second Line

Lady Rollers are one of the most fun social aid and pleasure clubs in New Orleans. They’re a small S&P led by the famous Miss Linda, the Ya-Ka-Mein Lady. All the gals are strictly out to have a good time and like the Baby Dolls they are experts at showing up and showing out.

The club just rolled on a sultry Sunday afternoon in Uptown New Orleans. This is what we saw: Continue Reading

2021 Big 9 Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

A cold wind was blowing in from the north as Big 9 Social Aid and Pleasure Club prepared to roll for their 2021 second line. Vaughan’s Lounge in New Orleans Bywater neighborhood was the starting point. I have never seen so many elderly white people getting down for the first four blocks of the parade.

2021 Big 9 Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

By the time we got to the Lower 9th Ward their numbers had dramaticallly shrunk. Continue Reading

2021 Dumaine Street Gang Social Aid And Pleasure Club Second Line

Dumaine Street Gang employed unusual crowd control as their dancers busted out the chute. Instead of stationing ropesmen on either side of the promenade where members cavort about as they enter the crowd, a man just began ramming himself into people and hollering “open it up…open it up.” If things don’t work out for him with the Gang he could have a bright future with the Saints. Continue Reading

The inimitable Bennie Pete at a New Orleans second line

Bennie Pete, the sousaphonist for Hot 8 Brass Band, will have an official memorial second line on October 2nd, 2021. Mr Pete, who recently passed away, has already had three ad hoc second lines in his honor but this will be the “official” one.

Hot 8 have enjoyed a 25 year run in the New Orleans spotlight and will certainly continue to be a major force in our area’s brass band scene. They’ve been near the top of my brass band power ranking for over a decade and can still create chaos with their live concerts.

We will miss you Mr Pete.

Bennie Pete Memorial Second Line
October 2nd, 2021
A.L Davis Park
Central City, New Orleans