9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

We go to Cajun Joe’s for hot crawfish with plenty cayenne chile in the boil, and fried catfish po boys that come crisp out of good clean cooking oil. Bonus for the neighborhood regulars that sit around outside sipping off plastic pint flasks while they read the Advocate paper.

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Listening to Montel Records early R&B cats Lester Robertson and the Upsetters this afternoon.

Lester was the first artist signed to Montel and popped big across the Gulf Coast when his 45 “My Girl Across Town” dropped in 1959. Lester already had a hit under his belt from ’57 when he sang for Joe Hudson and His Rocking Dukes on “Baby Give Me A Chance (Excello)

If you were partying in the juke joints of Louisiana in that golden era you may have seen the Dukes at the Bantam Club in Prairieville just one of dozens of old tonks that would eventually fall to the sands of time.

Any old-timers reading? Holler at us if you have a tale from the era you’d like to share.

2019 Baby Doll Bar Crawl in Treme and 7th Ward

The New Orleans Baby Dolls will be showing up and showing out tonight as they cruise through Treme and 7th Ward in an air-conditioned party bus.

It’s time for their annual bar crawl.

They may or may not be packing heat.

The bar stops include: Bullets Sports Bar • Seal’s Class Act • Kermit’s Mother-In-Law Lounge • Lil People’s Place and Candlelight Lounge

Together these bars tally over 200 years of serving cold, cheap drinks to neighborhood folks who need to dust off their work week and shake their tail feathers for a few hours.

Tickets are $40 and do not include alcohol.

The hostess for the event is Gabby Bolding-Lewis but no mention was made of which contingent of Baby Dolls will
be on hand.

Advance tickets are no longer on sale but you can (perhaps) purchase one as the tour begins at 6pm at the gate of Louis Armstrong Park – 701 N. Rampart Street.

If you need a pre-Baby Doll drink may we recommend Black Penny which is located directly across the street from the park. They have over a hundred craft beers served via can, and a full cocktail bar as well.

Their Dark n Stormy is one of the best in a city crowded with good ones.

Hope to run into y’all at one of the stops on the crawl.