Bourbon Street, Saturday Night

Bourbon St, New Orleans, USA, 8th November 2014.

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On Bourbon Street on Saturday night there was a great mass of people (and definitely no vehicles).

Some were having a good time and others were having a good time wandering up and down watching other people having a good time….

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There were also many people surveying the scene from the balconies.

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I ducked into a bar where there was perhaps a karaoke event, with one person singing to backing music…

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… and lots of other people enjoying themselves.

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Some of the pedestrians were more remarkable than others.

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This is Kitty with Brownie and Bacon Bit, camped together on the pavement.

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There was interaction between the people on the street and the people on the balconies.

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The sign says it all…

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Inside another pub…

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A view of the street from a balcony.

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These people were catching strings of brightly covered beads being thrown down from the balcony.

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Inside a shop stuffed with curious objects.

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Same shop.

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A bridal party on the street.

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And finally, a couple of guardians of the Law, considerately posing with their patient steeds.

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The Smoky Greenwell Band and the Pentones

Funky Pirate Blues Club and Bamboula’s, New Orleans, USA, 7th to 8th November 2014.

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In the evening we headed off for the Funky Pirate Club in Bourbon Street where the Pentones were playing.  It was very crowded, so not many angles were available for photographs.

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Thomas McDonald (bass), Eddie Christmas (drums), Mark Pentone (guitar).

The Pentones play smooth and lively blues, rhythm & blues and funk.  You can find out more about them on their website, or even purchase their new CD, or listen to some tracks on ReverbNation.

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This is Mark Pentone.  We only caught the end of the gig but I had a talk to him and he told me he was playing later on Frenchman Street with the Smoky Greenwell Band so we headed off for there.

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On the way, a view on Bourbon Street, left over from Halloween.

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Smoky Greenwell.

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Peter Bradish.

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David Hyde.

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Brief performance by Vaughn Mordenti, whom I took to be a poet, which may well be the case, though is actually the owner of Bamboula’s.

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As you can see from the following images, it was a great night and the crowd were having fun.  The band describes their genre on Facebook as Blues, Rock, Jazz & Funk.  Mark Pentone on the left is standing in for regular guitarist Jack Kolb.

You can checkout their somewhat terse website or play this youtube video (with a larger chorus line than usual) or this one.

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Smoky Greenwell.

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Some Further New Orleans Bands

Frenchmen St and Bourbon St, New Orleans, USA, 6th to 9th November 2014.

Here we have four bands where I only took a few images: Mike Darby and the House of Cards, Sound Table, Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters and Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb. In the case of Sound Table, I caught only the last few minutes of their set. For Big Al Carson, it was extremely crowded and I have only the one shot from a distance. For Mike Derby and Vic Shepherd, it was small crowded venues with such low light as to compromise the quality of some of the images.

(I have previously posted for Mem Shannon, Troy Turner, Ed Wills, Jeff Chaz and the Dukes of Dixieland. Still to come are Willie Lockett and the Blues Crewe, Interstellar Transmission, the Pentones, Smoky Grenwell Band and G String Orchestra.)

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Mike Darby and the House of Cards

Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb

This band does not appear to have a web site and I can’t give you the names of the musicians.  They are playing at one of the small venues at the top of the music zone on Frenchmen St.  The closest to a web presence I found is this but it must be many years out of date.  You can hear a couple of their tracks on Spotify.

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Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb .

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Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb .

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This is Mike Darby.

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Sound Table

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This is a band I expect I would like to have seen more of but I only caught a track or maybe two at the end of their set at BMC.  I can find no presence for them on the web, perhaps partly indicating that the name is too generic for a useful search.

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Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters, Blues, Bourbon St, Frenchmen Street, Live Music, Mike Derby and the House of Cards, New Orleans, Photography, Sound Table, Travel, USA, Vic Shepherd with Extra Reverb .

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Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters

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Here we see Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters playing at the Funky Pirate Blues Club, where they have a regular gig.  No prize for guessing who is Big Al.  Here is a YouTube video showing them playing there.

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Vic Shepherd with More Reverb

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This is Vic Shepherd with More Reverb, playing in their customary and very crowded late night Sunday spot at the Apple Barrel at the top of the music zone in Frenchman St.  Here is their web site, opening to the page with sound clips.

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There is a human being on the right here, cunningly disguised as a space-time anomaly, perhaps a tardis materialising.  More prosaically, with a swirling guitar.  Light levels were low and this is a half-second exposure from very close with a very wide angle lens.

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From left to right:  Tom Shute, Jason Jurzak, Vic Shepherd.

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