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Keitum/Sylt, Germany: Captain Corl 

The Gal Holiday band was mentioned in a hilarious “strange happenings” column in the Keitum newspaper called “Captain Corl” Published the day after our public show on the Island of Sylt, a German island in the North Sea, it speaks about our band, a “wild squad of Country musicians from…New Orleans…” and calls me a “Sangermaus” which I feel needs to be included in our band bio now.

(Translation below, courtesy our friend Sabine.)

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TRANSLATION: Captain Corl: Sunshine at night

Sylt is indeed well-known if not infamous for all kinds of curious occurrences, especially during mild summer nights. I have already seen shadow figures, clothed in Asian garments, standing on the beach, mumbling to themselves while repeatedly bowing towards the setting sun. Or a group of quite slender and very blonde Yoga ladies, who first go about dreadfully straining themselves in various directions in the dunes, and then stop dead in a peculiar pose. I think it’s called Sun Salutation. But all this was outdone in Keitum the other day when late in the evening a wild squad of Country musicians from, you better believe it, New Orleans, took over with a really cute sweetie pie of a singer who then shortly before midnight sang: “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,” and that in the dark…


Bar signs: Chickie Wah Wah 

My band has a Sunday night residency at the fabulous venue Chickie Wah Wah, located in Mid-City a streetcar ride away from the French Quarter. Smoke free, super clean and with a stellar sound system, this venue offers a really amazing line-up of musicians 7 days a week! It’s quite an honor to have a weekly show there.

The owner, Dale has amassed a cool collection of signs, a few of which I am happy to share with you here.

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More signs… 

After a long hiatus of “And the sign says…” I’m hopping back on the proverbial wagon with two gems from yesterday’s adventures.

The first is not so much about the sign as the blatant disregard for said signage.

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The second one, found in the bathroom of Kebab (a fabulous new eatery on St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans) is a plea for cleanliness. I’ve always thought that washroom signs should be so bold.

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Our first Gal Holiday music video: To Make Amends 

We finally made a music video! Hopefully this is the first of many to come. Cinematographer (and friend) Scott McKibben created a cool arts documentary project called Eye of the Crow; single shot, live performance music videos with no edits. (Click the links above to see more of Scott’s work.) Filming commenced one stormy night in July at Sideshow Props!/Moviesets in Slidell, Louisiana with Scott plus sound engineer Patrick Bordelon (and his awesome wife, Katy, my good friend).

Watch the video now then scroll down for behind the scenes stills and more info on Sideshow Props!/Moviesets.

 

Alice & Lawrence Barattini, the owners of Sideshow Props!/Moviesets were super generous in opening up their massive 40,000 square foot warehouse and events space for our usage. A jeweler by trade, Lawrence has been a “junk” collector for most of his life, getting hassled by friends and family for his vast collections of “rusty gold” and vintage ephemera. The movies came calling a few years ago by way of a Propmaster that Lawrence had sold some jewelry to through his shop in New Orleans, Barattini Jewelers. Now Lawrence, Alice and their children work non-stop, supplying props large and small to movies and television.  Of note are Academy Award winning movie, 12 Years a Slave and my personal favorite, the television show American Horror Story: Coven which takes place in NOLA. CLICK HERE to read more about Lawrence and watch a short video about him which has some great shots of the space.

Lawrence took some still shots while we were filming.

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We first saw the events space when we played Alice’s birthday fete this year and knew instantly that we wanted to use it for a music video. Lining the perimeter of the room are “sets” where Lawrence has created mini scenes including a Voodoo tent, pirate ship (that houses a bar), a Cajun cabin and an Asian garden. It’s incredibly difficult to describe just how amazing Moviesets is and what an incredible collection Lawrence has including NOPD police cars, a “full size” UFO, a running ’32 Harley Davidson, hospital equipment and what looks like a submarine control center. And then there are the “smalls”, everything from antique lighters, pipes, buckles, anything you can think of, really. When we visited earlier in the year I attempted to capture a little bit of the space. I also created a Vine video the night we filmed our music video: CLICK HERE.

Here are a few snapshots I took from the birthday party night.

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To get in touch with Lawrence for your event or to rent props email Lawrence Barattini at lbarattiniprops@yahoo.com.


Our first Gal Holiday music video: To Make Amends 

We finally made a music video! Hopefully this is the first of many to come. Cinematographer (and friend) Scott McKibben created a cool arts documentary project called Eye of the Crow; single shot, live performance music videos with no edits. (Click the links above to see more of Scott’s work.) Filming commenced one stormy night in July at Sideshow Props!/Moviesets in Slidell, Louisiana with Scott plus sound engineer Patrick Bordelon (and his awesome wife, Katy, my good friend).

Watch the video now then scroll down for behind the scenes stills and more info on Sideshow Props!/Moviesets.

 

Alice & Lawrence Barattini, the owners of Sideshow Props!/Moviesets were super generous in opening up their massive 40,000 square foot warehouse and events space for our usage. A jeweler by trade, Lawrence has been a “junk” collector for most of his life, getting hassled by friends and family for his vast collections of “rusty gold” and vintage ephemera. The movies came calling a few years ago by way of a Propmaster that Lawrence had sold some jewelry to through his shop in New Orleans, Barattini Jewelers. Now Lawrence, Alice and their children work non-stop, supplying props large and small to movies and television.  Of note are Academy Award winning movie, 12 Years a Slave and my personal favorite, the television show American Horror Story: Coven which takes place in NOLA. CLICK HERE to read more about Lawrence and watch a short video about him which has some great shots of the space.

Lawrence took some still shots while we were filming.

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We first saw the events space when we played Alice’s birthday fete this year and knew instantly that we wanted to use it for a music video. Lining the perimeter of the room are “sets” where Lawrence has created mini scenes including a Voodoo tent, pirate ship (that houses a bar), a Cajun cabin and an Asian garden. It’s incredibly difficult to describe just how amazing Moviesets is and what an incredible collection Lawrence has including NOPD police cars, a “full size” UFO, a running ’32 Harley Davidson, hospital equipment and what looks like a submarine control center. And then there are the “smalls”, everything from antique lighters, pipes, buckles, anything you can think of, really. When we visited earlier in the year I attempted to capture a little bit of the space. I also created a Vine video the night we filmed our music video: CLICK HERE.

Here are a few snapshots I took from the birthday party night.

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To get in touch with Lawrence for your event or to rent props email Lawrence Barattini at lbarattiniprops@yahoo.com.


Young Audiences: Fun at the library! 

We work with a fantastic group called Young Audiences who place programming in schools and libraries. There are a handful of awesome Head Librarians in different Parishes who request us for their summer reading programs, including Ms. Patricia with the Plaquemines Parish Library system. Plaquemines Parish is the finger of land, much of which is threatened by the shrinking coastal marshes where the mighty Mississippi reaches the Gulf of Mexico. We spent the first three days of this week playing for the children of Buras, Belle Chasse and Port Sulphur, Louisiana.


Sharing music with kids who might not otherwise get a musical education is rewarding as well as mighty important these days, what with many school district cutting Arts curriculum completely. The upright bass and the drums are always the stars of the show, although the guitars are not far behind…

“Now let’s talk about the style of bass playing that Dave does which is called, ‘SLAPPING.’ You’re not supposed to do it to other people but it’s okay to slap a bass!”

Day 1: Buras kids cue to talk with the band Greg and Dave with a captive audience Greg horses around in Buras The brand new Buras Branch Library Raised Buras Branch Library Headed back from Buras Lots of water down in Plaquemines Parish Day 2: Belle Chasse Branch Library Day 2: Belle Chasse Branch Library Day 3: Port Sulphur YMCA audience

In case anyone is curious what we play for the kiddos, here’s a set list:

Kids Show Summer 2014


Tipitina’s: Steve Hatley photographs 

I’ve already posted a lot of pictures from our momentous show at the world famous Tipitina’s but a batch came in from photographer, Steve Hatley that merit a share!

The musicians on stage: Izzy Zaidman (electric guitar), David Brouillette (upright bass), Greg Good (acoustic guitar), Michael Sollars (drums) and ME, Vanessa Niemann on the lead vocals.

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New Orleans: Gal Holiday 

 

Andrew Evans blogs as Where’s Andrew? and is the Digital Nomad for National Geographic Traveler. He came to New Orleans, where we did a short interview which he combined with some live footage of us at Tipitina’s.  See my recommendations for where to eat and hear live music in the Crescent City!

Click the link. Go on. do it. New Orleans: Gal Holiday.

 


Tipitina’s and more 

A handsome office assistant, the Fais Do Do, Tipitina’s and more! Brought to you by the magic of the “picture phone”…

Click on photo #1 of Handsome Stan to scroll through the photos, read more in the descriptions and comment on individual pictures.

Enjoy!

My boy cat, Stanley Dave Brouillette and Tim Roberston head out to play with Gal Holiday. Onstage for the Saturday afternoon dance at The Maison. Joy makes music. Lady Bird covers cute. Maybelle relaxes while her person, Jon Kashner makes music Sound checking at Tipitina's under the giant portrait of Professor Longhair. In the green room at Tiptina's In the famous stairwell, backstage at Tipitina's. Pre-show photo ops in the stairwell backstage at Tipitina's Strings, strings and more strings! Packed house for our Tip's show on Friday May 30 Not FOR tips but AT Tip's. Big difference. We say goodnight From the recording at WGNO for News with a Twist A late comer to the JazzFest photos

My favorite JazzFest photos 

It’s been a while since I posted here but no time like the present to remedy that situation. Here, for your viewing pleasure is a gallery of my favorite photos from our experience at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Taken by fans, friends and professionals…

Enjoy!

Like a deer in the headlights, me. Trailer queens New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Samsung Galaxy Stage
Thursday May 1, 2014 Dave Brouillette tunes Long Legs Greg Lots of people to see us Gal Holiday set list On the BIG SCREEN Wide shot Me with some super talented kids, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys - http://sleepymanbanjoboys.com/

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Samsung Galaxy Stage
Thursday May 1, 2014 The photographer himself New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Samsung Galaxy Stage
Thursday May 1, 2014 Me and Marcia Ball Me with Japanese fans! My 37th birthday portrait Two country singers = TROUBLE
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