I’m struggling with how to start writing this tonight as my heart is heavy with the news that Allison Pitcher from New Orleans has passed. She was a music lover, friend and fan of the Gal Holiday band from the start and leaves behind a lovely daughter who is graduating from high school this May. I just hung out with them this past Mardi Gras on Bacchus Sunday and we had some laughs between parades. Her passing was a true shock, as she had been improving after slipping into a coma right after a routine surgery.
There were already plans being made to hold a benefit to help cover aftercare expenses and now sadly, the benefit will cover funeral costs. Many of the bands that Allison supported will be playing and we hope to reach beyond our goal and donate to her daughter’s college fund as well. I’ll have more details soon but the tentative date is Thursday April 11 and we hope you’ll mark your calendars if you plan on being in New Orleans during French Quarter Fest this year.
Our weekend schedule is three shows long with a variety of venues for you to choose from. Thursday night we’ll be at Siberia with the always fabulous Lynn Drury who starts out the night at 10pm. Friday we head across the river to Old Point Bar from 10pm-1am and on Sunday you can find us again on St. Claude Avenue at Kajun’s Pub for an Easter Sunday soiree from 5pm-7pm.
Kajun’s is not a usual spot for our band and I’m excited to try a show there. For you foodies, Chef Chris Smedley just reopened their kitchen, naming it Borracho! and serving up delicious housemade sausages and other bar food delights. It should prove to be a fun evening and we’ll have Steve Spitz on that pedal steel, too!
Beyond the sadness, life carries on and so with spring in our hearts we enter out of Lent and Passover to Easter and the festival (and food) season close at hand.
Your gal pal,
“Without the courage to fail there is no progress.”
Thursday 3/28 @ Siberia (NOLA) w/ Lynn Drury; LD 10pm, GH 12am
Friday 3/29 @ Old Point Bar; 10pm-1am
Sunday 3/31 Easter Sunday show! @ Kajun’s Pub (NOLA); 5pm-9pm
Tuesday 4/9 The All-Star Covered Dish Country Jamboree @ Allways Lounge (NOLA); GH set TBA
Friday 4/12 French Quarter Festival (NOLA); Pavilion Stage 12:30pm-1:45pm
Friday 4/12 @ The Rivershack Tavern (Jefferson, LA); 10pm-2am
Saturday 4/13 @ Mojitos Rum Bar (NOLA); 7:30pm-10:30pm
Wednesday 4/24 Swing Night @ Rock ‘n’ Bowl (NOLA); 8:30pm-11:30pm
Saturday 4/20 Cajun/Country Fais Do Do @ Maison (NOLA) w/ T’Canaille; 4pm-7pm
Saturday 4/20 @ Circle Bar (NOLA); 10pm-1am
Saturday 4/27 Gal Holiday Quartet @ Three Muses (NOLA); 9pm-12am