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.

 

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Truly

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,

Vanessa


“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

Austin, TX

Howdy from Austin, TX!

We left New Orleans bright and early yesterday (Tuesday) to make it for a 6pm start time at the historic Driskill Hotel, with a stop for some excellent Texas BBQ on the way, of course. We’re chilling in the hotel this morning before heading out to Dripping Springs to the house of our angel in disguise AKA local band host, Deb.

Thanks to everyone who came out to our shows in Lafayette, Gonzales to the Balloon Festival and The Rivershack Tavern last Saturday. What a great string of shows and what a band at The ‘Shack! It was really cool to be joined by Cranston Clements once again. He really is a king among men and we miss having him regularly.

Well, four days in Austin feels like a luxury! We have so many friends here and it’ll be great to have some time to hang out. Plus, we’re playing every night:

Wednesday 9/26 The Rattle Inn; 9-12 Facebook event
Thursday 9/27JUST ADDED: Papi Tino’s; 9-11:30
Friday 9/28 The Continental Club; 11:15-12:15 (but come at 10 and stay late for the other two fabulous bands!) Facebook event

We did have a cancellation for this Saturday in Plano. The darn bar owner just totally flaked out and it’s too late to find anything else. Such is the nature of the beast I guess. I’m sorry to anyone who was planning to come out to that one. We’ll try again soon!

Once we make it back to New Orleans we have some awesome shows lined up in the month of October including a return to Chickie Wah Wah on Thursday 10/4 and a last minute early show booked at Siberia on Thursday 10/11. Those of you who have been following the live music controversy in New Orleans will be interested to know that Siberia has procured a limited number of Special Events Permits for the months of October and November. The bar was featured in Offbeat Magazine’s September Food issue in an article entitled Sound Bites which talks about the live music issue and highlights Siberia’s fabulous food. Support the venue, eat delicious food!

One more unfortunate cancellation this month is the Andouille Festival in LaPlace at the end of the month. With all the damage their area had from Hurricane Isaac and 7000 people still homeless they felt that holding the festival was not practical, nor was it proper to spend money when their citizens were still in such need. Please send your thoughts their way or donate to the Greater New Orleans Foundation who have a fund set up for victims of the hurricane.

Details for all of our fall shows are up on our website so make sure you make a visit there on your internet wanderings. And see y’all out and about!

Your gal pal,
Vanessa

"Without the courage to fail there is no progress."

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