“Vibraphonist James Westfall, a Houston native who again makes his residence in New Orleans, is an immaculate player who assembled The Wee Trio, a talented and aggressive group, in 2005. The Wee Trio Live at the Bistro stands as an excellent representation of the variety of rhythms, styles and textures – from funk, to swing and even a cover of David Bowie’s “Queen Bitch” – of their performances.” – Geraldine Wyckoff
Every year Offbeat Magazine hosts an awards banquet here in New Orleans. I’m honored to be on a list with musicians that I look up to and/or have mentored my career. The idea of winning or “beating” these artists has no appeal to me but I can’t help but to feel honored to be mentioned on the same list!
If you would like take part in the voting process you can click on the link below.
Celebrated husband and wife James and Kathleen Westfall (the vibraphonist and the classical soprano) present a recital of modern repertoire blending varieties of musical genres. A free event; suggested donation: $15
In case you were wondering about the BBQ link under the ETC… tab at the top right corner, that link takes you to my BBQ blog. I had the misfortune of trying some BBQ in my own neighborhood recently and decided to blog about it…
When I saw them putting up this sign about a year ago, I got really excited because this is literally right around the corner from my house. Why has it taken me a year to finally try this BBQ you may ask – I never saw a pit nor smelled the burning of wood. Not only that, this place closes durring the winter. Why does this BBQ place close durring the winter you may ask – because it’s not a BBQ place, it’s a Snowball stand…Dun Dun Dun!
Yea you aren’t going to get a legitimate BBQ experience here. You will however get a legitimate Snowball experience, if you like that sort of thing which I do not. As I walked into the 10×10 room I asked the lady behind the counter (who was behind a bullet proof glass window) for 1/2 a slab of ribs. Ribs seemed to be the only BBQ they had. She walked out of the back door and didn’t return until 10 minutes later. Turns out, people that actually order the BBQ from Fire House get the BBQ from the the restaurant next door. I assume that they are owned and operated by the same people/person.
This is what I got:
These ribs fell right off the bone. They had that soggy texture with no flavor and no smoke. I spent hours trying to dig these ribs out of the sauce, I couldn’t find them. Classic case of OBBBQ (Oven-Baked BBQ). You want a lecture about using an oven when it comes to BBQ, go down the road to Donaldsonville and talk to J.B. (at the 44 second mark)-
Below are some pictures of the menus from this establishment:
Fire house BBQ will be receiving a generous score of 0.5 out of 5.
No Urbanspoon banner this time because they aren’t even listed….
I’d like to encourage everybody to purchase this cd. This cd was spearheaded by pianist Jesse McBride who commissioned former students/disciples of Harold Battiste to do big band arrangements from “The Silverbook” for this record. The arrangers featured were Rex Gregory, Brice Winston, Andrew Baham, Antoine Drye, and your truly.
Since my new website doesn’t have a sideman discography, I’ll now be promoting those cds under the blog like so under “Discography” category.