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Beyond Bourbon Street, an Insider's Guide to New Orleans
51 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
Things to do in New Orleans Right Now - EP 171
Today’s episode is about things to do right now in New Orleans. These questions get asked a lot in our Facebook group and in other online forums, so I thought I’d give you my thoughts on what to do between Thanksgiving and the start of Carnival.
49 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
Economy Hall - EP 170
Today’s episode is about Economy Hall, an organization founded in the 1800s to create and preserve a society for free men of color. It became so much more than that, including a hotbed of a new form of American music known as jazz. To help us dive into the topic, I’m joined by the author of the book named Economy Hall, Fatima Shaik. Once you've listened to our discussion, order a copy of Economy Hall online or stop by the Historic New Orleans Collection during your next visit.
73 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
EP 169 - Questions And Answers
Today’s episode is a question and answer show where I answer questions from listeners like you. These are always fun and cover a wide range of topics. I like to do Q&A shows about once a quarter. We get so many new listeners, as well as members of our Facebook group and Patreon community, that it is a good chance to get you involved. I also find them challenging, and sometimes, they result in ideas for future episodes. As always, one perk of being a Patron is that your questions come first on these episodes.
76 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
Spanish and Caribbean Influence in New Orleans - EP 168
Today’s episode is all about a new exhibit at the Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibit is titled Spanish New Orleans and the Caribbean and highlights Spain’s impact in Louisiana. Starting on October 20, 2022 and running through January 22, 2023 the Historic New Orleans Collection will present an exhibit entitled Spanish New Orleans and the Caribbean. While we call the original city the French Quarter, there is an amazing amount of Spanish influence here. The exhibit includes more than 125 pieces from THNOC's own collection as well as from other museums in the United States and Spain. To discuss the Spanish and Caribbeans influences on New Orleans, I am joined by Mr. Alfred Lemmon, Director of the Williams Research Center at the Historic New Orleans Collection.
50 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
Abita Springs and Fall Fest - EP 167
Today, we’re headed across Lake Pontchartrain to the town of Abita Springs where we’ll discover some history, places to eat and drink, and a wonderful Fall Festival. Joining me to discuss all things Abita Springs is Anthony Essaied, owner of the Abita Brew Pub and co-founder and President of the Abita Fall Fest. Jamie Foster is a volunteer with Abita Fall Fest and the owner of Solid Web Service. Evette Randolph is a Councilwoman in Abita Springs and a local actress. Together, they'll help us learn about Abita Springs and the Fall Fest.
46 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
Mosca's - A New Orleans Classic - Episode 166
Today’s episode is all about a family owned Italian roadhouse on the West Bank of New Orleans. We’re joined by Lisa Mosca, who along with her mom, keeps the family tradition alive at Mosca’s. Founded in 1946 in Avondale, Louisiana on the West Bank of New Orleans, Mosca’s has been serving a blend of New Orleans and Italian food, family style, for decades. Those in the know expect to walk into a dining room filled with music from the jukebox, raucous energy from the crowds of people, and tables full of dishes like Oysters Mosca and Chicken a la Grande. Join us as we relive the past, dive into platters of food, and talk about why Mosca’s should be on your list of places to visit Beyond Bourbon Street!
40 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
Italian American Cultural Center - EP 165
Today, we’re going to learn about the American Italian Cultural Center, and the history and impact of Italians on New Orleans. I’m joined by the Chairman of the Cultural Center, Mr. Frank Maselli.
71 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
Tales of The Cocktail with Neil Bodenheimer
Today’s episode is about the largest event in the spirits and cocktail industry, Tales of the Cocktail. We’ll learn about its 20 year history, what the event is all about and more. Our guest is Neal Bodenheimer, one of the co-chairs of Tales of the Cocktail and also the owner and/or partner of several local establishments. Join us as we discuss his unique places as well as Tales.
71 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
Where Black NOLA Eats - EP163
Today’s episode is about black owned restaurants in New Orleans. I’m joined by the founder of a Facebook group called Where Black NOLA Eats. Join Jalence Isles and me as we talk about lots of great places to eat, as well as the reason for the group's creation, and the economics of being a black-owned small business. You'll want to have a notepad and pen ready to capture lots of new places to discover!
84 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
Listener Questions and Answers - EP #162
Listener Questions and Answers Today's episode is a question and answer show, where we answer questions from listeners like you! Time Stamps for Today's Show 05:42 - What is your favorite, casual restaurant right now? Narrow it to the Garden District? 06:48 - I’m hoping to visit New Orleans during the Christmas season. Are Reveillon dinners only offered on Christmas Eve or is typically the entire month of December? 08:32 - My question is, what are some things you are your family do to cope with the brutal heat of the summer months? 12:08 - How do locals feel about all of their “hidden gems” not being so hidden anymore? 15:08 - Has there been any update on the opening of the Backstreet Cultural Museum? 17:17 - Which swamp tours do you recommend? 18:46 - There’s always lots of chatter online about increased crime. What’s it like on the ground - are people feeling anxious about this, or is it status quo? 25:34 - I think it would be interesting if you mentioned some of your favorite books (fiction and non-fiction) about New Orleans. Books that really capture the city. 35:11 - A buddy and I are considering riding in this year’s Krewe of Boo Halloween parade. Wondering if you might have any helpful tips for first-time, out-of-town float riders? Also, any favorite costume shops you can recommend in or around the French Quarter? 38:31 - My husband and I will be returning with our son (9) in mid-October. Anything specific to that time of the year that is great for families that love to have fun? 41:55 - If you ever want to talk mirliton I’m happy to help. 42:33 - Have you interviewed Jalence Isles? She is the founder of Where Black NOLA Eats and a serious champion of black owned restaurants in the city. 45:40 - I am an alum of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and would love to know more about the Gentilly Neighborhood and how it have changed over the years. 47:01 - My daughter and I love New Orleans. She loves New Orleans so much that she is starting at Tulane as a freshman this year! She moves in August 15th. My husband has never been to New Orleans!! I’m looking for suggestions of things to do that will show him how awesome the city is - while simultaneously escaping the heat. 48:33 - What if you covered a topic that’s been done, like Mardi Gras - but from a different perspective? Have someone on from a krewe, and they can explain what it’s like, how to join (can we live out of state?), what it means to be a part of their krewe. Even a few different people from different krewes… 49:40 – What about someone like Mason Hereford from Turkey and the Wolf. His cookbook just came out (just and he recently competed on Iron Chef? Not just him but Isaac Toups too. They worked together for raising funds for Ukranian refugees. 51:33 - I think a great topic for a future show would be uniquely New Orleans charities and non-profits. Bridge House Grace House comes to mind and so many others would be great to highlight and celebrate. There is so much good being done in our city 53:04 - Perhaps you could interview someone from the Krewe of Red Beans about their community work. 53:54 - What are a couple food/drink, New Orleans History and Voodoo/Ghost tours you would recommend? 56:43 - I’ve heard that taking a ferry ride to Algiers and walking the bank is a good way to spend an hour or two seeing New Orleans from a different point of view, but I’ve also read that the ferry schedule can be inconsistent and somewhat unreliable to plan a day around. What are your thoughts? 58:53 - I am a big planner- planning is part of the fun for me, even if we don’t stick to all my plans. Many others, however, believe the best way to enjoy a few days in New Orleans is to go light on the planning and just let the trip happen on its own. What are your thoughts? 1:02:57 - Have you interviewed Sam Malvaney? He lives in the FQ and his home is called the Museum of Bad Taste. 1:03:20 - How did you start your podcast and what has been the best and worst things about it that you didn’t expect? 1:07:49 - Is there TV or local icons that are New Orleans Legends ? Such as kids show hosts or guys that did local tv variety shows or similar? Who are celebrities that claim New Orleans as home that might surprise us ? 1:13:52 What’s the deal with BIG SHOT soda? Was a New Orleans based soda company with flavors including grape, pineapple, strawberry, black cherry, root beer, creme soda and more. Now owned by a national company 1:15:25 - Is there something happening in town that’s causing businesses to close besides the current economy? 1:19:43 - Been a yearly visitor since Mardi Gras 1990. Just got your book this week. It’s a definite thumbs up! 1:19:52 - Someone in here asked about the history of the fleur de Lis in New Orleans. French, Italian, Catholic, French Canadian? I’d love to hear an episode on that. 1:20:13 - How easy/hard is it to get into Kermit Ruffin’s Mother-In-Law-Lounge? Is it safe to travel to and more importantly from?
86 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
Fire at the Upstairs Lounge — EP 161
NOTE: Today’s discussion involves some gruesome descriptions of what happened on the night of Sunday, June 24, 1973. You may wish to listen to this one when your little ones are not around. On June 24, 1973 an arsonist set fire to a gay bar in New Orleans called the Up Stairs Lounge. Within moments fire engulfed the bar, and ultimately claimed the lives of 32 people. It was the largest massacre of LGBTQ individuals in the United States until the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016. My guests today are Robert “Bobby” Fieseler, and Clayton Delery. Bobby authored a new book about the fire entitled, Tinderbox, the Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation. Clayton Delery is a native of Metairie, LA just outside of New Orleans. Clayton’s 2015 book about the fire, The Upstairs Lounge Arson: 32 Deaths in a Gay Bar, was recognized by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities with a Book of the Year Award. Join us as we talk about the fire, about life in New Orleans during that time, and about the impact of the fire on New Orleans and its citizens in the 45 years since. Resources Tinderbox, the Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, by Robert Fieseler, is available on Amazon and at local bookstores, including Garden District Book Shop and Octavia Books. You can also follow Robert Fieseler on Twitter (@wordbobby). The Upstairs Lounge Arson: 32 Deaths in a Gay Bar, by Clayton Delery is available on Amazon. Johnny Townsend's book Let the Faggots Burn was the first book published about the Up Stairs Lounge fire. His book is a great source of information about the men (and women) who lost their lives in this tragedy. You can purchase Johnny's book at Amazon. Robert Camina produced an award-winning and moving documentary about the fire called Upstairs Inferno. You can purchase it directly from his website. Thank You I first learned about the Up Stairs Lounge massacre many years ago. Its been on my list of topics for the Beyond Bourbon Street podcast since we launched in December 2016, but I hesitated to tackle it. I wanted to make sure I had the interview skills to do it justice. I also wanted to find the right person or people to talk to. Thanks to my friend James Tardie I connected with Robert, and through Robert, with Clayton. Words cannot express how appreciative I am to Robert Fieseler and to Clayton Delery for opening up to me. While I understand they have books to promote, it is obvious how personal the story is to both of them. Our discussion was difficult, but I hope it conveys to you the listener at least a sense of the tragedy itself, as well as the times. I am also hopeful by sharing this story, it helps us all be mindful of the work we still have to do in today's world to ensure everyone is treated as equals. I also owe a word of thanks to John Price and the Old 77 Hotel. When John heard about this topic, he quickly offered a space for us to record. The Old 77 actively supports all members of our community, and I am honored to have them as a partner. Sponsor: The Old 77 Hotel and Chandlery When you're ready to make your plans to visit New Orleans, you'll need a place to stay. The Old 77 is ideally situated in the Warehouse District, just three blocks from the French Quarter. It features a variety of pet-friendly rooms, the award-winning Compere Lapin restaurant, and more. You'll love the location, the rooms, and the food, but the details and the service are what you'll fall in love with! To book your room, click here or use code BBOLD77 to save 25% off their regular rates. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoy the show, please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Music or wherever you get your podcasts. If you do enjoy listening, please share Beyond Bourbon Street with someone who shares our love of New Orleans. Join Us on Facebook We have a free Facebook group where you can ask questions, share your New Orleans experiences and engage with others who love all things New Orleans! It is also where you can get Marie's advice and see the articles she shares about fun things to do in the Crescent City. Join us by going to beyondbourbonst.com/facebook. Contact Us Got an idea for an episode, have some feedback or just want to say hi? Leave us a message at 504-475-7632 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for listening! Mark
56 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
EP 160 - Louisiana Anthology Project
Today’s episode is a discussion about a project and a podcast called Louisiana Anthology. I’m joined by one of the two men behind it, Bruce Magee. We discuss the anthology and what's in it, as well as their podcast. If you are interested in going deeper into Louisiana history and written artifacts from letters to books to cooking recipes, you'll enjoy this episode!
47 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
Local Lens with NOLA T-Shirt Club - EP 159
Today’s episode is a discussion with Jackie and John Abston, owners of NOLA T-Shirt Club. We’ll talk about their business, favorite haunts, and things to do as the summer heats up!
44 minutes | May 4, 2022
7 Things About New Orleans Right Now
Today’s episode is all about now in New Orleans. As we head into summer, this is sort of a state of New Orleans, A combination of things I‘d do if I was visiting, and/or things to know. This show is based on questions I've been getting most often and is designed to help you decide whether or not this time of year is right for your next visit to New Orleans.
59 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
EP 157 - Beyond Bourbon Street Travel Guide
Did you know I wrote a book? It’s called Beyond Bourbon Street, an Insider’s Guide to New Orleans and is the subject of today’s episode. We'll give you a preview of the book and some insgiht into how it got made. Joined by photograher and contributor James Cullen.
44 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
They Called Us River Rats
Today’s episode is all about the people who live and have lived along the sliver of land between the levee and the Mississippi River called the batture. To help me explore this culture I’ve enlisted the help of Macon Fry, author of the book They Called Us River Rats, and himself an inhabitant of the batture.
62 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
The Essential Guide to Jazz Fest - EP 155
Planning a trip to Jazz Fest, but not sure what to do, what to bring to the festival grounds, what to eat, or where to pee? We've got you covered in this episode.
60 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
Questions and Answers from Listeners - EP154
Questions and Answers from Listeners like you. 02:07 - what was your favorite Carnival memory/moment this year 03:05 - Jazz Camp attendee asks what his wife should do while he’s Jazzing 05:28 - Talk about Midcity area 09:42 - When is the BBS Book Release? Who are you most excited to see at Jazz Fest? When will you have James Cullen back on? 13:20 - French Quarter Fest/Indian Museum, what are best bars/restaurants in area? 16:17 - tell me about Pirate’s Alley 17:57 - coffee - Talk about Chicory, Cafe Au Lait 20:49 - Lefcadio Hearn and his impact on culture? 23:54 - Favorite Parades (Day/Night/Family/NOTFamily) 29:04 - Favorite non-Canival season parade 30:04 - Hear more about your book publishing process 30:30 - What is a New Orleans Place or Event you still want to experience for first time? 32:00 - What’s the history of praline? 33:25 - Tips for bringing grandkids to Mardi Gras 35:50 - Tips for first timers at Jazzfest? 36:20 - what was your overall take on this Carnival season 37:28 - How’s Your back? How’s the book? Can you bring in food to Jazzfest? 38:16 - When will Beyond Bourbon Street come out as an audiobook? 39:02 - what goes into being a crew member of a large parade? 42:47 - what are your must haves in the bag for Jazzfest 44:50 - traditions, myths that resonate around New Orleans? 47:34 - camping options near New Orleans? 48:52 - what’s changed since the pandemic? 51:15 - life of an oyster shucker? 52:44 - well seasoned versus mouth on fire? 54:25 - what’s it like to be a kid in New Orleans?
49 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
Mardi Gras Indians - Episode 153
Join us for a discussion of Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans.
32 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
EP 152 - The Roman Candy Man
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