It's New Orleans: Happy Hour

Synopsis

HAPPY HOUR is a cocktail-fueled 60 minutes of random conversation with folks who have nothing in common, other than being New Orleanians in a bar. Featuring extraordinary New Orleans musicians playing live, host Grant Morris and sidekick deluxe Andrew Du

Episodes

  • The Return Of The Random All Cajun Happy Hour Special

    The Return Of The Random All Cajun Happy Hour Special

    24/06/2020 Duration: 01h09min

    Until we're allowed back into bars in New Orleans and until people feel comfortable coming down and sitting around having a cocktail with random strangers, we're revisiting some our best shows from the past decade. Today Happy Hour Digital Producer, Andrew "C-Rock" Cirac has picked this episode, so here's the Return of the Random All Cajun Happy Hour Special.  Happy Hour is billed as “Random conversation with folks who have nothing in common.” Anything that’s truly random will, sooner or later, appear to us not to be. Like flipping a coin and getting four “heads” in a row. Or inviting random people to sit around a table at a bar in New Orleans and discovering they’re all Cajun. Louis Michot is the fiddle player and lead singer in the Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers. You don’t get much more Cajun than Louis and his tales of Petit Paris (aka St Martinville), living in Broussard, Lafayette, and out in the woods of Arnaudville. Louis plays two songs on this Happy Hour, accompanied on one of them by fellow Cajun

  • Katrina Brees Meets Tank and The Bangas

    Katrina Brees Meets Tank and The Bangas

    17/06/2020 Duration: 01h05min

    In the Happy Hour annals of "random people who have nothing in common," the day artist Katrina Brees meets Tank and the Bangas stands out to Happy Hour Live Feed Video Director Asher Griffith as the Best Of Happy Hour.  Where's Karina? If you ever wondered what happened to Karina Nathan she’s now Kevin Simons. And Karen Regis. And Krystal Sedona. And Chi Chi the lead singer of the Girl Dawgs, who is actually a dog. Katrina Brees sheds some light on this fantastic array of personalities, and their wardrobes. Go Tank or Go Home Tank from Tank and the Bangas has her own specialty wardrobe and range of personas too. Her wardrobe doesn’t extend to panties (which she has given up wearing) but she does occasionally wear boy shorts to boost her booty. Her personas start out with Terianne Michelle Ball in New Orleans East and extend to the woman sorting through damaged goods on aisle 4 at Walmart. Norman Spence and Merell Burket from Tank’s band, Tank and the Bangas, join the party – but strictly under their own

  • Humidor Saves The World Again

    Humidor Saves The World Again

    10/06/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    Still barred from hanging out in bars in New Orleans, in the interests of public health, we continue to revisit standout shows from years gone by. This show, in which Humidor Saves The World Again, is the first Happy Hour after the election of Donald J Trump in 2016. Even then we knew things were going to go to Hell. If only podcasting was as popular in 2016 as it is today. Maybe somebody in DC would have heard this conversation and we could, indeed have saved the world. For now though all we can do is look back and laugh, and try not cry in our beer.  Austin Alward, aka Aus-T the Franco rap star, has a plan to save the country and the world from rampant Trumpism. It involves the internet, a Cuban cigar store owner, and a bunch of New Orleans actors and musicians. It might have been just crazy enough to work. Jazz great Mitchel Forman, and singer-songwriters Sam Doores from The Deslondes and Andrew Duhon have their own plan. It involves a searing rendition of I Shall Be Released, a tribute to both Leonard

  • Poboys, Drag Queens, and Cowboy Mouth Are Back

    Poboys, Drag Queens, and Cowboy Mouth Are Back

    03/06/2020 Duration: 01h05min

    There's nothing more totally "New Orleans" than poboys, drag queens, and Cowboy Mouth. That's why, till we can go back in bars and hang out, Happy Hour photographer Jill Lafleur picks this show as her favorite from the past few years to revisit. Drag Queens Poppy Tooker is New Orleans first lady of food. From her weekly TV appearances on Steppin’ Out to to her weekly radio show and podcast, Poppy is the best known foodie in the city. Poppy’s latest venture is a collaboration with a large group of drag queens to produce a strong of drag queen brunches around town, culminating in her 6th book, simply called Drag Queen Brunch. You could have found out any of this information in any New Orleans publication. What you won’t have heard anywhere but here is the explanation to this sentences Poppy utters by way of her current situation: “I’m not dead and I’m not knocked up.” Cowboy Mouth Fred LeBlanc is the larger than life front man of the band Cowboy Mouth. If you’ve ever been to a Cowboy Mouth show or heard any

  • The Return of Clit Sit Meditation

    The Return of Clit Sit Meditation

    27/05/2020 Duration: 01h12min

    In the annals of “You never know what the hell is going to come up in conversation,” this Happy Hour would have to rank at the top of the list. That's why, till we can go back into bars in new Orleans, Happy Hour producer Graham da Ponte has chosen this as her favorite show of the past 5 years - yes, it's the return of Clit Sit Meditation. Aidi Kansas (her real name) left behind a career as a pet portrait artist to pursue her abilities as a psychic energy healer and has stumbled into the world of getting women to reach spiritual enlightenment by stroking their own clitoris. Aidi calls it Clit Sit Meditation. Masturbatory meditation is only able to be practiced by people with a clitoris, in other words not men. Men, however, can have their own problems with too little ejaculation that can lead to porn and all manner of bad behavior. Talking of badly behaved men, Hitler, according to John Hebert, would have been a nicer person if he’d stayed off of the crystal meth. Apparently only the 1930’s equivalent of Ph

  • Love Hog Warm Showers

    Love Hog Warm Showers

    20/05/2020 Duration: 01h54s

    After making Happy Hour for nearly 10 years and meeting with random folks in various bars around New Orleans, this is the very first show where we just turn on the mics, put the Zoom link out on the internet and sit back and see who shows up. Predictably, we get a bunch of people trying to hack the show down and hijack us with a bunch of porn, but other than a few salacious moments, our Digital producer Andrew “C-Rock” Cirac manages to run a tight ship and let in a few folks from around the country. One of them is David Wilkins, who is calling in from a small town just outside of Birmingham, Alabama. David lives with his wife of 35 years – they got married at 18 right out of high school – and for company they open their home to folks who pass by on bicycles. These are all members of a community of cyclists united by their membership of an organization called WarmShowers.org Asher Griffith is Happy Hour’s Facebook Live director, currently hunkering down with his mom in a small town called Greers Ferry, whic

  • Thai Trombone

    Thai Trombone

    13/05/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    Matt Haines went to school to learn to become a classical trombone player with visions of playing trombone in an orchestra. But plans change. Initially Matt started teaching people to play in marching bands, which lead him to Thailand, not necessarily known for its place on the brass band pantheon, and then to new Orleans, the home of the hippest trombone players on the planet. That’s when Matt quit playing trombone. He’s now a writer. Ashley Herbert is the CEO of a company called Bart’s Office. They are office workspace professionals. They set up offices, move offices, and facilitate every aspect of commercial office space. So now what happens? Now everybody’s working from home and too frisked out to go back into the office? Take a listen to Ashley’s hands-on analysis of what’s going on in the world of office work. It’s sobering, even for Happy Hour. Jay Winfield was too preoccupied by people falling ill around him at the beginning of the pandemic to think about music, but things are better now and he’s ba

  • Mr. Tadpole Meets the Psychedelic Judge

    Mr. Tadpole Meets the Psychedelic Judge

    06/05/2020 Duration: 01h46s

    Isaac Toups is one of the most talented and celebrated chefs in New Orleans. Isaac was a finalist on the TV show Top Chef and he’s currently a finalist for the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef South, which is the food equivalent of the Oscars. But before all that, Isaac was a winner of the Tadpole competition in his native Rayne, Louisiana. Rayne bills itself as The Frog Capital of the World (no kidding, look it up) and Isaac was the winner of the baby competition there, back when he was a baby. The best bay in Rayne, therefore, is the winner of the Tadpole Award. You can’t make this stuff up, and you can’t do justice it in writing, you need to hear this in Isaac’s own words, here on Happy Hour. Sara Lewis is running for Judge. The court she is looking to preside over is New Orleans First City Court. It’s a small claims court where there no jury. As somebody mentions on this show, it’s kind of lie reality TV court, except it’s actually reality. You can vote for Sara if you live in New Orleans, on

  • Batsh*t Crazy and Completely Unlovable

    Batsh*t Crazy and Completely Unlovable

    29/04/2020 Duration: 01h09min

    When you’re in a relationship, sex changes over time. Sometimes it goes from being good to being great. Other times, the fabulous person you fell in love with appears to change completely and turns into a person who is batsh*t crazy and completely unlovable.   We’re summarizing here, but this is pretty much how Andrew Duhon describes the possibility of the trajectories of love in the modern era.  The reason we’re having this conversation on Happy Hour is because Tracy Carlson is a sex therapist. It’s not every day you get  to meet a sex therapist, especially after you’ve already had a couple of drinks in the middle of the afternoon, and well, you’ve got questions, right? The good news is Tracy has answers. Jonathan Freilich raises some pretty good and searching questions about sexuality and fantasy, while he's taking some time off from making his own podcasts to drop by and say hi. Joshua Summey drops by too, from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Josh was the songwriter and singer and front-man for the ban

  • You have No Idea How Easy It Is To Be A best Selling Author

    You have No Idea How Easy It Is To Be A best Selling Author

    22/04/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    Seriously, you have no idea how easy it is to be a best selling author. When you see a book on the best seller list of Amazon, don’t you assume that it must be selling hundreds of thousands? Try 800. Not 800,000, just 800. That’s what both the authors on this Happy Hour tell us. Dr Chris Yandle gets up around 6AM. By around 7AM he’s jotting down a clever line that he’s dreamed up since 6AM. He puts the clever line on a piece of paper and slips it into his daughter’s book bag. (This is not the plot of a novel, btw, this is what actually happens in the Yandle household in Mandeville.) So, anyway, after Dr Chris has a bunch of these notes he writes them up into a book called Lucky Enough, which turns out to be a prophetic title ‘cause he’s lucky enough to sell out of the whole run and be a big deal in the non-fiction world and seriously that’s only about 600 books later. You’d be forgiven for not believing these numbers could possibly be true, but then Fermin Ceballos confirms them. Fermin is also the author o

  • Live From Petco

    Live From Petco

    15/04/2020 Duration: 01h17min

    Music is apparently non-essential. So New Orleans musicians have no place to play. Some are doing live streaming from their homes, but others – like drummers and sax players – don’t have the kind of live streaming ability that, say, a singer-songwriter has. And then there’s this interesting factoid – Petco is regarded as essential and is still open. So here’s the obvious solution: Live From Petco. Musicians go play at Petco, if not in the store then at least in the parking lot. That’s the wisdom that comes out of this Covid Zoom conversation aka Happy Hour. Back in the day when people went to work, Allison Hererra made social media influencer videos for people like personal injury attorney Chip Forstall. Allison is going to use her talents to film the Petco Sessions and put them up online. Brian Hudson knows a thing or two about viral music videos. Brian is a street performer whose singing partner is internet sensation Grandpa Elliot, the older guy who sings Stand By Me on YouTube, Instagram and all over.

  • One Mans Dystopia is Another Mans Utopia

    One Man's Dystopia is Another Man's Utopia

    01/04/2020 Duration: 01h12min

    If you’re trapped at home hating watching the world come to an end, remember the wise words of Sergio from the band Rodo: One person’s dystopia is another person’s utopia. Sergio and Rodo (the person) play a couple of songs that illustrate this dichotomy, as well as pulling together another pair of polar concepts, ballads and hip hop, into their unique blend of music that Grant apparently branded as Hip Hop Ballad. Their new music is out April 15th, so enjoy your dystopia/utopia with a new soundtrack. Also, while you’re holed up in the house, how about watching Linda Midgett’s movie, Same God? Its on Amazon and AppleTV and is a feature length documentary about a black woman college professor at an evangelical school who decides to show some empathy for Muslim women by walking around in a hijab. You can probably guess what happens to her but it sounds a lot more worthwhile and compelling than Tiger King. The last time we had a major societal meltdown in New Orleans, Blake Haney and his company Dirty Coast w

  • Covideo

    Covideo

    25/03/2020 Duration: 01h10min

    In our second Happy Hour by Zoom we manage to take advantage of not being able to hang out in a bar and instead talk to people all across the country in a new concept we’re calling Covideo. Yes, that’s in questionable taste, but after all it is Happy Hour. Mike Rubin is stuck in his second week of isolation in San Francisco. When times are normal Mike has a photography business called Neomodern, in which people walk into his photo gallery with their phones filled with photos and with the assistance of experts walk out with a framed print on archival quality paper. It’s a brilliant idea that has been around for 3 years but Mike’s dilemma is, does he hang on and hope the world returns to how it was, or does he embrace change and morph into something different? He’s at this point heading along the latter avenue. Katrina Brees is sitting on a possible Covid-driven windfall. Not only did her 10 year old movie about her Vagina from the Future who cures a Chinese-born virus predict this whole current scenario, but

  • Its New Orleans Coronavirus -- Part 2

    It's New Orleans Coronavirus -- Part 2

    18/03/2020 Duration: 01h10min

    When we started making podcasts in New Orleans 10 years ago, we encountered a lot of skeptical questions, among them “What happens when you run out of good guests, in 6 weeks?” and “What’s a podcast?” One of the questions we didn’t hear was, “What happens if every bar and restaurant in the city shuts down?” That sure would have been funny, but it’s turning out to be no joke. So, welcome to It's New Orleans Coronavirus. Part 2. Our show is coming to you today courtesy of Zoom. All of our crew and our guests are quarantined in their homes. Mimi Schippers was last on Happy Hour when she was a younger woman and in a polyamorous relationship with two people. Those relationships have matured into something different (though not much different from your average long-term relationship actually, aka no sex)  and Mimi has matured into a respected academic who is head of the Sociology Department at Tulane University and a world authority on polyamory and Queer Studies. Melissa and Matt DeOrazio (pronounced “Dee-Razio

  • New Orleans Corona Virus: Part 1

    New Orleans Corona Virus: Part 1

    11/03/2020 Duration: 01h04min

    So today it's New Orleans Corona Virus: Part 1 - the first day of the New Orleans shut down. Even the It's New Orleans Happy Hour podcast is caught up in the global pandemic, though so far all that's happened to us is we have to move off the stage of the Maple Leaf Bar to make room for Dave Jordan and Flow Tribe after they relocated here when the outdoor Wednesday in the Square concert was shut down by the city. So, instead of thousands of people gathering in the sunny outdoors while our small crew meets on the stage of the club, now thousands of people are crammed into the club while our small crew gets to hang out in the sunny outdoors in the courtyard. So, Yay Corona Virus Part 1! Felter goes by one name, like Cher or Prince, who she's the same height as. Felter, like Prince and Cher, specializes in making people feel better. She's a motivational speaker whose contribution to New Orleans Corona Virus Part 1 is coming up with a whole new way to inspire people without catching their viruses. Joe Gerrity's

  • I Want to get my Security Deposit Back

    I Want to get my Security Deposit Back

    05/03/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    If you've ever rented an apartment, when you've gone to move out, you've almost certainly told the landlord "I want to get my security deposit back." What happens after that is the great unknown. Most often you've probably just given up arguing with the landlord and let the guy keep your money. Because that's what a huge number of us do, there is about $6 BILLION a year in un-returned security deposits. Marco Nelson is the guy who knows all about that $6B, he's setting about getting it back for all of us, one renter at a time. Marco's startup is called RentCheck and it's already a big deal nationwide. Marco's got a great story about starting out in the military and while his friends are being shipped off to Iraq and Afghanistan, he gets  sent to New Orleans! You just know this guy is going to be a billionaire. Katherine Klimitas is a "3." She's also an artist and the author of a new book of portraits of dogs, called Breed All About Us, with co-author Yvonne Krumins. It's a delightful book, especially if you

  • Mardi Gras Death - The Day After

    Mardi Gras Death - The Day After

    27/02/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    Mardi Gras and Day of the Dead are two very different holidays. But in 2020 Mardi Gras Death is a real thing. It's Ash Wednesday 2020, the day after the deadliest Mardi Gras, possibly of all time. Julie Couret is a witness to what happened. As a regular TV commentator camera crews sought Julie out right after the event and today, with the benefit of a bit hindsight, Julie gives us a first hand account of riding in the Nyx Parade just a few floats behind the woman who was killed trying to walk between the two sections of a tandem float. Was she cut in half, as people reported? (Julie says she knows the person who tried to give her CPR so it's doubtful she was in two pieces.) Was Mardi Gras 2020 cursed by the spirits of the dead people trapped inside the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel on Canal Street? (The jury is out on that one.) Dr. Mark Carson is a professor of history. But nobody mentions that small detail until the last moments of this Happy Hour, after Mark has played one of the nearly 2,000 songs he's writ

  • Youre So Smart You Listen to Podcasts Now

    You're So Smart You Listen to Podcasts Now

    06/02/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    Jazz singer/songwriter Gabrielle Cavassa broke up with the guy she was dating and when they got together a month later - for that ridiculous "closure" we've heard so much about - he gave her the ammo for a vicious, cutting song about what a kind, loving, genius he'd turned into since they split. He even told her that he'd gotten so smart that he listens to podcasts now. We realize we're on thin ice here, suggesting only pretentious jerks listen to podcasts, because obviously you're so smart you do listen to podcasts, but nobody in their right mind would claim this is a podcast for smart people. Although we do have smart people on it, like for example Arthur Franz IV. Arthur is the inventor of Mardi Gras Madness, a board game that doesn't actually require a board. It's a card game in which you play the part of a Mardi Gras parade-goer and the object of the game is to collect as many throws as possible. For $25 it looks like a good investment in drinking for those long nights between parades when you're dream

  • My 4th Wife Was Cajun

    My 4th Wife Was Cajun

    23/01/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    You probably think you've heard every weird bad disastrous insane mistaken awful relationship story there is. You haven't. Not till you hear comedian hypnotist Flip Orley document his 5 wives and explain the drunken tattoos all over his body with, "My 4th wife was Cajun." Honestly, if you need to be reassured your own relationship is not so bad, or you want to bask in the relief of being in a good relationship, you have got to hear these extraordinary true tales of Flip's wives.  Musician Lenny Green has his own horror story. Namely, the time he came from a great gig to find his wife so mad that he was out all night playing music that she got out of bed and punched him in the face. "That was the beginning of the end," as you might imagine. Lenny also sings a love song on this show complete with the chorus in which he dreams about "flipping you over." Strangely, for a guy who writes sad songs about the lonely and broken-hearted - the self-described genre of Sad Bastard music - Andrew Duhon is the one guy

  • Real New Orleans

    Real New Orleans

    16/01/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    It literally doesn't get more real New Orleans than this Happy Hour. Charlie Gabriel was born in New Orleans in 1932. He started shining shoes and playing music when he was 5. By the time he was 11 he was a professional musician and he's never looked back. He did leave new Orleans for a while. Actually, about 60 years. Hurricane Katrina and Preservation Hall brought him back. Charlie is a national treasure and one of New Orleans' finest musicians and gentlemen. This is a rare opportunity to hear him talk about everything from living through segregation to playing with Aretha Franklin and working for Amazon.  Charlie plays sax on a new song by Andrew Duhon. If you're an Andrew Duhon fan you might want to chart the progress of this song from its first ever airing here on Happy Hour, through to wherever it eventually ends up. You'll get it from the first note: this is going to be a beautiful song. Deniseea Taylor moved to New Orleans because she got a cheap air ticket from New York but even if you don't bel

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