This week is full of great concerts, and some cool movies kick off the festivities. Wednesday, the Scumbag Cinema series at Antenna Gallery, located at 3161 Burgundy, continues with music-influenced films.Starting at 9 p.m., Todd Phillip's "Hated!: G.G. Allin & The Murder Junkies" about the most vile band to ever perform followed by Alex Cox's ode to spaghetti westerns "Straight to Hell." The flicks are free. After the movie, you can catch the international black metal show at Siberia. Inquisition from Colombia performs with Grave Ritual and Demonic Destruction.
Friday brings us some events that are all very different, but look like a good time. The Bye Bye Hurricane Season Party at Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue does cost $20, but makes up for the cover by donating the money to the evacuation preparedness organization Evacuteer.org and includes a free hurricane drink provided by the legendary Pat O'Brien's anda secret celebrity toast. The party lasts from 8-11 p.m., so you'll have time to make it to Hi Ho Lounge on St. Claude Avenue to see the Storyville Starlets strip a tribute to amazing new age bluesman Tom Waits. The cover is $10, a good price for a burlesque show, and you get to pay homage to a great man. Win-win!
The weather may be chilly and wet this weekend, but I'll brave it to attend the free-for-residents cemetery tour Saturday morning at 10. Email [email protected] for more details. The advantage to getting out early is making it to the Treme Creole Gumbo Fest to warm up with some delicious food. The fest is free to get in and located at the Jazz and Heritage Center at 1225 North Rampart Street. Rebirth Brass Band and Glen David Andrews are set to perform as well as more good bands. Later that night, one of my favorite bands performs at Siberia. Midnight Ghost Train is influenced by Delta Blues and southern gospel preachers, and sound like no other music today. You can read my review of the band from previous shows here. Local bands A Hanging and Black Witch God provide support.
Sunday is the final day of the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond. If you've been thinking about going, this is your last chance! There's live jousting, bawdy comedians, glass-blowing, axe-throwing, and much more. Unique to this weekend are fireworks when it gets dark, and there's usually great discounts from the vendors. Here's a picture of me from earlier in the season. (Yes, I dress up.) It's fun for everyone, even if they're not geeks. Later that night head back to NOLA to The Hangar on South Rendon Street to see the Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani with support from Arkona, Polkadot Cadaver and Forged in Flame.
Monday, Black Tusk will be at Siberia at 2227 St. Claude Avenue. The sludgy/thrashy metal band from Georgia has made a good name for themselves the last few years through relentless touring and excellent albums.