I had an amazing time at the Bud Light Hotel watching Stevie Wonder on Saturday! He got the whole throng of excited and tightly-packed fans into the music and coached them on singing their own parts to many of his hits. The young blues guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. was also great. But Janelle Monae was really fantastic. She performed such an energetic and spectacular show that I will never forget. But now that the Bowl is done, it's time to return to the normal craziness of the season. It's all about the music this week as we roll back into Mardi Gras.
Tonight is Beni-Fest at the Zeitgeist Mulit-Disciplinary Art Center; a party to introduce you to some of the benefit organizations our city offers. This bash which features lots of live music, auctions, art, and even live tattooing starts at 6 p.m. and the entrance fee is $10 before 7 p.m. or $20 after 7 p.m. The proceeds go to the charities like Southern Animal Foundation and Youth Empowerment Project. The band lineup includes the Scordatura String Band, and Slow Danger Brass Band with Gravy Flavored Kisses and Clockwork Elvis with Rev. Spooky LeStrange and her Billion Dollar Babydolls.
Humpday Wednesday has a few selections. Dmac's Bar and Grill at 542 Jefferson Davis Parkway is hosting the Mid-City Mix Up with Papa John Gros and Lynn Drury at 9 p.m. Corrections House comes to Siberia. This isn't any band, this is an amalgamation of artists performing different types of performance art to make up one act, and the band featuers one local musician Mike IX Williams doing spoken word. The show starts at 10 p.m. And on Thursday at the same bar, the goth/industrial party Attrition takes over with the addition of the hook-loving troupe Pain Tribe who will be suspending their bodies for your viewing pleasure, or to your shock, beginning at 10 p.m.
Located at 3445 Prytania Street, the Prytania Theater hosts a few fun folky bands including Hurray for the Riff Raff, Coyotes, Gold & The Rush, and Feral Foster on Friday night at 9 p.m. The loudest band with the most impressive amplifiers is going to make the walls and bar at Siberia vibrate with fury. Jucifer performs with Mountain of Wizard, Solid Giant and Red Shield beginning at 10 p.m. Buy earplugs beforehand, lest you resort to stuffing your ears with napkins.