We’re celebrating two very important historical events this week, as well as celebrating the official beginning of the Mardi Gras season. There are no scheduled parades this week, but King Cake is appropriate.
One of those historical events is the birthday of the King Elvis Presley, born on January 8th, 1935. And in acknowledgment of that the premiere Elvis tribute band Clockwork Elvis is playing not one, not two, but three shows this week at different venues. Tonight on the actual birthday they are playing at the House of Blues Parish at 8 p.m. and will have special guest impersonators. On Friday night, they will join the Krewe of Rolling Elvi on the tenth anniversary at the Howlin’ Wolf at 9 p.m. along with Atomic Daddy-o, Life Without Elvis and more for only $5. And on Saturday evening, they will play at the place it all started, the Kingpin Bar off Prytania.
The brand new bar PubliQ House on Freret Street is hosting Gravy Flavored Kisses at 10 p.m. with no cover on Friday night. Come out to see the gorgeous neon sign, interesting interior design, and drink craft cocktails and daiqs out of mason jars.
If somehow you’ve had enough Elvis by Saturday, you can see Hawg Jaw, the Bills, Dummy Dumpster and more at Siberia at 10 p.m. The show is a benefit for musician Severin Lagarde. Or bluesman Chris Thomas King will be making a red hot noise at Snug Harbor at 8 and 10 p.m. The other historical event worth noting is the Battle of New Orleans Anniversary. This weekend on Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., The Chalmette Battlefield will have a reenactment of the triumph along with presentations and more. The U.S. Mint on Esplanade Avenue will also present a lecture on the battle at 6 p.m. on Thursday for free.
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum will soon be closing to move into their new home. But you can catch a glimpse before that during their free to the public event on Sunday between 4 and 6 p.m. Museum Director Liz Williams is discussing her new book New Orleans: A Food Biography about the history of the city’s unique dishes. After the party, Buffa’s Lounge on Esplanade Avenue is viewing the film Dirty Rice about a New Orleans’s man going back to his Cajun roots at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. for free.