It was perfect weather for Greek Fest. As the toga'd crowd ate delicious stuffed grape leaves and drank strong ouzo, the bayou filled up with kayakers enjoying the Greek band from afar. There are some big metal concerts coming up this week, and some aren't during the weekend. If you want to go, I advise taking a power nap beforehand so that you can enjoy the show until the very last, early-morning second.
The busy schedule kicks off on Wednesday night. The documentary film Surviving Progress screens at 7:30 p.m. at the Zeitgeist on O.C. Haley Blvd. for their normal ticket prices. The film interviews people, including Jane Goodall and Stephen Hawking, about the problems stemming from "progress." After the movie, the renowned doom band St. Vitus performs at One Eyed Jacks with Dixie Witch and Sean Yseult's (White Zombie, Rock City Morgue) new project Star and Dagger. If you think you want to go, you should consider buying tickets online before the show or arriving early to the venue. There's a good chance it may sell out. Tickets cost $15.
The first of a few events on Thursday is The Eat Local Challenge's Kick-off Party from 6 to 8 p.m. which will be held on the roof of the new Rouses in the CBD at 701 Baronne Street; Rouses built an aeroponic garden there. Noisy punk band Japanther, Pygmy Lush and Thou are performing an early show at the United Bakery on 1325 St. Bernard Avenue at 7 p.m. for $5. When that show ends, book it down to Siberia to see Church of Misery with Hail!Hornet, The Gates of Slumber, and Solid Giant at 10 p.m. for $12. You may also want to go back to Siberia on Friday night to see Dragged Into Sunlight all the way from the U.K. with Cough, Batillus, and Red Shield for $8 at 10 p.m.
Being a fan of good beer, I'm going to the WYES Beer Tasting at the UNO Arena on Saturday evening from 6-9 p.m. I think I may stay in that night as walking the arena's rotunda for three hours can be exhausting. But on Sunday night, I'm going to the rockabilly show at Bank St. Bar. The cover is free as always and food will be available for gratis. The lineup includes The Bedlamville Triflers, The Kings Of Hell, Ron Hotstream, and The F-Holes.