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Your Own Personal New Orleans Tour Remains Bestseller on Amazon! – Video

Well, I never thought it’d happen to lil’ ole me but my new book, Your Own Personal New Orleans Tour, has been on Amazon for almost a year now and it’s still a bestseller, in the top 5 in its category!

Your Own Personal New Orleans Tour Remains Bestseller on Amazon!

So here’s an interview I did with monster Internet maven Dion GeBorde about alla dat.

 

Click the Buy Now button below to get your copy of my bestselling travel guide

Your Own Personal New Orleans Tour

It used to be $0.99. Now you can get it for only $3.47.
But hurry, I may be raising the price in the near future. So now is the time to get it.

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New Orleans: America’s Precious Jewel – A Beginner’s Guide – video

Here is a quick and to the point video guide of New Orleans, America’s most charming city. They do a good job of highlighting all the great and interesting standout things to see and experience.

New Orleans: America’s Precious Jewel – A Beginner’s Guide – video

Of course, nothing is as good as actually being here and drinking in the atmosphere and taking in the city as the natives do.

This video makes one mistake. It says Mardi Gras is in February which is only partially true. It can also be in March depending on when Easter is.

A sunrise shot of Jackson Square from across Mississippi River with the stately St. Louis Cathedaral.

A sunrise shot of Jackson Square from across Mississippi River with the stately St. Louis Cathedaral in the background.

For a great take on the seven things you must do to have a fabulous time in New Orleans you can do no better than to get this bestselling book on Amazon – Your Own Personal New Orleans Tour – written by yours truly.

 

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New Orleans Musicians Bobby J & Stuff Like That Featured in Small Business Revolution Documentary Demonstrating the Power of Persistence

What would New Orleans be without New Orleans music? Well, it would be a pretty dead place and the city would probably be some kind of backwater, a little sliver of misery on the banks of the Mississippi River. Our music is part and parcel of the Crescent City and without it the food would lack spice, the buildings would crumble, and Mardi Gras… well most likely would not even exist.

New Orleans Musicians Bobby J & Stuff Like That Featured in Small Business Revolution Documentary Demonstrating the Power of Persistence

It’s not easy being a musician in New Orleans. Although music is everywhere here, and I mean everywhere, to live in the city and make playing music your livelihood is really tough. You gotta be good, you gotta be resourceful, you gotta have connections, and music just has to be your heart and soul, like you couldn’t live if you couldn’t play your music.

New Orleans overall probably has the best musicians in the world, we got the beat, got the blood, got the spirit, got whatever it is that makes New Orleans music great.

This video is about Bobby Jordan and his wife Lisa who for 25 years has made playing music their bread and butter. They run it like a small business and they’ve managed to hold their own. Just to let you know, I’ve never heard of these guys, yet, they appear to be a popular and successful act.

Here’s more about them, taken from a press release I was sent:

Husband-and-wife duo Bobby and Lisa Jordan among 100 business builders featured in yearlong campaign celebrating the crucial role of small businesses in our communities

Bobby Jordan has only left New Orleans once – because Hurricane Katrina gave him no other choice. But after six weeks, his passion for playing music brought him back to New Orleans, which perhaps more than any other city is defined for the music played in its venues, its homes and its streets.

New Orleans musicians Bobby J and Lisa are true small business entrepreneurs.

New Orleans musicians Bobby J and Lisa are true small business entrepreneurs.

For the past 25 years, Bobby and his wife Lisa have led Bobby J & Stuff Like That, a popular band that can be found playing weddings, corporate events and an array of other parties and venues. Bobby is lead singer and convened the musicians, while Lisa handles booking – in addition to also singing in the band.

Now, Bobby J & Stuff Like That is getting national attention from Deluxe Corporation’s Small Business Revolution documentary project. The Small Business Revolution, which also features “Shark Tank” star Robert Herjavec, is a yearlong campaign that celebrates the vibrancy, variety and community impact of small businesses across the country.

Its latest story is a short film profiling Bobby J & Stuff Like That, one of 100 profiles of inspiring small businesses that will debut throughout 2015 at SmallBusinessRevolution.org. (Only 12, however, are being showcased in a video like Bobby J.)

Lisa, the singer, manager, and brains of the outfit.

Lisa, the singer, manager, and brains of the outfit.

As the new video shows, it takes passion and perseverance to sustain a successful band as a small business for a quarter century. But the music is in Bobby’s blood – and he knows how inextricable music is from both New Orleans’ culture and its economy. Bobby J & Stuff Like That is emblematic of the power of a small business to impact its community on multiple levels – and that’s one of the many reasons they attracted the Small Business Revolution.

Deluxe developed the Small Business Revolution to focus on the importance of personal touch and local involvement in an era when business is becoming increasingly impersonal. The campaign is capturing the stories of small businesses and their customers, families and friends – all of whom are a crucial part of what makes our communities whole.

“The hands-on customer service, the entrepreneurial spirit and the deep community involvement people find in the small businesses they frequent make all the difference,” said Amanda Brinkman, chief brand and communications officer for Deluxe Corp. “Telling these moving, inspirational stories and putting a spotlight on these owners is our way of celebrating the best parts of American business.”

The Small Business Revolution will unfold throughout 2015, as a part of Deluxe’s 100th anniversary celebration. Since 1915, Deluxe has helped small businesses and financial institutions grow and thrive by providing a range of business services, from websites and logos to social media and email marketing to checks and other financial services.

The Small Business Revolution will also award $25,000 to one small business later this year. Anyone can nominate their favorite small business at SmallBusinessRevolution.org, and Shark Tank’s Herjavec will help Deluxe choose the winner who best exemplifies the Small Business Revolution spirit. The person who nominates the winning businesscan see how it feels to be a “shark” by personally delivering the $25,000 prize.

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New Orleans Cocktails Movement In the Spotlight As 3 NOLA Bars and Bartender Named Semifinalists in 9th Annual Spirited Awards

New Orleans cocktail are wise and wonderful things. I mean where else do you find a whole movement, festival and awards dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of it. It’s been claimed that the cocktail itself started in New Orleans at an apothecary shop, the museum of which still exists in the French Quarter next to Napoleon House. It’s also been claimed that the Sazerac was the very first cocktail ever.

New Orleans Cocktails Movement In the Spotlight As 3 NOLA Bars and Bartender Named Semifinalists in 9th Annual Spirited Awards

In this video we have Chris Hannah, finalist for American Bartender of the Year, who runs the French 75 Bar housed in Arnaud’s restaurant. Here he is talking about his take on the Sazerac, calling it “really masculine way” in the way they make it. Some ‘racs” can be too sweet and icky. But I’ve had the one at the French 75 and I can attest to its boldness and beauty.

If you watch the video he tells you exactly how they make the Sazerac and why it is so good. One secret is keeping the bottle of rye in the fridge. Hm. I will have to try that.

The beautiful Sazereac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

The beautiful Sazereac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.

Here’s a little more info about the Awards on the NOLA.com site:

Earlier in the year, Arnaud’s French 75 was a semifinalist for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program (along with Cane & Table). (Sazerac and French 75 Bar were named to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune’s list of Top 10 bars for 2014 while Cane & Table was named one of the Top 5 new bars for 2014. French 75 Bar subsequently won the readers’ poll of the Top 10 bars.)

So here’s to New Orleans cocktails. And really no one no where can make these blended bar drinks like we do in New Orleans.

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Did Hurricane Katrina Really Doom New Orleans or Was it The Corps of Engineers? – Video

This coming August 2015 will mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and what it wrought on New Orleans and the surrounding   areas. But was the flooding by Katrina a natural disaster or was it man-made?

Did Hurricane Katrina Really Doom New Orleans or Was it The Corps of Engineers? – Video

This video by National Geographic pretty much spells is out. It talks about how the prevention of annual flooding by the river and the incursion of canals in the wetlands has pretty much caused a lot of the problems that our area has. But what it does not talk about, and this is huge missing from this video, is that the flooding after Katrina was caused by the poorly built levee and flood-wall systems of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

It’s important that people know this because the Corps has a multitude of projects all over the country. And the same thing could happen to any area overseen by the Corps that happened in New Orleans.

I don’t know why National Geographic failed to mention that in this video. But it is an important piece to understanding that New Orleans was almost destroyed after Hurricane Katrina and it was not by natural means at all, but a disastrous failure of the US government particularly the Corps of Engineers.

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Old New Orleans Jazz Clarinetist George Lewis Tears It Up on Mahogany Hall Stomp

One of our most famous New Orleans Jazz musicians was George Lewis. Not as well known as Louis Armstrong but in my view just as important, as were all those fellas back in the early days of Jazz

Old New Orleans Jazz Clarinetist George Lewis Tears It Up on Mahogany Hall Stomp

George Lewis travelled all over the world spreading the good news of  jazz. But strangely enough he was less well-known in his hometown New Orleans. I had only heard about him when it was announced he had died.

In the 1950s he became a popular figure in the New Orleans jazz revival movement. He played with all the early greats of the jazz movement, like Kid Ory, the Eureka Brass Band and others. For a time he was a regular at Preservation Hall.

He was relatively young by today’s standards, passing away in 1968 at 68. And his legacy lives on in the many albums he recorded. He was a New Orleans jazz classic.

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