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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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Christmastime in New Orleans – A Bouncy, Updated Version of the Louis Armstrong Classic by James Andrews

Well, Louis Armstrong did what I think is the quintessential version of this New Orleans Chritsmas song. But heck, here we got James Andrews do a really laid back, kinda mellow version of the song.

Christmastime in New Orleans – A Bouncy, Updated Version of the Louis Armstrong Classic by James Andrews

This is a great video with a whole slew of fantastic New Orleans Christmas scenes all over the city. The shot of the black Santa… pretty cool.

I’m performing my annual Christmas concert at the Neutral Ground Coffee House this Saturday and I usually do this song Satchmo style. But, heck, Im going to do it this new way. I think I like it better.

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The Inside Take on Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge, One of the Favorite New Orleans Dive Bars – Video

I live in uptown, in the Maple Street area to be exact, and this is one of New Orleans dive bars just a few minute walk from my house. Snake and Jake’s is without a doubt the very definition of a dive bar. It’s in a garage right there in the heart of a residential street. It’s in a class all by itself.

The Inside Take on Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge in New Orleans – Video

When I first saw it before I knew what it was, I wondered why the place had not been torn down. But on closer inspection I realized it was actually a bar that was still in business. If you take a close look at the roof it’s a faded, dusty blue tarp.

I think when you look up dive bar in the dictionary there is a picture of this place. Yet, this is very popular with locals and students and touts a very relaxing atmosphere. And a drink called the possum… you’ll have to watch the video to find out why… has to do with a live possum.

To be honest I’ve never been in here because every time I walk by it’s closed. Of course, I walk by too early.  And if you are visiting the city it’s worth it to catch a cab or ride the streetcar to Oak Street and walk about 4 blocks to check the place out.

This New Orleans dive bar is definitely on my bucket list. And I don’t have to walk too far to get to it.

If you’ve been there, leave a comment and tell us what you think.

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Haunted New Orleans – What You Don’t Know About the LaLaurie Mansion in the French Quarter – Video

One of the most horrific incidents ever in the city of New Orleans happened in the 1830s when the LaLaurie Mansion caught on fire. After dowsing the flames the fireman something in the attic, something that horrified even them, something almost unspeakable.

Newspapers carried the story but were reluctant to give the full details since what occurred was so brutal and inhuman.

Haunted New Orleans – What You Don’t Know About the LaLaurie Mansion in the French Quarter – Video

Now it’s said that the ghosts of those involved haunt the mansion even today. Many who have lived in the home claim they’ve experienced sightings and horrific visitations. This was a home that Nicholas Cage owned for a time before he started having money problems.

This is perhaps the most famous of haunted places in New Orleans today.

 

 

Posted in New Orleans History, New Orleans Landmarks, New Orleans Life, New Orleans Neighborhoods, New Orleans Videos.


Louis Armstrong Cool Yule – Oh Yeah, Babe, Good Christmas Music Does Exist! Add Dis to Your Holiday Playlist

Hey, baby. You want something upbeat, bouncy, finger-snapping, toe-tapping, high note singing from New Orleans’ own king of Jazz, Satchmo Louis Armstrong. Well, we got something for you right now to add to your Christmas playlist.

Louis Armstrong Cool Yule – Oh Yeah, Babe, Good Christmas Music Does Exist! Add Dis to Your Holiday Playlist

This is something I’m going to learn for my upcoming Holiday Concert at the Neutral Ground on December 20th. Ain’t nothin’ like a good old Satchmo song to get you in the holiday mood.

This is REAL music, not that electronic pre-recorded schlange that substitutes for music today.

 

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Just Why the Heck Do I Keep This Blog About New Orleans

OK. So over the past few years, since 2009, I’ve been maintaining this blog to write about things that are about New Orleans or Louisiana and I feel that there is always tons of things to write about along these lines.

Just Why the Heck Do I Keep This Blog About New Orleans

Here is thy humble reporter, Richard Bienvenu, on the banks of the mighty Mississippi.

Here is thy humble reporter, Richard Bienvenu, on the banks of the mighty Mississippi near the New Orleans French Quarter.

And you know there are some days or weeks even where I do not feel like writing anything at all. I sometimes feel as if I really don’t have anything to offer and I get bogged down with other things and kind of let this go. And then later I come back to it and start writing again.

I guess there are times when I get discouraged about what I’m writing here or trying to accomplish. I mean my original reason for starting this was to be able to display and give a platform for New Orleans and to show my love for this city and it’s people and culture and history and food and all of that and to really show how unique this place is and why there is really no other place like this in the world.

Yep.

And well I still feel that way.

But sometimes I feel that what I am writing falls on deaf ears or really falls on no ears at all.

Can’t seem to get the site any higher in the rankings. I wanted this site, this blog, to be kind of a go-to site for people in the city to get a sense of how unique the place is, and for those who do not live here but have visited, or would love to visit or those that are just enamored of the place because of where it sits in the world of music, architecture, history, culture and cuisine.

So sometimes I get kind of discouraged that it has not gotten much traction despite of everything I know how to do to supposedly make it better. But I will just keep plugging away at it because this is what I do.

I’m always looking for ideas for posts or other things I can do with the site. Please let me know if you would like to make a contribution of writing or ideas or layout.

 

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New Orleans Jazz Funeral For Jaunita Brooks – Sending a Soul Off In Style – Video

While some folks around the country seek to destroy and tear down because they don’t get their way, I thought it would be good to see what others do here in New Orleans to celebrate life. And how to really send a soul off to glory.

New Orleans Jazz Funeral For Jaunita Brooks – Sending a Soul Off In Style

Juanita Brooks, a jazz and gospel singer was perhaps best known for her stint in the extremely popular stage production, “One Mo’ Time.” “I consider her one of the greatest singers to have ever come out of New Orleans,” says bandleader/pianist Lars Edegran

And if you think a jazz funeral is something that happens every once in a while it happens in New Orleans almost every day. It crosses class, race and culture.

What we need is more celebration and less tearing down. That’s the kind of life New Orleans has to offer.

 

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Queen of Twerking Big Freedia Sets Guinness Record in New Orleans Central City Fest – Video

So you know Miley Cyrus ain’t got nothing on Big Freedia, the inventor and queen of the twerk. She recently went all the way from New Orleans to New York city to set a Guinness world record for the number of folks twerking at one time. OK, so they got about 300 or so. I big giant city like New York with millions of people and they could only manage a little over 300? Oo wee…what’s up wit dat?

Queen of Twerking Big Freedia Sets Guinness Record in New Orleans Central City Fest – Video

Well, New Orleans has got only a coupla hundred thousand people and we managed to dig up 400 folks willing to twerk for 2 minutes to set a new Guinness Twerking World Record. Really. They had a guy from Guinness supervising the whole thing being very vigilant, disqualifying people if they stopped mid-twerk.

This video was shot last weekend at the new New Orleans Central City Fest, a celebration that only started only a coupla years ago. And of course, we like our festivals and this has become the new big thing. In new Orleans if you build a festival… they will come.

So here we got out own inimitable Big Freedia doing only what she knows how to do best. Keep an eye on dat thing. It’ll burn your eyes out.

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