Every Month is Black History Month

Even though Black History shouldn’t be limited to one month a year, I mean each time you pair jelly with its life-long partner peanut butter, or reach the last of the ink in your fountain pen, or throw that wrinkly shirt on an ironing board, you are using a black invention. Though, it is nice to have a calendar reminder to explore black history in America.  With that being said, can we just talk about how I want to die and come back as Dorothy Dandridge?!

3375_mediumThe lady could sing, dance and act. She appeared in movies along side some the greatest actors, like John Wayne, headlined shows in Las Vegas and the Apollo Theater, and was the first black actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.  She gave serious meaning to the term “Triple Threat” and all while looking so damn exquisite.Dorothy-Dandridge-celebrities-who-died-young-32313497-500-704

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Dorothy got her fame during the 1930’s and 40’s when women’s wardrobes were delicate, luxurious, feminine and just slightly sexy.

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Dorothy appeared in “Lady from Louisiana” in 1941, and I caught her in an JAX beer ad!
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Thanks Miss Dandridge for being beautiful, talented and well-dressed. – E.Sage

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Carol of the Belles

Mark your calendars, bitches, it’s gonna be a good Christmas.

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At 7 p.m. on December 28, right here at The Revival Outpost, southern belles Elli Perry and our very own Ashley Monaghan will join forces for an amazing night of folk music, Christmas cookies, shopping and more!

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Elli Perry is a musician from Georgia whose had quite the adventurous life traveling from city to city music-making and soul-searching. She moved to New Orleans where she produced her fourth album, The Salt & The Sea, and is returning to her southern second home on Dec. 20 to grace Revival with her vocal badassery.

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Ashley Monaghan, our blogger, is currently living in Baton Rouge to attend LSU, but her body and soul are from New Orleans. She spent most of her elementary and high school years performing. From 2011-2013 she was the front lady for Bonnie&Clyde. Check out Monaghan’s recent musings here.

See you there.

 

Chilldren Interview

I’ve mentioned how I like things that are just a clusterfuck of ridiculous? Well I do.

Chilldren, the local band made up of Dustin Farris, Kristin Wallace, and Hannah Joffray, are exactly that.

And I love it.

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Intimidated? You should be.

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I’m kidding. These guys are totally hilarious and personable. They’re wacky and eclectic and know how to put on a show. So much so that they have themed shows.

That one up there? A Hard Day at the Office. They mixed Vodka and coke and put it in a coffee pot which they poured into mugs and drank throughout the entire show.

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What. The. Actual. Hell.

Is this not the most fantastic thing ever?

They’re those adventurous kids in that Perks of Being a Wallflower or any fucking John Green novel that you envy and want to be friends with that do these borderline offensive/fantastic things and you make great memories with and you don’t care that your parents hate them. Essentially, they just don’t give two shits about anyone else’s opinion.

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So how did you guys meet each other?

KW: Loyola.

HJ: Me and Dustin knew each other through mutual friends during high school since we were both from here. Then we all kind of just collectively became friends freshman year.

KW: Yeah, the first time we hung out was at Voodoo.

[ Laughter as we mock each other. “~~The music brought us together!~~” “~~We joined the ritual together~~” Remember kids, self-deprecating humor is the best humor. ]

DF: But Hannah and I had funny connections to each other like VIA Myspace. Back in high school. She was really big on Myspace and I would be like jealous of her and be like, “God, she looks like she has so much fun.” Literally I thought she was the coolest person ever.

HJ: I had GIF profile pics, so…I’m afraid that my life had peaked at that time.

You’ll obviously never get back to that point again. Myspace was the big time. So, how did the band start?

HJ: It was a joke at first.

KW: We took pictures before we even did anything.

DF: The three of us became friends and were always hanging out and then we just made a Facebook Fan page for the three of us. Just so we could all have one page. It was such a huge joke but then Kristin had the music background and started writing raps and stuff and she was kind of like the springboard for everything.

HJ: And our friend Adam Stewart, who made most of our music and did the producing, was first friends with Kristin. She told him about our project and we became good friends with him and he eventually became our DJ.

So the music you make is a little electronic?

HJ: It’s quirky electronic.

DF: There’s never really any singing involved. It’s mostly rapping but we will each write our own verses and do our own little rap things over the beat.

What kind of equipment do you guys have?

KW: Just the mics. We’re a little stupid about the technology aspect of it. Adam knows everything. He sets everything up.

HJ: In the past, what we’ve done is just go over to his house and brainstorm with him. It’s really fun because we get to be one-on-one with him while making things.

DF: It’s great because we could tell him that we want something that sounds drippy but upbeat and a lot of bass and he would know exactly what we mean and completely create it!

When did this all start?

KW: We recorded our first single February 2011.

HJ: We are so lazy. We’re all friends and we all just hang out and don’t really pressure ourselves to do anything.

JF: We all kind of make things on our own time. We aren’t really pressured by this “Oh, we need to put out another song.” We just do it when we have time.

Where do y’all usually play at?

KW: We’ve done most of our shows at Siberia. We’ve played at Tipitina’s, Ampersand, and Cafe Prytania when it was still Cafe P. We did an office theme. We always do themed shows.

DF: We’ll pick a theme and then we’ll plan our outfits along with that and have little dance breakdowns that go along with the theme.

HJ: It’s the performance of it all. It’s definitely a full package deal. You have to see us live to really get it. We definitely don’t take ourselves too seriously.

JF: Not at all.

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That’s not obvious at all. 

KW: Kreayshawn came out around the same time that we did and we were so mad because she was doing a bad version of what we were trying to do.

DF: It kind of ruined it for us because we just kept getting the association of ripping off Kreayshawn even though our first song came out before she put out anything ever!

HJ: We’re still bitter about it.

KW: We kind of just saw ourselves as the pioneers of this sort of new, cool tumblr-rap kind of thing and we were like, “Who is this bitch?”

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Besides Kreaybitch, your ridiculousness is probably why people like you guys. 

DF: We do have some severe haters. Not gonna lie.

KW: For like no reason. It’s just the people that don’t get it.

HJ: In the Loyola crowd there are some very serious musicians and I guess some people got a little mad that we were getting so much attention…

JF: Yeah, we played an official showcase at SXSW and then we had this group of people at Loyola, like serious musicians, being like “they don’t even deserve it” and “they’re not real musicians.”

HJ: We just have fun and our performances are really fun and we put a lot of work into our shows.

KW: We actually do put a lot of thinking into what we are wearing, how we are going to be uniformed on stage, cause the aesthetic–I feel–is the most important part of the performance.

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So it’s been three years that y’all have been together. Do you want to continue this for a while?

DF: We just take it as it comes.

HJ: We definitely have all the resources to be a nice, well-rounded group though. We had some of our creative friends make a nice music video for us. It came out in like May. I was a completely free music video. They supplied all the stuff. We got to brainstorm with them on what we wanted to do and it was such a fun experience.

DF: Yeah, we went to City Park in the middle of the night and they had this huge set up already prepared. They’re part of this thing called the Everything Collective. It’s a group of Bywater artists and they completely DIY everything that they do. They can put on huge productions but have very little-out-of-pocket costs for them. They have a bus that they converted to their energy source with like a generator on it and stuff.

HJ: It’s for our song #Sweat. Look it up on youtube. Hashtag Sweat.

KW: We also started the hashtag song trend and then everyone started coming out with them.

DF: Yeah, like Justin Beiber and the video for Blurred Lines had Hashtag Blurred Lines…

Well people need to stop stealing your shit. 

HJ: Let’s set the record straight.

KW: We have online documentation. We’re going to sue you, Robin Thicke.

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What do you want to do with your life?

HJ: Be famous.

DF: Essentially.

HJ: Anything creative, really.

KW: If this took off I would love to do this forever. I definitely want to rap or front a rock group. That’s like my ultimate dream.

DF: Like the rock band from Freaky Friday.

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Like their facebook page and check out their shit. My favorite song is None of It. You can check out their soundcloud here.

Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces

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Have you heard of these guys? Because you need to. I was wandering around Frenchman a couple weeks ago looking for a cool place to listen to some music with some friends and happened to end up at Vaso right as these guys were setting up. Being a musician, I can be very judgmental when it comes to local music–especially when they incorporate any type of funk or jazz into their tunes–so when they took out the brass I was instantly interested. I parked myself right in front and put on my bitch face ready to either be blown away or judge the shit out of them. (Side note: Dear local musicians, I am so proud of what you do. You have to put up with judgmental people like me all the time and more often than not you end up seriously impressing me. Plus, it takes a lot to get up there and do what you do. A++ to you.)

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Warning: I will dance to anything that has a good beat.

And do these guys have rhythm.

They started their set with a cover of Express Yourself and my feet would not stop moving. Tyler has such fantastic stage presence and all of the guys (besides being attractive, ladies) have personalities that shine throughout their shows. They play a wide range of material and sneak in originals songs here and there. Honestly, until they told you their song was an original you would just think that it was a really great song that you can’t believe you’ve never heard of and want to dance to for the rest of your life.

Seriously, though. I came into Vaso in a vintage blouse with buttons down the back and by the time I left the shirt was soaked with sweat and the only button still attached to the shirt was the top one. If you like to dance, these are your boys.

If I could put TK and The Right Pieces into one word it would be FUN.

You can feel the chemistry off of the stage. By the third song, the dance floor was packed, and there was no room to stand in the back. The vibes are great. They have a fantastic sense of musicianship and obviously put in a lot of practice time. They uses unexpected breaks like nobody’s business and really know how to make a rhythm & blues/funk song sound catchy and–in a way–pop-y.

Also, for most of their originals, the guys on trumpet, trombone, and sax usually have choreographed dance moves. If that isn’t a reason in itself to check these guys out, you need to reevaluate your priorities in life.

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Click here to like their Facebook page and here to see their website.

They play every Thursday at Hard Rock. Get your ass to Bourbon and check them out!