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February 28, 2009

Snooks’ Funeral

Filed under: Pop Life — Tags: — Alex Rawls @ 5:29 am

 

I resisted writing about Snooks Eaglin’s funeral yesterday, wondering if it was tasteless to comment on it. But later in the day at the visitation for Antoinette K-Doe at the Mother-in-Law Lounge, people asked how it was, so I’ll use that request as my guide.

It was very nice. It was generally the right mix of church ritual and secular expressions, so there was a ritualized comfort dimension, but it was a service about Eaglin and it couldn’t have been mistaken for anyone else’s funeral. Irma Thomas’ gospel performance was powerful, though her brief remarks left me feeling like she was asked to sing more because of her love of gospel than her relationship with Eaglin.

There was a lot of good humor in the stories Quint Davis and John Blancher told about life with Snooks, and there was a little strange drama in the emergence of James Jackson, the drummer in Eaglin’s first band, the Flamingos. He seemed to need to be central to things, standing with Eaglin at his coffin when Flamingo bandmate Allen Toussaint started his recollections of Eaglin. But who knows? Maybe he was closer to Eaglin than any of us knew, or maybe this was his first chance to feel like a somebody in 50 years. At funerals, I prefer to attribute the most generous motives to people’s behavior.

The only time the star power of the event seemed a little unwieldy was the conclusion, led by Charmaine Neville, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and Frogman Henry. It was great to see Henry onstage, and it added a very New Orleans note of strangeness when he sang spirituals in his little girl voice, but otherwise, it was hard to know the connection between the participants and Eaglin – and maybe there wasn’t one. Maybe they were just there to express their sadness, and they did so by singing. It was the morning’s one show biz moment, but again, I’ll assume positive motivations on the part of all concerned.

The best stories: Snooks being kept awake by the sound of falling snow in Woodstock, New York; Snooks helping Toussaint figure out chords to popular songs on the piano; and Toussaint and Jackson confirmed the famed story of Snooks driving blind. Jackson says it was his car, and the only thing that worried him was that Snooks drove fast.

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February 27, 2009

New Hot 8

Filed under: Pop Life — Tags: — Alex Rawls @ 5:03 am

 

Brass bands have been notably absent for recording studios since Hurricane Katrina. Here’s a link to the new “Steamin’ Blues” by the Hot 8 Brass Band.

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February 26, 2009

Voodoo for Halloween

Filed under: Pop Life — Tags: — Alex Rawls @ 7:09 am

 

This year, the Voodoo Music Experience moves back to the Halloween weekend – October 30-November 1. No talent has been announced yet.

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Antoinette K-Doe Funeral Arrangements

Filed under: Pop Life — Tags: — Alex Rawls @ 7:03 am

 

Here’s an email from photographer Erika Goldring on Antoinette’s funeral arrangements:

Friday

Visitation at the Mother In Law Lounge (1500 N. Claiborne Ave) 2pm-7pm 

Saturday 
9-11am visitation at St. James Methodist Church
11-12:30 Funeral Service at St. James Methodist (1925 Ursuline Avenue)
12:30-2pm Jazz Funeral Procession to St. Louis #2
2:30-6:30 Re-pass at Rock & Bowl

Donations for Funeral
Checks made out to: Antoinette K-Doe Fund

Mailed to 2341 Metairie Rd. Metairie, LA 70001
C/O Raymond Landry

p.s. from Michelle, Antoinette had no life insurance; we need to help cover her coffin and other expenses.  Thank you!

Food:
If you are interested in bringing a dish to Friday’s visitation, email Michelle atmichellelongino@yahoo.com; we need trays of Manchu fried chicken, jambalaya, red beans and rice etc.  We could use a tray each hour including the family only visitation earlier that day.  Thank you so much for your help!

Music:
If you are a musician and would like to play at Rock N Bowl, please call Raymond Landry: 504-460-0256.

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February 25, 2009

Antoinette Stories

Filed under: Pop Life — Tags: — Alex Rawls @ 1:41 pm

 

Have a good Antoinette K-Doe story? If so, send it me at alexrawls@offbeat.com and we’ll share the best.

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The Mayor as Critic?

Filed under: Pop Life — Tags: , , — Alex Rawls @ 10:23 am

 

I’m not sure that the person who Twitters as MayorNagin actually is Mayor Nagin, but he reads like him. Today he offered his brief critique of Bobby Jindal’s rebuttal last night:

Man, what was with Bobby Jindal’s speech? Even my critics know I’d be better in the delivery dept. I’d throw you all a memorable line too.

It’s funny because it’s true.

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Grossed Out

Filed under: Pop Life — Tags: , — Alex Rawls @ 6:44 am

 

There’s a lot in the race and class dynamics of Mardi Gras that are subtler than we realize – or maybe they aren’t at all and we simply look the other way. (Not sure which I feel is the case.) There was no getting around footage on television last night of African-American valets helping Rex get dressed before the parade, putting on his socks and shoes. In 2009, that’s simply revolting.

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Antoinette K-Doe and Snooks Eaglin

Filed under: Pop Life — Tags: , — Alex Rawls @ 5:17 am

 

[UPDATE BELOW]

Antoinette K-Doe passed away of a heart attack early Tuesday morning after finishing her Lundi Gras shift at the Mother-in-Law Lounge. Thankfully, we were able to present her with our Heartbeat Award in January and let her know how we felt about her. 

Snooks Eaglin’s funeral plans have been made. On Friday, there will be a visitation at the Howlin’ Wolf from 9 a.m. to noon, then he will be buried at Providence Park Cemetery (8200 Airline Dr. in Metairie).

Update: 1:30 p.m.  - We’ve since got more details on Eaglin’s funeral. The doors open at the Wolf at 9 am., and the service will be from 10 to 12 p.m. with music by Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas and Deacon John. After that, there will be a second line with the Hot 8 and the Senior Division of the Young Olympia Brass Band, then a repast before the burial.

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February 24, 2009

So Sad

Filed under: Pop Life — Tags: — Alex Rawls @ 7:03 am

 

I heard this morning that Antoinette K-Doe died of a heart attack last night. All my confirmations have been secondhand, but now the Mother-in-Law Lounge is my Mardi Gras destination.

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February 23, 2009

Best and Worst

Filed under: Pop Life — Tags: , — Alex Rawls @ 12:46 pm

 

Best Mardi Gras dining experience: Name-your-own-cheese cheeseburger grilled at St James Cheese Company on Lundi Gras. A rich Roquefort melting on a medium rare burger is a special thing.

Worst Mardi Gras dining experience: Popeyes leftovers Sunday night. Out of chicken, they still sold their chicken nuggets. I didn’t find out until I got them home that they weren’t even the size of a half-dollar and they didn’t come with biscuits. The sort of dismal offering that should shame everyone involved.

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