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Get down to Bo’Cat’s

July 20, 2010

Singleton singing at Margaritaville

If we were going to be in New Orleans this weekend, we would definitely spend Saturday night at Bo’Cat’s Lounge, at the musical fundraiser for R&B vocalist Tommy Singleton.

Singleton, the former lead singer for Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes, is one of the many New Orleans musicians who have always relied on  day jobs: in his case, driving an oyster truck for P&J Oysters in the French Quarter. The BP oil spill took a direct hit on Singleton’s job: With oysters off the menu at most New Orleans restaurants, the 67-year-old musician has found himself out of work and struggling to pay even for essentials. Around the same time, his weekly gigs at Young at Heart Club in Pigeontown came to an end, leaving him with less income from his music. He does still sing each Sunday afternoon (2-5 p.m.) with Irving Banister’s All Stars at Margaritaville in the French Quarter.

Ben Sandmel, a drummer, writer, and folklorist, chronicles Singleton’s dire straits in this article from Politics Daily.

New Orleans musicians take care of their own. Saturday night the 24th, several musicians will turn up for a benefit to help Singleton and his wife Trina pay their bills. The musicians include gospel singer Jo “Cool” Davis, Roy Joseph and Sound Agenda,  and R&B vocalist Rico Watts. Singleton will sing too, which is always a treat. There will be free food, a cash bar, and an open mike. Admission is free, but please tip generously.

The bar is at 1739 North Claiborne Ave. , at the corner of St. Anthony. The show starts at 9 p.m.

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