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Mother-in-Law Lounge

Resurrection

by barry January 6, 2011

In Crescent City Blues and in the pages of this blog, we’ve chronicled the ups and downs of New Orleans’ famous Mother-in-Law Lounge. Founded by singer Ernie K-Doe and his wife Antoinette K-Doe in 1994, it was a cozy space full of K-Doe memorabilia that became a second living room for many of the city’s […]

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‘A Last Hoorah’

by barry December 5, 2010

As we noted here, the Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law Lounge will be closing its doors this month after a 16-year run as one of New Orleans’ most beloved small music clubs. We featured the Mother-in-Law and its owner, Betty Fox, in “Crescent City Blues.” And we wrote about some of the club’s history here. Before it […]

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Crescent City Blues on WWOZ

by barry November 21, 2010

Last night Jamie Dell’Apa, a DJ at New Orleans’ WWOZ (and a great friend now), invited me to the studio for a broadcast of Crescent City Blues, the second hour of our series. Jamie knew I was in town working on a series of articles for the online edition of OnEarth Magazine about the Louisiana […]

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Labor Day weekend in New Orleans

by barry September 2, 2010

If you live anywhere near New Orleans, or if you’ll be visiting this weekend for Southern Decadence, pull yourself away from the city’s other offerings and treat yourself to some of its blues and R&B. This will be a banner weekend for music. Some possibilities: Friday at 9:30 p.m. : Blues harmonica player J.D. Hill […]

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More photos from Sunday

by barry July 15, 2010

More photos from the Mother-in-Law benefit on Sunday, July 11:

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Coming to the rescue

by barry July 14, 2010

Last weekend, we flew down to New Orleans to witness an outpouring of love, as hundreds of residents turned out to help save the Mother-in-Law Lounge. And we learned this: When a community mobilizes to save a cultural institution, the results can hearten and inspire. The Mother-in-Law has been a veritable living room for many […]

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Change of heart

by barry June 30, 2010

Just as we couldn’t imagine New Orleans without the Mother-in-Law Lounge, so couldn’t many New Orleanians. As the Times-Picayune reports: Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law Lounge owner decides to try and keep it open, after all By Alison Fensterstock Just about a week after deciding that she would close the landmark tavern she took over after her […]

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End of the Mother-in-Law

by barry June 29, 2010

From New Orleans’ Times-Picayune (as well as local musician friends) comes this sad news: Betty Fox closing Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law Lounge By Alison Fensterstock The Mother-in-Law Lounge, a Treme landmark opened by New Orleans rhythm-and-blues icon Ernie K-Doe and his wife, Antoinette, in the mid-’90s, will close its bar operation next month but might reopen […]

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"Like I was back at a CYO dance"

by admin January 24, 2010

We’re not accustomed to people throwing concerts in our honor. But that’s pretty much what happened Friday night at Mother-in-Law Lounge in New Orleans. John T. Lewis (above left), a blues and R&B guitarist whom we interviewed, and drummer Ben Sandmel, one of our consultants, pulled together four hours of live music at the Lounge […]

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Come to the Mother-in-Law

by admin January 15, 2010

If you’re in New Orleans, you need to come to this. No excuses. We’ll let the (slightly abridged) press release speak for itself: “While New Orleans is home to many globally famous music venues, the Crescent City also nurtures a lively circuit of lesser-known blues and R&B clubs where a cadre of first-rate musicians play […]

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