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 closes, there will be one more concert, December 12 from 8 p.m. till midnight. Producer Patty Lee calls it “A Last Hoorah.” It will feature boogie-rock keyboardist Armand St. Martin and R&B guitarists John T. Lewis and Guitar Lightnin’ Lee (plus “special guests and other musical surprises,” says Lee’s announcement). The $20 entrance fee includes music, drinks, red beans and rice, and posters while they last, and there will be a final auction of Mother-in-Law memorabilia. Proceeds will help defray Fox’s moving expenses.
It will be a bittersweet night, no doubt. Ernie and Antoinette K-Doe provided a home for New Orleans’ blues and R&B musicians, and Antoinette’s daughter Betty Fox tried to keep it afloat after her mother and stepfather died. But it’s been rough going for one of the city’s great institutions.