Southsounds Music Festival Reps for the Region

[Updated] The Southsounds Music Festival is the largest southern indie music festival, and it takes place this weekend at clubs in Mobile, Alabama. The organizers throw a stylistically wide net, so Louisiana will be represented by artists as different as Lost Bayou Ramblers, New Orleans Suspects, Brassft Punk, Moon Honey, Baby Bee, The Deslondes, Andrew Duhon, Naughty Professor, and Sweet Crude.

Homegrown Harvest Says "Enough!"

Earlier this week, someone wrote in the comments section of a story on the Homegrown Harvest Festival, "Who else has yet to be paid? It's my understanding that individuals have tried to help see that people would be paid but they discovered so many falsehoods that they walked away. There should be a follow up to this with a new story about what's going on with these people."

Voodoo: Where We'll Be Saturday

Yesterday at Voodoo, I carried a light jacket in case I needed it; tonight, I fear a light jacket won't be enough, and that we'll enjoy the pyro in Metallica's show for the excitement and radiant heat it generates. Hmmmm, toasty.

Here's where Team Milk plans to be today. For those who planned on seeing K'Naan at 3:45, his set has been moved up to 2 p.m., flipping spots with The Revivalists, who'll now play at 4 p.m. It's right on the schedule on Voodoo's website

Voodoo Has a Question Mark

According to an announcement released this morning:

“We, like everyone, were looking forward to having Green Day back at Voodoo,” says Stephen Rehage, the founder/producer of VOODOO. “Their 2004 performance was one of the festival’s greatest. We are obviously disappointed in the news, but realize the health and well being of Billie Joe is the most important thing right now.  We wish him and the entire Green Day family the best and offer them our full support.”

Tales of the Tales

How do you measure success? By the amount of ice you need? Which, if you're Tales of the Cocktail (TOTC), is 25,000 pounds. French Quarter Ice starts making ice for it in May.

By its impact? This year a bar in Washington, D.C. will close so that its staff can attend the tenth year of the annual celebration of the cocktail and cocktail culture. The event brought Tiki-drink expert Jeff "Beach Bum" Berry to New Orleans as a speaker, and now he lives here.