Mayweather McGregor Fight at Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay

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Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay  is excited to have the biggest PPV fight of the year: Mayweather vs McGregor

Fight Info;
Saturday, the 26th
Undercard starts at 6pm
Main card starts at 8pm
Spirits on Bourbon
615 Bourbon Street

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Day of the fight:
General Admission $40.00
Reserved table in premium seating, unobstructed view, for four people $250 (only 6 available, 3 inside & 3 outside)

Or

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Turtle Bay on Decatur Street
Day of the fight is $25 General Admission
If you or your friends want to make reservations on a table for the fight contact me directly at 504.235.9474. If I dont answer please leave a voicemail and I will contact you with details.

 

Conclave Takes Over Spirits on Bourbon

IMG_3594              Spirits on Bourbon was honored to work with Tau Kappa Epsilon for their 59th Conclave held in New Orleans. Brad and Arita Bohannan held the staff welcoming party at their home, serving them home cooked New Orleans style dinners.

Staff Dinner at the Bohannan home

Staff Dinner at the Bohannan home

Spirits was also lucky enough to host a few party’s for this great event. Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay designed special cups to show our appreciation for the great events.

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Arita was excited to be able to speak at the Convention and meet some of the great young men.

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Don’t be that guy presentation

We also had a special guest visit from famous chef, Brian Duffy, who loved spending time and bonding with the guys.

Celebrity Chef Brian Duffy

Celebrity Chef Brian Duffy

We always love hosting the men of Tau Kappa Epsilon and hope New Orleans becomes a host city for this great event again in the future!

Steve’s Acting Debut

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After several appearances on SpikeTV’s Bar Rescue, Spirits on Bourbon co-owner Steve Smith will make his acting debut on the big screen. Steve landed a role as Pastor Hanley in an upcoming Indy, full length feature film entitled The God Inside My Ear.

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The God Inside My Ear is a psychological thriller starring newcomer Linnea Gregg. It is written, directed, and produced by first time filmmaker Joe Badon. Badon is an illustrator, comic book artist,  and noise musician residing in Slidell, Louisiana with his wife and two kids. Badon has been working as a full time artist since 2009. He has worked on such comics as Terra Kaiju, Memouires of the Mysterious, Outside the Lines, The Man of Ten Thousand Eyes, Frankenbabe and on many other commercial and private projects. You can check out his portfolia at joebadon.blogspot.com  Joe says, “this film is a true labor of love. The God Inside My Ear is a script that I have worked on and envisioned for a long time. I’ve worked on feature films for years and I am very excited to finally work on my own film project and see it through from start to finish”. Joe’s influences for the movie are cult classics such as Carnival of Souls, Repulsion, And Eraserhead.

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For Steve Smith this is his acting debut. After being on TV several times with Spirits on Bourbon and Bar Rescue he explains that there is a big difference between acting and reality TV. “On Bar Rescue it is very easy to show emotion. When I was mad, I was mad. When Jon Taffer is yelling at you, it’s easy to get pissed. That came naturally. Acting is a whole different ballgame. You have to remember lines and get the emotion out all on your own. I have always wanted to try my hand at acting and now I have a newfound respect for those that do this as a profession. I am so thankful that Joe gave me the opportunity to read for a part and cast me in the film. You know what they say, there are no small parts.”

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Working with Director of Photography Daniel Waghorne, Badon hopes to have editing complete by October 2017 with a release date some time in November ’17. Submit the movie to every film fest that I can afford to submit it to. See if any studios notice it, Submit the movie to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Shudder and see if they want to buy it. Self distribute it through Amazon, Vimeo, Youtube.Slap on foreign subtitles and submit to foreign markets for distribution.

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Please like and share   the Movie Facebook Page to stay up on all news releases, notices, and release date. https://www.facebook.com/thegodinsidemyear/

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Join Spirits/Turtle Bay team for the Saints 5k Run/Walk

Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay will be getting a team of Runners and walkers for the 2017 SAINTS KICKOFF RUN!

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This marks the 4th year of their participation in the event with the first year having two runners on the team growing to over 25 last year.

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The race starts outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Champions Square, continues down Poydras Street into the Superdome and ends on the 50 Yard Line! Sign Up to run with our team at using the name of Spirits/Turtle Bay

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and you will receive some great swag from the Saints as well as a special Spirits on Bourbon Turtle Bay running Shirt. We hope you will join us for this fun event!

Jon Taffer Brings Rescue Tour to New Orleans July 17

Jon Taffer (center) with Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith (left) and Brad Bohannan (right).

Jon Taffer (center) with Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith (left) and Brad Bohannan (right).

Anyone who studied Jon Taffer’s bar rescues knows there is a method to the madness. If numbers are any indicator of success, 77 of 128 bars (including four that were sold to other owners) Taffer rescued are still open, including Spirits on Bourbon.

See: Spirits on Bourbon is Wildly Successful (Video)

And that’s just for the Spike TV show, “Bar Rescue.” His experience goes far beyond the statistics, though. In reality, Taffer has “opened, operated, and conceived” of more than 800 bars in 30 countries. Complies sucha s Hyatt Hotels, Hilton Hotels, TGI Fridays, Subway, Wolfgang Puck Express, Anheuser-Busch, and others have utilized Taffer’s know-how.

“This is what I do,” Taffer says.

Now Taffer is taking his expertise on the road with his Rescue Tour. Starting on July 10 in San Jose and concluding in Long Island, New York on August 24, Taffer will take his tour across America with a series of four-hour keynote seminars on how to be successful in the hospitality industry, particularly in the bar business.

The seminars will cover a range of topics within Taffer’s “bar science” philosophy, enhancing bar food, developing beverage programs, and perfecting guest experiences.

Jon Taffer at Spirits on Bourbon in 2014.

Jon Taffer at Spirits on Bourbon in 2014. Picture by Brad Bohannan.

The tour is intended for anyone who either owns, operates or manages a small business within the hospitality industry. Businesses don’t just include bars, but also restaurants (quick service, casual dining, etc.) and any small business that wants to increase revenues and gain more customers. New entrepreneurs and hospitality business students are also welcome.

Specifically, Taffer will teach his “sales trifecta”, which includes growing new customer traffic, increasing guest frequency, and building guest spend (basically getting people to buy more of your stuff). Also, he’ll give some advice on hiring the right people for your business.

Taffer’s Rescue Tour will be in New Orleans on July 17 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside located 2 Poydras Street. Tickets are still available at several price and access levels. Go to www.rescue-tour.com for details. 
10:30 a.m. – VIP Ticket holder check-In begins at Registration Area
11:00 a.m. – VIP Ticket holder Meet & Greet with Jon Taffer promptly begins
11:15 a.m. – General Admission ticket holder’s check-in begins at Registration Area
12:00 p.m. – Rescue Tour Starts
1:30 p.m. – 30 Minute Break
2:00 p.m. – Rescue Tour resumes
3:30 p.m. – Rescue Tour ends

More information about the events and future tour dates can be found at rescuetour.com. Here’s a video of Taffer’s upcoming Rescue Tour:

Jon Taffer’s Rescue Tour from Bjorn Wallman on Vimeo.

And be sure to stop by 615 Bourbon St. before and after the seminar.  You might be able to catch Jon hanging out at Spirits on Bourbon. In any case, at least drop by and hang out for awhile.

Spirits on Bourbon is located at 615 Bourbon Street in New Orleans and is open 24 hours. Follow Spirits on Bourbon on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

-Written by David Minsky-

Tim Buie’s Piano Entertainer’s Convention 2017

The 2nd Annual Piano Entertainer’s Convention is in the books. Musicians, teachers, agents, club owners, managers, talent scouts and more from all over the world converged on Spirits on Bourbon from March 26th through 29th. It was a week of education, entertainment, networking and most of all FUN!! With classes held at the Sheraton and Chalmette High School and events at Spirits and Dmacs Bar and Grill, each night culminated in an all out jam session at Spirits on Bourbon until the wee hours of the morning. Some of the greatest talent in the world met and played on the Spirits stage including the convention’s Keynote Speaker and celebrity guest Liberty Devito. Mr. Devito is Billy Joel’s long time drummer of over 30 years. Industry leaders from all over the world came to Spirits including representatives from The Red Piano in Santa Barbara, Rockey’s in Gainesville, Rum Runners in Sandestin, Savannah Smiles, Carnival Cruise Lines, Red Piano in Norway, and many more!!

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Spirits house Piano Player Kyle Brody said “having the opportunity to play songs with Liberty Devito is a dream come true for a guy in this business”.

Convention Creator Tim Buie: “New Orleans and Spirits on Bourbon are a great fit for this convention.”

Brad Bohannan, Spirits owner: “We were happy to host Tim’s convention. Our regular great stable of piano musicians and regular shows plus the amazing talent that converged on us for the week led to some incredible shows”

“I met people in the industry from all over the world. It was a great networking opportunity and I met some people that will be friends for life. Most of all, our customers got a chance to see world class talent in addition to our regular awesome staff.  I can’t wait to host the convention again next year at Spirits on Bourbon!” said Steve Smith, Spirits owner

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Opening Day and sign in included  a New Orleans Crawfish Boil and Jam Session at Spirits. Visitors from all over the world got to experience  a real New Orleans Crawfish boil while meeting friends and colleagues both old and new.

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Monday began with a presentation by Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, Dr. Clark Rosen speaking on how these great singers can help preserve and maintain their vocals to flourish in the industry.

Next came a seminar by Piano Diva Susan Erwin on “Ladies in the Industry”. Susan was  a rock star all week Speaking, singing, and playing at Spirits every night  and in Monday evening’s second line parade that was a big hit with all of the attendees and led by the Spirits Hearse followed by a float featuring the convention talent.

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As the week progressed, convention attendees had the privilege of learning from long time Dueling Pianist Tom Basler. Tom has trained over 200 Dueling Piano Players. Also, presentations by Savannah Smiles owner Marty Richardson, Web instruction and  an Improv class by Music Social Media Expert Bob Baker, Performance by the Marine Corps Jazz Band, and a demonstration at Trinity Episcopal Church by organist Albinas Prizgintas.

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The convention headed to Dmacs Bar and Grill on Tuesday Night featuring a performance by Dr, Dirty John Valby.

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Again followed by a fun night of laughs,good times, and GREAT MUSIC at Spirits on Bourbon!

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The Convention’s last day included a presentation by legendary New Orleans Pianist Tom McDermott then a bus trip to Chalmette High School and their newly renovated world class auditorium for a demonstrations by Liberty Devito and David Clark as well as Grey Gregson.libertydevitodemonstrationgray gregson bobbakerstage

Of course the night culminated in another all star jam session at Spirits on Bourbon.

Stay tuned for updates on next year’s convention!!!

2017 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Krewe City Time

Driftwood Kenner, La. 1:00 PM

Cub Scouts Metairie, La. 10:00 AM

Krewe du Vieux New Orleans, La. 6:30 PM

Delusion New Orleans, La. 7:15 PM

Bilge Slidell, La. 12:00 PM

Poseidon Slidell, La. 1:00 PM

Mona Lisa and MoonPie Slidell, La. 7:00 PM

Orion Baton Rouge, La. 6:00 PM

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Krewe City Time

Little Rascals Metairie, La. 12:00 PM

Lions Pearl River, La. 12:30 PM

Slidellians Slidell, La. 1:00 PM

Perseus Slidell, La. 1:30 PM

Friday, February 17, 2017

Krewe City Time

Artemis Baton Rouge, La. 7:00 PM

Eve Mandeville, La. 7:00 PM

Excalibur Metairie, La. 7:00 PM

Athena Metairie, La. 7:30 PM

Cork New Orleans, La. 3:00 PM

Cleopatra New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

Oshun New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Krewe City Time

Push Mow Abita Springs, La. 11:00 AM

Adonis Algiers, La. 11:45 AM

Mystique Baton Rouge, La. 2:00 PM

Nemesis Chalmette, La. 1:00 PM

Olympia Covington, La. 6:00 PM

Caesar Metairie, La. 6:00 PM

Pontchartrain New Orleans, La. 1:00 PM

Choctaw New Orleans, La. 2:00 PM

Freret New Orleans, La. 2:30 PM

tit R@x St.Roch/Marigny, La. 5:00 PM

Chewbacchus Bywater/Marigny, La. 6:00 PM

Sparta New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

Pygmalion New Orleans, La. 6:15 PM

Krewe de Paws Slidell, La. 10:00 AM

Titans Slidell, La. 6:30 PM

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Krewe City Time

Mutts Baton Rouge, La. 1:30 PM

Hyacinthians Houma, La. 12:00 PM

Titans (H) Houma, La. 1:00 PM

Tchefuncte Madisonville, La. 2:00 PM

Femme Fatale New Orleans, La. 11:45 AM

Carrollton New Orleans, La. 12:00 PM

King Arthur New Orleans, La. 1:00 PM

Alla New Orleans, La. 2:00 PM

Barkus French Quarter, La. 2:00 PM

Dionysus Slidell, La. 1:00 PM

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Krewe City Time

Druids New Orleans, La. 6:30 PM

Nyx New Orleans, La. 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Krewe City Time

Babylon New Orleans, La. 5:30 PM

Chaos New Orleans, La. 6:15 PM

Muses New Orleans, La. 6:30 PM

Friday, February 24, 2017

Krewe City Time

Southdowns Baton Rouge, La. 7:00 PM

Aphrodite Houma, La. 6:30 PM

Orpheus (M) Mandeville, La. 7:00 PM

Centurions Metairie, La. 7:30 PM

Hermes New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

D’Etat New Orleans, La. 6:30 PM

Morpheus New Orleans, La. 7:00 PM

Selene Slidell, La. 6:30 PM

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Krewe City Time

NOMTOC Algiers, La. 10:45 AM

Spanish Town Baton Rouge, La. 12:00 PM

MCCA Bogalusa, La. 1:00 PM

Bush Bush, La. 9:00 AM

Lul Luling, La. 12:00 PM

Mardi Gras Houma, La. 6:30 PM

Isis Metairie, La. 6:30 PM

Iris New Orleans, La. 11:00 AM

Tucks New Orleans, La. 12:00 PM

Lafcadio New Orleans, La. 2:00 PM

Endymion New Orleans, La. 4:30 PM

Tohwahpahsah Reserve, La. 12:00 PM

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Krewe City Time

Des Allemands Des Allemands, La. 1:00 PM

Terreanians Houma, La. 12:30 PM

Montegut Houma, La. 2:00 PM

Du Monde LaPlace, La. 11:00 AM

Napoleon Metairie, La. 5:00 PM

Okeanos New Orleans, La. 11:00 AM

Mid-City New Orleans, La. 11:45 AM

Thoth New Orleans, La. 12:00 PM

Bacchus New Orleans, La. 5:15 PM

Monday, February 27, 2017

(Lundi Gras)

Krewe City Time

Cleopatra (H) Houma, La. 6:30 PM

Proteus New Orleans, La. 5:15 PM

Orpheus (O) New Orleans, La. 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

(Mardi Gras)

Krewe City Time

Covington Lions Covington, La. 10:00 AM

Covington Covington, La. 10:15 AM

Folsom Folsom, La. 1:30 PM

Houmas Houma, La. 11:00 AM

Kajuns Houma, La. 12:00 PM

Bonne Terre Houma, La. 4:00 PM

Chahta Lacombe, Miss. 1:00 PM

Argus Metairie, La. 10:00 AM

Elks Jefferson Metairie, La. 10:15 AM

Jefferson Trucks Metairie, La. 10:20 AM

Zulu New Orleans, La. 8:00 AM

Saint Anne New Orleans, La. 10:00 AM

Rex New Orleans, La. 10:00 AM

Elks Orleans New Orleans, La. 10:15 AM

Crescent City New Orleans, La.

Spirits on Bourbon…Proud home of Tim Buie’s Piano Entertainers Convention 2017

 Tim Buie’s 2nd Annual Piano Entertainers Convention will converge on the French Quarter at Spirits from March 26-29.

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JOIN DUELING PIANO PLAYERS, GREAT PIANISTS, PIANO BAR OWNERS, AND MORE ON INFAMOUS BOURBON STREET FOR FOUR DAYS OF LIVE PERFORMANCES, MASTERCLASSES AND SEMINARS WITH CELEBRITY SPEAKERS, CELEBRATIONS OF NEW ORLEANS CULTURE AND JAM SESSIONS!

The convention is both an informational and networking opportunity for those in the business. There will be classes, seminars, celebrity speakers and live auditions for those in the business. It’s a great opportunity for musicians, entertainers, club managers, owners, and agents to get together and learn from one another discussing all topics in the field.

Seminars will include classes by

Liberty DeVitto, Billy Joel’s long time Drummer

Bob Baker, #1 Music Guru and Social Media Expert

Dr. Clark Rosen Vocalist Throat Specialist

Marty Richardson Owner/Pianist Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos

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The event will include a Crawfish Boil at Spirits during check in on Sunday as well as a very special charity event. Beginning Sunday at 8pm. Spirits will be open 24 hours for the duration of the convention with DUELING PIANO MUSIC featuring some of the WORLDS MOST ENTERTAINING MUSICIANS playing LIVE at Spirits for 24 hours a day from March 26-29.

In addition to our great staff of musicians at Spirits on Bourbon, performances will include:’l

Billy Joel’s long time drummer Liberty DeVitto,

Dr. Dirty John Valby #1 Comedic and Parody Specialist in the World

Long Island’s own David Clark

Award winning singer/songwriter Chris Foster

Piano Bar Diva Susan Erwin

World Renowned Dueling Pianist Tom Basler

All these great talents and more will converge on Spirits on Bourbon for this 24 hour 4 day event.

Steve Smith, Spirits on Bourbon, “I can’t wait to host the 2017 Piano Entertainer’s Convention.  It’s a great opportunity for musicians from around the world to learn and network with the best in the business. It’ll also be a huge treat for our customers who will reap the benefits of having all this talent under one roof for 4 days. We are going to have great shows 24 hours a day for the entire event. It’s my hope that we can expand this convention into a Festival!!”

Brad Bohannan, Spirits on Bourbon, “With our already great crop of entertainers at Spirits, partnering with Tim Buie and his Piano Entertainer’s Convention was a no brainer. We are so proud of our staff of entertainers and we can’t wait to host this event”

Tim Buie, World Famous Piano Entertainer, “Spirit’s is a a natural host for our 2nd annual event. In the heart of Bourbon St and already with tremendous talent on staff. It’s going to be a great 4 days at Spirits”.

Please Visit PIANO ENTERTAINERS CONVENTION WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS!!!!!

 

 

 

The Very Bad Santa Crawl hits the French Quarter

If you were wandering the French quarter this weekend, you might’ve seen some Santa’s that looked like they should be on the naughty list! Turtle Bay and Spirits  on Bourbon has become a staple in the Very Bad Santa Crawl. The Bad Santa’s enjoyed a stop at Turtle Bay,  

 overflowing Decatur Street with a sea of red!!
The party eventually made its way to Spirits on Bourbon where they enjoyed Apple Pie shots. 

  “I thought I was prepared but the Santa’s were taking the shots as fast as I could put them out!” Steve Smith.  
Turtle Bay and Spirits on Bourbon are already looking forward to the Very Bad Santa Crawl next year! Happy holidays to all of you, both the good and the very bad!

5th Annual Alzheimer’s  Raffle Raised $3700

In an effort to give back, Spirits on Bourbon  hosted a raffle at Turtle Bay’s , Spirits sister bar on Decatur Street. This is the 5th Annual Turtle Bay Raffle organized by Mardi Johnson as part of the Walk to End Alzheimers.   
The fund raiser consisted of individual raffles every hour, on the hour. Great prizes were donated from friends and local business, as well as some national organizations.  
“Mardi does an incredible job getting donations and selling the raffle tickets. She outdoes herself each year! We feel lucky to work with her on this,” said Turtle Bays Brad Bohannan
The event continues to grow and it’s 5th year was no exception. This year the event raised $3,700 for the charity bringing a five year total to over $13,000.    
“Alzheimer’s has effected me personally and I look forward to one day ending Alzheimer’s. I will continue to do my part,” Steve Smith. 
“Thanks to everyone who helped in any way with our Alzheimers event. I’m amazed at the outpouring of love! The day flew by because of the laughter and caring from all of the Turtle Bay community. It really does take a village and we have a great one. See ya next year!” added Johnson.