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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)

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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!

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!!!

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!!!!!

 

 

 

Steve hits his Hometown

Last month Steve and his wife Sharon visited Steve’s hometown of Freehold, NJ. “I always love getting back to see the family and old friends. Sharing my roots and stories of my past with Sharon is always very special to me”. 13406789_1025354627513642_1922466715059833721_n No visit to Freehold would ever be complete without a stop at Steve’s favorite pizza spot, Federici’s.  “I really think Fed’s is my inspiration for Turtle Bay Pizza. I love their thin crust” Smith says. “The best part of it all was having many family members their to enjoy it with me. We had a small family reunion and it was very special.” 13339602_1023838064331965_3394171108479526434_n13417680_1023833460999092_1716341617587186860_n Smith says there are a few eateries that he has to hit while back home. He always gets a sub from Sorrentos, Ice Cream from Jersey Freeze, and a few beers with friends at the Court Jester. 13428577_1025485440833894_2247747415007116815_n Steve and Sharon spent a lot of time with his parents Agnes and Bill and sister Tracy. “We took a few rides to the beach and hit the boardwalk. I really miss the Jersey Shore. This area will always be special to me. By far though, the most important part of the trip was spending time with my parents. Living so far away is difficult at times especially as time rolls on. I realize I definitely would not be where I am today without them.” Smith went on to say, “They always gave me great support and encouragement growing up. I always played sports and I was a fair athlete at best but they always made me feel special. Like I could always succeed. I also realize now that I surely got my work ethic from my parents.” Steve’s father, Bill, worked for the local electric company as a mechanic and mom, Agnes, drove a school bus for the local school system. “I remember every power outage getting calls in the middle of the night for my dad to go into work and he would. Also, I don’t think i ever remember my mother taking a day off from work. Not ever!” 13507138_1027343863981385_4692743097831393904_n13435540_1027343143981457_6217225507308813472_n Steve and Sharon also made a visit to Freehold Borough High School. Home of the Colonials. They met with Steve’s former baseball coach Jon Block, also spending time with former teachers and coaches Jim Gill, Stan Parker, and Rick Lister. Smith says, “I was surprised to see that there were still a few familiar faces around. I had so many coaches and teachers I’d like to be able to thank. It was really nice seeing them”. 13445738_1205560356129217_8356064586266342973_n “This place will always have great memories for me. What a thrill it was to get a chance to walk the halls again. I haven’t been back inside since 1988. Much has changed and the place looks great.” Smith explained the he learned so much from Block about preparation and attitude. Smith’s senior year was Block’s first as skipper of the Colonials squad. “It was really amazing to see the transformation. In my first 3 years at the Boro, we stunk. Never finishing at or near .500. When block took over, things instantly changed. We prepared like never before. With that preparation came confidence and an attitude that we could win every time we took the field. Knowing that we were prepared allowed us to play with a confidence and attitude that we had never had before. Nothing was really different about the players, same guys. But we were always prepared and knew we could succeed. I feel like I keep those lessons with me in my work still today”.  Block led  the Colonials to their first conference championship in years in ’88. He has had many since and recently gone on to win his 300th career game as a head coach.  

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Turtle Bay’s 4th annual Alzheimers fundraiser collects close to $4000.

The Saints had their bye Sunday but there was still plenty to cheer about at Turtle Bay‘s,Spirits sister bar on Decatur St). As part of  the Walk to End Alzheimers, fund raiser organizer Mardi Johnson held her 4th Annual Fund Raiser Raffle.

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Mardi teamed up with  Turtle Bay again,  to raise money and awareness for 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. The big prize of the day was a signed Jimmy Buffet guitar which was awarded at the end of the day.

“Mardi does an incredible job getting donations and hustling the raffle tickets. She works at the fund raiser all year. It has grown and raised more money  each year we have done it. We are proud to work with her on this” said Turtle Bay owner  Brad Bohannan

The event has grown each of its four years. Sunday’s fund raiser was a great success raising nearly $4000 for the charity. It is not too late to donate to the Mardi/Turtle Bay team page. Please go to this link and add to the total here.

“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.

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“It’s such a great day for a great cause that is near to my heart” said Turtle Bay owner Steve Smith “I’m proud to be a part of it and we will do everything we can to help the fund raiser continue to grow every year! Not only is it for a great cause but the customers love it and thanks to the many donations from local businesses, very few people leave empty handed”.

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First Saints Game for Spirits Hearse

The Saints played their first home game of the season in the Dome last night. Saturday was also the inaugural Tailgate Party for the Spirit’s on Bourbon Hearse. Tom Brady, and the  New England Patriots were in town to face the black and gold fresh off their Super Bowl victory and “Deflate Gate”. Saints fans of all ages were in full force ready to cheer on the home team.  The Who Dat Fans were also ready to  give the Pats, especially Brady, some good natured ribbing. “We couldn’t wait to get the hearse out here to the Dome for the fans to enjoy”, said owner Brad Bohannan.

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The Saints played much better this week even though they didn’t come out on top in the end. At least the starters gave the fans something to cheer about and great hope for the upcoming season.

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“One thing we learned for sure  is that people LOVE the Spirits on Bourbon Hearse,” owner Steve Smith added,” Keep an eye out for us at every Saints home game this season!!”  The hearse will also be making some trips to Baton Rouge for some LSU games and many more events in the coming weeks. Make sure to look out for us outside the Dome, and around town. Get your picture in the hearse with our skull man mascot, have a beer and do some pregame warm up with the gang from Spirits on Bourbon. Whether you just want a picture, a beer, shot of fireball, or ride in a parade; the Spirits on Bourbon Hearse is a traveling great time!!!

JOIN US FOR THE SAINTS 5K Kickoff Run

Football season is here and the Saints play tomorrow night. That also means we are exactly 1 month away from the Saints 5k. The Saints 5k http://nflrunseries.com/Saints/ is September 12th. It’s a great time for an awesome charity, the Louisiana Children’s Museum http://lcm.org/. Yes. 5k is 3.1 miles and we are looking for people to join the Spirits/Turtle Bay team. We joined the 5k last year for the first time with 2 members and we are looking for more to come out and have a great time with us. The run starts outside the Superdome and ends at midfield by crossing the  50 yardline. 5K veteran and Turtle Bay VIP Dave McIntosh convinced me to do the 5k last year as more of a dare after a few adult beverages. Maybe this year we will even get Brad Bohannan out for the run!

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We had a great time, finished the race, and lived to tell about it. There is only one month left so start training now. If you want to join the Spirits/Turtle Bay team, go to the Saints 5k registration page and click “join team”. Look for Spirits/Turtle Bay and our password is Resurrection.

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If you have any problems, let Steve know at spirits.steve@gmail.com. If you join our team you will get a Spirits or Turtle Bay Tshirt, whichever you choose and you’ll get to hang out with us for the day huffing, puffing, and panting for a great cause. Also, registration gets you an official Saints 5k shirt and a medal(if you finish). None of us are marathon runners so we are just out to have a great time. Run, walk, or crawl at your own pace.

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