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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)

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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Turtle Bay Glasses

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!

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!!!!!

 

 

 

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.

Fifth Annual End Alzheimer’s Event is October 9th

Spirits on Bourbon  and Turtle Bay is looking forward to the fifth annual ‘End Alzheimer’s’ event planned for October 9th from noon until five at Turtle Bay 1119 Decatur.

  “The event has grown every year and we are hoping to beat Last years total of over $3800 raised to fight Alzheimer’s,” said Brad Bohannan.  

 “I have seen Alzheimer do its work devastating lives, and would like nothing more to see the end of Alzheimer’s,” added Steve Smith. This years event will feature many raffle items with 100% of every dollar going to Alzheimer’s research. We hope you can help us to beat last years total and continue to grow this annual event!

Very Bad Santa Halfway To Christmas Pub Crawl

It was the Very Bad Santa…Halfway to Christmas Pub Crawl! Every December you will see the French Quarter filled with Very Bad Santa’s and his very naughty helpers!   

   The event has grown so much, in fact, that droves of people who couldn’t wait until December for the annual event, decided to create the Half Way to Christmas Pub Crawl! The lively group stopped at Turtle Bay  and had some great drinks shots of fireball along some great food.  
We look forward to the Very Bad Santa Pub Crawl in December and are excited to have them in June now also,” said Steve Smith. So we hope you stay on the naughty list this year and come join the Pub Crawl this December! You will have so much fun you may never be good boy or girl again! 

 

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Turtle Bay Was Featured in New Orleans Ghosts Voodoo and Vampires Journey Into Darkness

Turtle Bay  on Decatur Street is known for its nightly visits in the haunted history tour. Here is one of the stories in New Orleans Ghost Voodoo and Vampires Journey into Darkness Book. . So come on down to Turtle Bay and grab a Beer and Pizza and see if you can have your own Ghost Story. 

 By Kalila Katherina 

Turtle Bay is a newly renovated bar and restaurant that had a number of ghostly inhabitants. Once a favorite hang out with the vampire culture of the 1990s is now a mainstream hotspot for food, libations and lively New Orleans music.
The building is situated directly behind but Ursuline Convent, The oldest building in New Orleans. In the 1700s the lamb a part of the convent ground, and today only a small brick wall in the courtyard separate the two properties. 

  The Ursuline nuns originally came to New Orleans as nurses to care for the victims of yellow fever and Indian attacks. The nuns also use this land including that were Turtlebay is now situated to bury the dead. The courtyard is charged with energy typically found in burial ground. In a recent investigation of a residential outing we felt the situation I’m being pulled down words in this area. 
There is an active hunting here as well. During our investigation, we discovered the presence  

  of a female entity. Emily once oa servant here are the petite young woman with a little education.  She died of yellow fever on the property and continues to reside in the upper apartment of the building and in the kitchen.
 We were the first calleded in to do this investigation when the owner of the building noticed that his clothes were soaked with water after placing them on a chair when he undressed. There was neither a leak in the ceiling nor any other explanation for the sudden water. One employees reported that kitchen appliances often turned on spontaneously. A knife flew across the room on its own and Broke. The tip of the knife was never found.  Recently a family on the tour captured a thick Fogg of ectoplasm in the seating area at the bar. The ghost seems to enjoy the music and visit from tourist, but is a bit picky as to whom is in her kitchen. 

 

Turtle Bay Ghost Story

By Alison Fensterstock 

 
I’m tying my shoe in the kitchen of the Turtle Bay bar and restaurant on Decatur Street when I’m suddenly aware that I may be about to die in a horrible and grisly manner. It’s a sunny late-summer afternoon, and I’ve stopped by to try and snap some digital pictures of the three knives that allegedly were thrown at Turtle Bay’s cook, Chisesi Simpson, by a cranky ghost or a sneaky, malevolent, unseen force. Simpson leads me back into the kitchen where the first two knives are lying on the stainless steel countop.

“I don’t know where that other one’s at,” says Simpson. “Oh, there it is.” He strides down the length of the small, airy courtyard kitchen, toward the capped sewer drain where the ghost, which the bar has named “Boudreaux,” lives. It’s then that I notice that the lace of my left Converse All-Star has come undone. As I bend down to tie it, Simpson says, “Man, Boudreaux was pissed after you were here yesterday. He was really acting up, throwing stuff around. He threw this pan here all the way out there.” 
I look up briefly to see the cook holding up a steel pan and gesturing with it to a spot at least 10 feet away. I flash on how this would all play out in a predictable horror movie. Nosy reporter girl angers ghost … returns to bar on innocent errand … knife mysteriously missing. While everyone in the theater is silently yelling Get out of there! Don’t tie your shoe! Run, girl! the cook is possessed and murders me while the audience grumbles how they saw it coming a mile away.   
I straighten up quickly and realize Simpson is standing over me, brandishing a large knife. “Found it,” he says.
The Turtle Bay ghost is only the most recent bar haunting investigated by Kalila Katherina Smith, a tour guide for the Haunted History Tours who both founded the New Orleans Paranormal and Occult Research Society and is the Louisiana state head of the National Ghost Research Society. Her book New Orleans Ghosts and Vampires notes several haunted bars in the French Quarter including Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, Cosimo’s, Yo Mama’s and O’Flaherty’s. She believes that the violent atmosphere of the locales, many of which have been saloons of one kind or another over hundreds of years, predisposes them to the kind of tragic or gruesome on-premises deaths that cause spirits to linger. The 1100 block of Decatur Street where Turtle Bay is located is a particularly fertile area for haunting. Most of that land once belonged to the Ursulines Convent on Chartres Street and served as a potter’s field for yellow fever victims in the 18th century.   
“There are probably more haunted bars in the French Quarter than we could ever put on a tour,” she says. “We pick the ones with the most activity and that are the best documented historically. But you’ve got death on top of death on top of death, from yellow fever, fires, hurricanes, violence — a high concentration of death in such a small area. Plus voodoo activity calling up spirits. And people who are drinking are more open to spirits, more open to those experiences.”
Smith recently participated in an investigation of the Turtle Bay ghost in conjunction with the Sci-Fi Channel show Ghost Hunters. She still isn’t ready to explain the ghost’s behavior, although she’s clearly intrigued. “It’s been turning equipment on and off in the middle of the night, throwing hot water,” she says. “And it’s usually pretty rare for a ghost to attack.”