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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!!!!!

 

 

 

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!

UFC 200 Was A Huge Success At Spirits On Bourbon

Spirits on Bourbon  had a packed house for the UFC 200 pay per view event!  

  Not only does Spirits on Bourbon provide great entertainment with its dueling pianos, but with original New Orleans cuisine it is a great place to watch sporting events.  

  The visitors where excited to watch the UFC premier event UFC 200 as it featured stacked card. Spirits on Bourbon also raffled a Spirits on Bourbon Guitar raising over $400 for its annual Alzheimer event held at Turtle Bay.

 We look forward to seeing you for Sunday football games and future sporting events!

Voodoo Experience 2016 lineup is out!

Voodoo Experience has revealed its 2016 lineup. The three-day music festival takes place at New Orleans’ City Park over Halloween weekend (October 28th – 30th). Spirits on Bourbon hopes that you make Voodoo Experience and Stop in to Spirits on Bourbon for great food,drinks and entertainment while you are in New Orleans. 
Tool, Arcade Fire, The Weeknd, G-Eazy, The Chainsmokers, Band of Horses, Cage the Elephant, Kevin Gates, Die Antwoord, Porter Robinson, Carnage, Foals, Rebelution, Excision, Gramatik, Ghost, Tory Lanez, STS9, Mutemath, Puscifer, Les Claypool’s The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Alison Wonderland, DJ Mustard, Beats Antique, Snails, Melanie Martinez, Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Reignwolf, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mayer Hawthorne, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Shakey Graves, Slander, What So Not, Snakehips, Bob Moses, Saint Motel, Wild Belle, Bully, Nothing But Thieves, Oh  

 Wonder, Chairlift, The Pretty Reckless, Party Favor, Lunice, NF, Bear Hands, Black Tiger Sex Machine, ASLl Them Witches, Lookas, Lost Kings, 4B, Sir the Baptist, Cheat Codes, Slaves, Leon, The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, The Seratones, Cakes Da Killa, Little Scream, Sonny Alven, The Breton Sound, Carmine P. Filthy, Babygirl, Kidd Love, Unicorn Fukr, Herb Christopher 

 

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Recording Artist Drew Baldridge Celebrates Debut single with Crawfish boil at Spirits on Bourbon

Spirits on Bourbon fired up the crawfish pot to celebrate the release Nashville recording artist, Drew Baldridge‘s debut single called ‘Dance With Ya 
This endeavor invited hit song writers, producers, radio professionals and fans to enjoy some crawfish and drinks at Spirits On Bourbon  
and enjoy the success of Drew Baldridge’s billboard rising single. We look forward to hearing Drew  more on the radio and seeing him coming back and playing New Orleans!  

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Very Bad Santa, Half Way to Christmas Pub Crawl.

No, you weren’t drinking too much Saturday when you saw all the Santa Claus’ and his bad Elves roaming Bourbon Street.  

  It was the Very Bad Santa…Halfway to Christmas Pub Crawl! In fact, every December you will see the French Quarter filled with very bad Santa’s and His very bad helpers. The event has grown so much that people couldn’t wait until December so now they do a Hal-Way to Christmas Pub Crawl to hold everyone over. They stopped at Spirits on Bourbon  and had some great drinks and took a few spins in the Barber chair. 

  “Watching the people’s faces and all the Santa’s coming rolling in always makes me smile!” says Brad Bohannan. After hitting the Quarter and enjoying many cocktails and being ‘very naughty,’ the group ended up at Turtle Bay and enjoyed some of the great food.  

  “We look forward to the Very Bad Pub Crawl and are happy to have them and are excited to have them in July now also,” said Steve Smith. So if you are lucky enough to get put on the naughty list this year, come join the Pub Crawl this December!n You will have so much fun you may never be good boy or girl again!

Mayweather Pacquiao Fight

It was billed as the fight of the century, as undefeated Floyd Mayweather took on top contender Manny Pacquiao Saturday night, May 2nd 

 Many will argue the fight didn’t live up to the hype, but one thing is for sure,  Spirits on Bourbon was the unanimous decision as best place to watch the fight.

Patrons gladly paid the $25 cover charge to watch the title bout at Spirits. The energy and excitement inside Spirits rivaled that of the MGM Grand as the fight approached. 

  Spirits was filled from the front door to the courtyard with a standing room only crowd  

 that included NFL stars Golden Tate and Fred McAfee. “The crowd has been great, and the addition of the NFL players makes Spirits the best place to watch the fight this side of Vegas”, said coowner Brad Bohannan 

 

As the fight grew closer, bar management was forced to deny entrance to any new patrons. Coowner Steve Smith explained, “We were at absolute full capacity. For the safety of our customers, staff, and per the fire marshal we couldn’t let anyone else through the doors. We must have turned away over 300 people.” That didn’t stop huge crowds from growing on Bourbon St. to peek through the doors and windows trying to get a glimpse of the action. The mob outside rivaled that of a Mardi Gras crowd. 

 


  management decided two weeks prior to the fight to delay its nightly Dueling Piano show and drop down the 10ft big screen to show the huge Pay Per View event.  “We were getting calls up to a month in advance, inquiring about the fight.  Mass appeal events like this don’t come around too often” said Bohannan. With its huge TV on stage, 8 high definition Tvsinside, and 3 more in the courtyard, Spirits can easily transform from live music venue to sports bar and back for such a special event. 

When the night was over, the judges awarded Mayweather the win. It was another great night at Spirits on Bourbon.

Hit Me America: Search for Songwriting Talent

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Would you like the opportunity to showcase your songwriting talent in a one of a kind television experience? Are you sitting on the next big hit? We’re looking for the best songwriting talent in the city so if you think you’ve got what it takes come down to Spirits on Bourbon on February 11th at 6pm for Hit Me America brought to you by Ghost Rider Pictures.

“People always say they are able to write a great song. Now is the time for them to step up and prove it. It’s hard enough to write a great song with all the time in the world, but to do it with cameras in your face and only one hour, this is going to be interesting.” –Brad Bohannan

Click the link to register for the Artist Challenge and a chance to audition for Hit Me America.

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Spirit’s New Shot Hearse

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Fireball shot girl in Spirit’s new refurbished hearse

Only in New Orleans! Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith, owner’s of Spirit’s on Bourbon, have breathed new life into an old hearse with the help of Anything Car Audio and Upholstery. Anything Car Audio has wrapped the black hearse with Spirit’s logos, added Brazilian hardwood flooring and installed an antique barber chair straight from the attic of the haunted Spirit’s on Bourbon. With six ten inch Rockford Fosgate Speakers and an eight hundred watt amplifier this hearse could wake the dead.

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Spirit’s Shot Hearse

Brad and Steve plan to have the shot machine at tailgate parties in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas for both Tulane and LSU football games. The shot hearse will be serving Fireball. Be sure to look for the shot machine at Mardi Gras parades across the city.

Brad and Steve in the Shot Hearse

Brad and Steve in the Shot Hearse

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