Category Archives: Pub Crawls

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!!!

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!

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! 

 

Spirits on Bourbon Boiled Crawfish Recipe!

Over the last few years we have been holding several crawfish boils for wedding parties, corporate parties and anyone who wants one! 

  People have learned to love the Crawfish at Spirits on Bourbon and naturally have wanted to know how we cooked them just right. So here you go!    
1 container of zatarans seasoning dry mix

I sack of small Potatoes

12 onions

6 garlic cloves

2 cartons mushrooms 

12 lemons
Grind the 12 lemons. Put the lemons and Zatarans crawfish seasoning into your large boiling pot. Start fire and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, add your live, purged crawfish. Boil for 5 minutes before adding corn, onions (cut in halves), garlic cloves, and mushrooms. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 more minutes. Then turn it off. Soak everything for 20 minutes.     
Next time you are having a gathering, give us a call and have a crawfish boil at Spirits on Bourbon !!!  

Storm Troopers Pub Crawl

The Force was with you at the French Quarters newest Star Wars themed pub crawl! The 504th Division of Storm Troopers invaded Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay

 for what turned out to be an exciting and head turning pub crawl. Characters that were portrayed in the event included Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobi, Boba Fett, Kylo Ren, and Luke Skywalker.  

 
Star Wars fans were delighted to see a sea of Storm Trooper costumes blanket the Galaxy of the French Quarter on this two mile, ten stop pub crawl.     

     Anyone interested in joining the group for next years event can join the facebook group “THE  504TH DIVISION” to be included in all relevant information and planning. There, members can discuss events, acquire costumes, and post to the group. May the Force be with you!

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Storm Troopers Needed for Star Wars Themed Pub Crawl

The Force will be with you as Spirits on Bourbon joins the newest Star Wars themed pub crawl! We are looking for Storm Troopers to join us in invading the French Quarter on February 20th.  
We are trying to organize over 250 Storm Troopers for this exciting and unique pub crawl. Characters that will also be portrayed in the event include Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobi, Boba Fett, Kylo Ren, and Luke Skywalker. The “rebels” will be chased from bar to bar by the “evil empire”!  
For $70 bucks, Star Wars fans will receive a Storm Trooper costume, a blaster, and a credential to join the pub crawl as we drink through the Galaxy known as the French Quarter. We hope you all join us in this great event…but hurry up and Sign up before it’s too late!  
Anyone interested in joining the group, or being a part of it via sponsorship, or in other ways can join the Facebook group “THE 504th DIVISION” to be included in all relevant information and planning. There, members can discuss events, acquire costumes, and post to the group or call Joe Rohaley 504-515-7104 or email gaffer_grip@post.com

As Obi Wan Kenobi said in ‘A New Hope,’ “The force will be with you, always.”