Category Archives: Brad Bohannan

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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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!!!

Brad was featured in the Chateau de Vie Magazine

Spirits on Bourbon  is known for its World Famous Resurrection drink, great food, Dueling Pianos and a notorious barber chair which has become a must-do for anyone visting the French Quarter! It’s also known as a great place to watch sports. With a beautiful courtyard in the rear, one can host a party, get away talk or have your own private crawfish boil! In fact, you may have seen the Spirits Courtyard many times on television without even knowing it! Spirits has been feature numerous times on television on networks such as E, Esquire, Spike, and VH1 not to mention several local and National news spots!    
Turtle Bay on Decatur Street is known for its great pizza and quaint atmosphere! In fact, PMQ magazine named Turtle Bay and Brad Bohannan as the king of New Orleans Pizza . Turtle Bay is visited nightly by the haunted history tour which highlights it’s interesting and checkered past! Touted as one of the Quarters best local hangouts, it’s probably most popular for its full late-night menu! So come on down to Turtle Bay which USA today voted best late night eats in New Orleans and grab a Beer and Pizza and see if you can have your own Turtle Bay ghost Story! 
Both locations are owned by Chateau resident, Brad Bohannan, who is a true entrepreneur! He is a self employed Restaurateur, owner of a music publishing company, real estate developer and motivational speaker!