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Featured Spirits on Bourbon Dueling Piano Player: Steve Monroe

Steve Monroe

Steve Monroe

It’s time for Jazz Fest, but that isn’t the only place where you can find great live music. We have talented dueling piano players who perform at Spirits on Bourbon on a nightly basis. Throughout the week we will be featuring our dueling piano players who perform at Spirits on Bourbon in a multi-part series on our blog.

“I haven’t always been that serious about piano but I never quit,” said Steve Monroe, one of Spirits on Bourbon‘s dueling piano players.

With over 47 years of piano playing experience, it’s hard to actually believe that Steve doesn’t take his craft seriously, but maybe he’s just being modest. Nearly half a century of experience is nothing to shake at stick at. But, he adds, it gets to be more fun because he gets better at it. He was, after all, a piano and voice major while studying music in graduate school at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

See Also: Featured Spirits on Bourbon Dueling Piano Player: Todd Adams

Steve originally hails from Columbia, Missouri, moving away when he was 25 years old. Like all of the dueling piano players at Spirits (and all talented musicians), he has his fair share of performing and traveling experience. To date, Steve has been performing at Spirits for about one year.

Steve duels with nine other piano players at Spirits. His taste in music is expansive, from jazz to classical to opera and even rock and roll. It helps to know music like Steven knows music, since it enables to him play almost any request you like, from Fats Domino to Miley Cyrus. Hell, this guy can even put a Snoop Dogg tune to ivory. Playing on Bourbon Street is good because the shifting crowd keeps Steve on his feet with a constantly changing line-up of requests.

Steve is not one to just sit back and play songs. Part of his job as a dueling piano player (as with other dueling piano players at Spirits) is to interact with the crowd, challenge them, maybe sling a few ad hominems and to just get the audience to sing along. The purpose is to just get people to have fun. “We’ll call people out and talk to the audience, tell them a dirty joke just to get some sort of response and try to play songs that they know so they can sing along,” he says.

He will usually start off with something like “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” or “Brown Eyed Girl”, something that everybody knows so they can sing along to the chorus.

Besides playing piano, Steve knows a thing or two on the guitar and bass.

The dueling pianos began at Spirits about a year and a half ago, shortly after appearing on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue. So far it has been a huge success. Don’t knock the music just because they play only covers, all of the piano players are solid musicians.

“We have some of the most talented players in the business,” said Spirits owner Steve Smith. “In a city with many great musicians as New Orleans, our guys often get overlooked because of the nature of the cover song show that we do. They are true professionals at their craft and play to a packed Bourbon Street house every night.”

The dueling pianos run every Monday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Get to know what’s happening at Spirits on Bourbon by following us on Facebook and Twitter @SpiritsonBourbo

Featured Spirits on Bourbon Dueling Piano Player: Todd Adams

Todd Adams

Todd Adams

It’s time for Jazz Fest, but that isn’t the only place where you can find great live music. We have talented dueling piano players who perform at Spirits on Bourbon on a nightly basis. Throughout the week we will be featuring our dueling piano players who perform at Spirits on Bourbon in a multi-part series on our blog.

The weekend may be finished, but we are are still in throes of Jazz Fest. While there is still live music happening all over the city, we have dueling pianos–our own brand of musicianship here at Spirits on Bourbon and some great talent to go along with it. In this blog, we feature Houma-based piano player Todd Adams.

As previously mentioned, Todd is originally from Houma, Louisiana, about a little over an hour’s drive southwest of New Orleans. Todd was immediately attracted to a career in music at a very young age but he never envisioned being a piano player. He grew up playing the drums, learning in the fifth grade. At 15 he began playing in a rock and roll band.

See Also: Featured Spirits on Bourbon Dueling Piano Player: Jim Lockwood

Eventually playing piano became a part of Todd’s repertoire. He has been playing piano for over 30 years. Before playing at Spirits, he spent nearly a decade performing at a club in Houma. He has toured with several bands during his career, even playing with Cajun Zydeco musician and Grammy winner Wayne Toups, who also happens to be performing at this year’s Jazz Fest.

Aside from performing at various clubs on Bourbon Street, Todd has toured all over the United States (35 out of 50 states), as well as toured all over Europe and in New Zealand. It was while he was on tour that Todd met his wife.

Todd met Spirits owners Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan through John Autin (who also performs at Spirits) and immediately signed up for dueling pianos. It just so happened that he was contacted by a fellow musician friend almost immediately after watching the Spirits episode of Bar Rescue. Todd has been performing at Spirits since March. He plays on Sundays and Tuesdays beginning at 8 p.m.

The players take requests from the audience for tips. The way this works is pretty simple: the higher the tip, the more likely the song will be played. And tips can trump each other too. For instance, a $10 tip trumps a, lets say, $3 or $5 tip. Usually, each player will finish a song before playing the next, but if an audience member throws down a $20 for a song, more than likely the players will stop in the middle of the current song and play that request immediately.

At Spirits, we have dueling piano players perform two at a time on stage. They don’t exactly duel, but play together. One sings and plays while the other provides backing music and they take turns. They also take requests from the audience. Todd breaks down how the request system works at Spirits:

“We have pads and pens in the audience and anything you want to hear just write it down and send it up to us, hopefully with a little love. The five- and ten-dollar songs always get played before the one-dollar songs and the one-dollar songs get played before the zero-dollar songs. So when we get to them, we play everybody’s request. But the financial hierarchy dictates what we play.”

And as far as $20 songs and above? They get played immediately.

Come see our dueling piano players at Spirits. It’s a highly interactive show and we promise that you will not be disappointed.

The dueling pianos run every Monday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Get to know what’s happening at Spirits on Bourbon by following us on Facebook and Twitter @SpiritsonBourbo

 

Featured Spirits on Bourbon Dueling Piano Player: Jim Lockwood

Jim Lockwood

Jim Lockwood

It’s time for Jazz Fest, but that isn’t the only place where you can find great live music. We have talented dueling piano players who perform at Spirits on Bourbon on a nightly basis. Throughout the week we will be featuring our dueling piano players who perform at Spirits on Bourbon in a multi-part series on our blog.

The players take requests from the audience for tips. The way this works is pretty simple: the higher the tip, the more likely the song will be played. And tips can trump each other too. For instance, a $10 tip trumps a, lets say, $3 or $5 tip. Usually, each player will finish a song before playing the next, but if an audience member throws down a $20 for a song, more than likely the players will stop in the middle of the current song and play that request immediately.

When a guest would like to hear a song, they must write down the request on a piece of paper provided to them and place it on the piano.

See Also: Going to Jazz Fest? Check Out Our Dueling Piano Player Josh Sharrard

Jim Lockwood is a New Orleans original, although he has spent some time in Tennessee before eventually moving back home. Jim began his music career as a singer and guitar player, touring up and down clubs along Bourbon Street.

His guitar career came to a tragic end one day when his pick finger became pinned between a wall and a piece of heavy equipment he was helping to move at his side job at a moving company. The weight smashed his finger, causing a fracture down the bottom length of his index finger. The healing process left him with such a limited range of movement that he could no longer play guitar.

Piano became Jim’s bread and butter and now has over 30 years of experience under his belt. He began performing at Spirits a little over a year ago. Jim is no stranger to performing on Bourbon Street. With his experience playing on Bourbon Street over the last several decades, he can say with authority that Spirits is one of the best–if not the best–place at which he performs.

“The owners at Spirits set the example of how Bourbon Street clubs should treat their musicians,” he said.

According to Jim, the function of the dueling pianos is two-fold: to provide entertainment for the guests and play for tips.

So if you just happen to need a music fix even after Jazz Fest is over, swing by Spirits on Bourbon and show our piano players some love. They begin performing on stage at 8 p.m.

The dueling pianos run every Monday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Get to know what’s happening at Spirits on Bourbon by following us on Facebook and Twitter @SpiritsonBourbo

Going to Jazz Fest? Check Out Our Dueling Piano Player Josh Sharrard

Josh Sharrard

Josh Sharrard

It’s time for Jazz Fest, but that isn’t the only place where you can find great live music. We have talented dueling piano players who perform at Spirits on Bourbon on a nightly basis. Throughout the week we will be featuring our dueling piano players who perform at Spirits on Bourbon in a multi-part series on our blog.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is here once more and while fans are flocking to the stages of the festival grounds, we have our own dueling piano players at Spirits on Bourbon who put on a pretty damn good show.

There are only two locations on Bourbon Street that have dueling pianos, but ours you can see directly from the street.

The way dueling pianos works, at least at our bar, is that we have two players on stage. They do not actually duel each other, but one provides backing notes while the other one plays and sings, and they take turns.

The players take requests from the audience for tips. The way this works is pretty simple: the higher the tip, the more likely the song will be played. And tips can trump each other too. For instance, a $10 tip trumps a, lets say, $3 or $5 tip. Usually, each player will finish a song before playing the next, but if an audience member throws down a $20 for a song, more than likely the players will stop in the middle of the current song and play that request immediately.

When a guest would like to hear a song, they must write down the request on a piece of paper provided to them and place it on the piano.

Throughout the week during Jazz Fest we will be showcasing our piano players. And because there are two players at a time on stage, we will feature two at a time on the blog. We have ten players in all. Now for the introductions.

Josh Sharrard originally hails from Bay City, Michigan. He has been playing piano at Spirits for a little over a year. Before that, he played piano at Howl at the Moon, a former dueling piano bar in the 100 block of Bourbon Street which has since closed. Before New Orleans, he performed at Howl at the Moon’s Chicago location.

Josh began taking piano lessons at the age of eight, taking at least once lesson per week. He doesn’t just know piano, but plays bass and guitar and some brass instruments (once you learn how to read and play music, you can pretty much play any instrument), but he prefers to stick with piano because that’s what he does best.

Performing at Spirits is a blessing for Josh. He studied piano at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida before dropping out and living in his car for awhile. While performing at Howl at the Moon, some friends introduced him to Spirits owners Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan.

There was a bit of a learning curve when beginning his stint in dueling pianos because of the sheer amount of songs he must know. Most requests he receives from people are radio hits, but some are not. Josh prefers to play classic rock hits. If you request a song he does not know, Josh will do his best to learn and play.

Some of the more unorthodox requests he receives are songs originally performed by heavy metal bands such as Slipknot.

“And Metallica,” he says, “people request a lot of Metallica.”

The dueling pianos run every Monday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Get to know what’s happening at Spirits on Bourbon by following us on Facebook and Twitter @SpiritsonBourbo

 

An Interview With WWE Wrestler Matt Striker: “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.”

WWE Wrestler Matt Striker (center) with Spirits owners Brad Bohannan (left) and Steve Smith (right).

WWE Wrestler Matt Striker (center) with Spirits owners Brad Bohannan (left) and Steve Smith (right).

Nearly three weeks have elapsed since Wrestlemania 30 and several events have occurred at Spirits on Bourbon since then. But we still have an interview with WWE wrestler Matt Striker for ya’ll to read, because why-in-hell-not?

Spirits hosted the Chair Shot Reality Show on April 5 with Striker as their special guest. One interesting thing about Striker: before becoming a professional wrestler, he was a high school social studies teacher from New York and we think that is pretty cool. We sat down with Striker at the conclusion of the CSR show for a quick Q&A.

Spirits: Why did you decide to get into professional wrestling?
Matt Striker: I was always doing it on the side. Then the opportunity came for something big. It was really just the winds of destiny that took me there. It wasn’t a cognitive decision like ‘I’m going to go do this.’ It was something that I was pursuing and the opportunity came and the break came. I’m a God guy and I trusted that God would lead me in the right place and evidently he has.

What has been the biggest challenge for you along the way?
I am a very shy person by nature. I struggled with the self-promotion. Walk around like you’re a star; people come up and they see you. The way I was able to come to terms with that is instead–and I see a lot of people do this–of looking down, I’ll spend some time and talk to someone because I might get to know you and I might make a friend out of it whether I’m Matt Striker the wrestler or Matt the bus driver. We might end up being cool with each other. That’s how I reconcile my anxieties. That was my biggest fear.

What kind of work goes with self-promotion?
It depends on what you want to put out there about yourself. Now it’s a lot easier with social media. All you gotta do is Tweet your stuff, Facebook your stuff or Instagram your stuff. But then it was just more of walking around with a certain air about you I never felt comfortable walking around with. I was real fortunate. My grandfather was in the music business. A lot of very famous music names during the time of Frank Sinatra or Perry Como would come through my house and I saw how they were and I saw how humble they were and how family was important and being kind and generous was important and I wanted to pattern myself that way. It’s a lot better when someone says ‘Oh, I met Matt Striker, he’s a pretty cool guy’ than ‘Matt Striker, what a dick.’
What has been the biggest reward of your WWE career?
The ability to influence. A parent can tell a kid a hundred times to do well in school and don’t do drugs and he’ll dismiss it. Maybe a celebrity or someone the kid looks up to says ‘hey man try your hardest in school and if you can steer clear of drugs.’ That message might get through. And again, I’m a God guy, so I believe we’re here for a reason. So hopefully that’s my reason. We had two kids today to whom I said do good and school and I saw their mother mouth the words ‘thank you’. To me that’s the most rewarding.

Do you have a family? Any kids?
None that I know of. I’ve got some sisters and a mom and stuff, but I haven’t wanted to make the mistake of getting into a bad marriage because my parents were divorced. I’m just waiting until the right girl comes along and if she is reading this blog she can email me. Send pictures.

So you’re anti-drug?
I’m not anti-drug. I am anti-abuse. I smoked a ton of pot in college, I’ll admit it and I do believe it has its benefits and medicinal properties. I’m not anti-drug; I am anti-addiction and habit. You can be addicted to chocolate and it’s going to suck for your and your diabetes. So I am not anti-drug per se, no.

Is there still a lot of drug abuse in professional wrestling?
No there is not, not since the time I was there. I can honestly tell you with my own two eyes that I never saw anyone do a drug, ever. I can testify to that.

Not even steroids?
No. What they do in the privacy of their own rooms, my eyes never saw anyone take any drug or take any type of things that were illegal. I never saw anything like that. I saw people drink and smoke cigarettes and some things like that. The guys that smoked pot were the ones that went off and smoked pot, but I never actually saw anyone ingest any type of illegal substance, ever. I am 100 percent on that statement.

Do you still teach?
I kept my license and stuff and there’s five universities in a 10 mile radius of my home, so that’s something I might be looking to do. There’s a whole life ahead of me, God willing. For all I know, I could not wake up tomorrow and this could be the last interview I ever gave. I don’t know, if you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans. Who are we to make plans? What’s ever going to happen is going to happen.

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Jon Taffer’s Book Signing Last Friday Was A Huge Success

Bar Rescue's Jon Taffer met with fans at Spirits on Bourbon April 18 to sign copies of his new book. All photos by David Minsky.

Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer met with fans at Spirits on Bourbon April 18 to sign copies of his new book. All photos by David Minsky.

Yesterday was Easter Sunday, or in other languages, “resurrection day” and you know how much that means to us. One year ago we were dying, almost dead, but our man Jon Taffer brought us back.

On Friday night, Taffer returned to Spirits on Bourbon to sell and copies of his new book, “Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions”. As soon as we heard he was coming, we put the word out. Apparently it worked, because the line of people went out the door, across the street and almost wrapped around the corner to Toulouse Street.

See Also: Bar Rescue Executive Producer and Host Jon Taffer Returning to Spirits on Bourbon April 18 for Book Signing

Taffer got here in the early evening and kicked it out back in the courtyard for about an hour before the signing began. Starting at seven o’clock, he gave a small media reception for the handful of reporters that were there.

Bar Rescue Executive Producer Jon Taffer being interviewed by the media at Spirits.

Bar Rescue Executive Producer Jon Taffer being interviewed by the media at Spirits.

Taffer is no spring chicken when it comes to rescuing bars. On our Bar Rescue episode, Taffer said he has opened, conceived, operated or marketed more than 800 bars. Taffer reflects on the progress of Spirits to WGNO since being rescued: “It shows that Brad and Steve could take the work that I did and bring it to the next level.”

The signing began promptly at 7:30. Once the book signing began, it was pretty much pandemonium for the next several hours as the bar was completely packed. People who purchased a book were able to get it signed and have a photo opportunity with Taffer, as well as receive a free People kept coming and the line kept getting bigger over the course of the next few hours.

Spirits owners Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan being interviewed by the media on Friday evening.

Spirits owners Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan being interviewed by WGNO on Friday evening.

Many people came and went and bought copies of his book, which we highly recommend reading by the way. Taffer lays out his philosophy on reaction management and the bar and restaurant industry. A must-read for anybody who has a stake in the business. We’re not sure how many copies he sold, but it was a lot.

The view from the inside.

The view from the inside.

Things started to die down around 10:30 p.m. The remaining stragglers came and went. If you still were not able to get a Taffer book, we still have them on sale at Spirits for $26, although it does not include an autograph.

View from the outside.

View from the outside.

We were just so honored to have Taffer come to our bar and promote his book. It was great having him back. And it was great seeing everybody come out for the event. It’s always a good time.

One lucky fan with his brand new copy of Taffer's book, "Raise the Bar".

One lucky fan with his brand new copy of Taffer’s book, “Raise the Bar”.

“Jon Taffer could have done his book signing anywhere,” said Spirits owner Brad Bohannan, “but he chose New Orleans and Spirits on Bourbon. He has become a true ambassador of New Orleans and Spirits on Bourbon was proud to be his host. We have an obligation to represent Jon Taffer for all has done for us.”

Copies of Taffer's book sold fast.

Copies of Taffer’s book sold fast.

We managed to sneak in a few questions while he was here and he was more than willing to help us out. Here is a short Q&A session.
Spirits on Bourbon: You talk about the science of reaction management. How much is the scientific method incorporated into your method for success?

Jon Taffer: It’s in everything. I live it. Here it is. Blue. Different than any mug in town. Blinking lights. This wasn’t about a drink, this was about pulling your eye, this was about branding you uniquely different than anyone else. This was about uniqueness. It only wound up a blue cocktail in a skull glass because of those reasons. It didn’t start with a blue cocktail, it started with science. Everything that we did here is about science. If this cocktail was the same as everyone else’s, it wouldn’t be the same.

Was it based on experience or trial and error?

No, it was based on market research. It was based on looking at Bourbon Street and realizing that every cocktail was either read or green. And simply saying, ‘what could we do that when people walk by is uniquely us?’ How do I brand us in the street? How do I brand us two blocks away? And this is how we do it. And when these blinking cups go up and down Bourbon Street, everybody knows where their from, don’t they? That’s science.

What is reaction management?

It’s managing the reactions of others. And the premise is that he or she who creates the best reactions in life wins, end of fucking story. The bar that creates the best reactions wins, the girl who creates the best reactions wins, right? And the manager who creates the best employee reactions. We’re not in the business of selling food. Ryan in the kitchen might think he’s making an entreé, he’s not. He’s making a reaction; he’s achieving it through the entreé. When then entreé doesn’t create the reaction when it hits the table, then it ain’t worth shit. So I suggest that everybody in the business is wrong. We’re not in the food and beverage business, that isn’t our product, that is our vehicle. The product is the reaction.

We even made it on WGNO Saturday morning. Check out the video.

There you have it, folks. We thank everyone for coming out on Friday night, it was a blast. That’s it for now, but be sure to drop by and say hello. Until next time, here is a picture of a pair of hot twins to keep you occupied.

We love twins.

We love twins.

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Author Arita Bohannan Book Signing April 19

Author Arita Lipps Bohannan will be selling and signing copies of her new book, "Docket No. 76" on April 19.

Author Arita Lipps Bohannan will be selling and signing copies of her new book, “Docket No. 76” on April 19.

Newly minted book author Arita Lipps Bohannan will be at Spirits on Bourbon, Home of the Resurrection on April 19 to sign copies of her new book, Docket No. 76.

The book, which is Bohannan’s first, tells the story of New Orleans district attorney Sanda Morgan, who comes face-to-face in the courtroom with her childhood abuser during his prosecution.

See Also: “Bar Rescue” Executive Producer and Host Jon Taffer Returning to Spirits on Bourbon April 18 for Book Signing

Bohannan herself is an attorney living in nearby Kenner, Louisiana. Copies of Bohannan’s book will be on sale as well at Spirits for $15 for paperback and $25 for hardcover. You can also find ebook copies on Amazon.com for $4.99.

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Spirits Owners Help Raise Over $5,000 For Breast Cancer Awareness at Reality Rally

Spirits owners Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith, both far left and right; James Wallington and Arlynn Ilgenfritz from Capture.

Spirits owners Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith, both far left and right; James Wallington and Arlynn Ilgenfritz from Capture.

Reality Rally was a smashing success. Over 100 reality TV stars, including Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan, attended the event in Temecula, California to raise awareness for breast cancer. All proceeds are being donated to Michelle’s Place, a Temecula-based nonprofit that provides support for breast cancer survivors and their families.

Between Steve and Brad, over $5,000 was raised. It Reality Rally founder Gillian Larson’s goal to reach $25,000, but unfortunately she did not reach the mark this year. We hope to help make it happen next year.

See Also: Spirits Owners to Join Reality Rally Aprill 11 to Help Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Awareness

The weekend was particularly interesting for Steve and Brad. After touching down in San Diego, They eventually made our way to Temecula, 2 desert town about an hour to the north. There they got settled into our suites and the next day began their adventure.

The weekend was busy. It started off with the celebrity reception at the Wilson Creek Winery on Friday night. For four hours they mingled with guests and some of your favorite reality TV stars. Nearly 30 reality TV show franchises were represented there.

 

"Mob Wife" Nora Schweihs and Spirits owner Brad Bohannan

“Mob Wife” Nora Schweihs and Spirits owner Brad Bohannan

The next day, however, was anything they ever expected. The day started off with a celebrity autograph meet-and-greet for about an hour and a half. Then things got really interesting. The Reality Rally Race started promptly at 11 a.m. and almost immediately Steve and Brad were racing it up.

Sixty teams out of 120 reality stars were pitted against each other in an Amazing Race-style competition. Things were happening so fast that they barely had time to change into their uniforms. They ran for miles, ran uphill and weaved themselves through obstacle courses. The dry heat does not make it easy! Out of the 60 teams, Team Bar Rescue came in 16th. Not bad!

Brad with wife Arita and Steve with wife Sharon at the Red Carpet Celebration Saturday night.

Brad with wife Arita and Steve with wife Sharon at the Red Carpet Celebration Saturday night.

Besides just getting through the race, Brad was heavily focused on just two goals. “I had two goals, to beat EJ Snyder from Naked and Afraid with my pants on and and not get passed by anyone from The Biggest Loser,” he said.

After the race was finished, everyone gathered again at the Red Carpet Celebration at the South Coast Winery. By the night was finished, everyone was exhausted. The last event was Breakfast with the Stars Celebrity Chefs Showcase. Then beginning on Sunday, Brad and Steve made their way back to New Orleans. And this whole time you probably didn’t know they were out of town for French Quarter Fest.

Team Bar Rescue working hard to bring home the win.

Team Bar Rescue working hard to bring home the win.

The most rewarding part of the whole experience was meeting Gillian and helping to get the word out on breast cancer. If you don’t know, breast cancer is nearly one-fourth of all cancers in women and causes hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide each year. But with early detection, survival rates are much higher, which is why it’s important to get the word out as much as possible. For more information on breast cancer, visit the National Cancer Institute‘s website.

Team Bar Rescue was honored to have participated in Reality Rally 2014. “When we visited Michelle’s Place and heard the story of Michelle we saw what this weekend was all about,” said Spirits owner Steve Smith.

Michelle’s Place was created in honor of Michelle Watson, a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the very early age of 23 years. Sadly, Michelle died three years later on July 23, 2000. But in spite of her prognosis, she never stopped living. She continued to make friends and inspire people. Her last wish was to create a breast cancer resource center and eventually it was realized.

“I was honored to join Gillian Larson and raise money for Michelle’s Place at Reality Rally,” Bohannan said.

Reality Rally founder Gillian Larson and Brad Bohannan.

Reality Rally founder Gillian Larson and Brad Bohannan.

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Wrestlemania Weekend at Spirits Was A Blast

Spirits on Bourbon

Spirits on Bourbon. Photo by David Minsky

Wrestlemania was awesome and so was everyone who made it out to Spirits on Bourbon, Home of the Resurrection last weekend.

If you find it hard to recap all of the commotion–between the body-slams on the canvas, the constant chants of “Yes! Yes! Yes!” and several mind-bending Resurrection cocktails–don’t worry because we do too. But now we are ready for French Quarter Fest.

We are boiling 15 bags over the course of the entire three-day weekend, three times our normal output.

If last weekend is any indication, then this weekend should be pretty awesome too. Here is a quick run-down of what happened.

Brad Bohannan, Matt Striker and Steve Smith.

Brad Bohannan, Matt Striker and Steve Smith.

We hosted the Chair Shot Reality podcast on Saturday afternoon with special guest and WWE star Matt Striker.

Everyone at Spirits caught the Wrestlemania fever.

Everyone at Spirits caught the Wrestlemania fever.

And the fans absolutely loved it.

The Nasty Boys and Tiffany Vollmer.

The Nasty Boys and Tiffany Vollmer.

The Nasty Boys dropped us a visit on Saturday night for a fan meet-and-greet session.

Steve Smith, Jon Taffer and Brad Bohannan.

Steve Smith, Jon Taffer and Brad Bohannan.

Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer dropped by incognito on Monday night and paid us a visit.

New friends from Denver.

New friends from Denver.

Most importantly, our fans came to visit us during the weekend, and they came in droves. For that, we would like to thank all of you for coming out. Be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. Now it’s time for French Quarter Festival. It’s going to be a great weekend. Let the good times roll.

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