Zach Brien

Apr 022018
 

Walter “Wolfman” Washington plays with his teeth during his performance at Jazz in the Park in Armstrong Park June 25, 2015. Washington is set to release a new album produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Walter “Wolfman” Washington, a veteran in the New Orleans scene for many years, is set to release his first studio album in 10 years: My Future is My Past.

This new record is unlike any he has ever done. He is recording without his band, The Roadmasters, who he has been playing with for nearly 40 years. There is no shortage of talent on this record, however, which features New Orleans’ stars singer Irma Thomas, pianist Jon Cleary, drummer Stanton Moore, and organist Ivan Neville.

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Mar 262018
 

 

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians sings on LaSalle street during Super Sunday on March 25. Indians from across the city gathered at the annual event at A.L. Davis Park at the corner of Washington and LaSalle. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, March 25, Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid and Pleasure clubs converged on A.L. Davis Park on Washington and LaSalle in Central City for the annual Super Sunday event. The event was postponed one week after weather concerns.

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Mar 192018
 

 

 

Dale Cooney, left, receives a kiss from from Callie, the five-month-old dog on Magazine street. The 2018 Irish Channel parade took its typical route down Magazine street on Saturday, March 17. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, March 17, the annual Irish Channel Parade rolled down Magazine street.

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Mar 112018
 

Yukimi Nagamo performs with Little Dragon at the Ballroom stage. The 2018 Buku Music and Art Project took place at Mardi Gras World on March 9 and 10. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Buku 2018 finished on Saturday, March 10. The day was marked by the last-minute cancellation of one of the day’s major acts, Lil Uzi Vert. Acts like Bassnectar, Isaiah Rashad, Borgore and Princess Nokia brought people out to Mardi Gras World.

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Mar 102018
 

Migos performs on the Power Plant stage. The 2018 Buku Music and Art Project took place at Mardi Gras World on March 9 and 10. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2018 Buku Music and Art Project began on Friday, March 9. National acts Migos, SZA, MGMT, Virtual Self and others performed.

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Feb 142018
 

Members of the Golden Blades Mardi Gras Indians confront one another as they leave the Purple Rain Bar on Washington avenue on Tuesday, February 13. The Golden Blades are one of many Mardi Gras Indian “tribes” or “gangs” to mask on Mardi Gras Day all across New Orleans in intricate, hand-sewn suits. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Mardi Gras day, February 13, Mardi Gras Indian tribes mask all over New Orleans. Their intricate, hand-sewn suits pay homage to local Native American tribes who helped runaway slaves. The tradition of “masking” Indian dates back to the mid 19th century. There are dozens of tribes all over New Orleans.

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Feb 122018
 

Keegan Michael Key, actor comedian and grand Marshall, throws beads from the Captain’s Barge float. The 26-float Krewe of Orpheus rolled with the theme “The Folly of Astoroth.” (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Orpheus rolled Sunday night with the theme “The Folly of Astoroth.”

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Feb 112018
 

J.K. Simmons, Bacchus L, throws beads into the crowd along Napoleon avenue. The Krewe of Bacchus rolled with the theme “Bacchus Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary” during their parade on Sunday, February 11. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Bacchus celebrated a major anniversary this year. They made 50, their golden anniversary. With that in mind, most of this year’s floats were gold-themed. It’s “Gold Record” float paid tribute to musicians like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss and more who have been awarded a golden record for their achievements. It’s “Goldfinger” float paid tribute to the James Bond film by the same name. Actor J.K. Simmons served as the king this year.

Weather has been a problem all throughout the second weekend of carnival season. Sunday was no exception. Fortunately, the parade ran on time, unlike Endymion and other parades. Aside from intermittent rainfall, the parade was uninterrupted by Mother Nature.

One of the hidden gems of Bacchus proved to be the battle of bands that takes place before the parade rolls. The collegiate bands marching in the parade, Southern University, Texas State University, Miles College and Kentucky State University, lined up in front of the Rouse’s Supermarket on Tchoupitoulas and competed. Hundreds of people packed sidewalks and porches or even scaled walls just to get a good look at the competition. In the final head-to-head matchup, Southern University told Mills College “y’all sound like a high school band!”

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Feb 092018
 

The krewe’s newest float, “The Goddessy,” rolls down St. Charles near Jackson avenue. With the theme “Sight at the Museum,” the Krewe of Muses took to the streets uptown on Thursday, February 9th. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Muses paraded down their traditional route uptown on Thursday. The theme of the 17th annual parade was “Sight at the Museum.”

Riders on the “Swamp Lillies” float throw beads into the crowd along St. Charles avenue. With the theme “Sight at the Museum,” the Krewe of Muses took to the streets uptown on Thursday, February 9th. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 092018
 

The “Chicken Roost” float, about the sexual misconduct issues in entertainment, politics and beyond, rolls down St. Charles. Krewe of Chaos rolled with the theme “Nature Calls…Chaos,” mocking many of the local and national political issues. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Chaos rolled with the theme “Nature Calls…Chaos.” They commented on current issues like local politics, international conflict and more.

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Feb 042018
 

A rider on the “_ _ K” float winds up to throw a football into the crowd. Krewe of Pontchartrain, with the theme “What’s Filming in New Orleans?”, was the first of three parades to roll Saturday, February 3, along the Uptown route. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Rain tried to put a damper on Saturday’s parades, but Mardi Gras rolled on with Pontchartrain, Freret and Choctaw going down the traditional uptown route.

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Jan 092018
 

Peggy Scott LaBorde leads a toast from the Saint Charles streetcar, ringing in the 2018 Carnival season on Saturday, January 6. The Phunny Phorty Phellows begins each Carnival season with a ride on the streetcar. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, January 6, the Phunny Phorty Phellows welcomed the 2018 Carnival season with their annual streetcar ride on Saint Charles avenue. Saturday marked the Epiphany, or the 12th night of Christmas, which is used to begin Carnival season.

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Nov 222017
 

New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees hands a bag to Christopher Kirk to carry for Barbara Braxton, left, at the Saints’ Thanksgiving meal giveaway at the Dryades YMCA on Tuesday, November 21. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Tuesday, November 21, 12 members of the New Orleans Saints arrived at the Dryades YMCA in Central City to hand out Thanksgiving to dinner to people in need. The players participating included Drew Brees, rookie tackle Ryan Ramcyzk and second year players safety Von Bell and wide receiver Michael Thomas.

“Who dat!” was a common refrain throughout the afternoon, and other various forms of praise for their stellar performance so far this season.

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Nov 132017
 

The Oak Street Poboy Festival took place on Oak Street Uptown on Sunday, November 12, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 11th Annual Po-Boy Festival was held Saturday on Oak Street, featuring four stages, 14 musical groups and 30 different vendors, and two Uptown establishments — newcomer Simone’s Market and mainstay Vincent’s Italian Cuisine — were named among the best of the festival.

Oysters being prepared for the oyster rockefeller po-boy chargrilled oysters topped with Oceana’s rockefeller sauce from Oceana Grill. The Oak Street Po-boy Festival took place on Oak Street Uptown on Sunday, November 12, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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