The debate over live music continues in New Orleans. The latest volley was lobbed by Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans’ premiere jazz trumpeter, who presumably needs no further introduction. From his Facebook page, Ruffins has announced a meeting this Wednesday to discuss “a plan of [action] to stop the city from taking live entertainment away from small clubs.”
Ruffin’s announcement coincided roughly with three developments: 1) Ruffin’s Mother-In-Law Lounge received its rezoning and permitting for live music; 2) Mimi’s in the Marigny canceled its live music schedule; and, 3) Siberia lounge announced it would be resuming live music in October with obscenely expensive one-shot event permits.
Accordingly, Ruffins is sitting pretty. Everybody else, not so much. Continue reading »