Happy Hour

HAPPY HOUR is a cocktail-fueled 60 minutes of random conversation with folks who have nothing in common, other than being New Orleanians in a bar. Featuring extraordinary New Orleans musicians playing live, host Grant Morris and sidekick deluxe Andrew Duhon.   

Special Moments

Special Moments
March 6, 2015

If you can swallow a sword, breathe fire, or create some similar kind of special moment there's a special place for you in New Orleans. It's called the Buku Music + Art Project. Addie Olsen is the Director of Buku. She's sold out the event for this year (14,000 tickets a day) and figured out how to stop people across the river on the Westbank from hearing the 5 simultaneous stages... Read More »

Two Back Packs and a Gypsy Beat Down

Two Back Packs and a Gypsy Beat Down
February 26, 2015

If you're ever looking for someone to back you up in a bar fight in Slovakia, may we recommend Alicia Cooke? Alicia might look sweet and innocent but she can mix it up with gypsies at night and be teaching kids about the spirit of Christmas next morning. Yes, that really happened. And it's just the tip of the proverbial Slovakian iceberg. Alicia's other surprising exploits include having 8 friends in prison,... Read More »

Funky Baghdad Disco Biscuits

Funky Baghdad Disco Biscuits
February 20, 2015

Funk is many things to many people but apparently to the new breed of New Orleans hipsters the one thing it's not is hip. That's the report from both sides of the front line. Eric Bernstein is the quintessential hipster. A downtown resident who lived in Brooklyn, moved to Austin, then Detroit - where he still spends the Summer - he has an entrepreneurial startup in New Orleans called Werkly, a... Read More »

Nobody Puts Boyfriend In a Corner

Nobody Puts Boyfriend In a Corner
February 13, 2015

At the end of this show Andrew Duhon declares that these are the best guests in the history of Happy Hour. If you're a Happy Hour listener or familiar with Andrew's songs you'll know that he's not prone to effusiveness. Quite simply, this is indeed a fascinating collection of New Orelanians. Meet Donny Markowitz and Boyfriend. Donny and Boyfriend had never met each other before they sat down together for Happy Hour.... Read More »

Perry Mason's Electronic Speedo

Perry Mason's Electronic Speedo
February 6, 2015

Remember phone books? Jessie Haynes has a couple of cocktails and next thing you know she's transported back to the 1950's. Jessie escaped the clutches of practicing law because it wasn't as much fun as Perry Mason even though Perry Mason - whatever his real name is - had long since quit acting at being a lawyer before Jessie quit art history to misguidedly go to law school. Christian Turner and Christian... Read More »

That's Not My Real Name

That's Not My Real Name
January 30, 2015

One of these people is not who they say they are. Is it Mason James Cole from Marrero? Nic Lefebvre from Connecticut? Nina Camacho from Gretna? Or Danielle Ryce from Slidell? Here are your clues. Who do you believe? Mason James Cole: changed his name to write two novels including Buster Voodoo, has been compared to and published alongside Stephen King, and plans to come out with his third novel which will ostensibly... Read More »

Psychedelic Honey

Psychedelic Honey
January 23, 2015

The Caucasian Bee has the longest tongue in the bee world. Claire Bangser traveled the Caucasus shooting the bees for National Geographic and now she travels the streets of New Orleans shooting New Orleanians for the hell of it. Claire has discoverd that nine out of ten New Orleanians will willingly stop and pose for her NOLA Beings project, but it's only the rare Caucasian that can get you high enough to... Read More »

So Long, Record Deal

So Long, Record Deal
January 16, 2015

Call it crazy coincidence or straight up serendipity: New Orleans' newest band sits down for a drink on Happy Hour and who sits next to them? Two of the city's biggest deal music business heavyweights. Andrew deBuys and Sophia Preston are So Long Storyland (note the absence of a comma after "long"). Stephen Klein is an artists manager with a string of successes dating back to Deadeye Dick and Cowboy Mouth. He's... Read More »

The Other Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Other Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
January 3, 2015

Maria Levitsky has a dragon tattooed over most of her body - Maria used to play the flute, she lived in Spain when she was 11, and she rides a horse she bought from a charismatic preacher called Bootise. (Actually the horse is called Bootise, not the preacher.) And that's just the tip of the iceberg of the fascinating stuff you'll find out about Maria on this free-wheeling episode of Happy Hour. Tore Wallin... Read More »

Suicide Notes From A Wedding

Suicide Notes From A Wedding
December 26, 2014

Joaquin Emiliano moved to New Orleans with the plan of killing himself on his 35th birthday as a publicity stunt for the publication of his novel, Suicide Notes From A Wedding. Discovering that, like everything else he's attempted in his life, he'd failed again, Joaquin finds himself not only living (dammit) but living near Tulane University in a neighborhood surrounded by "obnoxious students" in a city that has been seriously over... Read More »

Battle Maiden Canada

Battle Maiden Canada
December 19, 2014

Sasha Masakowski doesn't look all that fierce. But she doesn't look like she hangs out in strip clubs either. Looks can be deceiving. Sasha's middle name is Hildegard, German for Battle Maiden, which is not coincidentally the name of her newest music venture, Hildegarde. And if you go to Deja Vu strip club on Bourbon Street on Tuesday nights and tell 'em you're with the Masakowski party Sasha can hook you... Read More »

From Louis XV to Mars

From Louis XV to Mars
December 5, 2014

If we ever get to Mars, man's journey will begin in New Orleans East. Cindy Manto's fascinating new book, imaginatively titled Michoud Assembly Facility, tells the story of the piece of dirt off of the I-10 that started off as a land grant from Louis XV of France. In the 1940's Michoud was the site of the world's largest factory, building planes, then tanks, then in the 70's they started building a... Read More »

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