with elaborate gardens. In 1762, Louis the XV transferred Louisiana to his cousin Charles III of Spain and they held dominion over a feisty French populous for the next four decades until the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. I remember wondering when I was in something like sixth grade why the heck we needed to learn all this history and dates and stuff...boring! It would have been so simple just to transport us here and make it all come alive. So it's the French and Spanish Quarter.
We headed off to the Balcony Music Club (BMC)
youtube. Smokey who used to be a member of the group, "War,"
One of the guitarists that came up on stage was Troy Turner, a relative of Ike Turner. Troy exudes a smooth natural stage presence and it doesn't hurt that his guitar work and singing is masterful. He has spent a lifetime honing his musical skills.
Here is he is with Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Just to be true to the musical gods of potentiality, we eventually left the club realizing that where we were was probably the pinnacle of the musical mountain, and headed out to Frenchmen Street, and more, just off the quarter and the hot place to see live music in New Orleans. My only thought is that by the time it has come to this point in public awareness it has already passed its point of power, but we can put on our Sherlock Holmes hats and seek out the new wave. All it takes is "asking around." Soon, a new doorway in "the Force" has opened up to those discerned seekers. We had been here before on a previous visit and the clubs looked and sounded the same. There were some great sounds coming from the windows and doorways framed in neon with street-standers listening cover-charge free. Occasional