The Elephant In The Tent – Happy Hour – It’s New Orleans
Renso Amariz spent years as a combat photographer in the US Navy. His photos have appeared on the front pages of every major newspaper in the world, on the cover of most of the known news magazines and he’s faced down death literally more times than he can remember.
Living in New Orleans Renso has traded his still camera for a movie camera. As a film maker he faces down a thousand different deadly blows, from losing the entire soundtrack to a movie soemwhere in a bar in the Marigny to taking it on the chin from Mexican wrestlers.
Film producer Michael Arata took on insane dangers of his own when he bundled up a crew of New Orleans film makers and carted them off to Africa to shoot a TV pilot about saving the elephants. Not all of the elephants got the message – like the one that came to visit Michael in his tent – and that’s just one of the tales from the NOLA safari that’s making its way onto the Discovery Channel.
New Orleans band Mutemath have played on The Tonight Show, on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and toured relentlessly to packed houses across the country and around the world. Their song “Spotlight” was featured in the mega hit movie Twilight and went all the way to #1 on the Billboard singles chart. Or did it?
Grant and Mutemath frontman Paul Meany argue the point but whatever the facts this much is true: the official iTunes review of Mutemath album Odd Soul says “Paul Meany’s lead vocals weave around the quivering keyboards and molten bass, rising to an effortless falsetto that conveys hipster cool with a hint of prophetic vision.”