UNOLA 1001 – Happy Hour – It’s New Orleans
If someone hadn’t hacked Cherice Harrison Nelson’s phone and changed her calendar around she would have been on time and we wouldn’t have gotten to meet Sar (pronounced sare) who happened to be hanging out and sat in for Cherice for the first 30 minutes of Happy Hour.
Sar’s family came over to the US from somewhere in Europe and shaved some syllables off of their last name to transform themselves from Hershkovitz to Hersh.
Cherice’s family were dragged here and Cherice has her great grandfather’s Bill of Sale to prove it. Cherice is helping all New Orleanian African Americans remember where they came from with the building of her new museum, UNOLA. It’s evolved from her previous undertaking, the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame.
Margie Perez’s family came from Cuba. Margie fronts a Cuban band, Muevelo, an Afro Cuban band, an African band, and her own band – and that’s not even all she does in a week. Today she plays a song she wrote from breakup stories vounteered by friends on Facebook. The song is called He’s Just Not That Into You.
Billy Franklin accompanies Margie on guitar.
P H Fred is a regular visitor to Happy Hour. This time we have the PHF song list: the literally 1001 songs that PHF has written since January 1st. A human singer/songwriter jukebox, PHF plays snippets from such classics as Plays With Others In A Well (#69), She Said She Likes the Water (#980) and And Another Thing (#1001).
Photos at Wayfare by Jill Lafleur.