Bands often run back onstage for an encore, especially if the crowd is chanting for them or if security hasn’t been able to capture the live animal running loose backstage. Go wild with this Groupon.
- $14 to see Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers (up to a $27 value)
- When: Wednesday, May 1, at 9 p.m.
- Where: House of Blues New Orleans
- Section: General admission standing
- Door time: 8 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers
In Kermit Ruffins’ mind, there’s no doubt that food, like music, is good for the soul. A grill, tucked into the flatbed of a bright-red pickup truck, often travels with Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers from gig to gig, filling the air with the mouthwatering scent of flame-kissed sausage. The jazz quintet also doesn’t skimp on the spice during performances, as Ruffin’s crystal-clear trumpet-playing sizzles in both New Orleans standards and original compositions. Ruffins’ appearances on HBO’s Treme, in which he plays a character by the unusual name of “Kermit Ruffins,” have raised the band’s profile. However, their roots to the city run deep—weekly gigs at Vaughan’s Lounge have become a fixture for both locals and out-of-towners, and the sound, which the New York Times described as having “a smile in every solo,” is pure Big Easy.<p> Kermit Ruffins – “Smokin’ With Some Barbecue”<p> <iframe width="450" height="243" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DdW2G3hZorY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowFullScreen="allowFullScreen"></iframe>
House of Blues New Orleans
At home in the French Quarter, the House of Blues New Orleans keeps its heritage ever near with a metal box of mud from the Mississippi Delta hidden beneath its stage. Around this, more than 290 pieces of folk art—one of the largest collections in the country—decorate the walls. Also bringing its Southern charm and homestyle feel are hardwood floors, no fewer than three bars, and two levels for concert viewing.