If there is such a thing as “your average rock n’ roll circus,” the New Orleans Bingo! Show isn’t it. They made that perfectly clear at their July 2011 performance in the Red River District. For that raucous show, the band brought along New Orleans’ Fleur de Tease neo-burlesque troupe to dance before, between, and during numbers, well-known French Quarter artist Frenchy to paint the band as they performed, and a gaggle of bizarre on-stage props, homemade instruments, and more. It was a pretty unforgettable night. The band returns to the Red River District Saturday night at 10 p.m., and I’d be willing to bet they’re loading their tour van full of weird stuff to subject the audience to even as I type this blog post.
The music itself is loud, fast, fun rock n’roll with unpredictable elements thrown in. By “unpredictable,” I mean “Theremin solo” unpredictable. “Random audience member pulled on-stage and given lap dance” unpredictable. “Man dressed as monkey screaming through electronic bullhorn” unpredictable. You know: that kind of unpredictable. Between songs, they pull bingo numbers. What does the winner win? You’ll just have to play to find out.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here or at the door. The Red River District is located underneath Texas Street Bridge, with best parking along Common Street. 21 and up.