In any city worth her cultural salt, music and food share a charmed and interconnected existence. In New Orleans’ case, one need look no further than Jazz Fest, an event that – at least for arguments’ sake – draws locals and international tourist alike to the Fairgrounds Racecourse with the promise of not just iconoclastic musical performances but equally unique and singular cuisine that seems wholly out of place at a weekend festival.
And just as the New Orleans music scene is undergoing something of an DIY renaissance, so too is the food scene. The last few years have been marked by a wide range of decidedly non-mainstream restaurant ventures such as food trucks, push carts, and pop-ups serving everything from burgers to bahn mi to tamales to tacos. No unconventional food venture, however, has been meet with the enthusiastic clamor and subsequent success as Pizza Delicious, the once-a-week Bywater pizza speakeasy that has spent nearly it’s entire existence expanding hours and offerings to keep up with New Orleanians’ demand for fresh New York-style pies, garlic knots and broccoli rolls.
Having drastically outgrown the shared commercial kitchen that served as their home base since February, 2010, owners Michael Friedman and Greg Augarten are matriculating to a permanent, full-time restaurant – and throwing a fundraising concert to build capital for the new project. Pizzanity!, the benefit for the kings of local underground cuisine, will rightly showcase some of the kings (and queens) of local underground music including seminal alt-country rockers Happy Talk Band, who spent the back half of 2011 fine tuning a slew of haunting new compositions while somehow continuing to improve the platonic ideal that is their visceral performance of a nearly flawless canon.
Sam Doores (of The Tumbleweeds) and Alynda Lee (of Hurray For The Riff Raff), the inimitable Meschiya Lake, legendary guitarist/architect/songwriter/club owner/recording engineer/record producer Jeff Treffinger, Tuba Skinny, The Tin Types and Bunny Matthews and The Playboys round out the live performances, after which DJ Q will take over for a late night bounce party. And, of course, there will be pizza.
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