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On this edition of the NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias we chat with artist and performer, Vinsantos. We discuss his involvement in the local drag and burlesque scene in New Orleans. We also talk Shōchū, the postponed Dead and Co. show, and more!

Pictured above from left – Bryan Dias of NOLADrinks and Vinsantos.

NOLADrinks Show – 12-7-17 – Vinsantos and Shōchū

We kick things off talking about the show and mentioning a few events happening around town. We are certainly full-tilt into the holiday season here in New Orleans!

We then chat with performer and artist Vinsantos in his Royal St. spot – Funeral Gallery. Vinsantos, known as the “head mister-ess” of the New Orleans Drag Workshop, discusses his background in drag, first as a performer in San Francisco and then here in New Orleans as a performer, teacher, and mentor.

We talk about drag and burlesque (in which he is also heavily involved) cultures in the Crescent City including what’s changed over time and where you can experience these terrific and important performance artforms. We also talk about the gallery including a fantastic program that brings in young artists from out of town allowing them to experience the city, develop their vision, and exhibit their work.

Next up, we talk a bit about the postponed Dead and Co. show and what it was like around town in the wake of the concert’s rescheduling. This includes a brief discussion of the infamous bust of the Grateful Dead in New Orleans back in 1970 immortalized in their song, “Truckin’.” A bit of this topic continues in the closing segment.

Next up, we revisit an interview from the not-so-distant past with Toshio Ueno (pictured at left) of Mutual Trading Inc. He is a Shōchū and Saké expert and importer. In this instance, we focus on the interesting Japanese distillate, Shōchū.

This interview originally ran in late July, but with Shōchū slowly gaining a footing in New Orleans and in craft cocktail programs beyond, I wanted to share it with you all again. It’s fascinating chat about how and where it’s made, it’s history, and some interesting thoughts on how it is finding its way into markets where Japanese culture is not overly prevalent.

We close things out talking about some other events around town, a bit more on the Grateful Dead in NOLA in 1970, and a few other thoughts.

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Cheers, You All!