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On this edition of the NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we welcome Melissa Cross of the new French Quarter spot, Saint Cecilia. We then chat with Matt Sakakeeny and Dave Greengold of the New Orleans band Los Po-Boy-Citos.

Pictured above from left – Bryan Dias of NOLADrinks and Missy Cross of Saint Cecilia. Also, Dave Greengold and Matt Sakakeeny of Los Po-Boy-Citos.

NOLADrinks Show – 6-8-17 – Los Po-Boy-Citos and Saint Cecilia

We kick things off right away with Melissa “Missy” Cross who heads the bar program at the new spot, Saint Cecilia. It’s located just opposite the French Market in the French Quarter and features Southern comfort food and approachable cocktails.

They are participating in this weekend’s Creole Tomato Festival there in the French Market serving up Bloody Marys with a few other local establishments. We talk about Missy’s creation that is actually a “Bloody Maria” utilizing Tequila instead of Vodka. In this case, she infused the blanco Tequila with roasted poblano peppers!

We also talk about the bar program at Saint Cecilia and what it means to offer “approachable cocktails.” Of course, we cover a bit about the restaurant’s bar program and her background.

Then, we welcome Matt Sakakeeny and Dave Greengold of the band Los Po-Boy-Citos. We talk about their music, based on the Bogaloo style, which originated in New York in the 60’s, meshed with a hearty dose of New Orleans R&B, funk, and more.

We get into their backgrounds, how the band met, and got its name. Matt is also an ethnomusicology professor at Tulane University and Dave is a co-owner the popular Juan’s Flying Burrito and Slice Pizzeria restaurants. We also discuss their upcoming gig this weekend at Pontchartrain Vineyards.

We close out the show musing about Bourbon Street (and how it’s not the be-all-end-all of New Orleans as many non-locals may know) and some events happening around town.

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Cheers, You All!

~ Bryan

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