Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The EarthSave Cincinnati Annual Holiday Vegan Potluck Party

2:30pm, Sunday, December 27, 2009

Clifton United Methodist Church 3416 Clifton Avenue

Enjoy Good Company and Good Food!

Live music with Lagniappe

Please bring a vegan dish to share and your own plates, cups, utensils

Remember to take home everything you brought that is not compostable.

EarthSave educates people about the powerful effects our food

choices have on the environment, our health and all life on Earth,

and encourages a shift toward a healthy plant-based diet.


Everyone Welcome!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Arnold's CD Release Party Pictures!

. . . so far :)

If you were at Arnold's having fun, please raise your hands!

It was a packed house and the energy level was high & the crowd most enthusiastic. I took so many pictures I don't know where to begin to edit them! I shall sort, resize, crop, edit, and put in a slide show in the next few days for here & on youtube. Thus, if you are a member of the Witness Protection Program and would like to be left out of said slideshow, please click on my profile & email me what you were wearing & I will blot out your face :)

I don't know what the deal was with the shadow over the faces of Jessie & Chico in the one picture, but I like the nuance it gave off. I believe I tried to take too many photos, too quickly in low light, and my Nikon commenced to hiccup.

We left after two sets as I was just too gravity challenged after a few hours. The place was still hoppin' and the energy high when we said our good-byes. Chico's father-in-law helped with the tip jar (Ok suitcase!) and my friend made sure to put something in it when he came by our table.

So folks, give me a few days to organize a slideshow & pick out what song to use. I hope to have something finished on Monday or Tuesday.

Hope you had a chance to stop by, it was a total blast. Wish we could've stayed until the end but I shall post any updates of happenings I might have missed.

~~~See ya again, soon! Sleepy Sophia :-)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The CD Party Date is here!

Come hear the music, eat good food, have nice drinks & get your CD of "irrational exuberance." Music starts at 9pm.

12/12/09 9:00 pm-midnight
CD Launch Party
210 East 8th, Downtown
513 421-6234

Friday, December 11, 2009

Another Article & Update . . .

Today's Enquirer had a nice long interview with Lagniappe founder, Chico Converse, in the magazine event section. Click here for the link.

Saturday morning, the band will appear on WNKU 89.7 and 94.5 Ham-Fairfield area, on the Brian O'Donnell show.

The name of the CD is "irrational exuberance" which was recorded locally in Opus Harmonious studios & produced by Ted McConnell.

There will be a final note on Saturday afternoon regarding the CD party.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

CD Party note & Edit for Citybeat article & A Reminder WNKU Sat AM

First, reminder the band will be on WNKU Brian O'D show Saturday (see blog posting below this one please for details)

The first 40 who purchase a CD will get a free dvd of the band, with interviews of the group. Arnold's downtown on 8th street.

12/12/09 9:00 pm-midnight
CD Launch Party
210 East 8th, Downtown
513 421-6234

(From *Mike Breen's Citybeat column, the original link )

Lagniappe has been the area’s finest Cajun music group for almost 20 years now, and the band’s new recording, Irrational Exuberance, shows exactly why they’ve remained so popular and employable. There’s nothing “novelty” about the band’s sound, an authentic but still crafty mix of Zydeco, Dixieland Jazz, R&B, Tex-Mex and many more styles. They are the aural essence of New Orleans in one ensemble and the clean, unfussy production of Irrational Exuberance even keeps the warmth and grit in tact. The band’s CD release party is 9 p.m. Saturday at Arnold’s downtown. ( Show details here.)

From Citybeat magazine. Follow them on Twitter & follow Lagniappecincy, too! See side bar.

* With gratitude to Mike Breen for allowing the article to be posted here. Much appreciated*

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

One Radio Show Down, Another to Go.

Hope you caught the WAIF show with Robin & Joani tonight. It was a fun time.
Lagniappe is going to be on WNKU 89.7 (94.5 FM for Hamilton-Fairfield area) Saturday morning on the Brian O'Donnell show.

I am told around 11:00 Am. Stay tuned for more details as the CD Release Party continues to get shout outs!

And feel free to leave comments if you heard the show tonight by clicking on the comment button below this post.**

Stay warm, and hold onto your hats during the windy days!
As always, thanks for stopping by the blog. ~~Sophia

**Photo by Chris Kromer**

Monday, December 07, 2009

Lagniappe's gonna be on the Radio WAIF 88.3 FM

Lagniappe will be on WAIF tonight around 8:15 or so, but you might tune in earlier. 8:00 p.m. CRAWFISH FIESTA (gumbo music) comes on.

It's a little station with a small signal, so if you live outside the I-275 loop, please listen online. Or maybe go sit in your car to listen (I've done that before!) If you don't own a car or a computer, find somebody who does. Take them brownies and ask to borrow their radio/computer.

Here is the link for WAIF online streaming.

Grab a chair, put up your feet, fix a drink (make mine an Irish Coffee, please) and catch Lagniappe on the radio. They'll be promoting their CD with "irrational exuberance"~pun intended.

Thanks for stopping by the blog.~~Sophia**

**Family pic courtesy of, I just sepia toned it**

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Speaking of the CD Launch Party....

which is next Saturday at Arnold's (did I mention that already?) You've heard the band's music but do you know about their history? While bios will be included in the CD, they've also been on this blog for the past year. By clicking on the pic on the sidebar --of the band on the stone wall-- you can read about all 6 members.
Here's the link with pictures and a synopsis of each member.

But wait, there's more! The band is supposed to be on local public radio LIVE on Tuesday night and you need to listen online if you live outside I-275 loop. Stay tuned for the times.
Tonight's performance & Lagniappe's now on Twitter!

12/05/09 10:00 pm – 1:00 am
Crow’s Nest
4544 W 8th St, Price Hill
(513) 921-2980

If you're in the area, stop in and if you take pics, please email me or Twitpic us on Twitter. We just signed up, so follow us there for latest updates, schedule changes or special appearances.

Also Myspace has our Twitterfeed. Soon to follow Twitter on Facebook.

Going to be cold one tonight. Don't forget your hat and gloves, kids!

Mama Sophia :-D

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Crow's Nest this Saturday (see sidebar) for address & times. I have no pictures of the Crow's Nest and the above pic from Mt. Echo park years ago, is as close as I've been. :)

Remember next week, Dec. 12th is the official CD launch party at Arnold's. "Irrational exuberance" in it's eco friendly packaging, music info, pics, and 49 minutes of great music (but who's counting!) Above & below band photo s are courtesy of Chris Kromer. And major kudos for capturing the band dressed up!!! I bet Jessie had something to do with that. Everybody looks great, and look at all the instruments the band plays.

* Click on any photo to see full-sized.
If you can guess the number of instruments in this photograph, you will win a prize! Your choice of a pack or gum or Tic Tacs. (Hey times are rough, but a prize is a prize!)

Stay tuned for any updates. S'posed to be radio music appearance on WAIF this week. Will give more details so stay tuned.

Stay warm!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Downtown at Arnold's on Friday Night!

11/20/09 9:00pm-12:30am
210 E.8th Street

Cincinnati's oldest bar... stop in for a drink & to catch the band. They'll transport you to the Bayou Country and New Orleans without leaving your seat (unless it's to dance!)

Monday, November 16, 2009


11/20/09 9:00pm-12:30am
210 E.8th Street

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lagniappe Youtube has been updated

Check out the latest slideshows. Listed on the side, uploaded by Agnesz123.
Try to click on HQ under the pictures for "highest quality." From Arnold's, NOLA2Go and other venues over the past two years.

As always, thanks for stopping by the site.


Monday, November 09, 2009


Hey, Lagniappe is nominated again and here is the link where you can vote for them. You need to give an email address and go down to World music, then click on the drop down menu. Lagniappe is listed there.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Greater Cincinnatians, Vote for Lagniappe at Citybeat for 2009 CEA Awards, under World Music

Vote for Lagniappe here under World music.
Here's a collection of pictures over two years and some snippets from the CD.

Another youtube of NOLA 2 go

On youtube, click under the pictures on "HQ" which stands for high quality. The photos will be larger and clearer. If HQ is available (depends on youtube traffic, mileage may vary)


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Lagniappe Al Fresco in October

Well, who would've thought the band would play outside on October 30th? But it was in the 70's and breezy. Unbeknownst to the rest of us, it was New Orleans To Go's Three Year Anniversary! I had some fabulous fried fish and red beans & rice.

The Quartet version of Lagniappe was extra fantabulouso tonight, and one couple even danced so it was romantical as well. I took way too many pictures and will commence to make a slideshow in the next day or two. Until then, here are a few pictures. (Click on the photos to see full sized)

Crowd getting ready to second line to "Second Line" and it started to rain a bit.
Here the wind was quite gusty as the rains came. No second lining to Northland Blvd tonight.I don't know what this expression was about except I was feeling rain on my back as I took this photo and I think the trombone player, John, was as well (that's who Chico is giving the surprised glance to) and with the wind the entire band felt mist at one point, but it was quitting time by then.
The Lagniappe Dancers!

Strolling inside to the diners.
I have NO idea how I captured this look on Chico's face (without glasses I am legally blind, as are many peeps, so I count on the auto focus of my NikonD40 to tell me when I can snap. Thus I have no idea what I truly capture until it's on my computer screen.)

If Chico won the lottery, could he look any happier? Course the odds of actually winning the lottery are the same if you buy a ticket or you do not....but i digress!

P.S. You tube slideshow here. Please excuse the slight bit of buzz after the end credits. Had to reload video, better but still there. Song clips are "La Valse de Belizaire" and "Fidgety Feet"

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


7:00 – 9:00 pm

New Orleans To Go
139 West Kemper Road

Well, the outdoor gigs are over but inside is just as fun. Casual atmosphere, great food, fabulous music, great owners and servers. Party atmosphere when Lagniappe is here.
If you've not eaten here, please read some reviews at
Also will give you a map to the place.

My sister and I would love the recipe to the red beans and rice. Tilapia & po boys great, too. But it's all good food. Band plays two sets. See video clip for a glimpse of what you've been missing if you've not made it to New Orleans To Go w/Lagniappe.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Lagniappe at World Music Fest Saturday!

10/17/09 4:00 – 5:00 pm

World Music Fest
The Avenue, 411 Madison Avenue
Covington, Ky


Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Arnold's Friday night October 9th.
10/09/09 9:00 pm – 12:30 am
210 East 8th, Downtown Cincinnati
513 421-6234
Here's a vignette from last month's gig at Arnold's and a clip of "Tin Roof Blues" off of Lagniappe's CD "irrational exuberance."

Slide shows are small here on Blogger. For larger pictures, please go to youtube and view the same slide show posted here (tinyurl below) Try to use HQ for highest quality. Not always available and quality depends on number of users on youtube & internet speed. So mileage may vary. (You tube's had some big issues lately, but I digress)

Hope to see you at Arnold's~~~Soph

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Lagniappe at Verdin Bell Center; Private Party

Picture from a wedding reception as sun is low in sky. Photo is courtesy of

Sunday Oct. 4th

2:30 to 5:30

Rabbit Hash, Ky
General Store
10021 Lower River Road

Going to Rabbit Hash is like stepping back in time. I'd love a dress like this lady from 100 years ago. She won't be at the Potluck though. :-D

Click on this from our Interesting Links list for more info.
Rabbit Hash General Store

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Lagniappe does Saturday Night at New Orleans To Go

Strolling inside to the diners.

After the Second Lining in the Street which everybody does in New Orleans.

Jessie Berne filled in on the Lagniappe Quartet for the out-of-town, John Mooter. Other regulars are Chico Converse, Yvan Verbesselt, and Dick Franz. Food was great, weather was fabulous (stopped raining) and the music was too.

Pictured below is Latoya, on the left in pink, with a friend of hers. Latoya is owner and chief cook of New Orleans To Go. Stop in for a bite or get carryout. Folks from New Orleans tell me this food is the real deal. I believe 'em. During "Second Line" folks got up and left their food, and danced along the boulevard out front. See the video for more pictures but the tune on the clip is "Jolie Fille."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Clifton Streetscapes to Clifton Cultural center,
3711 Clifton Avenue

CLICK here to read changes.

Saturday 9/26/09 New Orleans To Go
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

139 W. Kemper Rd.

New Orleans To Go
serves up great authentic New Orleans style food. Do NOT be put off by the fact it is in a strip mall. It is not a cookie cutter restaurant but the real deal!
Stop by for real Cajun food & Music Saturday night. Click on the video promo for pictures from last time & of the CLIFTON Sunday festival. Hope to see ya there!

(Music on this clip "Bosco Stomp" from CD)
On Sunday

09/27/09 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Clifton Streetscapes Painting Festival
Clifton Cultural Center
3711 Clifton Avenue
Phone: 513-230-5126
***SEE NOTE above IN RED!***
moved indoors due to rain

Pictures from 2007 of some artists painting the streets. Many thanks to 5chw4r7z for the use of photographs. (Check out his blog; lives in downtown Cincy. He and his wife share their love for all things Cincinnati. )

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

SEPTEMBER Gigs left for this month

09/26/09 7:00 - 9:00 pm
New Orleans To Go
139 W. Kemper Rd.
Springdale, Oh
NOLA 2 Go photo courtesy of Carolyn.

09/27/09 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Clifton Street Painting Festival
Clifton Gaslight District
Telford Street and Ludlow Avenue
Phone: 513-230-5126

Remember, Lagniappe now has a CD, "irrational exuberance." Buy your copy from the band. Only $12 ! :)