August 31, 2005


Bad news for a New Orleans jazz club. Only it has nothing to do with the hurricane:


Farewell to the Funky Butt?

Friday, August 19, 2005

Keith Spera
Music writer

Last Friday, the Funky Butt hosted a de facto jazz funeral for itself -- minus the jazz -- as the night's scheduled act, bassist Jim Markway and his band, gathered outside on North Rampart Street to bemoan the once-popular modern jazz venue's decline.

Richard Rochester opened the Funky Butt in 1996, then sold the business to trombonist Sam "Big Sam" Williams and Williams' fiancee, Shanekah Peterson, in the spring of 2004. The club closed for two weeks that June, but the summer of 2005 has been far tougher. Beset by a broken air-conditioning system, a dwindling staff, little advertising and consequently few patrons, the club has frequently been dark.

Sizing up their prospects last weekend -- working in a sweltering, empty room for no money -- Markway and company opted not to perform.

The Funky Butt's future remains uncertain. Williams did not return messages left on his cell phone this week, and the club's phone has been disconnected.

Posted by Jeff at August 31, 2005 08:13 AM | TrackBack

Smell my finger. This IS pretty funky. Forgive me Jeff.

Posted by: bob at September 2, 2005 01:26 PM

Yeah, I've been scratching my ass for 5 days nice, you might think about updating, my ass is raw, thanks!

Posted by: Cupie at September 6, 2005 01:09 AM

This has nothing to do with any of the above, but I think you should see this. Really.

Posted by: cessna at September 6, 2005 10:57 PM
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