News: Fall Tour, Oh Crap It's Christmas! and more

As we move through the dog days of summer, thoughts of cooler days and happy times carry us through.

In October, Debbie and Josh hit the road again for a series of private and public shows in tried-and-true venues plus a few new ones! Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky and Ohio await. Mark your calendars and come get yourself some jazz-nerd fun.

In December Oh Crap, It's Christmas! returns to Cafe Istanbul on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7pm for another one-night-only show filled to the brim with holiday cheer, seasonal silliness and all things merry and bright. This year's list of special guests includes Beth Patterson and Josh Paxton, The Jingle Belles,  and Johnny Sketch and the Bandicoot Four! Tickets go on sale HERE on November 16th. 

 

photo by Zack Smith

photo by Zack Smith

"Debbie Davis is generally recognized as possessing one of the most beautiful voices in a city filled with talented singers. Her warm, full voice illuminates the nooks and crannies of these songs with an emotional resonance that reminds listeners of such mistresses of restrained passion as Astrud Gilberto and Betty Carter. She’s also capable of letting that big voice carry her into mainstream pop territory, where her saucy delivery is more reminiscent of numerous big band vocalists and the great Cass Elliot. Every gesture is priceless."

John Swenson, Offbeat Magazine.

Upcoming shows

Previous events

May11

Pfister Sisters at Melange

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Melange, 2106 Chartres St (at Frenchmen St.), New Orleans , LA

 Looks like this might just be a regular gig for us. Now that fest is over, come join us for an evening on the town with the rest of the locals and show the management that we're not just a flash in the pan.

Age limit: All ages

May7

Louisiana Music Factory In-Store performance

Louisiana Music Factory, 210 Decatur St, New Orleans , LA

Threadhead Records presents a full day of artists performances promoting and celebrating the music of the only not-for-profit record label any of us have every heard of. I'll have a band of genius miscreants showcasing songs from the new record. We'll be around to sign stuff and say hi. It's a great chance to load up on music from your favorite Louisiana artists (at a LOCALLY OWNED RECORD SHOP) before you head home after the fest! 

FREE Age limit: All ages

May7

Threadhead Monday at DBA ***CANCELLED***

Due to a confluence of circumstances and scheduling conflicts (it's good stuff, just inconveniently timed) this event has been cancelled. We'll try again next year. In the mean time, don't forget to buy cds from your favorite threadhead artiists before you leave to go home. See you next year, music lovers!

Age limit: All ages

May6

Bobby Lounge at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Lagniappe Stage

 I'm thrilled to be sitting in with the legendary Bobby Lounge for the second year, closing out the Lagniappe Stage on the final day of the 2012 NO Jazz Fest. We'll be singing a couple songs together. I'll be doing my best to keep up!

Age limit: All ages

May5

Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show at Jazz Fest

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Gentilly Stage, 2828 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

We've been promoted to one of the grown-up stages! Come see us on the Gentilly Stage playing songs from our new record "Reclaimation of the Pie-Eyed Piper" as well as originals by the whole band and a few things that aren't on the set list. On the bandstand will be Paul, Alex, Matt, Debbie, Arsene, Sonia, Eric and Craig and probably a guest or two. Get there early for a spot in the shade!

Age limit: All ages

May3

Debbie Davis trio at Three Muses

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Three Muses, 536 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA

 My only solo jazz fest club date! Come for tapas, cocktails and clean bathrooms. A little change from that steady diet of beer, crawfish bread and port-a-potties.

Age limit: All ages

May1

Musicians for Obama Gala Fundraiser

Generations Hall, John Churchill Chase, New Orleans, LA

 It's turning out to be a start studded event, folks. Papa Mali, Maria Muldaur,  Johnny Vidacovich, Marcia Ball and there are even rumblings of a reunion of the Original Meters. Pfister Sisters play the acoustic stage at 9:30. Come out and get political. Or drunk. Whatever works.

Age limit: All ages

May1

Pfister Pfriday Happy Hour at Chickie Wah Wah

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Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

 

no cover, but drink and tip and buy a cd, s'il vous plait. Age limit: All ages

Apr30

Nine Lives - A New Orleans musical concert

CAC, 900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA

 This command performance marks the 4th time the music of Nine Lives has been performed in a full cast format but the first time that all the tickets have been for sale to the general public. Count on this show to sell out and buy your tickets in advance.

Based on the best selling novel by Dan Baum, The music of Nine Lives, written by Paul Sanchez and Colman DeKay follows the lives of 9 New Orleaneans over the 40 years from Hurricane Betsy to Hurricane Katrina, her aftermath and the rebirth of a city. Performers include:

Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray, Arsene DeLay, Margie Perez, Caleb Guilliot, Vatican Lokey, Tara Brewer, Jesse Moore, Vance Vaucresson, Debbie Davis, Matt Perrine, Bill Malchow, Sam Craft, Jack Craft, Shamarr Allen, Craig Klein and Eric Bolivar.

Age limit: All ages

Apr29

The Pfister Sisters at Jazz Fest

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Economy Hall Tent, 2828 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

First set of the day! Join us in the shade of the Economy Hall Tent for some sweet vocal harmony and hot traditional jazz. This year our cracker-jack band boasts Jim Markway, Gerald French, and Tom Fischer. 

Age limit: All ages

Apr27

Burlesque Ballroom with Trixie Minx and friends

 A jazz fest event not to be missed! Come for an evening of jazz and burlseque in one of Bourbon Street's most intimate live music venues. One of the only Jazz Fest events with no cover! There's almost no way to oversell this show. I mean, it's jazz and naked girls. These things are good.

Age limit: 18+

Apr27

Pfister Sisters at Melange

Melange, 2106 Chartres St (at Frenchmen St.), New Orleans , LA

 Happy Fest, y'all! Hop in a cab at the fairgrounds and come to Frenchmen Street for some more music and cocktails to start your fest off right!

Age limit: All ages

Apr27

Miss Claudia and her Beirgarteners Jazz Fest

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Kids Tent, New Orleans, LA

I'll be playing German folk music is full dirndl and braids and talking about the history of the ukulele. I have this theory that the Germans joined forces with the Japanese during world war II so that, upon invading Hawaii, the Axis powers would have access to good ukuleles. The kids will buy that, right? 

Age limit: All ages

Apr26

Threadhead Thursday with Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show

City Park Botanical Garden, New Orleans , LA

 Bring your lawn chair or blanket and join us and some of our multi-talented THR artists for a magical night under the stars!
Free and open to the public.
Food and drink available for purchase.

Full band line up TBA.

FREE Age limit: All ages

Apr23

RECORD RELEASE PARTY

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d.b.a., 618 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA

 Mark your calendars and join us for a jazz fest pre-party to celebrate the release of my new, first and long awaited solo record. Alex McMurray, Bill Malchow, Anthony Cuccia and Matt Perrine will be joining me and some special guests to perform some songs from the record and whatever else strikes us as a good idea. Copies of the CD will be available for one night only for the reduced price of $10 with no limit on how many you can buy. Stock up before the fest and do some early Christmas shopping because they'll never be this cheap again. 

TBD Age limit: All ages

Apr21

Pfister Sisters at the Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall

Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall, 430 Lamarque Street, Mandeville, LA

 On May 5, 1885 a group of civic-minded African American residents of the village of Mandeville created the Dew Drop Social and Benevolent Association. A decade later the organization laid a cornerstone and in 1895 constructed a small wooden building 3 1/2 blocks north of the north shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain. It was not long after its creation in 1895, that pioneer New Orleans jazz musicians were boarding steam boats in the entertainment district of Milenberg on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain and coming across to Mandeville. During the 1920 and 1930s the Dew Drop was a major hub for jazz musicians and legions of loyal fans. Sharing the small stage inside the building were the likes of New Orleans jazz icons such as Kid Ory, Bunk Johnson, Buddy Mandalay, Leon Lurent, Edmon Hall, Papa Celestin, Sam Morgan, Andy Anderson, George Lewis, the city’s first of many legendary clarinet players, Klebert Cagnolatti and Tommy Ladner as well as, the king of them all, Louis Armstrong.

Age limit: All ages

Apr20

Pfister Pfriday Happy Hour at Chickie Wah Wah

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Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

 

Age limit: All ages

Apr15

Ingrid Lucia's Female Singers of New Orleans, record release party

d.b.a., 618 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA

 The most talked about compilation record of the year, Ingrid Lucia's Female Singers of New Orleans, is a cavalcade of New Orleans girl singers including Alexandra Scott, Aurora Nealand, Banu Gibson, Ellen Smith, Holley Bendtsen, Ingrid Lucia, Jayna Morgan, Lena Prima, Linnzi Zaorski, Margie Perez, Roselyn Lionhart, Sarah Quintana, Miss Sophie Lee, Tricia Boutte and Gal Holiday. This record release party will be chock full of great singers, great music and, more than likely, some fantastic shoes.

Age limit: All ages

Apr14

Debbie Davis at the FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL!

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Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar, 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA

I'm thrilled to be playing at the largest free music festival in Louisiana for the first time as a solo act - I mean, I'll have a band with me but, well, you know. It's a big deal. We'll be doing stuff off the new record, some standards with a happy mix of surprises and happy accidents. Joining me are Alex McMurray on guitar, James Singleton on upright bass, Bill Malchow on piano and the inimitable Helen Gillet on cello! I'll be the blond in the middle of the stage with her jaw on the ground. Join us in one of the few indoor venues in the whole festival. They're just enjoyed a major renovation. Come get a whiff of that new bar smell! 

FREE but you probably ought to buy a drink and a cd, n'est pas? Age limit: All ages

Apr12

Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show at French Quarter Festival

Jackson Square in the French Quarter, New Orleans , LA

 

FREE Age limit: All ages

Old News

*The dog days of summer are here in New Orleans but, while the people slow down, the music never stops. You can see Debbie and Josh Paxton every Thursday and Friday at the Four Points Sheraton at the corner of Bourbon and Toulouse streets in the heart of the French Quarter. The drinks are reasonable, the food is delicious, and the air conditioning is abundant. Discounted valet parking ($5 with your bar tab of $25 or more) is the icing on the cake.   

**In October, Debbie and Josh set out to the mid-atlantic and mid-west for a 10 day run of dates. Thanks to all the folks who have provided venues, beds, meals and people to play for. Check out the dates and mark your calendars.

** Oh Crap, It's Christmas returns in 2017! Mark your calendars, folks! We return to Cafe Istanbul on December 17 with another roster of great performers to help get you into the holiday spirit. Tickets are on sale now! We are also partnering with local businesses again this year with sponsorship opportunities to fit nearly every budget and business. Want to sponsor the show?  We'd love to promote your business.

*** The Jingle Belles return to SoBou for holiday lunches in December. Come join us in the heart of the French Quarter for lunch, $.25 martinis and holiday harmony. We love playing private parties and events, too. If you want to hear us, we want to hear from you!

* Debbie and Josh hit the road in October for a north-east run, performing every where from opulent private homes to hole-in-the-wall bars. Whisky pours the same in any room. Have a look at the tour dates and come see us when we're in your town.

It's going to be a busy spring! 

I'm so proud to announce that Josh Paxton and I have finished our new CD, "Vices and Virtues - a live record". CDs and digital downloads are available now at the STORE. 

Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers had a great show at French Quarter Festival at the beautiful Palm Court Jazz Cafe. Special guest, David Silverman on sousaphone, was the icing on the cake.  Missed it? Have a look at a video from the show! 


Jazz Fest is a busy time in New Orleans, even if you never make it to the fairgrounds. Too many gigs to list here but, suffice it to say, there's a lot of music to hear and only 11 days to do it in. A notable item on this list is a special secret show with Josh Paxton at the (looks right, looks left, moves closer) Silky Satin Lounge (aka Tom McDermott's house) on Monday May1. Tickets are very limited for this intimate performance local. A donation of $20 is suggested. 

Last but hardly least, Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers will be making our band debut at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival this year. We are honored to be the closing act on the Economy Hall Stage on Saturday, May 6 at 5:35.

Visit the CALENDAR page regularly and get on the mailing list to stay up to date on all the goings on going on.

Oh Crap, It’s Christmas! - a Holiday Musical Spectacular” returns to Cafe Istanbul in 2016 for a one-night-only performance featuring an all star band, holiday music ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous and a slew of special guests. 
 

Debbie leads the way with a band featuring Alex McMurray, guitar; Josh Paxton, piano; Sam Craft, violin (Alexis and the Samurai); Jack Craft, cello (Sweet Crude); Andre Bohren, drums and piano (Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes); and led by tuba virtuoso, arranger and musical director, Matt Perrine. Special guests include the return of rock-and-roll royalty, Susan Cowsill; hometown troubadour and former Cowboy Mouth frontman, Paul Sanchez; world renowned lap steel player and songsmith, Spencer Bohren; a cappella vocal trio, The Jingle Belles; and 2 time Tony Award Winner and part-time New Orleanian, Michael Cerveris.

 Don't forget, you can always buy your copy of "Oh Crap, It's Christmas!" in our online store and make every day a holiday.

Live Video

Debbie Davis and Josh Paxton on tour

Summer in Switzerland

Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers wowed audiences at the 2015 JazzAscona Festival in beautiful Ascona, Switzerland...and we've got the pictures to prove it! Check back for pictures of Debbie and the boys at what is one of the most exciting, prestigious and beautiful festivals in Europe.

 
The musical Wonder-Twins (form of James Booker with two good eyes! shape of an air-raid siren in a strapless bra!)  hit the road in October for a tour with legs in the Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic states. Visit the CALENDAR page for a complete list of public and private shows. Wanna book Josh and Debbie? Contact Us and we'll make it so!







 

2 CD's in 2014!

2014 was a busy one for Debbie's recording projects. In March, Linger til Dawn broke the ice and marked the first recording by Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers, earning popular and critical success. (read some reviews here!)
The holidays were made extra jolly by the release of Oh Crap, It's Christmas!, which became New Orleans' run-away Christmas success story. Read what in Offbeat Magazine had to say and buy both cds in the store.

"Oh Crap, It's Christmas", a 17 song compendium spanning 12 years, 5 recording session and featuring some of New Orleans most festive musicians, is now available for download and CD pre-sales. Visit the STORE to get your copy now!  (and take advantage of our free holiday wrapping offer for all your gift giving needs)

Mark your calendar for December 21. Debbie Davis and Matt Perrine present "Oh Crap, It's Christmas", a holiday musical revue featuring personnel from the new record as well as a slew of special guests. Guaranteed to renew your faith in Christmas - or at least laughter and eggnog. 7pm at Cafe Istanbul. See the CALENDAR for more details...

Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers to play at Thursdays at Twilight, NOMA, Historic New Orleans Collection, Pontchartrain Vineyards, The Dew Drop Jazz and Social Club and more. Check out the full calendar  and buy your copy of the critically acclaimed Linger Til Dawn  HERE! 

The Gloryoskis! had a standing-room only set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. We'll be recording a full length record this fall thanks to a few special fans. Stay tuned.

The Pfister Sisters are back at the Spotted Cat...

New Orleans Nightingales knocked em dead at the French Quarter Festival. Exciting plans are in the works for the fall, too...


 

photo by Zack Smith

photo by Zack Smith

Season 4 of Treme, w/ Steve Zahn

HBO's Treme Benefit, with the Pfister Sisters

Jazz Fest 2012

Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show

Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show

The Gloryoskis!

The Gloryoskis!

Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers

(Josh Paxton, Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine and Debbie Davis)
photo by Kristin Fouquet

(Josh Paxton, Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine and Debbie Davis) photo by Kristin Fouquet

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Michael Cerveris

The Gloryoskis!

Season 3 of Treme w/ Irma Thomas, Theresa Andersson and Blake Leyh

HBO's Treme Benefit, 1-12-13, Tipitina's

Ogden Museum of Southern Art