The world lost another great light with the passing of Antoinette K-Doe earlier on this beautiful Mardi Gras Day. With the city packed with revelers and many making their annual pilgrimage to the Mother in Law Lounge, the loss of Ms. Antoinette is a poignant reminder of the fragility of the city’s quirky social fabric. A beloved character whose smile and hospitality touched the lives of all who ever met her, Ms. Antoinette was an inspiration, a resilient torch bearer of the soul of New Orleans. It was because of Ms. Antoinette that Ernie K-Doe’s career found a second wind. She took command of his life and revived him physically and spritually, returning him to his adoring fans and sharing with us the delightful, over-the-top wisdom of the Emperor of the Universe that we will celebrate as long as there is a New Orleans. We are grateful for having shared her love, her remarkable stories and her joie de vivre. Thank you Ms. Antoinette.
UPDATE: A wake and viewing will be held today, Friday Feb 27, from 2pm to 7pm at the Mother in Law Lounge. Funeral services will take place Saturday at St. James Methodist Church, 1925 Ursulines Ave at 11am. Visitation will be from 9am to 11am. Following services there will be a jazz procession to historic St. Louis Cemetary #2 on Claiborne Ave where the body of Antoinette will join Ernie K-Doe (Danny Barker is also interred there) in rest. A musical celebration and repast will take place at Rock-n-Bowl from 1:30pm to 6:30pm. At 7pm, guests are invited to join a Remembrance of Antoinette at the Mother in Law Lounge.
Friends are throwing a fundraiser/musical event in honor of Cayne Miceli at Le Bon Temps Roule on Magazine St this week on Wed, Feb 11.
Artists scheduled to perform include George Porter Jr., Juice with Joe Krown, Billy Iuso, Big Chief Alfred Doucette, Margie Perez, Dr. Bone and many more!
A special thanks to Laura Maggi of the Times-Picayune for her ongoing stories of abuse and death in Orleans Parish Prison. Here’s the latest.