At “BreakFest,” musical brunch en route to Jazz Fest on Sundays _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Musicians (from left) Myles Weeks, Andrew Duhon and Aurora Nealand perform for a morning crowd at the Bayou Beer Garden during BreakFest. The breakfast time event returns May 1.

If you have friends who live near the Fair Grounds, this is the week you hope to get that annual email inviting you over for a bloody Mary and some breakfast en route to Jazz Fest. Morning parties before the festival are as much a tradition as crawfish boils after it.

A new event at the Bayou Beer Garden and Bayou Wine Garden captures the same spirit, adds live music and doesn’t require an invite.

BreakFest kicked off last Sunday and returns Sunday, May 1, at the patios shared by the two related Mid-City bars.

Local songwriter Andrew Duhon and Simple Play Presents are producing BreakFest. They rounded up some early-riser musicians and bands for a 9 a.m.-to-noon performance schedule, including Aurora Nealand, Alexis and the Samurai and Nebula Rosa. And they recruited a half dozen local eateries to provide the food and coffee as sponsors. Each is contributing a different dish for a big breakfast spread on the patio. You can fix yourself plate and settle in for some music (see schedule and menu below).

There is no cover charge and no fee for breakfast, though the suggested donation to attend is $15 (or $5 if you just want coffee). Bayou Beer Garden and Bayou Wine Garden will sell mimosas, bloody Marys and other drinks.

Duhon started BreakFest as a backyard gathering in the Bywater a few years back. This year the event moves closer to the Fair Grounds, and it’s right along the bike paths that converge here on the Lafitte Greenway.

“This is the next step towards BreakFest world domination,” Duhon said, perhaps joking.

For food, there’s bacon from Katie’s Restaurant & Bar, breakfast pizza from Mid-City Pizza, coffee and muffins from Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea, breakfast sandwiches from Pastiche Catering, biscuit sandwiches from Wakin’ Bakin’, and quiche and grits from Wayfare.

The May 1 music schedule is as follows:

  • 9 a.m.: Nebula Rosa
  • 10 a.m.: Aurora Nealand Trio
  • 11 a.m.: Alexis and the Samurai
  • 12 p.m.: Andrew Duhon Trio

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