The name says it all. The Central City Oyster Jam brings both the jams and the oysters to Central City on Sunday (Jan. 20).
It’s an all-day, family-friendly mini food and music fest.
It could also count as a Saints pre-party, and (hopefully, possibly, if the football gods allow), after Sunday's NFC championship game it could also be a pre-Super Bowl party.
The event is the evolution of the original Freret Oyster Jam held in 2014. Now it’s at Central City BBQ, where a ring of repurposed shipping containers, outdoor bars and booths and a covered stage create a unique events venue a few blocks from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Not coincidentally, this edition of the Oyster Jam, just like the first one, is timed at the end of a reunion weekend for the Radiators. The legendary local band will play a three-day run of shows, Thursday through Friday, at Tipitina’s. Those shows are all listed as sold out.
The Oyster Jam, however, is headlined by Raw Oyster Cult, a band with four members from the Radiators (Dave Malone, Camile Baudoin, Frank Bua and Reggie Scanlon, along with Michael Burkart). They take the stage at 6 p.m., following the NFC Championship Game.
The oyster part of the equation will be served up from one long raw bar staffed by a team of shuckers, with a view to the stage. One of the event’s partner organizations is the nonprofit Gulf Restoration Network, which is using the Oyster Jam to highlight the connection between oysters and a healthy coast.
Around the ground, there will be tables from other groups and vendors, including Perique Pepper Sauce serving escargot po-boys, an award winner (“most unique”) from last year’s Oak Street Po-Boy Fest.
Central City BBQ will serve its full menu throughout the event. And, naturally, all the TV screens will be showing football, come what may.
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (bands from 11 a.m.)
WHERE: Central City BBQ, 1201 S. Rampart St.
Info: tickets $20 ($25 at door), schedule at centralcityoysterjam.com.
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