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Songs of Leonard Cohen: Saturn Bar to host tribute show March 28
Artist TJ Black, who painted this portrait of Leonard Cohen and a rooster, will paint live at the Saturn Bar March 28. (Photo by Courtesy TJ Black)
By Alison Fensterstock, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on March 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM, updated March 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM
Thursday, March 28, Leonard Cohen plays his first New Orleans show at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Over the course of a career nearing the half-century mark, Mr. Cohen has earned the adoration of legions of passionate fans for his spiritual and poetic compositions; however, not all of them can afford the $60-and-up price tag of the concert, which is also almost entirely sold out.
In the spirit of inclusion, New Orleans singer Emily Robertson, of Emily and the Velvet Ropes, has organized an evening of Leonard Cohen tribute performances at the Saturn Bar, to take place the same night as the Mahalia Jackson Theater concert. The tribute show is also being billed as an after-party, though its 10 p.m. start time may be ambitious; Mr. Cohen’s recent performances on the road have notably been running to three hours or more. Still, with nearly a dozen acts on the Saturn Bar’s bill, and more to be added, those who leave Treme with a craving for more Cohen should still be able to catch some of his interpreters performing in Bywater.
So far, the tribute’s lineup includes Ms. Robertson, pianist Josh Wexler, pop folkie Micah McKee with bandmates Rebecca Crenshaw, Amanda Wuerstlin and Luke Huddleston, wry singer-songwriter Pete Orr, guitarist Jayson Knox, drummer J Steigner and Michael Hebert, in various permutations and combinations. The artist TJ Black, who painted the portrait of Mr. Cohen above, will be painting live at the show.
The Saturn Bar's (3067 St. Claude Ave.) Leonard Cohen tribute kicks off at 10 p.m. Thursday, March 28.