Rock’n Bowl

This was a fun article, Still Rockin’ ‘n bowlin’ in the Times Picayune about the famous Rock’n Bowl, Mid-City Lanes Bowling Alley/Bar/Dance club. It’s where I used to party in high school. Yikes…! We listened and bowled to some great bands there, including Charmaine Neville, Aaron’s sister. Glad to know it’s still going strong and that John Blancher, the owner, intends on expanding the concept to a new location — the old Helm Paint Store on Earhart near Canal. It will be bigger and better and when his current lease runs out in 2010, he’ll have the option of choosing one or both locations. A lot I imagine depends on the economy and hurricanes. Fortunately, they escaped the effects of Katrina or “the storm” as New Orleanians refer to it.

rockn-bowl by Eliot Kamentz/Times Picayune

What makes this article interesting and art worthy is it epitomizes the New Orleans way of life — making something standard even more fun — and the mural artwork of Tony Green is located inside. Little did I know. He was my parents’ neighbor for a while and I showed some of his artwork in a previous post after I went back home for a visit. Rock a bowl just celebrated it’s 20th anniversary. Way to go! It’s the place to visit if you want to know where the natives venture and hopefully, it will be up and running by the time I return to New Orleans, maybe this Spring.