The Historic New Orleans Collection will celebrate the launch of Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans by Ben Sandmel this Wednesday, April 11, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the HNOC HQ, 533 Royal Street. Sandmel will sit for an interview with Karen Celestan—co-author of the Harold Battiste Jr. biography the HNOC put out in 2010—in the presence of the grand Ernie K-Doe statue, and food and drink will be on hand. The book has received wide praise, and this will not be the last chance to catch Sandmel speaking live about it (he’s booked April 14 at Octavia, among other places), but I anticipate Wednesday’s event will be special and I urge you to attend.
Stay tuned for the Room 220 review of Emperor of New Orleans. In the meantime, read an excerpt from the book and visit the official Mother-in-Law site, which features, among many other things, information about the 50th Anniversary Mother-in-Law Extravaganza!!!