When: Sat., March 1, 1-5 p.m. 2014
Two years before his former folk-rock band, DeYarmond Edison, made their move to North Carolina, Phil Cook and the band's lead singer, Justin Vernon, ventured to New Orleans to take in the spring-summoning JazzFest. They ordered 15 pounds of crawfish by phone from a local spot. But when they went to pay for their boil supplies, they found that the grocer had misheard 15 as 50. They went with the error and invited their fellow hotel guests to have their fill. "We ate ourselves sick," remembers Cook, "but the nature of the night and the food really stuck with me."
That memory serves as the cornerstone for Hey Pocky Way, a two-day nexus of New Orleans-inspired music, food and film that Cook and his wife, co-organizer Heather, hope to turn into an annual event. Ricky Moore, the owner of Durham seafood standout The Saltbox, will serve up a low-country crawfish boil, while Cook and his GuitarHeels will play new tunes before they head into the studio the next day to record their album. The Bulltown Strutters and Boneslinger, the new Big Easy-exploring group of longtime jazz bandleader Dave Wright, join the bill, as does the drumline from Hillside High School. All the proceeds from Saturday's events go to support their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. (15 p.m., $25, shindigsnc.com/hey-pocky-way.) On Sunday, Hey Pocky Way offers an encore at The Pinhook with a noon screening of Bayou Maharaja: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, the award-wining documentary about the iconic, iconoclastic and one-eyed New Orleans pianist. (noon, $5, thepinhook.com.) —Grayson Haver Currin