Sat, Jan.27: "Lakeview Harbor-Bon Voyage Party". Yes! Sorry to break the news to all'yalls. Lakeview Harbor is closing. After 25 years of faithful service at 911 Harrison Ave. Thank you to all our customers from all over Lakeview, and really, from all over the world. Thank you all for 25 years of your patronage and friendship through hurricanes, floods, heat-waves, freezing cold, Saints games, street construction, power-outages, pot-holes, and the rare Harrison Ave. traffic jam. Our farewell party, entitled "Bon Voyage Lakeview Harbor" is Saturday, January 27. Benny Grunch & the Bunch will perform from 8-11 PM. Benny'n nem will play quietly so everyone can reminisce (But of course, will get nuts soon as ya'll get nuts!) Everyone is invited...(Even you old-timers from the Velvet Swing). No cover - Just come on in!).
Friday, Jan.26: Uptown private party, 6-9 PM
Sat, Jan.20: Did ya'lls go to "SLC" in Hammond? Where you there in 1964 and/or 1965? Did you come see Benny Grunch & The Bunch on Wednesday and Friday nights? Well Benny wants to here from you very soon. Very soon. Thanks, Benny Grunch. 504-231-8916 email@example.com.
Thurs, Jan.11, 2018: New "Humana Insurance" office, "Grand Opening" at 745 Veterans Blvd /corner Martin Behrman, Metairie-70005. This is the Wilshire shopping strip, same as Gordon's, Office Depot, Big Lots, and Fresh Market. I've visited this new office and it's already really busy with activities. Our time-slot is 1 till 2 PM
Saturday, Jan.6 - 2018: Kings Day at Pizza Nola. It's the annual Celebration of the Arrival of The First Batch of the "Dong Phuong King Cakes" at Pizza Nola,141 West Harrison Ave., in Lakeview. Celebration and Performance by Benny Grunch & The Bunch begins at 8:00 AM ! (That's MORNING ya'll) Come early if ya wanna' be among the first to sample this years cakes soon as they come out of the limousines. The party goes on till 10 AM.
Monday, Dec.25: Christmas Day, New Orleans World Famous "Rock'n Bowl". Annual Giant 12 Yats of Christmas Pawty!!! We start at 5PM. We'll perform all of our big hits some of our big misses, our regular "foolishment", we'll have our CD's, and tees, and autograph pencils. Kids, Pawpaws, Mawmaws, Parents, even Uptown people are all OK. Cover Charge: 3 Dollars at the door. Yes! Three Dollars! Kids are free. We,re lookin' fa' all yalls at 3000 South Carrollton Avenue.
Friday, Dec.22: Harrah's New Orleans "Miracle On Fulton Street". We perform in The Gazebo around 7:PM'ish
Tue, Dec.19: Speckled-T's in Slidell, 158 S.Military Rd.,
Monday, Dec.18: Wes'Bank Pawty around Noon'ish
Saturday, Dec.16: Pawty' in Riva'Ridge, 7 PM
Friday, Dec.15: "Gattuso's Neighborhood Restaurant, Bar & Catering" (435 Huey P. Long Ave., In Historic Old Town Gretna), Annual "Benny Grunch & The Bunch" Christmas Pawty, 7:00 - 10:00 PM. Everybody's Invited (even if ya' ain't from the Best'Bank). Maw Maws, Grandchirruns, Paw-Paws, come on. We're ready fa' all yall's.
Thursday, Dec.14: Rouses Market (4500 Tchoupitoulas St., near Napoleon Ave.) 5:00-7:00PM. That's right! Ya' heard right! We're gonna' set up our stuff and play Live/In Person inside the store...just as if we'd been there all along. We know yalls' got lotsa' class Uptown, so we're gonna' bring some real NuAwlins Cultcha'. Everybody's welcome...even if ya' live all-the-way down in da' Gawden District. It won't be loud or noisy; just good and fun. We'll play all our Christmas hits for all yall maw-maws, and paw-paws, and especially for little kids and big kids. Ain't gotta' buy nuttin! 504-896-7910
Saturday, Dec.16: Rouses (91 W.Bank Expy, Gretna) 12:Noon-2 PM. All the same fun as above, but you don't have to cross no Mississippi River. On accounta' we'll be right by ya' in the middle of Gretna, in the middle of the West Bank. 504-267-9090
Saturday, Dec.23: Rouses Market (2900 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.) 12:Noon-2:PM.. You know...Metry! All the same foolishment, cept' in "Metry". And.... "It's the Day Before Right Before The Nite Before Christmas".. 504- 834-4151
Wednesday, Dec.13: Annual Holiday Performance at the "Harrison Ave. Market Place" (Right across the parking lot, of Lakeview Grocery). And "Thank You" to Allison and all of our local and neighborhood Merchants & Vendors for having this event go on these whole- buncha'-years. We go on 5 till 8:30PM. We'll have our stuff to sell and sign.
Wed, Dec13: (taped earlier, last week)Benny is a guest on The Spud show. WLAE-TV, Ch-32 at 6 PM
(Replays Thu. @2 PM and Sat. @6 PM.)
Tue, Dec.12: WWL-TV (CBS affiliate) Ch-4, Benny & the whole Bunch perform on "The Morning Show with Eric and Sally Ann" at 8:00 AM.
Saturday(Night), Dec.9:New Orleans Lakefront Lighthouse!! "Lights At The Lake Holiday Bash"(Sponsored by Save Our Lake / Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation) at the New Orleans Lakefront Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Dr., NOLA-70124. Festivities begin around 4PM. New Orleans famous restaurants entrees
and craft beers available for sale. Two Gospel choirs. Boat Parade begins around 5:30 with local, and national small craft, sailing craft,large yachts, cabin cruisers, all types of vessels decorated in Holiday Lights (vote for your favorites)......then guess what!..... "BennyGrunch & The Bunch" perform Live/In Person at 6:30 PM. All of ourChristmas Hits, and fun stuff, "till we put this bash to bed". We'llhave our CD's, tee's, and autograph pens ready.
Fri, Dec.8: TV-Channel 12, Wyes. Benny is a guest on the "Steppin Out Show" with Peggy Scott Laborde at 7:30 PM
(Repeats at 11PM).
Friday(Night), Nov.17: Private Pawty' at Metairie Country Club. Starts at 7'ish or 8'ish.
Thursday, Nov.16: New Orleans City Park "Twilight Thursdays" in The Pavilion Of Two Sisters, next to the Botanical Garden. Our performance is 6:00 until 8:00PM (doors open at 5:00) We'll cram all of our foolishment' and hits, and fun-stuff into this 2-hour show. Betta' getcha' tickets soon; this event fills up fast. Cocktails, Wine, Food, and Soft drinks. For Info: 504-483-9488, or garden.neworleanscitypark.com. We'll have our CD's and autograph pens with us.
Saturday, Nov.4: "Algiers Folk Art Festival" in Algiers Point... 1PM till 6PM'ish. This is a fun-family event, very local, that has been going on annually for a few years; located on the corner of Patterson and Leboeuf (just about 10 blocks east of the Algiers Ferry landing). We perform from about 4PM till 6PM'ish.
Friday, Oct.6 Ground Zero Hurricane Katrina Museum, 335 Coleman Ave. Waveland, MS. "Sock Hop" with "Benny Grunch & The Bunch" performing real New Orleans, and national sock-hop music (not just the oldies ya'll constantly hear in TV shows and movies). Free parking, Costume contest and Dance off. Also Includes a Gourmet Buffet by Chef John "Chappy" Chapman with an Open Bar - liquor & beer! Buffet begins at 7:30 PM. Benny Grunch & The Bunch start at 8:PM. Cover of $39.95 includes everything. And did we mention Open Bar! Click here for menu details.
This building (Waveland Public School) is the only building on Coleman Ave. to survive Hurricane Katrina. Actually it is the only public structure in town to survive the storm! This event to benefit the Ground Zero Museum.
......note from Benny, " we know there is a gigantic auto event up and down Hwy 90. This is a nice opportunity to dine and dance and listen to us perform all our hits live, before ya'lls cross the Bay Bridge."Tickets at the Rum Kitchen or call 228-467-9099.
Thursday, September 21: Private Party @ Harrah's New Orleans, 7:00-10:00 PM.
Saturday (evening) May 27: Private Pawty' in Old Metry.
Saturday, May 20: Roarin' 20's Party to benefit "The Southern Food & Beverage Museum", 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. (formerly historic Dryades St.) Free Secured Parking about 3 blocks away with Free Shuttle to and from museum. We Perform 8-11 PM. Open Bar - Passed Appetizers - Southern Themed Buffet - New York Style Deli Food. Go to, Roarin20spartymay20.com for Admission and details. (VIP Admission with Private Bartenders available). Tickets available online at SOUTHERNFOOD.org. Tickets also available at Snap Fitness in Metairie and Kenner or at tootals.com
Saturday, April 8: "NOLA Rock The Cure" at NOLA Brewing 3001 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans-70115. Benefitting "Louisiana Chapter of JDRF" (leading global organization focused on Type 1 Diabetes, www.jdrf.org/louisiana/). All ya'lls want Crawfish and Jambalaya and NOLA Brewery beer (suggested donation 40bucks). This is a minimum age 21 event. More Info call Alysia Evans 504-828-2873.
Thursday, April 6: Once again Benny Grunch & The Bunch is honored to perform at the 2017 New Orleans "French Quarter Festival". And, our Thanks, Again to our sponsor, "Johnny's PoBoys", (511 St. Louis St. since 1950). We perform 2:20-3:30PM on The "WWL-TV Jackson Square Stage". We'll also have our "12 Yats of Christmas" and "Grunch Road" CD's with us (and our autograph pens, warmed-up and ready).
Saturday, April 1: Everyone's invited to "Magnolia Fest" at Magnolia School, located on the beautiful corner of Central Ave. and River Rd. in Old Jefferson. Food, crafts, arts, vendors, and live music with "Benny Grunch & The Bunch" performing 1:00-4:00PM, on the huge campus front lawn. For more info: Magnolia Community Services for adults with developmental disabilities, 504-733-2874. 100 Central Ave (at Jefferson Hwy.)
Saturday, March 25: Private Party, 7PM.
Friday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day): Fulco's Annual St. Patrick's Day Party, 1:PM-4:PM. A St.Paddy's tradition in Metry', (corner of Turnbull and Roman St.) at 519 N. Turnbull, Metairie, LA-70001. Plenty food and drinks. Outside on the patio (inside for bad weather). Everybody's invited...Every year.
Sunday, Feb.12: Very-historic Trinity Lutheran Church in very-historic Algiers Point, presents it's annual "King Cake Kick-Off", 11:AM-3:PM. We have played this event lotsa' times, and it's lotsa' fun; plenty beer, brats, burgers, hotdogs, and sides. We'll perform live in person on the patio church yard (in the church hall if the weatherman says so). But we'll play our "Nash Roberts Was Our Weatherman" first song (to make sure). Everyone's invited. Kids are great. So are mawmaws, pawpaws, even those up-scale Eastbankers. 620 Eliza St. (corner Olivia) New Orleans, LA-70114. Yeah!..and king cake!
Mon, Jan.16: Private 'Pawty in da'middle of da'day.
Fri, Jan.6 (Offiial first night of Mardi Gras Season): Streetcar ride of the brave and phearless "Krewe of Phunny Phorty Phellows" opens Mardi Gras season. They ride their traditional streetcar route down the tracks of New Orleans. Private party to follow.
Fri(Morning), Jan.6: It's King's Day, the official "First-Day-Of-Mardi-Gras". We're performing live starting at 7:00AM at Pizza Nola (141 West Harrison Ave. NOLA-70124. This is the "Arrival Celebration of the Dong Phong King Cakes". The Cakes will arrive with limo and, motorcycle, and truck escort, and maybe more. Info, 504-872-0731.
Sat, Dec.31(New Years Eve): "It's New Years In Lakeview"! We're live and performing in person at Lakeview Harbor (911 Harrison Ave. NOLA-70124). No Cover Charge, and kids are OK. 9:00PM till 1:00AM.Info call 504-486-4887
Fri, Dec.30: Birthday Party in Hammond, LA. Private Function.
Sun, Dec.25: Christmas Night at Mid City Lanes Rock'n Bowl (3000 S.Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA-70118). Benny Grunch & The Bunch along with John Blancher invented "The Christmas Night Giant 12Yats of Christmas Pawty" at Rock'n Bowl....and the tradition goes on December 25, 2016. We start at 5:00PM. Cover charge is 1.99. That's Right, One Dollar and 99cents!!. Little kids are free. Wear ya'bestest Yats Christmas clothes (maybe from MB's, or Holmes's, or Woolco's, or the Broadmoor Kiddie Store, or Hollywood Tailors). Rock'n Bowl info, 504-861-1700.
Sat, Dec.24(Christmas Eve Night): Harrah's New Orleans, "Miracle On Fulton Street", 8:00-10:30PM
Sat, Dec.24: Christmas Eve at Walgreens (Bonnabel at Veterans Blvd. in Metry!) We play live-in person-in the store! 12:Noon till 2:00PM. And we promise that we're probably the best band in America to play inside a Walgreens at Noon on Christmas Eve.
Fri, Dec.23: Harrah's New Orleans, "Miracle On Fulton Street", 8:00-10:30PM.
Sat, Dec.17: Speckled T's in Slidell (158 S.Military Rd. near the end of Gause), 8-11PM. Big dining room with stage - Casual fine seafood and steaks. Call 985-646-1728.
Fri, Dec.16: Gattuso's Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar (435 Huey P. Long Ave. at 5th St.) in historic Old-Town Gretna, 7-10PM. This is our seventh or eighth year at Gattuso's Christmas Party, really a fun spot with great Real New'Awlins food. Call for info 504-368-1114. Kids are OK.
Wed, Dec.14: "The Morning Show", WWLTV-Ch4. Many Happy Wishes to our friends at Channel 4 and our Fondest Holiday Memories with Frank Davis.
Wed, Dec.14: Harrison Avenue Marketplace, "Holidays on Harrison" in Downtown Lakeview, we perform 5:00-8:30PM right in front of Lakeview Grocery and West Marine. Everyone's invited...even West Lakeview and Bucktown people.
Sun, Dec.11: Private Party, 8PM.
Sun(afternoon), Dec.11: Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) comedy "The Ultimate Christmas Show Abridged" at Teatro Wego (in old Westwego). Afternoon Matinee! (tickets, info at JPAS)
Fri(night), Dec.9: The "HiTide" Christmas Pawty, 8:00-11:00PM (Hwy.90, near Lake Catherine and Venetian Isles), 20824 Chef Menteur Hwy.-70129 (just before Chef Menteur Pass).This is a fun time!Jefferson Performing Arts SocietyJefferson Parish Arts Society (JPAS) comedy "The Ultimate Christmas Show Abridged", at Teatro Wego (in old Westwego), 7:00PM. (tickets, info at JPAS)
Fri(early), Dec.9: Private Pawty in Metry, 11AM.
Thurs, Dec.8: Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) comedy "The Ultimate Christmas Show Abridged", at Teatro Wego (in old Westwego), 7:00PM. (tickets, info at JPAS)
Sun, Dec.4: Private Party, 8PM.
Sun(afternoon), Dec.4: Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) comedy "The Ultimate Christmas Show Abridged", at Teatro Wego (Sala Ave. in old Westwego). Afternoon Matinee! (tickets, info at JPAS)
Sat(night), Dec.3: "Acadian Thunderbird Club" (the cars!, not necessarily the wine) Christmas party, Private Function.
Fri, Dec.2: (Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) comedy "The Ultimate Christmas Show Abridged", at Teatro Wego (in old Westwego), 7:00PM. (tickets, info at JPAS)
Thurs(night), Dec.1: Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS), we're appearing in the comedy Christmas play "The Ultimate Christmas Show Abridged", at Teatro Wego (177 Sala Ave. in old Westwego) 7:00PM. (tickets, info at JPAS) Sponsors and Patrons only, on this night
Thurs(early), Dec.1: Ladies Leukemia League "Fete Noel", 10:30AM-2:PM, at the Riverside Hilton, fundraiser - wine luncheon - Dillards fashion show. Info and tickets at ladiesleukemialeague.org
Thurs, Nov.10: City Park, "Pavilion Of Two Sisters Twilight Thursdays", 6:00-8:00PM. Tickets go fast, get'em soon; call City Park or online.