In a street more honky-tonk than real deal, Chris Owens stands alone. Owens, a tall drink of Texas water in her eighth decade, is a Bourbon Street icon, a whirling dervish of sequins, song and dance. Backed by her outstanding house band, the singer’s endless legs keep the beat to everything from salsa to disco, and while her vocals may be a bit throaty, there’s no mistaking a show biz pro once she takes the stage. Sporting a mane of cascading black curls, Owens shimmies and parades like it’s Mardi Gras morning, delivering the kind of fabulous floor show that used to be the norm on Bourbon Street before strip clubs and t-shirt shops took over the landscape.
Tip: While most Bourbon Street venues are geared to drink-slurping tourists, real music fans know that for authentic New Orleans music, Fritzel’s Jazz Pub and The Jazz Playhouse represent.