Gasa Gasa on Freret St. has quickly become one of the more popular and unique Uptown venues and, to commemorate their one year anniversary, will be holding a the three-day celebration on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Living up to their name — Gasa Gasa comes from the Japanese phrase "to do too much at once" — the venue will be hosting live music, art shows, a local craft marketplace and food and drink specials all weekend long. The weekend will also feature the release of compilation CD featuring a variety of live performances recorded at Gasa Gasa.
There will be performances by Big Freedia, Tank and the Bangas, Brian Hyken and the Wanderlust, the Kid Carsons and more. The Gasa Gasa courtyard will be transformed into a marketplace with various vendors including Jaque's Menswear Clothier, Nana Afia Couture, Crescent City Comics as well as contemporary art pieces for sale by Rex Dingler, Ceaux Young, Les Nash, Jeff Smith and more. Gasa Gasa will also be featuring an extended happy hour and will be serving up barbecue and food from the Rollin Fatties Food Truck and Beacoup Juice Snoballs.
Opened last year by friends Micah Burns, Michael Twillman and Michael Seaman, Gasa Gasa launched as an all-the-above venue and has put itself on the map with its one-of-a-kind projection mapping during music shows and bold artistic projects including a mural by French graffiti artist MTO on its façade. The three-day celebration will commemorate the club's rapid ascent as one of the must-see venues in the city.
Tickets for all the events can be purchased at GasaGasa.com and you can check out the full list of shows, artists and food vendors after the jump.
5pm - 8pm: Happy Hour - drink specials extended until 8pm with the gallery and boutique shop open.
9pm - 2am: Live music by Brian Hyken and the Wanderlust ($8 cover)
2pm - 2am: Art market in the Gasa Gasa courtyard.
Inner Recess x Brice Nice vinyl shop
Crescent City Comics
Kids with Krowns tees and prints
Jaque's Menswear Clothier
Nana Afia Couture
Gingerlicious handmade + vintage clothing, costumes
FELT Fly Nails nail art mini-bar
Rex Dingler Art
Ceaux Young Art
Les Nash Art
Jeff Smith Az Art
Gasa Gasa BBQ
Beaucoup Juice Snoballs
Rollin' Fatties Food Truck
Craft beer and summer drink specials including Pimm's Cups, New Orleans Rum Gingeroo cocktails, champagne Jell-O shots and more.
9pm - 2am: Live music featuring Tank and the Bangas and special guest, Big Freedia. ($10 cover)
BONUS: Gasa Gasa will record Tank and the Bangas extended two-hour set live on Saturday, to be released as the band's first live album in the fall of this year. The first 50 guests to purchase Saturday night tickets will also receive a free digital download of the live album.
2pm - 8pm: Barbecue, beer and drink specials.
4pm - 12am: Live music featuring The Kid Carsons, The Sirens and Valeria Sassafrass. ($5 cover includes barbecue plate)
Release of Gasa Gasa Presents: Brain Salad. A Live Sampler Volume Two — a CD compilation of the venue's best live music recordings from the past six months. The compilation is sponsored by Liberty Cheesesteaks, Jaque's Menswear Clothier and Skully's Records. For more info and the ongoing list of Gasa Gasa recordings, visit the Gasa Gasa "recordings" page. The CD will be available in the Gasa Gasa gallery shop.