Michael Patrick Welch

Michael Patrick Welch

  • Odoms and Ballzack Are Kings of the Wank

    The surreal hip-hop duo have never even left Louisiana, but have a huge following in New Orleans—but not as big a following as that of Lil Doogie, a puppet they created that has so many fans he can sell out venues by himself.

  • My Elementary Schoolers Are Terrific Music Critics

    "It sounds like rockstars playing New Orleans style. It sounds like everybody is running away from something. It sounds different. Like people dancing. Good music with rockstars taking over the planet with weird hair. Music everywhere. It’s real fast...

  • On the Death of a Dog I Should Have Loved Better

    I am surprised to find myself depressed upon the death of my dog this past Sunday during our fishing trip on Lake Pontchartain. I am surprised I’m even calling Meshcha “my dog,” as I was never very fond of her, and didn't want her in the first place...

  • On the Road with Tony Clifton

    Tony Clifton is a piece of performance art who has outlived his creator, legendary comic Andy Kaufman, by two decades. He's having a comeback of sorts, thanks at least in part to Jeremy Johnson, a filmmaker who has been working for Clifton—and his...

  • 3D Na'Tee Brings Real Rap to New Orleans's Jazz Fest

    Rap godfather Chuck D has said that he never likes to watch anyone on stage and think to himself, 'I could do that.' When 3D Na’Tee takes the mic, no one thinks that. Her words are so plentiful they often crowd out any hope for a chorus, and her quick...

  • The Birth of NOizeFest, New Orleans's Freakiest, Smallest Festival

    For eight years, I've been holding this gathering of artists/weirdos in my backyard; the first one we ever held involved my pet goat, a bad acid trip, musicians nearly fighting one another over overzealous jamming, and a bunch of broken mirrors.