FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Todd Souvignier, Tipitina¹s Records
TIPITINA¹S RELEASES KING OF OAK STREET DVD
Free Premiere Screening October 14, 2011 at Tip¹s Uptown
NEW ORLEANS, LA -Friday, September 30, 2011 -It has been called "the best
documentary you¹ve never seen." It won Best Documentary and Best Feature
trophies at the Big Easy Film Festival. And now it is finally available, for
the first time, on DVD.
"KING OF OAK STREET" is the story of New Orleans action painter Frenchy
(born Randy Frechette). You¹ve seen him painting at Saints and Hornets
games. He¹s that guy with the headlamp, painting in nightclubs while the
bands play. Collectors pay tens of thousands of dollars for his canvases.
Among the first to popularize the genre of performance painting, Frenchy
captures the rhythm and soul of New Orleans like nobody else.
In "KING OF OAK STREET" the story of Frenchy¹s life and art is filled with
the joyful sounds of legendary Louisiana musicians and framed by the
heartbreaking destruction of New Orleans. Witness his rise from humble
origins, through years of labor and sacrifice, to become one of New Orleans¹
most celebrated artists. Frenchy¹s riotous coronation as King of the Krewe
of Oak is slightly dampened by the first rains of Hurricane Katrina. In the
aftermath of the federal levee failure, Frenchy and his adopted hometown
struggle to rebuild their lives, reconnect with loved ones, and restore the
things that are precious and special about New Orleans.
Narrated and co-written by John Sinclair (former MC5 manager and WWOZ
deejay), "KING OF OAK STREET" includes appearances by Aaron Neville, George
Porter, and Russell Batiste, with music by Dr. John, the Meters, Widespread
Panic, Bonerama, Rebirth, Dirty Dozen and many others. Directed by George
Hamilton and Andrew Scott, the film is being released by Tipitina¹s Records,
the media imprint associated with the famous music club.
The New Orleans premiere screening and DVD release party for "KING OF OAK
STREET" is Friday, October 14 2011 at Tipitina¹s Uptown Music Club, 501
Napoleon Street. The 7PM event is free of charge, and open to ages 18 and
over (I.D. required).