On Sunday Mr. Quintron, a New Orleans musician and inventor, visits the Launchpad along with his wife, a puppeteer by the name of Miss Pussycat (read this week's interviews with them here). To get an idea of what he does, watch Mr. Quintron demonstrate the function of his greatest invention, the Drum Buddy, a rotating photoelectric drum machine. At over 10 minutes, the clip is a bit long, but you'll get the gist of it in the first few.
Quintron, Miss Pussycat and a Tire Shop Named St. Claude
Scene 1 of Tennessee Williams’ magnum opus A Streetcar Named Desire opens with an introduction to the New Orleans neighborhood where the play unfolds. Williams lovingly illuminates the city's beautiful decay, omnipresent river and music around every corner. “The section is poor," he writes, "but, unlike corresponding sections in other American cities, it has a raffish charm. The houses are mostly white frame, weathered grey, with rickety outside stairs and galleries and quaintly ornamented gables."
Meet Drum Buddy
Are You Ready for an Organ Solo?
New Orleans' Quintron and Miss Pussycat entertain the Land of Enchantment
Mr. Quintron is an inventor, organist and one-man band. Miss Pussycat is a puppeteer and musician. Together, as a married couple and an artistic team, they posses the gifted imaginations required in the creation of something truly original. In New Orleans the duo is an acclaimed part of the city's music and art scenes. In fact, next year the New Orleans Museum of Art will feature their work in a three-month exhibition. Meanwhile, the two are making their way across the country along with a Drum Buddy (the photoelectric rotating drum machine of Quintron's invention) and a bunch of murderous puppets. They appear in New Mexico this week. The Alibi spoke with each of them as they prepared for the expedition from their headquarters in the Ninth Ward.