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."
Residences and businesses intermingle, and music venues (such as the Hi-Ho Lounge and Saturn Bar) populate the stretch. Secluded within it is an underwater-themed speakeasy known as the Spellcaster Lodge. Events there do not happen all the time, but when they do, they’re something special. Famous New Orleans musicians, touring indie hipster bands and bounce rappers all perform there. Witnessing one of the shows—amid bubbling portholes, vibrating "subwoofer seats" and music history happening before you—is otherworldly.
Learn more by reading interviews with Quintron and Miss Pussycat, conducted over the horn last summer, here.