There is something really special about playing a show in your hometown, or for me, a place I’ve always called a second home. My name is Molly Portier and I’m the singer of the New Orleans alternative blues rock band Blonde Roses. I was 15 years old attending my first Jazzfest, watching John Mayer play with stars in my eyes, and it just kind of struck me in that moment - I want that to be me one day. I begged my parents to buy my a cheap acoustic guitar and I quickly found myself on Youtube trying to figure out how the heck to play this thing. After learning my first 3 chords, EM G D, I wrote my first song called “Home”. Fast forward 10 years, and here we are - still playing “Home” and still pursuing this crazy, beautiful dream.
Our guitarist, Harry Rosenberg, and drummer, Anthony Mikhael, are from a city about 2 hours away from New Orleans called Lafayette - one of my favorite places to play. The people are beautifully vibrant and the city is dripping in an undeniably rich culture. We recently played a show at our favorite local bar called The Greenroom, and had a day around town visiting a few of our favorite local spots.
Stop One - Reve Coffee Roasters
This is one of my favorite coffee shops not just in Lafayette, but ever. I admit it. I am one of those girls. Chai tea is my jam and they hands-down have the best. The vibe is cozy and welcoming, tucked into the corner of downtown Lafayette. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill coffee shop. They are a locally owned micro-coffee roaster producing high-quality coffee that highlights the richness of the Acadian culture. There’s no better way to start your day.
Stop Two - Maven Womenswear
The second stop of the day? My weakness - Maven Womenswear. Every single time I walk in, I literally want everything in the store. The owner, Christina Barbier, is a ladyboss with an extraordinary eye for fashion. Her shop is filled to the brim with hand-selected perfection - every single piece even more flawless than the next. I was lucky enough to have Christina dress me for our show that evening, and I walked out with an outfit that I am still obsessing over.
Stop Three - Pop’s Poboys
Lunch time means Pop’s Poboys. If you come to Louisiana, you need to get a poboy, no questions asked, and this needs to be on your list. What should you order? Well, everything - but here are some of my favorites: POPeye salad (pictured), Banh Banh Shrimp poboy and the Marty Mac-Fry.
Stop Four - The Greenroom
This has been our favorite bar since we could get into bars, so when we got asked to play a show there, we immediately said yes. They just recently started incorporating live music into the mix, so it was really exciting for us to be a part of the new and improved Greenroom. It was a 2-hour set, playing everything from brand new originals to covers of our favorite songs (i.e. “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac). There’s really no better feeling than playing a show to a room full of people that have supported you from day one. I think this may have been one of my favorite shows we’ve ever played. You could feel the love, and that’s what this is all about. That’s why we keep doing what we do. As cheesy as it may sound, we do this to spread love, positivity and light. Thank you, Lafayette, for embracing that.