DOWN Celebrates Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Of NOLA Full-Length With Exclusive Livestream August 29th

Band To Perform Iconic Album In Its Entirety + Portion Of Ticket Proceeds To Benefit United Houma Nation

[photo by Danin Drahos] 

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of DOWN‘s 1995-released, now classic debut, NOLA. Plans for select shows featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower, and bassist Pat Bruders performing the record in its entirety were sidelined due to the global pandemic. In its wake, the band is pleased to announce an exclusive livestream later this month!  

Fittingly dubbed The Quarter Century Throwdown, the high production, multi-camera event will take place August 29th at 6:00pm EST using cutting-edge streaming technology to create a one-of-a-kind virtual concert experience. The show will be rebroadcast August 30th at 6:00pm EST until September 1st at 6:00pm EST.

Comments the band, “DOWN was a simple band started by friends with a love of heavy music and the songs on the NOLA album were magic from the first rehearsal. We’re extremely grateful to be celebrating the NOLA record with a live stream that the world can see. Watch the show and plug in through your loudest stereo! We love y’all!”  

Livestream tickets and packages are available at THIS LOCATION with additional merch designs available HERE

10% of ticket sales will be donated to the United Houma Nation (UHN), a state-recognized tribe of approximately 17,000 members residing within a six-parish (county) service area encompassing 4,570 square miles. The six parishes — Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, St. Mary, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines — are located along the Southeastern coast of Louisiana. Within this area, distinct tribal communities are situated among the interwoven bayous and canals where Houmas traditionally earned a living. Although by land and road these communities are distant, they were historically very close by water. However, boat travel is no longer a viable option due to the effects of coastal erosion, which has left these waterways either nonexistent or impassable and, in many cases, completely open water that requires larger vessels for safe travel. The tribe today is presented with the unique challenges of preserving and maintaining its culture and way of life when the land is disappearing. The United Houma Nation is committed and dedicated to doing exactly that. 

In addition, 10% of proceeds raised from a special, limited DOWN/United Houma Nation t-shirt will also be donated to the UHN. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.   

With a collective resume encompassing Pantera, Corrosion Of Conformity, Crowbar, EyeHateGod, and so many others, DOWN puffed out its first haze of sonic smoke from the belly of gritty old New Orleans in September of 1995 with the release of NOLA. At that moment, they instinctively summoned something akin to a ritual. The record was largely credited with introducing the sound of underground New Orleans metal – “slow, super-heavy, doomsday guitar riffs stamped with Anselmo’s trademark bellow,” as described by / The Times-Picayune – to a worldwide audience. By October of 1995, NOLA peaked at number 57 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for six straight weeks. The album spawned four singles: “Stone The Crow,” “Lifer,” “Temptation’s Wings,” and “Bury Me in Smoke.” “Stone The Crow” would move on to achieve commercial success when it reached number 40 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, becoming DOWN‘s first top 40 song. Twenty-five years later, there’s still no mistaking those gargantuan riffs, swamp blues leads, crashing drums, and hypnotic howls for absolutely anybody else under the sun.

Britany Nola talks about being Playboy’s Miss November 2012

Britany Nola is a music blogger and actress. She is also Playboy’s Miss November 2012 and recently co-starred in the film “American Ecstasy”. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Britany about her photo shoot for Playboy and also her love of music.

Mike Gencarelli: What made you want to pursue modeling?
Britany Nola: When I was in high school I started taking some college level classes on the weekends. I met and became friends with a girl who was a model and she suggested I give it a try. I went to a modeling agency and after meeting with them they signed me. Modeling wasn’t something that I had a desire to do. It was just something I tried and ended up liking so I stuck with it.

MG: What has been the highlight of being crowned Playboy’s Miss November 2012
BN: It was quite different because you get a bit more recognition. In the fashion world you’re mostly known by people within the industry. With this you’re seen by a variety of people.

MG: What was it like meeting Hugh Hefner for the first time?
BN: He is very sweet and intelligence. Hugh has great taste in movies. When I first met him he came down with two of his girlfriends and he was just really kind. You don’t really know what to expect but it was great.

MG: Can you tell us about the idea behind the theme of your photo shoot?
BN: The set was made up of all vintage pieces from the 60’s/70’s. We shot the centerfold first and they had placed records all around me. Jane Berkin is one of my greatest idols so I asked if they had one of her records to put in the shoot and they did. That made me feel better and I was ready to shoot. Having that record and the look of the set with all the white was just really cool.

MG: Can you tell us anything about your role in the film “American Ecstasy”?
BN: That film was directed by Jonathan Leder and is a black and white art piece. I play an exotic dancer who falls in love and then her lover disappears. The film tracks the downfall of losing that person. We shot the film in Tampa, FL.

BN: Can you tell us about your work as a music blogger?
MG: The person I blog for contacted me last year to see if I would do an interview for his blog. After talking back and forth for awhile he said he liked the way I wrote and asked if I would be interested in writing something for him. We have never met in person as he lives in Australia but we have a great Skype relationship. Whenever I have a problem or am not feeling too good I call him. He is my cheerleader. It’s a cool and modern relationship.

MG: What do you have planned next?
BN: I am going to start taking some acting classes to sharpen up my skills some. I am going to keep modeling and see where that takes me but I really would like to start going on acting auditions.


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