By your presence, you consent to be filmed

Frenchy works on a painting of David Arquette at the Maple Leaf

Frenchy works on a painting of David Arquette performing with Johnny Vidacovich, James Singleton and Keiko Komaki at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans on June 21, 2012

Even as Louisiana has climbed to the No. 3 rank for film production in the United States, being around celebrity productions is still a kick. Watching the crews work with their deluxe gear is interesting, and actors who come across as likable on the screen can have room-filling charisma in 3-D.

Deborah Vidacovich posed a riddle to the fans of her husband, Johnny, when promoting his June 21 show with James Singleton and Keiko Komaki at the Maple Leaf Bar. Vidacovich’s regular Thursday night gig would have as a special guest a movie star! Who is also a TV star! Who is also a wrestler! Can you guess?

It was David Arquette, filming an episode of a reality series to be called “Mile High” for the Travel Channel. The program will follow Arquette and his friend Mike McGuiness, owner of PR firm McGuiness and Feinstein, as they squeeze “spontaneous” adventures into their weekend travel, using social media connections to make the most of their getaways. “Mile High” is being produced by Coquette Productions, the production company Arquette runs with his ex, Courteney Cox.

The celebrity moment at the Maple Leaf was fairly brief. Arquette climbed on stage and played trumpet with the band on “Big Leg Woman,” a sure crowd-pleaser. Singleton chimed in with his trumpet, giving the situation a boost.

In less than 10 minutes, that part of the show was over. And the music blossomed, wandering the landscape from blues to “Jan Jan” to a punk pounding for the blank-canvas beat poetry of Please Don’t Be Squeezin’ My Heart.” At the end of the first set, Vidacovich said, as he often does, “You know, we played this music earlier today, when you weren’t here, and it was not so good. But now that you’re here, it’s great! Thank you!”

The musical experience was fine when the band was playing for the cameras, but it was perceptibly better when the bright lights were taken down and the musicians and their listeners could focus again on their shared act of creation.


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