PREVIEW: Stoop Kids at Circle Bar

Marciela Murillo, Contributing Reporter

At 10 p.m. on Saturday, Stoop Kids will play at the historic Circle Bar on St. Charles Avenue.

Stoop Kids is a local doo-wop and hip-hop band made up of Loyola University New Orleans graduates, led by Griffin Dean, the lead vocalist and guitarist. The band began when Dean was experimenting with writing, dubbing and producing music in his dorm room. After realizing he wanted music that could be played live, he started searching for a band and found Thomas Eisenhood, Joe Tontillo, Patrick DeHoyos and David Paternostro.

The band takes its inspiration from bands such as Talking Heads and Daft Punk, but incorporates sound and instruments from previous decades of pop music, such as the baritone sax, giving the band a reminiscent jazz feel.

The Circle Bar, like Stoop Kids, takes inspiration for its decor and vibe from history. The bar was established in 1999, but the building itself dates back to 1883 and was once the house of the first licensed female physician and surgeon in Louisiana. Due to its age, the building has lived through several periods of radically different architectural and decorative styles and has become a visual representation of New Orleans’ artistic history.

Today the bar honors its ancestry both by its adornment and the wide array of bands it hosts nearly every weekend.