Michael Patrick Welch to launch a new edition of NEW ORLEANS: THE UNDERGROUND GUIDE and a new collection, FAMOUS PEOPLE I HAVE MET

Local writer Michael Patrick Welch will host a series of events to promote the new edition of his book New Orleans: The Underground Guide, which was originally published in 2009, as well as a new collection of his magazine writing, Famous People I Have Met (Collected Works 1999 – 2014).

Both books deal heavily with the local music scene, so in celebration of their launch, Welch will be hosting music events.

At 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, will be a noise music-themed event at Buffa’s (1001 Esplanade Ave.) featuring a lecture with jazz drummer and electronic musician Justin Peake, plus noise by Rob Cambre, Ryan McKern, Proud Father, and MC Tracheotomy.

At 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, will be a hip-hop themed event at Vaughn’s (4229 Dauphine St.) featuring a live interview with Katey Red (who is featured in both books) plus live sets from MC Know One, Missing Persons, MC Intel, and Slangston Hughes with his new live band MadFro.

Welch writes for a variety of outlets, including a regular column for Vice, which recently featured excerpts from the Underground Guide on Katey Red and EyeHateGod.

The noise event on Wednesday is free. The event on Sunday costs $5, which gets you $5 off one of the books.