New Orleans and Music are virtually synonymous. I love music, all kinds. I have my favorites like everybody else, but one of the things I love about New Orleans is there is music everywhere. I knew early on that I would never be a “Star” since I have no musical talent to speak of, so it is no wonder that I am in awe of those who do. After lunch one afternoon my husband handed me a CD on his way out to an appointment and said “A client gave me this. It’s her daughter. Listen to it and see if you want to catch her live performance later. She is playing in the Quarter tonight.” I figured I’d listen to the CD first, before deciding.
So after seeing him out, I picked up the CD again. “Alexis Marceaux” I read. “Pretty name”, I thought. The picture on the cover showed an attractive young lady lying in the grass. “Cute picture” was my next thought. I guessed her age to be very early 20’s at best. Still unsure this would be something I ( in my old age) could relate to, I popped the CD in and “pretty and cute” were not what I was thinking as this big amazing voice filled the room. Wow, could I relate and I definitely had to reevaluate. “Powerful” and “Beautiful” were just the beginning. Of course I was going to see her perform live. Alexis’ “Elevator Ride” had just become my new favorite song.
The revelations kept coming. Alexis, young as she might be, was no new kid on the block. She had played her first public venue at 7 years old and had written her first song at 13. This young singer-songwriter is also an accomplished piano, harmonica and guitar player. “Talented.” A New Orleans native, Alexis and her family had lost everything in Hurricane Katrina and had to start completely over. Katrina might have taken her home, but not her dream to play music. “Gutsy.” Her dream to play music in New Orleans, a city she loves. “ Heart.”
Check out Alexis Marceaux, the young lady with a powerful, big, beautiful voice who is also a multi-talented performer with guts and heart. I have seen and heard “Stars” with less to recommend them. I should have known better than to judge a book or, in this case, a CD by its cover. Find out for yourself. Alexis plays live venues all over the greater New Orleans area and is scheduled to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April. For more about Alexis and her scheduled appearances visit her website: http://alexismarceaux.com/
By Sharon Denise Talbot
The new HBO series the Treme is set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. For those that lived it, it is more than a TV show, it is real life. Nothing brings ”real life” home more than death. I was background (an extra) in a Cafe Du Monde scene for the new HBO series Treme’ yesterday. So I was there when co-producer David Mills collapsed during filming. He was taken away by ambulance but we were not really sure what had happened. I just found out he passed away as the result of a brain aneurysm. David Mills was an Emmy-award-winning writer for HBO’s The Wire and co-executive producer of the upcoming drama Treme, set in New Orleans. He was 48 years old. Rest in peace David. See the attached article for more info.
by Sharon Denise Talbot
The weather is perfect for a courtyard concert! The Historic New Orleans Collection begins their fall concert series. Check out the info below. See you in NOLA.
Sharon Denise Talbot
Jason Marsalis to headline October 15 concert
Southern Eagle providing Avia wine and Heiner Brau beer
WHO: The Historic New Orleans Collection
WHAT: Concerts in the Courtyard featuring Jason Marsalis
With Avia Wine and Heiner Brau beer provided by Southern Eagle
WHEN: October 15, 2010
6:00–8:00 p.m.; rain or shine
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. In the event of rain, concert will be moved indoors.
WHERE: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, in the French Quarter
HOW: Admission is $10 at the door, free for THNOC members.
Admission includes three complimentary beverages. Guests must be 21 or older to enter.
*Memberships begin at $35 per household and are valid for one year.
WHY: The Historic New Orleans Collection’s fall concert series continues on Friday, October 15, with a performance by Jason Marsalis and beverages from Southern Eagle distributor, including Avia Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay and Heiner Brau beer.
Jason Marsalis, the youngest son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis, Jr., is well known for his prodigal drumming. As a drummer, Marsalis collaborates frequently with his father and his brothers Delfeayo and Branford. When he is not filling the drum chairs in these groups, Marsalis performs as a vibraphonist with his own quartet and with musicians such as Shannon Powell, Irvin Mayfield and others.
Southern Eagle is a beverage-based wholesaler and distributor of Anheuser Busch products and its alliance brands throughout southeastern Louisiana. Avia wines come from Slovenia, just across the Italian border, where they benefit from the Mediterranean climate and the warm breezes of the Adriatic Sea. Heiner Brau is a Covington-based microbrewery owned by German brewmaster Henryk Orlik.
Admission to the concert—$10 for the public, free for members of The Collection—includes three complimentary cocktails. Household memberships begin at $35 per household and are valid for one year. Guests must be 21 or over. For more information, call (504) 523-4662 or visit www.hnoc.org.
New Orleans Music
Where can you go to catch a world class musical performance with plenty of room to dance? The 700 block of Royal Street is where it’s happening. You’ve got Rouses’ (the old A&P) grocery, a regular stop for French Quarter visitors and locals who love New Orleans music alike. Across the street is Forever New Orleans, and Alex Beard recently opened an art gallery a few doors down on the corner of Royal and Pirates Alley (you can actually watch him paint in the window sometime, very cool). Gallery 713, a local favorite, is opposite him. But the crowd in the street is gathered around a group of local street musicians known to frequent this block. They are here to see the Queen, Doreen – The Clarinet Queen of New Orleans Music.
Doreen and her husband Lawrence Ketchens have been international ambassadors for New Orleans music and culture on radio and televisions around the world.
While they are available for weddings and special events, Doreen and her band of jazz musicians have been bringing their brand of music to the Crescent City streets for twenty years or so. A fixture on this stretch of Royal they will have even the most rhythm challenged tapping their feet and moving to the beat.
As Doreen says in one of her songs “I’m the Queen of the clarinet, been around the world ain’t heard better yet” and I say “Amen!” The group has several CD’s available for purchase. You can visit their website: www.doreensjazz.com
These show stealers will capture your hearts with just one stanza of their rendition of “Little Liza Jane” as they did mine. It is obvious these amazing performers play for the absolute love of it because their heart and soul are in every note. If you want to hear a song the speaks to the heart of New Orleans Music and a musician that is part of the heart of New Orleans music this is the place to go.
Stop by and hang out with Doreen, Lawrence and the crew next time you find yourself on Royal Street. Hey y’all, don’t forget to leave a little something in the bucket and help support New Orleans Music and Doreen – The Clarinet Queen!
By S.D. Talbot
New Orleans Music Doreen – The Clarinet Queen
New Orleans Attractions
It seems as if everything my family use to go to down there is closed like Six Flags. I really can’t find anything that I think would entertain a bunch of college students. We are going down there to volunteer but of course we have to have fun while we are down there helping. What are some happening places down there? Please take this question seriously, don’t reply with an answer if its not helping. I will report you because its in the rules.
There’s still tons of great shopping and eating to be done in New Orleans, to say nothing of all the great music there is to be heard. The French Quarter shops are mostly open, as are the Warehouse-Arts District and Magazine Street shopping district. And the festival season will kick off Labor Day weekend with Southern Decadence.
Before you go, visit the Offbeat or Gambit Weekly web sites and check the entertainment listings for the shows, clubs and festivals that will be going on while you’re there.
Catch a show by one of New Orleans’ brass bands. Some of the best brass bands are New Birth Brass Band, Rebirth BB, Forgotten Souls BB and Soul Rebels BB. It’s a mix of jazz, funk, hip hop & sometimes r n’ b that’s great for dancing, and truly captures the spirit of the city.
Every Sunday, at Tipitina’s, there’s a Cajun Fais Do Do from 5pm-9pm. If you can, go one evening that features Bruce Daigrepont. His band is one of an elite few that are preserving the true spirit of Cajun music while updating it and making it relevant for a modern audience. Even if you don’t know anything about Cajun music, it’s worth going just to watch everybody dancing and to see this historic club. 501 Napoleon Ave. http://www.tipitinas.com/default.asp
Go to Mid-City Lanes, for bowling, music or both. They have lots of great rock, funk and zydeco shows, and you can bowl even if the band is playing. Geno Delafose, George Porter and Snooks Eaglin are among the best acts that play here pretty regularly. 4133 S. Carrollton Ave.
Go on a Haunted New Orleans tour with New Orleans’ greatest tour guide, Robert Florence. His company Historic New Orleans Tours is the best in town. I promise you won’t regret spending a couple hours with him as he tells ghost stories about the city. Tours happen daily, rain or shine. Visit the web site for the full list of available tours.
The Audubon Zoo & Aquarium have reopened
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, a Smithsonian affiliate, has great folk, primitive and outsider art exhibitions.
Visit Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. It’s a little bit hokey, but it’s still fun to see the factory where many of the Mardi Gras floats are made and view them up-close.
You could try to catch a Tulane University football game: http://www.tulanegreenwave.com
Eat muffalettas at Central Grocery, 923 Decatur Street.
New Orleans Attractions
New Orleans French Quarter
New Orleans French Quarter Musicians Grampa Elliot and Dorise Blackmon video taken in the French Quarter March 30, 2007 … GO GRAMPA GO!!!
The New Orleans French Quarter is full of amazing and interesting people.
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Grampa Elliot and Dorise Blackmon video taken in the French Quarter March 30, 2007 … GO GRAMPA GO!!!
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See below for info on local musician auditions for Jammin with Cirque Dreams. See ya in NOLA!
Sharon Denise Talbot
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***MEDIA ALERT***CALENDAR LISTING***
Jammin’ with Cirque Dreams Contest CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION offers a local musician the opportunity to perform with the WORLD RENOWNED PRODUCTION
WHAT: New Orleans is known for its music and talent so come blow your horn, slap the bass, tickle the ivories, shred your axe or whistle, snap or tap your way into the experience of a lifetime by Jammin’ with Cirque Dreams. Bring your rhythm, soul and talent to the Mahalia Jackson Theatre and win an opportunity to accompany the world renowned, international artistry of Cirque Dreams when it illuminates New Orleans with its newest and grandest production of Cirque Dreams Illumination. One lucky musician will be selected to perform live on stage as part of the national tour launch of Cirque Dreams Illumination and integrate their style of music into this multi-cultural, diversified genre of cirque, music, theatre and stage spectacle beyond imagination. The winner will train locally with the Cirque Dreams design team for their debut performance and will receive six complimentary tickets to the show in which they appear.
WHEN: Saturday, September 18th, 2010 11:00AM-2:00PM WHERE: Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 (Theatre Lobby)
WHO: The audition is limited to the first 100 attendees and is open to performers of all ages. Participants will be given two minutes to impress the judges with their musical skills and must provide any equipment required for their audition. A sound system with CD & digital input will be provided. Complementary parking will be available in the Mahalia Jackson parking lot.
WHY: This special event celebrates the return of Broadway Across America to New Orleans and the first show of the 2010-11 season. Tickets for Cirque Dreams Illumination are affordably priced stating at $25.00. Cirque Dreams Illumination will perform eight shows at the Mahalia Jackson Theater September 28 through October 3, 2010.
Tickets for Cirque Dreams Illumination are available for purchase at the Mahalia Jackson box office located in Armstrong Park at 801 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-982-2787 (ARTS). Information on the Broadway Across America – New Orleans series and venue policies and accommodations may be obtained online at www.mahaliajacksontheater.com. Group Sales information, including group discounts for 20 or more, is available by calling 504-287-0372. Box Office information is available at 504-287-0351. For more information on Cirque Dreams Illumination, please visit: www.cirqueproductions.com Become a Fan on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cirquedreams Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/cirquedreams Check out our Videos on YouTube: www.youtube.com/cirquedreams New Orleans Theatre Association is a 501( c ) 3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to attract and present the finest theatrical and performing arts attractions available in New Orleans. NOTA is also dedicated to financial and technical support of local non-profit institutions in New Orleans which are dedicated to the furtherance of theatrical and musical education and production. Arts Center Enterprises – New Orleans, LLC – (ACE) is a theatrical facility management company with more than 30 years of experience in the field of professional performing arts facility management and theatrical property development. Allen Becker, together with his partners David Anderson, Gary Markowitz and Kirk B. Feldmann have succeeded in establishing a successful business model that combines an entrepreneurial operating strategy, with a wealth of industry relationships which result in active, vibrant, well-managed and self-sustaining performing arts facilities. Not only has this business model served to uplift communities through the presentation of powerful live performances, but it has served to also provide economic stimulus into urban corridors in need of revitalization.
Please visit ACE New Orleans on line at www.mahaliajacksontheater.com. Broadway Across America is owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring Broadway musicals and plays, family productions and other live events throughout a network of 43 North American cities.
Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse live theatre for productions on Broadway, across America and throughout the world. Broadway Across America most recently produced the Broadway productions of HAIR, WEST SIDE STORY and Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS. Upcoming productions include MINSKY’S, PROMISES, PROMISES, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and the West End production of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S. Touring productions include Nickelodeon’s STORYTIME ADVENTURES featuring Dora the Explorer and DREAMGIRLS. For more information or to purchase tickets through an authorized agent go to BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.
A new twist on an old favorite, the Hotel Monteleone presents the Carousel Bar in 2012 style. Stop in tonight while you are waiting for the countdown in Jackson Square. Happy New Year y’all! See you in NOLA!
Sharon Denise Talbot
New Year’s Eve Kicks Off Regular Musical Line-up in Newly Reopened Carousel Bar and Lounge
Tuesday through Saturday night entertainment starts January 2012 at Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans, LA – With the New Year comes a brand new line-up of fresh musical entertainment in the famous, newly reopened Carousel Bar and Lounge in the Hotel Monteleone. The nightly entertainment kicks off on New Year’s Eve at 9 p.m. with Luther Kent, a New Orleans jazz favorite, and includes well-known artists and newcomers on the scene every Tuesday through Saturday night in January and beyond.
All the musical entertainment is free and open to the public. The 2012 line-up features a rotation of well-known New Orleans artists, Hotel favorites and special guests including Robin Barnes & Band, the Luther Kent Quartet, Lena Prima & Band, Eudora Evans & Band and the George French Jazz Quartet. Of special note, it honors the Hotel’s past as Lena Prima’s father, Louis Prima, played regularly at the Hotel back in the mid-1960s.
The Carousel Bar’s new lounge area reopened on December 30 after undergoing a renovation, which included adding expansive windows along Royal Street, enhanced décor and a secondary stationery bar. The current furnishings in the bar and lounge are temporary and will be replaced with new furniture to complete the renovation.
“Because the Carousel Bar is such an iconic part of the Hotel Monteleone, we were very careful during the renovation process to enrich without detracting from the atmosphere that patrons love,” said Andrea Thornton, director of sales and marketing for the Hotel Monteleone. “In addition to physical enhancements, we also focused on the Carousel Bar’s musical entertainment by welcoming industry veteran Marie Long to our team.”
Recently appointed director of entertainment for the Hotel Monteleone, Marie Long will be in charge of booking regular entertainment for the famous Carousel Bar and Lounge. With more than 36 years of experience in the music industry, Long has worked with national and local talents, including The DUKES of Dixieland, Chicago, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Tony Bennett, among others. Before forming Extravaganzas, Inc., her own music production company in 1992, Long worked with Pete Fountain Productions and Ray Bloch Productions.
“I’m ecstatic to be working with the Hotel to introduce a variety of entertainment into the newly renovated Carousel Lounge,” said Long. “We are featuring classic jazz artists and legendary R&B singers to brand new on-the-scene talent. We plan on celebrating music legends and creating new ones right here on the corner of Royal and Iberville Streets in the Carousel Bar and Lounge.”
For more information and a complete schedule of upcoming Carousel Bar entertainment, please visit http://hotelmonteleone.com/carouselbarentertainment. For more information about Hotel Monteleone or to make reservations to stay at the hotel, please visit www.hotelmonteleone.com or call (504) 523-3341. Become a fan on Facebook and help the Hotel reach its 125th Anniversary goal of 12,500 fans! Follow the Hotel Monteleone on Twitter @hotelmonteleone and @carouselbar.
Since 1886, the Hotel Monteleone, www.hotelmonteleone.com, has proudly stood as one of the first landmarks in the famous French Quarter. The hotel is the Quarter’s largest full-service hotel, featuring 600 comfortable, luxurious guestrooms and suites. Hotel Monteleone is within walking-distance of some of New Orleans most famous attractions and is conveniently located 11 miles from the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Hotel Monteleone is a member of the Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, a consecutive AAA Four Diamond award-winner, and has won the J.D. Power and Associates Upscale Hotel Award for “An Outstanding Guest Experience.”
The New Orleans Hotel Monteleone is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011.
The beautiful thing about being in New Orleans is no matter when you are here there is something happening. If you are looking for an inspirational musical experience join us on January 25 at the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. Where else can attend a free concert in such a stunningly beautiful and deeply historical venue? No place but New Orleans. See you in NOLA!
Sharon Denise Talbot
Sixth annual collaborative concert explores Louisiana’s musical evolution
WHO: The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
WHAT: “Becoming American: The Musical Journey,”
a concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Carlos Miguel Prieto
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 • 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square in the French Quarter
HOW: Free and open to the public; seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Live Internet streaming of this concert is also available on www.LPOmusic.com.
WHY: On Wednesday, Jan. 25, The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will present “Becoming American: The Musical Journey,” the sixth installment of Musical Louisiana: America’s Cultural Heritage. Each year, the popular series examines an aspect of the state’s contributions to classical music with a concert and educational programming. In addition, for the first time a grant from the Mellon Foundation will allow for a live streaming of the performance, bringing this beautiful concert to the widest audience yet.
This year’s program is part of a slate of bicentennial programming, along with The Collection’s exhibition “The 18th Star: Treasures from 200 Years of Louisiana Statehood” and the 17th annual Williams Research Center Symposium, “Louisiana at 200: In the National Eye.” Selections for the concert will trace the evolution of regional musical tastes from the early 19th century to the modern age. An affinity for European masters, including familiar names like Beethoven and Bellini, melded with Caribbean and African influences over time to introduce a brand-new style: jazz.
This project is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Entergy, and Muriel’s Jackson Square. Live Internet streaming of this concert on www.LPOmusic.com is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with Louisiana State University’s College of Music and Dramatic Arts.
About The Historic New Orleans Collection
Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region. For more information, visit www.hnoc.org or call (504) 523-4662.
About the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra