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Casting Announcement For New Orleans Premiere Of The Lion King

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It’s almost time for the New Orleans premiere of Disney’s The Lion King at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.  Support the arts!  See in you NOLA!

Sharon Denise Talbot

Casting Announced for

Disney’s THE LION KING

Broadway’s Award-Winning Best Musical

 

LSU Graduate Among Cast Members

New Orleans’s Limited Premiere Engagement Plays

Wednesday, March 14 To Sunday, April 15 at Mahalia Jackson Theater

 

 

New Orleans, LA (February 13, 2012) — Casting has been announced for the New Orleans premiere engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING. New Orleans’ most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts’ stage from Wednesday, March 14 to Sunday, April 15. The press opening night is Friday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.

The talented cast of more than 40 actors includes a local connection; Maurica Roland (Ensemble/Understudy Nala, Shenzi & Sarabi) is a Pensacola, FL native and graduate of the Louisiana State University music education program. Recently, Roland appeared in American Vybe at Walt Disney World in Orlando and Hairspray First National Tour (swing, u/s Dynamite). She is thrilled to be in New Orleans and close to all her college friends and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters.

The sardonic and deviously cunning “Scar” is played by J. Anthony Crane. Dionne Randolph is “Mufasa,” the great warrior and ruler of the Pridelands.  Buyi Zama is the wise baboon shaman “Rafiki.” Mark David Kaplan portrays the prim and proper hornbilled bird “Zazu.” Adam Kozlowski is the carefree warthog “Pumbaa” and Nick Cordileone is the wisecracking meerkat “Timon.”  Mufasa’s son, “Simba,” the lion prince born to be king, is played by Jelani Remy and Syndee Winters is the loyal lioness “Nala.”

The three evil hyenas are played by Keith Bennett (“Banzai”), Rashada Dawan (“Shenzi”) and Robbie Swift (“Ed”).  The role of “Young Simba” is alternated between Zavion J. Hill and Adante Power and the role of “Young Nala” is alternated between Sade Phillip-Demorcy and Kailah McFadden.

In New Orleans, THE LION KING will play Wednesday, March 14 through Sunday, April 15 on the following schedule:

 

 

Tuesdays: 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00 p.m.

*Thursdays:  8:00 p.m.

Fridays:  8:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.

**Sundays: 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.

*There will be special 2:00 p.m. matinees on Thursday, March 15 and Thursday, April 12.

**There will not be a 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 15.

 

Ticket prices start as low as $30.25. Premium Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Beginning Saturday, November 12, tickets will be available in person at the Mahalia Jackson Box Office, via phone at 800-982-2787 (ARTS), and online at BroadwayInNewOrleans.com. Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling 504-287-0372.

The North American touring production of THE LION KING has been seen by over 13.5 million theatergoers and grossed over $875 million to date. Having already played more than 60 cities across North America, THE LION KING now proudly makes its New Orleans premiere at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. The current schedule is listed below.

 

 

ABOUT THE LION KING

In its 15th year, THE LION KING remains ascendant, continuing to reign as a cultural phenomenon and one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 19 productions around the globe have been seen by more than 63 million people, grossed over $4.7 billion and have, cumulatively, run a staggering 89 years.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is the seventh longest-running musical in Broadway history and one of only six productions in theatre history to play for ten years or more both on Broadway and in the West End.  Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish), the show has been performed in 14 different countries on five continents.  THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway, on stages across North America, and in Tokyo, London’s West End, Hamburg and Madrid.

 

 

THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony Awards®:  Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical, making Taymor the first woman in theatrical history bestowed with the honor.  THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

 

On stage, Taymor’s creative vision blends elements of African art and Broadway artisanship to depict anthropomorphic animal characters.  Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, has created hundreds of  masks and puppets for THE LION KING.  The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay.  Other members of the creative team include:  Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor).  Anne Quart serves as associate producer.

 

 

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.  The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”

 

 

For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com.

 

 

The New Orleans engagement of THE LION KING is presented by arrangement with East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans and is a subscription offering of the Broadway Across America Series.

 

 

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR SCHEDULE THROUGH OCTOBER 2012:

 

Richmond – Landmark Theater

February 15 – March 11, 2012

 

New Orleans – Mahalia Jackson Theatre

March 14 – April 15, 2012

 

Orlando – Bob Carr Performing Arts Center

April 17 – May 13, 2012

 

Miami – Adrienne Arsht Center

May 17 – June 10, 2012

 

Greenville – Peace Center for Performing Arts

June 12 – July 8, 2012

 

Houston – Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

July 10 – August 12, 2012

 

St. Louis – Fox Theatre

August 15 – September 2, 2012

Wichita – Century II Concert Hall

September 4 – 30, 2012

 

Albuquerque – Popejoy Hall

October 2 – 28, 2012

 

 

 

The Mahalia Jackson Theater is located in Armstrong Park at 801 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 is available at 504-287-0372. Box Office information is available at 504-287-0351.

 

 

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 online at www.mahaliajacksontheater.com.

 

 

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA  (Producer), part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com, 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 musicals and plays across 40 North American cities. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales.  Under the supervision of Beth

Williams (CEO—Theater Division), Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Current Broadway productions include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Darren Criss and Beau Bridges, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever starring Harry Connick Jr, The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Godspell, Memphis, Lysistrata Jones, and the New York, West End, and national touring productions of Million Dollar Quartet. For more information, please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

 

 

New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA) 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 that are dedicated to the furtherance of theatrical and musical education and production.

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New Orleans tourism?

Is New Orleans safe for tourism? Are most of the tourist attractions open for business again? What part of town would be the safest to stay at?
Are there any hotels in the French Quarter that have easy and free parking?

Yes New Orleans is definately back up and running and all the tourist areas are in full swing. In fact New Orleans was named a top 10 destination for 2007 by Orbitz and Travel and Leisure Magazine. The most celebrated and historic core of the city—including the Faubourg Marigny, French Quarter, Central Business District, Magazine Street, Garden District and St. Charles Avenue are thriving. Mardi Gras was a complete success and French Quarter Festival had a record crowd of 208,000 on the last day. Jazz Festival was also bigger and better than ever with 375,000 people—the highest since 2003. With all these record breaking crowds this year there is no question that New Orleans is back up and running.

With that said most tourist enjoy staying in the French Quarter. Its safe and surrounded by restaurants, activites etc. My favorite place to stay is Maison DuBois Bed and Breakfast. Its a great French Quarter location, large suites and a wonderful saltwater pool. Below is a link to their site and it has a lot of information about the B&B and the city.

http://www.maisondubois.net/


USBWA Final Four Breakfast in New Orleans

New Orleans

 

 See you in New Orleans!

Sharon Denise Talbot

 

New Orleans


Sticky: Historic Haunts with The Historic New Orleans Collection

Hey Y’all!  This is the time of year for haunted houses and ghost stories.  Where better to indulge than in the historic New Orleans French Quarter.  See you in NOLA!

Sharon Denise Talbot  

Media Contacts:
Lauren Noel, Marketing Assistant Emily Schmidt, Gambel Communications
(504) 556-7655 | laurenn@hnoc.org (504) 324-4242 | emily@gambelcommunications.com

For Immediate Release

*** Media Alert *** CALENDAR LISTING ***

discover the history behind the vieux carré’s most notorious legends
“Historic Haunts” tour available for a limited time only

WHO: The Historic New Orleans Collection

WHAT: “Historic Haunts: The Myths and Legends of the Vieux Carré,”
a special Halloween-inspired guided tour of the Louisiana History Galleries

WHEN: Tuesday–Sunday, October 1–31 • 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 31 • 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street
French Quarter, New Orleans, LA

HOW: Admission is $5, free for THNOC members. This tour is intended for an adult audience. For more information, visit www.hnoc.org.

WHY: The Historic New Orleans Collection will once again feature “Historic Haunts: The Myths and Legends of the Vieux Carré” throughout the month of October. Introduced in 2009, the popular Halloween-inspired tour of The Collection’s Louisiana History Galleries explores the truth behind New Orleans’s more seedy legends and the French Quarter’s most infamous characters. The tour discusses the documented history and how it may have inspired the legends, allowing attendees to decide on their own what is myth and what is grisly truth.  Including the likes of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, rumored sadistic slave-owner Madame Lalaurie and pirate Jean Laffite, the tour examines 10 “haunted” locations in the Quarter using research conducted at the Williams Research Center.

Tours are available daily Tuesday–Sunday, October 1–30, at 2 p.m. On Halloween Sunday, October 31, three tours will be offered, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. “Historic Haunts” is intended for an adult audience. Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.

The Historic New Orleans Collection—Preserving our Past for a Brighter Future.


New Orleans Blues Guitar Slim Jr. Sweet Home New Orleans R&B Series

Guitar Slim, Jr., the son of New Orleans blues legend, Guitar Slim, has made a name for himself beyond his famous father’s legacy. His first album, “The Story of My Life” earned Guitar Slim, Jr. a Grammy award nomination. A talented guitarist in his own right, Guitar Slim, Jr., aka Rodney Armstrong carries on his father’s legacy as a blues guitar virtuoso and a masterful entertainer.

The original Guitar Slim was an early blues guitar sensation, both electrifying musician and entertaining performer. He is considered, along with B.B King and Buddy Guy to be one of the original blues greats. Unfortunately, the hard living of a blues musician took Guitar Slim too soon. He died in 1959 at the age of 34. Thankfully, before he died he was able to impress upon his young son Rodney the spirit of his guitar mastery. Because the name “Guitar Slim” was never trademarked there are many others who have adopted the name in an attempt to associate themselves with greatness. Only one, Guitar Slim’s own son, Rodney Armstrong, has both the right and the style and technique to carry on his father’s legacy.

In this video Guitar Slim, Jr. and his band, including two other masterful blues guitarists, play “Pride & Joy,” an R&B song at Banks Street Bar in New Orleans the location of the Sweet Home New Orleans Summer R&B Series. Each Thursday night through the summer Sweet Home New Orleans presents some of New Orleans’ most talented R&B and blues musicians. The Summer R&B series is one of the many programs sponsored by Sweet Home New Orleans in their “Bringing the Music Back to New Orleans” initiative.

To find out how you can help Sweet Home New Orleans preserve New Orleans’ rich musical heritage, go to SweetHomeNewOrleans.org.

This video includes three excellent blues guitar solos. Starting at the 3:00 point, all three of the band’s incredible guitarists take a turn soloing. Close ups of the guitarist’s fingers during their solos is included. Song 2 of this performance is a more traditional blues song and includes even more amazing guitar solos.

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Sticky: Cirque Dreams comes to NOLA

 

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.


New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast 05 06 11

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast New Orleans weather 10 day forecast

Welcome to the Who Dat? Do Dat! New Orleans weather 10 day forecast! This is your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast. It will be updated daily. The New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is a valuable tool for planning all of your New Orleans outings. While you are here in NOLA there are plenty of people to see, places to go and things to do and the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast will come in very handy. The weather in New Orleans changes day to day. This is because of the city’s proximity to water. This is one of the reasons the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is so valuable if you are traveling to New Orleans. Don’t miss any of them. Make sure you are not caught unawares. Be prepared for the Louisiana weather changes. Quick and convenient, just check here before you make your plans for the day!

High /
Low (°F)
Precip. %
Today
May 06
Sunny 84°/63° 0 %
Sat
May 07
Sunny 85°/69° 0 %
Sun
May 08
Mostly Sunny 87°/72° 10 %
Mon
May 09
Partly Cloudy 88°/73° 10 %
Tue
May 10
Mostly Sunny 88°/72° 10 %
Wed
May 11
Mostly Sunny 88°/74° 10 %
Thu
May 12
Partly Cloudy 87°/74° 10 %
Fri
May 13
Scattered T-Storms 89°/72° 60 %
Sat
May 14
Scattered T-Storms 88°/69° 60 %
Sun
May 15
Partly Cloudy 88°/71° 20 %

 

Good Morning NOLA!  TGIF y’all. Through 2pm: Sunny with temperatures rising towards the low 80s. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Plentiful sunshine. High 84F.  Our chance of rain in the Crescent City area is nada or absolutely none.  Like I always say, it never hurts to keep the umbrella handy just in case.   There is still lots going on in the city as usual.  Jazz Fest is here and the line-up looks awesome as usual. Don’t miss out. I hope you are making your weekend plans and it includes music.  The weather should cooperate so get out and enjoy.  The week ahead looks pretty good. Don’t worry about those scattered showers over the week ahead but all in all looks great. I will  be at the 1850’s House Store sigining books in a couple of weeks. It will be a double header book signing both Saturday and Sunday, May 14th and 15th. So make plans to come out a get your personalized copies of “I Love You Bigger Than The Sky!” and “IF I Were A French Quarter Rat”.  Whatever you decide to do today, enjoy! See y’all in NOLA!

Sharon Denise Talbot

Don’ t forget to check back tomorrow for your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast.

New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast


Going to New Orleans with kids?

Which are some attractions that are cheap, or free specially for kids in Lousiana (Specially around New Orleans) We’ll be there for two weeks. Help!

okay im from new orleans and to be truthfulllyy honest there are lots of fun cheap things in new orleans for children to do
im 17 years old ha ha ha but loveeee kids stuff

Audobon Zoo
Aquarium of The Americas
Insectarium (awesomeee)
I-max theater
—-> the site for all of the above http://www.auduboninstitute.org/

Louisiana Childrens Mueseum ( i love it there)
http://www.lcm.org/

National World War II Mueseum (very educational)
http://www.ddaymuseum.org/

City Park
the kids will love to feed the ducks and Loveee Story Land especially for kids 8 and under its going to be like a disney land for them
http://neworleanscitypark.com/storyland_kids.html

Mardi Gras World
http://www.mardigrasworld.com/

There is alot more in new orleans for kids to enjoy believe me….
I still havent done it all lol
go to
Nola.com
to find attractions , tourist must sees, 5 star resteraunts, hotels and much more
im sure out of all the things i listed abbove you will find somthing your kids will enjoy during your stay..

have a awesommme trip here in New Orleans….
check out the sites i gave you :)


Miami to New Orleans Roadtrip!!?

New Orleans is a travel destination for people all over the country even other locations in the South. This article is in answer to a question from someone in Miami. There are additional resources at the end of this article.

Who Dat Do Dat New Orleans Attractions

Who Dat Do Dat New Orleans Attractions

 

Hi Everyone!! Next weekend 3 friends and I are driving from Miami to New Orleans for the LSU vs UF game.
We’re driving up I-95 from to Miami to Jacksonville the first day.
Then across I-10 from Jacksonville to New Orleans the next day.

We’re looking for some fun stops along the way that are very close to the interstate so we can just hop off for a quick break and a few pictures. Maybe some kitchy roadside attractions or unique places? Mostly we love pictures and want some cute photo opportunities! lol

Any ideas?

Also suggestions for unique must-see places in New Orleans and Baton Rogue are welcome!!

Thanks!!

I can’t help you with advice about I-95.

Note that Jacksonville to New Orleans alone is about 550 miles, and Baton Rouge is another 70 miles from NOLA. Unless you are leaving Miami on Thursday morning all you will have time for is driving to BR – and you will have to leave Jacksonville by 6:00am on Saturday just to get to Tiger stadium in time for the game. If you are leaving Jacksonville on Saturday morning then then bypass New Orleans and take I-12 (just inside LA) from Slidell to Baton Rouge.

If you can, get to New Orleans on Friday and spend the night (www.frenchquarterhotels.com & www.villaconvento.com). Leave not later than 5:00pm to go to BR for the game and at 4:00pm would be better. Traffic & parking will be be an issue so you might consider getting to BR early and having something to eat before the game starts at 8:00pm.

The drive on I-10 from Jacksonville to Pensacola isn’t very interesting.

The Pensacola area has beautiful white sand beaches. Take I-110 South at Pensacola – the Interstate is only about 5 miles long and ends by dropping you onto Hwy 98, which is the coast road. Pensacola Beach is actually on Santa Rosa Island and the bridge to the island is very close to where you exit from 110 onto 98. Also lots of restaurants: www.visitpensacolabeach.com

There are lots of restaurants along I-10 between Pensacola & Mobile and a concentration is at the Spanish Fort exit on the east shore of Mobile Bay.

Mobile has the USS Alabama, which you can see from I-10 (the exit is clearly marked). You have to pay to board the ship but there is free parking and lots of aircraft & vehicles on display around the parking lot.

There is not much close to the Interstate in Mississippi.

Much of the Mississippi Coast still has severe Katrina damage and looks like Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was detonated. If you would want to see that, take the Bay Saint Louis exit (around mile marker 13) and drive straight south about 8 miles to the coast.

New Orleans has really a lot to do. Go to www.frenchquarter.com for some ideas. Do visit the French Quarter and at least walk around a bit. The Tourist Office on the Saint Ann Street side of Jackson Square has free maps. The parking regulations are Byzantine, so leave your car in a lot or garage and DON’T try to park on the street (it’s a recipe for being towed by the City).

Baton Rouge doesn’t have a lot to do.

Hope you have a good trip, and that it’s a good game!

 

Resources:

New Orleans Attractions

 


DSCB & Mrs. Einstein – Bourbon Street Parade

Dutch Swing College Band & Mrs. Einstein – Bourbon Street Parade

Burghausen (Germany), 2007 March 17

A popular saying goes: “There are two kinds of music, good music and bad music”. For the true fan of good traditional jazz music the choice is simple, because there is only one Dutch Swing College Band. The Dutch Swing College Band started out as an amateur-college combo on liberation day (1945, may 5th) and through the years it has grown into a worldfamous jazz ensemble that has toured all five continents to much acclaim. The DSC played a prominent role during the post-war period. At the time many youngsters fell under the spell of the original Amerian music: jazz. The band, which has existed for more than sixty years, has given concerts all over the world and the sounds have been registered on practically all types of sound recordings since 1945. The band also appeared frequently on TV and in film productions. Through the years many big names in jazz music were backed by the DSC, from Sidney Bechet, Joe Venuti and Rita Reys to Teddy Wilson. The expression “The Haque School” was born out of the big influence of the DSC on the Dutch jazz scene. Deservedly many jazz fans consider the DSC almost as an institution. Fortunately, the Dutch Swing College Band has never presented itself as a show or glitter orchestra. The musicians have always succeeded in capturing the public’s attention with their excellent jazz performances. Cheap show tricks were absolutely out of the question. In 1960, the DSC turned professional. Throughout the music’s evolution and in spite of quite a number af personnel changes (and contary to many imitators) the DSC remained the showpiece of Dutch traditional jazz music. Bob Kaper heads the current line-up, in succession to Frans Vink Jr (1945-’46), Joop Schrier (1955-’60) and Peter Schilperoort (1946-’55 and 1960-’90). From the very beginning the most striking characteristic of the band has always been its unique and recognizable sound. In other words, no recordings of American virtuosos were ever copied: the DSC created their own interpretations, arrangements or compositions. An entirely personal approach. The current line-up of the highly experienced band has proved that the old name Dutch Swing College Band still guarantees professional performances of traditional jazz music of international standard!

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