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Taking place on the two Saturdays of what are traditionally Jazz Fest weekends (April 24th and May 1st, 2021), the first two events of Farmstand Live will take place at the Shrine on Airline and feature live performances by some of New Orleans’ critically acclaimed musicians; prepared dinners from the city’s finest restaurants; and farm fresh produce boxes from Crescent City Farmer’s Market.
Saturday, May 1, 2021 Gates Open at 4PM and All Vehicles Must Arrive by 6PM LINE-UP: Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen George Porter Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners Honey Island Swamp Band
PREPARED BOXED DINNERS BY: La Petite Grocery* NOLA Charcuterie Luncheon NOLA Cochon Butcher *vegetarian option
OPTIONAL DESSERT: (available for additional $7) Dee-Lightful Cupcakes Cocktails, beer and wine will be available for purchase
The 9th Annual Nolafunk Series During Jazz Fest has added a slew of shows to the concert series, including shows from The Wood Brothers, Samantha Fish, Marco Benevento and more.
The newly announced shows begin with Tab Benoit’s Swampland Jam on Apr. 23 at Republic NOLA, featuring Big Chief Monk Bourdreaux, Johnny Sansone and Waylon Thibodeaux. The next of the recently added shows is Samantha Fish with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer at Howlin’ Wolf on Apr. 25.
The following weekend, Nolafunk announced two shows by The Wood Brothers on May 1 and 2 at Republic NOLA. On May 2, they will be joined by Lost Bayou Ramblers; on May 3 they’ll be joined by Honey Island Swamp Band. In addition, Marco Benevento is set to perform an unofficial JRAD after party at Republic NOLA on May 2.
Along with these newly announced shows, the concert series will feature performances from The Marcus King Band, Billy Strings, Melvin Seals & JGB, Allman Betts Band and more.
More shows will be added to the concert series. For more information and to purchase tickets to announced shows, visit nolafunk.com.
Beignet Fest Announces Musical Lineup, Admission Benefitting Tres Doux Foundation
The fourth annual festival will feature an array of popular musical talent
The fourth annual Beignet Fest presented by French Market®Coffee is set for Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10AM – 6PM at the Festival Grounds in New Orleans City Park. To continue to grow and fulfill its mission, Beignet Fest will introduce a $5 general admission, which benefits the Tres Doux Foundation, a nonprofit with a mission to serve children with autism and related developmental differences.
“Beignet Fest has become one of the fastest-growing, family-friendly food festivals in the South,” said Festival Founder and Event Producer Sherwood Collins. “It’s extra sweet because the festival helps raise awareness and critical funds to support community programs that serve children with autism and similar special needs.”
Beignet Fest’s musical line-up includes regional and national favorites, specifically:
“Last year’s Beignet Fest drew an estimated crowd of 30,000 people,” continued Collins. “We anticipate much the same this year, especially with performers like Big Sam and Ed Williams, among others. We are grateful to showcase such talented musicians who understand the importance of our mission.”
This summer, the Tres Doux Foundation funded three different summer camps with proceeds from the 2018 Beignet Fest to allow each camp program to increase access and accommodations for children with special needs.
The $5 admission fee applies to individuals 12 years and older, and the proceeds from the donations will benefit nonprofits like these.
Beignet Fest will also offer its VIP Experience again this year for those who want to enjoy the event with extra perks, including complimentary Café du Monde beignets, Bulleit bourbon craft cocktails and Abita beer under a large, shaded tent next to the stage. VIP Experience tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for children.
Another change for this year is that attendees will no longer be required to buy food and beverage tickets on site to exchange for beignets and other items. All food booths and beverage stations will operate based on cash transactions much like other popular festivals.
Three’s the charm for the third annual Big Orange Music Festival held on November 3 in Punta Gorda, Florida, featuring wild, high-energy performances by headliners Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Honey IslandSwamp Band with Robert Randolph and more. Fueled by world-class acts from diverse genres including blues, Americana, Southern rock, country, funk and soul and boundless determination on the part of promoters and fans to overcome everything from hurricanes to last-minute lineup changes, Big Orange Music Festival has firmly established itself as one of the best small music events in Florida.
Last year, Hurricane Irma slammed Southwest Florida on September 9, forcing BOMF to cancel and reschedule, and this year rising stars Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances just five days before the festival, sending father-and-son promotion team Nick and Matthew Nemec scrambling to find a replacement. Luckily, Robert Randolph, who is quite possibly the best pedal steel guitarist alive today, rode to the rescue, to the delight of music enthusiasts.
Neither event deterred the Nemecs or fans from throwing their support behind the festival. Around 1,800 music lovers showed up at Laishley Park on the banks of the Peace River in historic Punta Gorda to boogie and soak up the music which also included performances by Southwest Florida’s powerhouse bluesmen Sean Chambers Band, indie rock and pop artists Ben Sparaco & The New Effect, country rebel Whey Jennings, and local roots musicians Michael Haymans and his Hibiscus Band.
The weather couldn’t have been better or the scenery more beautiful, with sunshine sparkling off the pristine waters of the Peace River. Openers Michael Haymans and His Hibiscus Band warmed up a small crowd that trickled in early for the festivities but which grew in enthusiasm and size by the time Whey Jennings took the stage.
The grandson of country music legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter is keeping the family business alive with a voice as raw and authentic as outlaw country music has produced lately. Any tinges of pop that currently infect modern popular country music were undetectable in his stripped-down performance that channeled the spirit of his grandfather and the authentic roots of country music.
Moving along on the music spectrum, Ben Sparaco and The New Effect brought their buoyant brand of bluesy pop and soul to a clearly receptive audience. The Nashville threesome consisting of Sparaco on guitar and vocals, Adam Discipio on bass and Anthony Quirk on drums offered up a richly layered sound much bigger than anything that could be boxed into a pop label, treating the audience to an indubitably enjoyable and danceable set that included tunes off their new EP Greetings, From Ben Sparaco And The New Effect.
We bobbed and swayed to the soulful grooves of “There Is Not Them” and “Too Alright,” and “Casual Friends” rocked us out of our seats. Sparaco went out with a screaming guitar solo reminiscent of a young Derek Trucks on “Walk On The Levee,” a song about hurricanes that he wrote in high school while living in the Sunshine State. It was a fitting finale for this Florida crowd.
You can’t fake the blues. If it doesn’t come from some place deep where pain lives alongside joy, then it’s just not real. Sean Chamber knows that place well and opens the door wide every time he gets behind a mike. With guitar in hand and the excellent Sean Chambers Band, with bassist Todd Cook, drummer Scott Philips and keyboardist Rick Curran backing him, Chambers unloaded the full force of the blues on an adoring audience who were on their feet for much of his set.
We were treated to a blast of classic blues and rock that included Leon Russell’s “Going Down,” The Allman Brothers’ “You Don’t Love Me,” and a shamelessly sexy version of Bob Seger’s “Come To Poppa,” along with tunes off Chamber’s new release Welcome To My Blues. The band’s performance of “Red Hot Mama” from the new album should be rated “X” for filthy good, and “Black Eyed Susie” was bursting at the seams with smoking guitar riffs. This was the Sean Chambers Band’s second memorable appearance at The Big Orange Music Festival, and we suspect it won’t be their last.
Born out of the heart of Americana and the streets of New Orleans, the Honey Island Swamp Band is a rollercoaster of nonstop fun and roadhouse rhythms. Made up of Lee Yankie on guitar (who was filling in for Chris Mule while he recovers from a recent car accident), Sam Price on bass, Garland Paul on drums, Trevor Brooks on keyboards and multi instrumentalist Aaron Wilkinson on mandolin, guitar, harmonica and vocals, the band wasted no time claiming the audience for their own with Yankie’s sizzling guitar poured over Wilkinson’s vocals and command of the acoustic guitar. Together with a bumping rhythm section, including Price in his trademark overalls, bare feet and Elvis aviator glasses and Paul relentlessly pounding the drums, the band unleashed powerful, soulful rhythms on original tunes off their latest release Demolition Day that forced people out of their seats.
If there was anyone left sitting when Robert Randolph joined the Honey Island Swamp Band to teases of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall,” they were quickly back up when he broke into Muddy Water’s “Mannish Boy.” The music came fast and furious, and I couldn’t keep up with the joyful strains of Randolph’s pedal steel guitar piercing the air.
But just when we thought we couldn’t rage any harder, the band pulled out all the stops to close with Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love,” Aaron Wilkinson blowing a glorious harmonica and Randolph practically destroying his instrument as the sun was setting over the Peace River.
The energy generated at a Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue show is enough to power a small city, and tonight would be no different. Shorty (a.k.a. Troy Andrews) and company have been incinerating stages around the world for over a decade and building a loyal following in the process. Their infectious and powerful blend of rock, jazz, soul, and the brass-heavy funk that is unique to their hometown of New Orleans has caught the attention of big-name artists like The Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Foo Fighters who have taken them on tour.
There would be very little sitting during the night’s set as Shorty and company tore through a cross-section of older and newer tunes like “Buckjump,” “The Craziest Thing,” and “Where It At.”
Ever the consummate bandleader, Shorty held the audience in thrall with one of the tightest, most preternaturally talented group of artists in the world. Consisting of Andrews on trumpet and trombone, Pete Murano on guitar, BK Jackson on tenor sax, Mike Bass-Baily on bass, Dan Oestreicher on baritone sax, Joey Peebles on drums, and complemented on this tour by backup singers Chrishira Perrier and Tracy Lee, they took us to a higher plane where rock and funk collide on “Here Come The Girls.”
Not finished with us by a long shot, Shorty brought out Robert Randolph for a blissful romp through Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman,” followed by a relentless “Lose My Mind” before leaving us with the ever-so-satisfying horn-heavy “Hurricane Season” and “Do It To Me.” Count Punta Gorda in as Trombone Shorty territory.
Kudos to Nick and Matthew Nemec for chasing their dreams of putting Punta Gorda on the map of music festival circuits. By all accounts, The Big Orange Music Festival was and will continue to be a success. We’ll be there again next year on the banks of the Peace River.
Emeril Lagasse Foundation announces the music lineup for this year’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer at Champions Square on Friday, Nov. 9. Railroad Earth, Donavon Frankenreiter, Lilli Mae and Honey Island Swamp Band will take the stage at the 8th annual event that will also feature more than 70 of the region’s best chefs. All-inclusive tickets can be purchased at BoudinBourbonandBeer.com.
Boudin, Bourbon & Beer is as much a music event as it is a culinary event. While the entertainment lineup will keep the music going throughout the night, more than 70 chefs will be serving up their signature spins on the famous Cajun sausage.
Chef Emeril Lagasse helms the Louisiana-inspired celebration along with co-chairs Donald Link, Steven Stryjewski and Guy Fieri for a night of food, music and philanthropy. Touting the biggest chef lineup yet, other acclaimed chefs include Sarah Grueneberg of Chicago, Carey Bringle of Nashville and Kevin Fink of Austin, along with New Orleans-based chefs Alon Shaya, Kelly Fields, Frank Brigsten, Justin Devillier, Samantha and Cody Carroll, Michael Gulotta, Tory McPhail and more.
The full chef lineup can be found here.
In addition to the 70 unique boudin dishes featured, guests will enjoy open bars stocked with a variety of local craft beers from Abita Beer and bourbon cocktails from Buffalo Trace, along with premium spirits, fine wines and more provided by Au Bon Climat, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Landmark Vineyards and FIJI Water. The night will also showcase a cigar-tasting hosted by Nat Sherman, as well as a silent auction curated by featured chefs.
Boudin, Bourbon & Beer has become one of the South’s premier fall culinary festivals. Last year, 5,000 locals and visitors from across the country attended the sold-out boudin bash that raised millions of dollars for children’s charities.
Inclusive of all food, beverage and live entertainment, tickets to Boudin, Bourbon & Beer are on sale for $135 in advance and $150 on the day of the event. The event allows the Foundation to support children’s culinary and nutrition education programs throughout the year, including its recently launched signature program, Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen, a national education initiative created to enrich the lives of elementary and middle school children through a fun, fresh perspective on food.
Boudin, Bourbon & Beer is the first part of Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s two-night signature fundraising weekend and is held annually the night prior to nationally recognized charity wine auction and gala dinner, Carnivale du Vin. Last year’s fundraising weekend raised $3.5 million for children’s charities along the Gulf Coast.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit boudinbourbonandbeer.com. For media interested in covering the event, visit the press information page here.