The organizers of Uptown Super Sunday are presenting the Gospel Extravaganza on Saturday March 16 as a spiritual prelude to the March 17 Super Sunday festivities. Various gospel choirs from the greater New Orleans area will be performing.
The Steve Anderson Group: Steve and his friends kick off every season. Steve's very distinct voice blends well with harmonies and back up instrumentation provided by Jan Biggs and Bobby Belloni. Philip Bartles on bass and Anne Hibbs on fiddle round out the combo. Steve can belt out great tunes originated by beloved artists like Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers.
Joe Barbara: Joe is one of those artists that can offer a complete sound with just himself, his vocals, and some great picking. Joe's musical style can only be described as eclectic. He knows what seem to be a million songs and he performs every one of them to perfection. Joe performed on our front porch last fall, and we had to ask him to quit playing, because the audience did not want to come inside while he was performing, and we did not want to delay the show.
Jackie Coyne and Mama's Family: This was another very well received act that performed on our front porch last year. They are very traditional, performing old time gospel, bluegrass and country music. Their sound and vocals are very authentic and heartfelt. They are a local group that have been performing and jamming in this area for years and will be a great fit for the Opry.
Linnzi Zaorskiand her New Orleans Jazz band: Linnzi is a regular in the New Orleans club scene. She has a very unique voice that is a real audience pleaser. She is backed up by some of the best traditional Jazz musicians in this area. This group will be closing out our inaugural show for 2013, and will perform at our Earth Day festival the following day. We are very much looking forward to this act.
WAVE 2 SAVE (Walk Against Violence Everywhere to Stop All Violence Everywhere) will host a Peace Rally at Congo Square on March 16 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The public is invited to the rally which will feature local musicians Glen David Andrews, James Andrews, Travis “Trumpet Black”, Rejected Youth Nation, Kaylin Orleans Ruffins, New Orleans Ladies, and the To Be Continued Brass Band, among others.
The Peace Rally which will end with a walk to the New Orleans Healing Center to promote the end to the increasing violence that has engulfed the city.
The New Orleans Sacred Music Festival brings performers from New Orleans’ diverse faith and cultural communities to share music, chants, prayers, brief ceremonies and conversations about the transformative power of music with the public. At a time when there is still much division, conflict, and misunderstanding in the world between people of different faiths -- The Sacred Music Festival is a vitally important summit where people of diverse cultures and traditions can come together and share their voices through the universal and unifying power of music. Some performances are traditional, others innovative. Melodic, inspirational and uplifting, yet serious and profoundly personal, all sacred music carries similar themes of hope, no matter what language is spoken. Ancient and cutting edge at the same time, fun and lively, and full of magical moments-- where else are you going to see Tibetan monks rocking out to Gospel music? Don't miss one of New Orleans' most unique and inspiring festivals!
Performing with the Christian Howes Trio -- which also includes Cedric Easton and Hamilton Hardin -- Howes will play a number of works from his upcoming album, Southern Exposure. That album explores a wide range of Latin music, including repertoire from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, and Spain.
Dream will be doing a concert playing the music of The Mahavishnu Orchestra, a jazz/rock band from the 1970's led by guitarist John McLaughlin.
Music will be performed from the albums The Inner Mounting Flame, Birds Of Fire, Between Nothingness and Eternity, Visions Of The Emerald Beyond, The Lost Trident Sessions. There will also be a string section, brass and woodwind section and a choir accompanying the band.