Shakedown II: A Benefit for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic featuring:
The New Orleans Suspects
Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes
Honey Island Swamp Band
Tom Worrell performing a Tribute to Fess, w/ musicians from Fess' bands
Andre Bohren performing a Tribute to George Gershwin, & more
The acclaimed New Orleans Interracial Gospel Choir Shades of Praise will celebrate nearly 14 years of raising voices and delivering a message of unity by hosting a Gala Concert and Fundraiser event titled “Love Will Lift Us Higher” on February 13, 2014 from 6:00 – 10:00 P.M. at Race & Religious, 510 Race Street in New Orleans. The elegant evening under the stars will include musical performances by Shades of Praise and special musical guests Zulu Men's Choir and Jo' King, Jr, a silent auction, and an array of food and drink. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
Founded in October 2000 by a jazz musician and a theologian as a project to bring a diverse, interracial and multicultural group of volunteers together to create a genuinely integrated organization, Shades of Praise has become a shining example of what our community can be. Under the direction of noted New Orleans musician and choirmaster Al Bemiss, together with a core of top-notch professional musicians, the 50-voice choir has also become known for its joyous, rousing, high-energy sound rooted in the rich tradition of New Orleans’ Gospel churches.
The Gala Concert is an important fundraiser for the non-profit group heralded for both its music and its mission as an instrument of joy, healing and faith in New Orleans and beyond. The choir is often called upon to perform at high profile civic events and festivals, in churches throughout the region, performance tours in other states and a 2003 tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Shades of Praise has performed before packed houses in the Gospel Tent at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for the past eleven years.