Bamboula 2000 at Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival 2013. Photo by Melanie Merz.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation celebrates the music and culture of the African diaspora at the seventh annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, March 22-23, in Armstrong Park. This free event celebrates the cultural diversity of New Orleans and the melting pot of traditions that gave rise to our unique music. We feature the music and dance of Africa, the Caribbean, the American Gulf South and beyond in this two-day, family-friendly festival.
Music Schedule for Saturday, March 22:
11:00 am to 11:40 am Latin Drum Circle - bring your drum and join in
11:40 am to 12:00 pm Bombazo Dance Co.
12:00 pm to 12:45 pm Zion Trinity
12:45 pm to 1:00 pm Culu & N'Kafu Traditional African Dance
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Buku Broux
2:00 pm to 2:15 pm Tekrema Dance Theater
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Los Caballeros del Son
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm Kokanko Sata
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Boukman Eksperyans from Haiti
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm Battle of the Mardi Gras Indians
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Red Baraat
Music Schedule for Sunday, March 23:
11:00 am to 11:40 am African Drum Circle – bring your drum and join in
11:40 am to 12:00 pm Bombazo Dance Co.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Bamboula 2000
1:00 pm to 1:15 pm N'Fungola Sibo Dance Theater
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm NationBeat plus Cha Wa
2:15 pm to 2:45 pm Kokanko Sata from Mali
2:45 pm to 3:00 pm Kumbuka African Dance Ensemble
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm CLASS GOT BRASS contest of student brass bands and Trombone Shorty Horn Give-Away
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Hot 8 Brass Band
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm 3D Na’Tee
6:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm Dee-1
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm DJ Mannie Fresh with special guests
Click here for more information about the festival.
On Saturday, March 22, 2014, the Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans will host its 30th Anniversary Gala at the JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street. The gala is one of many events throughout the year inviting the community on a “voyage” in honor of Jules Verne, founding member of the original Alliance Française in Paris.
The evening will begin with a Patron Party at 6:30 pm in the Irvin Mayfield Lounge, featuring champagne, hors-d’oeuvres, and music by Helen Gillet. The “Around the World” Silent and Live Auction will feature French and travel-themed items, including a stay in France, airfare, restaurants and hotel stays, plus a raffle of Alliance Française Board Members’ favorite French wines. A reception for all guests will follow the Patron Party at 7:30, and at 8:00, dinner will begin in the Île de France Ballroom featuring a French menu crafted by Executive Chef René Bajeux. The evening’s program will be led by Master of Ceremonies Mark Romigand will feature remarks from Honorary Gala Chair, Jean-Claude Brunet, Consul General of France in New Orleans, as well as a Trivia Competition pitting table against table for a fun challenge on French culture and history. After dinner, guests will enjoy dancing to The Don Vappie Creole Quintet.
Over 200 guests are expected to enjoy this fabulous evening of music, auction, dinner, and dancing. Sponsorship opportunities range in price from $250 to $10,000. Tickets are available for purchase through March 18: $175 for patrons, $125 for non-members and $100 for members of the Alliance Française. Cocktail or Belle Époque attire is welcome.
2014 Gala Committee:Co-Chairs Julia Ingraham Walker (Board President) and Katrina Greer, Cecile Andry, Jane Apffel, Dessa Rutter Giffin, Norma Grace, Shauna Storey Grissett, Michael Harold, Daniel Henderson, Givonna Joseph, Cissy Rowley, and Dr. Terry Voorhies. The Honorable Jean-Claude Brunet, Consul General de France, and Mrs. Muriel Brunet are Honorary Gala Chairmen.
Un Voyage Extraordinaire: The World of Jules Verne is made possible by deeply appreciated support from Anniversary SponsorsThe Greer Family, Phyllis M. Taylor, Air Liquide, The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, Christine and Price LeBlanc, Mrs. Harold H. Stream, Julia and Cedric Walker, Laitram LLC, Courtney-Anne Sarpy, E. Alexandra Stafford and Raymond Rathle, Mrs. Richard Spangenberg, Tuleu Consulting, Terry and Rand Voorhies.
Today's event is a rare New Orleans performance by the Bombazo Dance Company from Bronx, New York. They are a Puerto Rican Folkloric dance and drum company that performs and keeps alive their African ancestry through Bomba- Afro Puerto Rican song, music and dance. They have graced the stages of the Alvin Ailey Citi Group Theater, Lincoln Center, Off Broadway Theater: Pregones, Bellas Artes in Puerto Rico, Corralon de San Jose Puerto Rico, just to name a few.
The New Orleans/Louisiana premiere of "Zanna, Don't! (A Musical Fairy Tale)" will open at The Shadowbox Theatre, located at 2400 St. Claude Avenue-New Orleans, LA-70117, on March 14 and run March 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 30. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night performances will begin at 8pm and Sunday matinee performances will begin at 2pm.
"Zanna, Don't" is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning 2003 off-Broadway musical written by Tim Acito with additional lyrics and material by Alexander Dinelaris. The show is set in a parallel magical universe where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuality is taboo. Set in a mid-western all-American type town, the action takes place at heterophobic Heartsville High. Zanna, the school matchmaker (think Dolly Levi with more flair), brings together happy same-sex couples until the football team's handsome quarterback and the lovely captain of the Girls' Intramural Mechanical Bull-Riding Team begin to discover their feelings for each other.
In addition to receiving several 2003 Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle award nominations, the original production of "Zanna, Don't" won the Lucille Lortel award for best choreography as well as the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater Production and was voted Favorite Off-Broadway Musical in the Broadway.com Audience Awards.
Following the sold out run of the Big Easy Award nominated "Evil Dead the Musical", "Zanna Don't" will be quite a change of pace; going from the world of blood, dismemberment, and evil Candarian demons to a celebration of love and diversity! "See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company" is proud to continue its mission of bringing musicals to the New Orleans theater community that are brand new to local audiences.
"Zanna, Don't!" is produced and directed by Christopher Bentivegna. Choreography and assistant direction is provided by Lindsey Romig. Natalie True is the music director (leading a live rock band).
Ariel Schwab will serve as production manager. Caroline St. Amant is the stage manager and Michelle deMontluzin is the production designer. Elizabeth Corley will contribute to special effects.
Joshua Brewer will play the title role of Zanna. Larry Johnson will play the role of Mike. Janie Heck will play the role of Kate. Allee Peck will play the role of Roberta. Kali Russell will play the role of Candi. Lloyd Meekins will play the role of Tank. Brian-Eric Lugo will play the role of Arvin. Price Provenzano will play the role of Steve and Elyse McDaniel will play various roles.
For tickets, patrons can call The Shadowbox Theatre box office: 504-298-8676.
Sarod Master Aashish Kahn gave his first public performance at the age of 13 with his grandfather on the All India Radio National Program in New Delhi. In 1961, he accompanied his father Ustad Ali Akbar Khan as a representative of India to the East West Music Encounter in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, Aashish has gone on to be the Composer and Conductor for the National Orchestra of India. Over the years, he has collaborated with such diverse Western musicians as George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Charles Lloyd, John Handy and Alice Coltrane. He has also worked in film scoring including John Houston’s The Man Who Would Be King, Clint Eastwood’s Breezy and David Lean’s A Passage to India. In the year 2003he formed an Indo-Jazz group in New Orleans called "Shringar" to continue his contributions in "World Music" and the harmony of Inter Cultural diversities. Shringar features saxophone great Tim Green and Andrew Mclean on tablas and guitar.