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EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 25 - Jun 7, 2015
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ETCHYNPÜFE Group Show…

May 25 - 31, 2015
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Irish Sessions

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Jim Roche: Cultural…

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Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Preservation Jazz…

May 25 - 25, 2015
Live New Orleans Jazz Nightly! more

Tennessee Williams:…

May 25 - 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

Purchased Lives: New…

May 26 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The Irish House…

May 26 - 26, 2015
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Le Petit Theatre…

May 27 - 31, 2015
This classic Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical traces the lives of… more

Lecture: “Finding…

May 27 - 27, 2015
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Pub Quiz

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The Maison Dupuy…

May 27 - 27, 2015
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The Victory Belles…

May 27 - 27, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

May 27 - 27, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

Jazz in the Park…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Jazz in the Park returns for eight straight weeks this spring, running from… more

The Irish House…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Patrick Cooper. more

Yappy Hour in the…

May 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for  Yappy Hour in the Courtyard at Rare Form, to benefit the… more

The Irish House…

May 29 - 29, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Patie O'Sullivan. more

New Orleans Oyster…

May 30 - 31, 2015
You better not eat for days leading up to the 2015 New Orleans Oyster Festival.… more

NORDC Movies in the…

May 30 - 30, 2015
Join us for NORDC Movies in the Park screening of "Dolphin Tale… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

May 25 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

9th Annual Soul Fest at Audubon Zoo "Celebrate African American Heritage Audubon Style!"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contact:

Sarah Burnette
(504) 212-5335
sburnette@auduboninstitute.org 

                           9th Annual Soul Fest at Audubon Zoo
             
"Celebrate African American Heritage Audubon Style!"

(NEW ORLEANS, LA)- Join Audubon Zoo for a soulful celebration in honor of African American culture and accomplishments. The 9th Annual Soul Fest will be held under Audubon Zoo's magical oaks on Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4. This unique festival, one of the largest of its kind in New Orleans, features soulful cuisine, live music, one-of-a-kind crafts and FREE health information.

It wouldn't be a festival without music! Soul Fest promises a diverse musical line up both days at the Zoo's Capital One Stage including Irvin Mayfield and The Playhouse Review closing out the Fest Sunday afternoon (schedule below).

Visitors can check in with wellness representatives, including Crescent City WIC, Healthy Start New Orleans and The McFarland Institute. Zoo guests can also register as a bone marrow donor with the National Marrow Donor Program.

Artisans showcase and sell original arts and crafts, such as jewelry, leather goods and more. Restaurants and caterers tempt taste buds with delectable Creole cuisine and authentic soul food like fried fish and potato salad, chicken and waffles, stuffed bell peppers and seafood gumbo, and the ever- popular Ooey Gooey Cake.

"Soul Fest is quickly becoming one of New Orleans' biggest celebrations of African American history," said Audubon Nature Institute Community Relations Director Eileen Lumar-Johnson. "We're especially pleased to honor a distinguished list of Black History makers as African American Firsts, including Natalie Robottom, D. Mjeeda Snead, Dr. Charles Teamer, South Coast Paper, the Original Illinois Club and the Buffalo Soldiers 9th Calvary." The African American First Tribute takes place on Saturday, March 3, beginning at noon. Corey Hebert, M.D. will serve as the Emcee for the tribute.

New this year, there will be a tribute to the late icon Don Cornelius with a Soul Train Line at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Soul Fest is presented by WellCare. Entertainment and African American First Sponsor is Walmart. Soul Fest Contributing sponsors are The Bardell Company, Coaxum Enterprises Inc., Amerigroup Louisiana and The Home Depot.

 Soul Fest 2012 Music
Saturday March 3
11am - NOCCA Jazz Septet
12pm - African American First Tribute
12:45 - Tara Alexander
1:45 - Hy-Life
2:45 - Erica Falls with tributes to Whitney Houston and Etta James
3:45 - Hot 8 Brass Band

Sunday, March 4
11am - NOCCA Jazz Septet
11:45 - Karen Hence and Friends (Gospel)
12:45 - Crescent CIty Connections
1:45 - Michael "Soulman" Baptiste
2:45 - Gina Brown
3:30 - Soul Train Line (Honoring Don Cornelius)
3:45 - Irvin Mayfield and The Playhouse Review featuring James Andrews and Glenn David

For more information on Soul Fest at Audubon Zoo, call 504-581-4629 or visit AudubonInstitute.org