FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JAMES ANDREWS AND
FLOW TRIBE KICK OFF THE SPRING 2013 SEASON OF JAZZ IN THE PARK
Event With Expanded
Entertainment Marks Third Installment of Concert Series
New Orleans, April 4, 2013-The People United for Armstrong Park (PUfAP) is thrilled to present the first of eight shows-all free-that make up the 2013 spring season of Jazz in the Park. The pairing of two the music powerhouses, James Andrews and Flow Tribe, is complemented by a wealth of entertainment and family fun designed to highlight Armstrong Park itself, while celebrating the historic Faubourg Treme and the great culture of New Orleans.
The first event of the series takes place on April 18, 2013, with a start time of 3PM, when New Skool Brass Band performs to start the festivities. The Marketplace at Armstrong Park, produced in cooperation with The Institute of Community Development (www.icdnola.org), also opens to the public at 3PM. Fresh and prepared foods, as well as locally made crafts, are available for purchase, with the additional convenience of a grocery valet so patrons may shop and enjoy the music at the same time. The gastronomic delights of some of New Orleans' best food trucks round out the menu options.
Flow Tribe brings their indefatigable exuberance to the Jazz in the Park stage at 5PM, and the inimitable James Andrews headlines at 6:30PM. During the intermission, there will be a second line parade through Armstrong Park, featuring New Skool Brass Band and The Undefeated Divas and Gents Social Aid and Pleasure Club.
The People United for Armstrong Park's inaugural Treme Night takes place after the show, with a second line featuring New Skool and The Undefeated Divas and Gents leading out of Armstrong Park to the Candlelight Lounge, at 925 N. Robertson Street. The after party at the Candlelight runs the duration of the concert series, from 4/18 to 6/06. A five-dollar suggested donation at the door goes towards funding the Jazz in the Park concert series, specifically for the music.
"We're excited to extend the Jazz in the Park festivities to the heart of Treme," says PUfAP Founder and President, Emanuel Lain, Jr. "Our friends and fans don't always want to go straight home after their good time at the park, and Treme Night at the Candlelight gives us a chance to spend a little more time together after a hard day at work and listen to even more amazing music."
A kids' craft and play area is available to offer enrichment activities and fun while families attend the Jazz in the Park shows. There is a spacewalk, and a face-painting artist also will be on hand.
Primary sponsorship for the series is provided by The NOLA Brewing Company. Jazz in the Park is also generously supported by The American Music Research Foundation, The City of New Orleans, Bernard Productions, C&G Construction, OffBeat, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Old New Orleans Louisiana Rum, WWOZ, and Fleurty Girl.
Jazz in the Park got its start in the spring of 2012, with seven free concerts that featured the likes of Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews, Glen David Andrews, David and Russell Batiste, Allen Toussaint, Leo Nocentelli and The Meters Experience, Bo Dollis and The Wild Magnolias. The fall 2012 series continued this tradition of incredible music and entertainment in a family-friendly, neighborhood-oriented setting with Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Renard Poche Band, The Stooges Brass Band, Stephanie Jordan, The Treme Brass Band, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., Jamal Batiste, The Soul Rebels Brass Band, John Boutte, Charmaine Neville, Russell Batiste & Jason Neville, and Corey Henry and Treme Funktet. Treme Funktet's performance produced a spontaneous and explosive collaboration onstage with James Andrews and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews that was one of the season's highlights.
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About PUfAP: The People United for Armstrong Park is a volunteer-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that led the community effort to re-open Armstrong Park. Our primary work focuses on coordinating and collaborating with individuals and institutions to catalyze Armstrong Park into a premier hub for the city's cultural economy. We aim to connect individuals in the community to their culture and history by establishing the park as a nurturing, living environment for the arts, and provide opportunities to ensure their success and accomplishments in their chosen craft. Please visit www.armstrongpark.org for more information.