Wednesday, May 8, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Event Coordinator: Bethany Lemanski
Phone: (504) 339-2899
AEDF Executive Director: Yvonne Mitchell-Grubb
Phone: (504) 362-6436
NEW ORLEANS - The Algiers Economic Development Foundation (AEDF) announces the line up for the 6th annual Wednesdays on the Point riverfront festival series on Wednesday, May 8, at the site of its weekly summer concerts. This year's series includes shows every Wednesday, May 29-July 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. All concerts take place at 200 Morgan Street riverside where the Algiers Ferry Terminal meets the levee. A special 4th of July concert will return for it's third year entertaining guests from 5 to 9 p.m. prior to the dueling riverboat fireworks extravaganza on the Mississippi River.
Wednesdays on the Point began six years ago in an effort to draw visitors to Algiers Point during the slow summer months. Since its inception, the series has grown exponentially and is expected to draw more than one thousand guests to the banks of the Mississippi River each week. Each Wednesday on the Point concert is free to attend, offering live music, local cuisine and activities for the entire family. Say's Mitch Landrieu's office "we applaud this dynamic group of Algiers residents, business owners and professionals who mobilized to develop and grow this series. (Their) work is helping to make sure that the Algiers community's needs are protected and prioritized."
This year AEDF announces the addition of an artisan vendor area featuring local artists creating unique crafts for sale to festival attendees. "With the addition of the artisan area, we feel that we can promote economic development for small businesses while enhancing the visitors experience by offering a cultural component to the festival." Says AEDF Interim Director Yvonne Mitchell-Grubb. "The annual summer festival brings in over $500,000 in economic impact for the area and we anticipate to see that number grow as the festival expands each year."
Returning for it's second year is the popular Kid's Zone sponsored by the YMCA Federal City. This year's Kid's Zone will include face painters, kids cuisine and athletic activities. This event offers both adults and children a safe space to enjoy the summer evenings on the riverfront.
Always present is the unique local cuisine created by Algiers vendors. Founding "Wednesdays on the Point" business owner David Moffet of Gulf Pizza says, "Wednesdays on the Point is a great way to enjoy music food and the best sunset views in New Orleans. We have enjoyed being out there with our neighboring businesses and seeing this event grow over the past 6 years. It is awesome to see so many people gathering together in Algiers Point beating the summer heat. Gulf Pizza ready to fire up the grill again for the 2013 series making our famous burgers and mufaletta pizzas!"
Each year AEDF strives to highlight the cultural diversity of New Orleans through the musical curating of the band line up. This year is no different as the schedule features music from Cajun & Zydeco artists to Funk, Blues and Jazz. Although the musical line up changes each year, a few things remain the same: the annual event concludes each year with Algiers Point's Sweetheart "Cajun Rocker Amanda Shaw," and Algiers Point celebrates 4th of July with it's annual concert on the riverfront leading up to the Dueling Riverboat fireworks display which many say is the best place to see the fireworks in the City of New Orleans.
The full musical line up for the 2013 festival series is listed below:
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Brass-A-Holics "Gogo Brass Funk" Band (Brass/Covers)
Lagniappe Brass Band (Brass)
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Bag of Donuts (Party Band)
Algiers Brass Band (Traditional Brass)
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Flow Tribe (Alternative Rock)
MELOMANIA (Indie Rock)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Vivaz Latin Band (Latin)
Spanish Guitarist Paky Saavedra (Latin)
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The New Orleans Suspects (New Orleans Funk)
The Mumbles (Blues)
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes (New Orleans Rock
Egg Yolk Jubilee (New Orleans Funk)
Diablo Horns (Brass/Latin)
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The Yat Pack (1940's-1960's Hits)
DaRockits (1960's-1970's Hits)
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys (Cajun Rock)
Mike Paille & The New Orleans Rhythm Devils (Jazz)
For more event information about AEDF's Wednesdays on the Point please contact Bethany Lemanski at (504) 339-2899 or for AEDF information please contact Yvonne Mitchell-Grubb at (504)) 362-6436 or visit http://www.wednesdaysonthepoint.com/
Founded in 1719, Algiers Point is the 2nd oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. "The Point" as locals call it, is located directly across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter. Ferry's run every fifteen minutes between Algiers Point and Downtown New Orleans.
Algiers Economic Development Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing economic development to Algiers. The Mission of AEDF is the build a sustainable, business friendly environment that grows investments and jobs in Westbank New Orleans through advocacy, marketing and business development, recruitment and retention.