Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thursday w/a Stroll, Concerts in Parks & a Museum, & Top it off w/a Benefit!

What a beautiful evening for a stroll on Royal!

This evening is the Royal Street Stroll sponsored by Rouses the fun starts up at 5:30pm and goes until 8:30pm at the 300 Royal Street, The Wine and Food Experience Event brings together New Orleans' greatest gifts: rare antiques, fine art, live jazz and stunning historic architecture with the world's outstanding wines. Shop the enchanting galleries of Royal Street while experiencing wine offerings at each stop, as live jazz music fills the air. As always, the Krewe of Cork will parade down Royal Street to add to the fun!

At the event, in exchange for your ticket, you will receive a 2012 Wine Glass & Wristband that allows you receive wine & food offerings.  Tickets are $75 per person in advance ($90 on-site), available at NOWFE....If you're poor like me and can't afford the sure to head down anyway and support the shops and establishments on Royal this's a fun event!!!

*Rescheduled for Tonight Swing in the Park with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Lafreniere Park under the gazebo on the center island of the Park. The LPO is hosting FREE outdoor concert which will feature traditional classic and modern favorites that will please any and all generations of listeners. Selections include: Overture to Light Cavalry, Suite from Carmen, Selections from Phantom of the Opera, Strike Up the Band, Muppet Medley, Traditional New Orleans Medley, Big Band Fantasy, Irving Berlin - A Symphonic Portrait, and Stars and Stripes Forever. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for a relaxed evening at the park. While refreshments will be available for purchase, guests are invited to bring their own ice chests, food and beverage. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank. Swing in the Park is presented by Fidelity and co-sponsored by Lakelawn Funeral Home and Cemeteries.

Go hang out at City Park this evening and enjoy Wendell Brunious for the Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series!  Wendell Brunious, trumpet player and vocalist, has recorded and toured with an impressive array of jazz greats. Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Harry Connick, Jr., The Olympia Brass Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, many others.  Gates open up at 5:00 pm and the performance starts at 6:00 pm in the City Park Botanical Garden Pavilion of the Two Sisters...There is an admission charge, but hey, it's helping the Park out...$10 for adults and $3 for children (it was $3 last year :)

Need a little art, culture and music? You gotta go to the show at the Ogden Southern Museum of Art (925 Camp St.) - better known as Ogden after Hours. Tonight the Ogden presents The Spinning Leaves  The Spinning Leaves are a glowing experience, steeped in traditional American music, sweetened with psychedelic folk and a garnish of New Weird America. The duo consists of Michael Baker, whose Kentucky heritage is not only evident but absolutely authentic, and Barbara Gettes, a Pennsylvania native whose voice is simultaneously suggestive and comforting!  And tonight the O BAR's specialty drink is The Mint Julep - Seersucker, white linen and mint juleps -- summer has arrived. The O Bar will concoct a refreshing julep to rival those served at the Kentucky Derby!!

Support the Gulf Restoration Network and Sweet Home New Orleans tonight at the Blue Nile (532 Frenchmen) at 9:00 pm.  It's a very special concert where New Orleans' own Bonerama and Sunpie Barnes will be performing with special guests Elvis Perkins, Erin McKeown, Jeanie Schroder (Devotchka), Justin Poree (Ozomatli), Lateef The Truthspeaker, Martín Perna (Antibalas + Ocote Soul), Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Spank Rock, Thao Nguyen (Thao And The Get Down Stay Down), and more for "Dear NOLA: A Concert for New Orleans".   This show is a benefit for Sweet Home New Orleans and Gulf Restoration Network, two New Orleans-based nonprofits working to support and sustain the region's unique musical and cultural traditions and to protect and restore vital environmental and community resources for future generations.  Tickets are only $12 for this amazing night of music!

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