Good Morning Everybody and Happy Thursday!
Come show your support for Devon Walker tonight at 8:00 pm! Mardi Gras World will be the site of the Devon Walker Benefit!! A $20 donation will be collected at the entrance ($10 for students), but of course larger donations are welcomed and encouraged. All donations will go to Devon's medical bills. While helping Devon and his family through this difficult time, guests can also enjoy music and catering by local restaurants. You will also be able to purchase T-shirts and charm bracelets with Devon’s number will be on sale.
Don't miss out on the weekly wine tasting at Cork and Bottle (3700 Orleans) about 5:00 pm in Mid-City. Come sample some delicious vinos and kick off your early weekend right! You can also stop at Clever (right next door - don't even have to walk outside) for their happy hour specials after attending the free wine tasting! And be sure to stop by the Crescent City Farmer's Market (right outside the door) and patronize local Louisiana vendors with fresh veggies, seafood and more!!
And there's more wine!! Come to Tastings at the Track and celebrate a "Wine Tasting...European Connections: Great Wines from Europe"! The reception-style tasting will feature more than 35 fine red, white, rosé and sparkling wines made in the USA. Held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the clubhouse at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots (1751 Gentilly Blvd.), the spirited sampling is sponsored by Dorignac's. Wine experts are on hand to answer all of your wine questions, and there will be gourmet cheeses to compliment the wines. Cost to attend is $25 per person. Tickets are sold at Dorignac's or at the door. Don't miss it!
Jazz in the Park Free Concert Series kicks off this evening in Armstrong Park! PUfAP is proud to present the 2012 second season of Jazz in the Park, inside of the historic Louis Armstrong Park. The events are FREE, begins today and runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm for seven Thursdays until November 1st featuring a Marketplace that provides an opportunity to purchase fresh food, produce and craft market available to the public from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. Check out the great line-up of music below!
* Africa Brass at 4PM
* Stooges Brass Band at 5PM
* Russell Batiste and Friends featuring Jason Neville with The Wild Tchoupitoulas at 6:30PM
* Stephanie Jordan at 5PM
* Soul Rebels Brass Band at 6:30PM
* Treme Brass Band at 5PM
* Renard Poche Band at 6:30PM
* Corey Henry at 5PM
* John Boutte at 6:30PM
* Jamal Batiste Band at 5pm
* Big Sam's Funky Nation at 6:00
* Leroy Jones at 5PM
* Los Hombres Calientes featuring Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield at 6:15 PM
Go hang out at City Park this evening and enjoy music from New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra with Lionel Ferbos for the Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series! The ragtime era was an exciting time when previously unheard of privileges and pleasures were exercised, like dancing in public cheek to cheek. The New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra will transport you back to those days of ragtime music, along with stirring marches, joyous cakewalks, sultry blues, and elegant waltzes. Don't miss it! 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 Billy Iuso -"Don't miss the opportunity to be inspired" is Billy Iuso's mission. Three decades after honing his skills, he is widely known for his funk-driven jam sound with Brides of Jesus and The Restless Natives! Tonight the O BAR's specialty drink is Lemonade with a Twist -- Celebrate the last hot days of summer weather with this refreshing mix of lemonade and mango juices with vodka.
*Remember with your Ogden membership all of these excellent concerts are FREE!!
For more fun stuff to do and more music...check out the WWOZ Livewire - http://www.wwoz.org/new-orleans-community/music-calendar!