Denver Comes Alive has announced that legendary New Orleans painter Frenchy will be in the building at Denver, CO’s Mission Ballroom when the event takes place on Friday, January 31st. In addition to displaying a gallery of his acclaimed works, Frenchy will be live painting two original pieces during Denver Comes Alive. The paintings will be sold via silent auction at the end of the event with proceeds benefitting both Backline and Conscious Alliance.
Frenchy—born Randy Leo Frechette—paints with soul and celebration as he travels the world capturing live music performances, festivals, fundraisers and sporting events with style and finesse. From his palette comes vibrantly colored brush strokes inspired by rhythms and melodies, giving emotions a shape in real time.
While he was born in New England, Frenchy has been both inspired and embraced by the talent-rich city of New Orleans, LA since relocating there in 1997. Frenchy’s artistry in motion has garnered the attention of both the NFL‘s New Orleans Saints (who requested Frenchy as their official team artist from 2001–2007) and the NBA‘s former New Orleans Hornets (who brought him in to paint courtside for every home game from 2004–2006). In 2015, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival selected Frenchy as the event’s official artist.
[Frenchy live painting of Maceo Parker]
Frenchy’s presence at the star-studded Denver Comes Alive will further the event’s nature as an homage to the collaborative artistic spirit of New Orleans Jazz Fest after dark. Following in the footsteps of its East Coast predecessor, Brooklyn Comes Alive, Denver Comes Alive will mix never-before-seen collaborations with nationally touring, fan-favorite acts for an unforgettable day of music.
Denver Comes Alive will feature sets by Oteil & Friends (featuring Oteil Burbridge, Melvin Seals, Eric Krasno, Scott Metzger, Jeff Sipe, Alfreda Gerald, and Weedie Braimah), Poppa Funk & The Night Tripper: A Tribute to Art Neville & Dr. John (featuring Ivan Neville, Jon Cleary, George Porter Jr., Ian Neville, Tony Hall, Skerik, Big Sam, and Nikki Glaspie), Ghost-Live (featuring members of Soulive + Ghost-Note), Star Kitchen & Friends (featuring Marc Brownstein, Danny Mayer, Rob Marscher, Marlon Lewis, Borahm Lee, Gabe Mervine, and Nicholas Gerlach), and more.
For a full breakdown of all the collabs, combo bands, and tributes, head here.
Tickets for Denver Comes Alive at the Mission Ballroom on Friday, January 31st are available here.