New Orleans & Company is celebrating the overwhelming success of last month’s inaugural citywide NOLAxNOLA festival with Show Your Love! A Virtual Celebration of New Orleans, on Friday, November 19th and Saturday, November 20th.
NOLAxNOLA’s Show Your Love! streaming event will feature performances from a long list of lauded New Orleans musicians including Irma Thomas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dumpstaphunk, Rebirth Brass Band, Big Freedia, Galactic, The Revivalists, and many more. The festivities will also feature a very special celebration of the late Dr. John featuring never-before-seen footage of the Night Tripper himself.
Over the ten days in October that were supposed to encompass the eventually canceled 2021 edition of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, artists, promoters, and venues throughout the New Orleans music community came together to host NOLAxNOLA, which encompassed more than 300 performances in 35 rooms around the city and served as a symbolic milestone in the city’s return from lockdown.
The upcoming virtual fundraiser, Show Your Love! A Virtual Celebration of New Orleans, will capitalize on that momentum with two days of never-before-seen performances and more by some of New Orleans’ most iconic artists and legends, all benefiting community-based nonprofits dedicated to fostering the music culture of New Orleans. Powered by the digital fundraising platform Fandiem, NOLAxNOLA ‘21: Show Your Love! A Virtual Celebration of New Orleans will be available to view for free on 11/19 and 11/20 exclusively via www.nolaxnola.com.
Fandiem will further support NOLAxNOLA ‘21: Show Your Love! A Virtual Celebration of New Orleans with a number of exclusive sweepstakes, auctions, and more, allowing fans to “Donate To Win” such once-in-a-lifetime experiences and prizes as a chance to ride with Big Freedia in a Mardi Gras parade, a virtual hangout with Dumpstaphunk, and “Golden Tickets” to Tipitina’s, Howlin’ Wolf, the Maple Leaf, the Fillmore and House of Blues, and various Frenchmen Street venues during next year’s Jazz Fest. For complete details and to browse sweepstakes options, head here.
NOLAxNOLA is a coalition of New Orleans artists, venues, and cultural leaders, in partnership with New Orleans & Company, that have banded together with the initial goal of supporting one another and keeping the music community and culture bearers strong during this difficult time while following all safety guidelines. The coalition further seeks to support the health and growth of the New Orleans artistic community by creating opportunities to celebrate the city’s position as one of the world’s most vibrant cultural centers.
Produced by Paul Peck (longtime Bonnaroo SuperJam producer, Okeechobee Festival co-founder, and producer of last year’s all-star Save Tip’s livestream benefit show) and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Martin Shore (Take Me To The River and the upcoming Take Me To The River NOLA), the two-night event will support six New Orleans-based community nonprofits, including The Roots of Music, Trombone Shorty Foundation, Tip-It Foundation, Preservation Hall Foundation, New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation, and Upbeat Academy Foundation.
“It’s been a long time since our community around the globe was together to celebrate the New Orleans music and flavor that we all love so much,” says Paul Peck, co-founder of NOLAxNOLA. “In that spirit, we’re throwing a two night party of musical treats and storytelling. Our beloved venues and community can use the support now more than ever and some lucky donors will win some of the most unimaginable New Orleans experiences ever.”
“New Orleans & Company is proud to present NOLAxNOLA and support our musicians and music culture, the lifeblood of New Orleans cultural economy,” said Stephen Perry, President and CEO of New Orleans & Company. “We also hope watching this incredible lineup of talent this weekend will inspire music-lovers from around the world to plan a trip to New Orleans in 2022.”
See below for a full list of artists set to perform as part of the virtual benefit. For more information, head here.
Show Your Love! A Virtual Celebration of New Orleans – Artist Lineup
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Rebirth Brass Band
The Soul Rebels
George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners
Kristin Diable and Gabrielle Cavassa
Preservation Hall Quartet
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Galactic with Anjelika Jelly Joseph
Tank and the Bangas
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