The V Side: Big and Little Orchestras, Earth Day and the Kingfish
THURSDAY / The Beat Goes On: Drummers may often get the last solo, but when The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra hosts "The Big Beat" - A Fundraiser to benefit Jazz tonight, percussion comes first. THE BIG BEAT's live lineup includes the 18-piece Big Band with Irvin Mayfield and special guest Cyril Neville; a presentation by legendary percussionist Bill Summers; and a drum showcase with NOJO's own Adonis Rose, and New Orleans drummers Herlin Riley, Shannon Powell and Jason Marsalis. Celebrating the tradition of percussion and drums from which Jazz evolved, The Big Beat will raise funds to ensure the Beat goes on. Thursday, April 19, VIP Pre-Party 6:00 PM, Irvin Mayfield's I- Club; Dinner & Entertainment, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM JW Marriott. SATURDAY / Soul-A-Bration: In the spirit of The Big Beat, but with an appreciation for the nurturing if the "little" beats, All Souls Episcopal Church and Community Center, home of the Youth Orchestra of the Lower Ninth Ward, will host a silent auction fundraiser, Soul-A-Bration. Nearby parents, donors and citywide supporters who attend Soul-A-Bration will be its inaugural attenders, as the event is the first annual silent auction and dinner with lots of good food and auction items donated by some of the major restaurants around town. Sharon Litwin says of the Community Center's Reverend Wright, "it’s clear that what's putting a gleam in his eye is the debut of the Youth Orchestra of the Lower Ninth Ward." Visit Soul-A-Bration to see the budding all-string ensemble in action in the Center they call home. Saturday, April 21, 6 to 9 p.m., All Souls Episcopal Church and Community Center, corner of St. Claude Ave. and Caffin St.
SATURDAY / That Fish Cray: With festival season in full swing, this Saturday brings us food, music, art, and, most importantly, crawfish. Crawfest is an annual festival held on Tulane’s uptown campus. A relatively new festival, Crawfest was initially put on in 2007 as a way to bring back parts of New Orleans that the students had missed while displaced during Katrina. In five short years, it has grown exponentially in size and popularity, adding stages, vendors, and attendees. Voted one of the ten best college music events by the Huffington Post, this year, the festival will be featuring Galactic, Soul Rebels, ALO, and more. Admission is free for students and $10 for the public for unlimited crawfish.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY / A Spin on Earth Day: Who says you can't build a house in a day? In conjunction with the free Earth Day Festival on the bayou and a fitting Green Business Expo, NolaVie contributor Matthew Sheard of 1239 Congress and other volunteers including a group from Rebuilding Together will construct a "Pledge House" frame, mixing things up with locally salvaged donated materials. The group will demonstrate the functionality of reusing as they celebrates the great blue orb we can never pay enough tribute to-- that is, Earth! Watch Matthew and others build on Saturday, and visit the festival Sunday. Cyril Neville, Flow Tribe, Debauche, and others will perform. 9am-7:30pm on Sunday, April 22 at Bayou St. John. SUNDAY / Know Your Roots: The New Orleans Lyceum Group invites New Orleanians to delve into the life and legacy of Huey Long in a lively setting. The New Orleans History Group will discuss Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning Huey Long by T. Harry Williams at the Corner Muse Café. If you've never read the fascinating account of Long's life, or if you want to refresh your memory of the book, this is a perfect opportunity to meet others who share an interest in the Louisiana Governor. The Group suggests you read through Chapter 15 to be fully engaged in the discussion. Sunday, April 22, 3pm, Corner Muse Café, 1381 Magazine St.