Jazz in the Park Marks Sixth Show of the Fall Series
The People United for Armstrong Park (PUfAP) is happy to announce the sixth show of the fall season of the Jazz in the Park concert series, with an exciting lineup that includes Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Jamal Batiste. The show takes place on October 25, 2012, starting with Jamal Batiste at 5 PM, and Big Sam’s Funky Nation at 6:15 PM.
The event opens with a fresh food and craft market that is available to the public from 3-7 PM. The marketplace is a collaborative venture of PUfAP, the Institute of Community Development, and the USDA.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation infectious “Noladelic Powerfunk” makes the band a festival favorite throughout North America and the world. They are led by trombonist and vocalist Big Sam Williams, who started his music career as a member of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Big Sam has toured with Elvis Costello and Allan Toussaint, and performed with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Widespread Panic. He also shared the stage with Green Day and U2 for the reopening of the Superdome in 2006. Big Sam’s Funky Nation has toured internationally, and have played at a multitude of festivals: The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Telluride Blues and Brews, Doheny Blues Festival, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, The Voodoo Music + Art Experience, Bear Creek Music and Art Festival, LEAF, and many more. In addition to Big Sam, the band is made up of Andrew Baham (trumpet, vocals, keys), Andrew Block (guitar), Chocolate MILK (drums), and Eric Vogel (bass). The band’s most recent release is the EP Funky Donkey, which came out in 2012.
Jamal Batiste, of the legendary Batiste family, has been playing drums since the tender age of three, and debuted at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at the age of five. He has toured internationally with Los Hombres Calientes, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, The Wild Magnolias, and more. Mr. Batiste has shared the stage with Drake, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Anthony Hamilton, Bonnie Raitt, Musiq, Soulchild, and Yolanda Adams. He currently performs with rapper Dee-1, The Honorable South, and his own band, JAM-ALL. Mr. Batiste’s first major project was serving as engineer and executive producer of New Orleans is Coming Back by David Batiste (his father) and the Gladiators. His latest CD is T.U.D. Just Jamal.
This performance is the sixth of seven free concerts that constitute the fall Jazz in the Park concert series. The concerts are free, and take place on Thursdays, generally from 5PM to 8PM, and run from September 20, 2012 to November 1, 2012. Funding for this series has been generously provided by the NOLA Brewing Company.
10/25 Jamal Batiste at 5PM; Big Sam’s Funky Nation at 6:15PM
11/1 Leroy Jones at 5PM; Los Hombres Calientes featuring Bill Summers and Irvin Mayfield at 6:15 PM
The fall concert series culminates in a benefit concert intended to keep the music free and coming in the spring. This benefit show will take place at 8PM on November 8, 2012, in Armstrong Park, with a line up of eclectic local talent including Irma Thomas, George Porter, Jr., Bill Summers, and MyNameIsJohnMichael.
The Institute of Community Development has partnered with PUfAP to enhance the Jazz in the Park experience with a fresh food and craft market. The Institute of Community Development (ICD) is a privately funded, nonpartisan, 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides leadership, education, and activism to empower America’s diverse citizenry to revitalize their communities. They have developed a weekly marketplace in Armstrong Park to offer a means for residents of the Treme to have access to fresh food choices in the wake of losing both area grocery stores to Hurricane Katrina, among other progressive, helpful initiatives. To learn more about the mission, projects, and goals of the Institute of Community Development, please visit their site: http://www.i-c-d.org.
PUfAP presented seven free concerts in the spring, also under the mantle of Jazz in the Park. The series featured performers such as Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews, Glen David Andrews, David and Russell Batiste, Allen Toussaint, Leo Nocentelli and The Meters Experience, and Bo Dollis and The Wild Magnolias. These events created a safe, family-friendly cultural experience for residents and tourists, nurtured community involvement and have helped re-establish Armstrong Park, Rampart Street, and the Treme as a destination for arts and entertainment.
About PUfAP: The People United for Armstrong Park is a volunteer-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that led the community effort to re-open Armstrong Park. Our primary work focuses on coordinating and collaborating with individuals and institutions to catalyze Armstrong Park into a premier hub for the city’s cultural economy. We aim to connect individuals in the community to their culture and history by establishing the park as a nurturing, living environment for the arts, and provide opportunities to ensure their success and accomplishments in their chosen craft. Please visit www.pufap.org for more information.