In the fall of 2020, Manon Mashburn and Maria Bazan created a series of backyard concerts called SoulBurn NOLA. The goal of the series is to bring back New Orleans's music culture, which has died down over the past year due to the pandemic, and support hospitality workers.
A single-day SoulBurn NOLA event, in celebration of this year's St. Patrick's Day, will take place on Saturday, March 13, and will feature Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters, Colin Davis and the Night People, and Mike Doussan and Co. Doors open at 2 p.m., a $100 donation is required for entry, and the music will last from 3 to 9:30 p.m. Due to limited capacity for the outdoor events, guests must purchase tickets ahead of time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A second part of the event, SoulBurn NOLA Vol. 2, is set to start in the middle of April during when, on a normal year, French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest would have kicked off.
SoulBurn NOLA is operating under strict COVID restrictions in order to provide a safe and fun environment for people to enjoy live music. Temperatures are taken upon entry and guest are assigned to a specific pod for seating. Guest information is taken to allow for proper contact tracing, if needed. There have been no known cases of COVID transmission at any of the gigs that have taken place so far, but extra percussions for safety will still be enforced.
2020's SoulBurn NOLA Vol. 1 put on six different performances in the Irish Channel over the span of three months. Featured artists included "Wolfman" Washington, the Honey Island Swamp Band, Desert Nudes, The Quickening, Johnny Sketch's Bandicoot, and The Tanglers. The concerts raised over $5,000 to aid the New Orleans music industry and hospitality workers during the pandemic. The money that was raised were donated to different establishments like Titpitina's, Maple Leaf, and Kermit's Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge. Special sponsors of the concert series included NOLA Brewery, Café Atchafalaya, Urban South Brewery, Seven-Three Distillery, Bernard Productions, Empire Deli, City of New Orleans One Stop Permits and Licensing, French Gallery, and Mashburn Consulting LLC.
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