Live music can be found at every turn in this city, but with the ongoing restrictions on bars and music venues, many musicians and artists are at a loss. The Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy has been running a virtual series named "Embrace the Culture," which features livestreamed performances by local artists and musicians. The series, known as "Geaux Live NOLA," has been running for several months and has displayed local art in the form of visual art, literary arts, film, music, culinary arts, and others. Along with fashion shows and martial arts, the series has explored several different activities and continues to offer interesting streams. Both the Cultural Economy office and the Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO) have been partnering to generate events that reach everyone in the New Orleans community.
The first event for the week features The Wild Magnolias, a Mardi Gras Indian tribe who play funk music. All the events this week can be seen live on the House of Blues NOLA Facebook page or Instagram. Other events this week include Gabrielle Cavassa on September 9 at 2 p.m., Anjelika Jelly Joseph on September 10 at 7 p.m., and Mia Borders on September 11 at 7 p.m. Check out the Facebook page for all upcoming livestreams.
Events like this are vital in today's atmosphere, especially since many of these bands would not be able to perform otherwise, due to venue closures. Not only are these events promoting musicians, but they are allowing for local artists and athletes to showcase their crafts. Many small businesses and artists rely on live performances or expositions for their livelihood, so this gives many people the ability to get back to their jobs. The Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy has created a program that both emphasizes the importance of individual expression and allows for people to experience different kinds of art from the comfort of their homes.
For more information on the events, please visit the New Orleans Cultural Economy Facebook page at facebook.com/neworleansculturaleconomy.