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“New Orleans Songbook” Concert to Take Place at the House of Blues

November 16, 2021
By: Re'gine Smith

The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network has announced that finalists from the 2019 New Orleans Music Showcase will be reuniting to perform their own cover versions of classic songs from the "New Orleans Songbook."

It'll be held on December 9 at the House of Blues at 225 Decatur St. and will feature songs that have been performed by some of NOLA's greatest talents: Irma Thomas, Dr. John, Ernie-K-Doe, Mahalia Jackson, and more. The performance will start at 7 p.m. and a Patron Party will take place before at 6 p.m.

"We are excited to have this unique opportunity to embrace and revel in our past as well as acknowledge the extraordinary potential of New Orleans's musical future," Essence Banks, executive director of NOMTN, said. "As the city returns to normal, the "New Orleans Songbook" is a perfect way to honor the City through song during the holidays," Banks added.

The purpose of NOMTN's signature New Orleans Music Showcase is to grant exposure to local musicians and bring recognition to a more distinctive music industry dialogue in the city. The NOMS started as a competition in 2019 for local musicians. There was so much buzz from the first music showcase that it attracted over 60 submissions and the winners had the chance to perform live at the 2019 Essence Festival.

"It was an honor to participate in the Music Showcase in 2019 and a special privilege to present classic New Orleans sounds this year," 2019 NOMS finalist Casme´ Barnes said. "The music makes New Orleanians happy. And, in terms of exposure to music, entertainment and hospitality decision makers, the business and promotional opportunities are game changers."

Artists expected to perform are at the concert are:

· CASME

· L.Y.O.N.

· Vegas Cola Band

· Mecca Notes

· Drea Marie

· Melomania

· Xeno Moonflower

· Brass-A-Holics

· Allie Baby

You can buy tickets for the event here.

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