Want to show your love and support for New Orleans?
NOLAxNOLA, produced by co-founder Paul Peck and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Martin Shore, and presented by New Orleans & Company, will host its landmark virtual fundraiser, hailing the city's most influential artists and legends.
NOLAxNOLA '21: Show Your Love! A Virtual Celebration of New Orleans will take place on November 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) and 9 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The event will host live performances from musical greats such as Irma Thomas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Kermit Ruffins, Dumpstaphunk, Big Freedia, Galactic, and Rebirth Brass Band, plus a celebration of the late Dr. John with exclusive never-before-seen performance footage.
New Orleans is well-known for its live performances at festivals, parades, and venues, but this was impossible due to the pandemic.
"It's been a long time since our community around the globe was together to celebrate the New Orleans music and flavor that we all love so much," Peck said. "In that spirit, we're throwing a two-night party of musical treats and storytelling."
Guests will also get a chance to win a virtual hangout with Dumpstaphunk, "Golden Tickets" to local music venues, and a ride with Big Freedia in next year's Mardi Gras parade by simply donating money, made possible by digital fundraising platform Fandiem. All donations will go towards the Tip-It Foundation, Upbeat Academy Foundation New Orleans Musicians' Clinic & Assistance Foundation, The Roots of Music, Trombone Shorty Foundation, and Preservation Hall Foundation, all of which were significantly impacted by the pandemic.
"Our beloved venues and community can use the support now more than ever," Peck said.
According to a press release from New Orleans & Company, NOLAxNOLA hosted a festival last month, which included more than 300 music performances in 35 New Orleans venues in over 10 days, marking music's return to the stage; in other words, it was a huge success.
"[We are] proud to present NOLAxNOLA and support our musicians and music culture, the lifeblood of New Orleans' cultural economy," New Orleans & Company President and CEO Stephen Perry said. "We also hope watching this incredible lineup of talent this weekend will inspire music lovers from around the world to plan a trip to New Orleans in 2022."
NOLAxNOLA is free and will be accessible online. For more information and to donate, visit fandiem.com/nolaxnola.