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New Orleans, LA - Grammy®Award-winner Irvin Mayfield heads a lineup of talented local artists who will keep everyone moving and grooving throughout the annual two-day Soul Fest at Audubon Zoo.

On Sunday, March 8, Mayfield will close out the festive weekend on the Capital One Stage with one of his trademark Jazz performances.

The trumpeter, band leader, composer, arranger and recording artist, is the founder and leader of the renowned New Orleans Jazz orchestra and serves on the National Council on the Arts as a nominee of President Obama.

Soul Fest opens on Saturday, March 7 with performances by BRW, the Soul Rebels, Zena Moses and many more jazz, rhythm & blues and gospel artists who are expected to attract thousands to Audubon Zoo to celebrate African-American culture.

Education is also part of the program. Kids can visit craft tables from Brazil, China, Haiti, Jamaica and Africa in the Children's Global Playground to learn about cultures worldwide and create their very own Soul Fest souvenir.

Soul Fest is presented by AARP and sponsored in part by Shell, The Bardell Company and Marathon Petroleum.

On Sunday at 2 p.m, Soul Fest officials will recognize several local trailblazers on the Capital One Stage during the African American Firsts Program. Honorees are: St. John Parish District Attorney Bridget Dinvaut; Tod Smith, president and general manager of WWL TV; businessmen Chris Bardell and Louis Charbonnet III; and Howard Miller, chief of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indian tribe.

Fest-goers can purchase authentic soul food prepared by local restaurants and caterers while enjoying Audubon Zoo's exotic animal collection.

Health and wellness information also is available to all guests at no cost courtesy of local health, education and social service organizations.

2015 Soul Fest performance schedule:

Saturday, March 7, 2015
11:05 am -11:30 am Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz - NOCCA Jazz Combo
11:45 am - 12:15 pm Zena Moses
12:30 pm- 1:15 pm HiLyfe
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Pastor Tyrone Jefferson
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Zena Moses & Rue Fiya
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm The Soul Rebels
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm BRW

Sunday, March 8, 2015
11:05 am - 11:30 am Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz - NOCCA Jazz Combo
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Kevin Stylez
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Tara Alexander
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm African American Firsts Program
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Soul Train Line
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm The New Orleans Playhouse Revue featuring Glen David Andrews & Leao "Kid" Chocolate Brown
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Irvin Mayfield with special guest Shannon Powell

Soul Fest is included in admission to Audubon Zoo, which is $18.95 for adults, $13.95 for children 2-12, and $14.95 for seniors 65+. Audubon Nature Institute members are admitted free of charge. No outside food or beverages allowed. For information, visit or phone (504) 581-4629.

Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. These New Orleans facilities include: Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Nature Institute Foundation. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.