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WHO: Steamboat NATCHEZ

WHAT: This year's Steamboat Stomp will feature some of the world's finest musicians playing "Traditional" New Orleans jazz on one of the last authentic steamboats in the United States. The three-day music festival will include live performances aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ by Banu Gibson & New Orleans Hot Jazz, Dukes of Dixieland, Evan Christopher, Duke Heitger's Steamboat Stompers, Tim Laughlin Trio, Topsy Chapman & Sold Harmony, Yerba Buena Stompers and more!

WHEN/ WHERE: Louisiana Lagniappe & "First Note" Music Festivities
Friday, November 14, 2014 (Lagniappe: 5 - 6 PM; Music: 7 - 10:30 PM)
Royal Sonesta Hotel (Fleur De Lis Rooms & Courtyard) - 300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
An evening lecture titled "Louisiana Lagniappe" by the legendary Captain Clarke (Doc) Hawley and The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC). Doc will discuss the history of jazz on the Mississippi River (event to benefit THNOC).

Harbor Jazz Cruise & Moonlight Jazz Cruise
Saturday, November 15, 2014 (Jazz Cruise: 11:30 AM & 2:30 PM; Moonlight Cruise: 5:30 - 10:30 PM)
Aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ - Toulouse Street and the Mississippi River
Enjoy live music on multiple stages. The Harbor Jazz Cruise will include a brief narrated tour and live music. The Moonlight Jazz Cruise will showcase four bands plus guest artists. Food and beverages will be available for purchase for all cruises.

Gospel Jazz Brunch
Sunday, November 16, 2014 (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM)
Aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ - Toulouse Street and the Mississippi River
Concert fronted by Topsy Chapman. New Orleans brunch buffet is included with the ticket price.

WHY: Many people may not realize that steamboats played an important role in the development of traditional New Orleans jazz and was integral to popularizing the style throughout the nation. Steamboat Stomp aims to promote and preserve traditional jazz music as originally played on riverboats through a weekend of live performances from world-class musicians.

HOW: To purchase individual tickets or all event passes, visit or call 1.800.233.2628. To find out more information about patron and sponsorship level passes (includes a VIP Reception), visit the website or contact Duke Heitger at


The New Orleans Steamboat Company was founded by Wilbur and Bill Dow after the rebuilding of the Toulouse Street Wharf in the French Quarter in 1974. Less than one year later, the 1600 passenger Steamboat NATCHEZ was christened. New Orleans Steamboat Company is well recognized and regarded for its contribution to the New Orleans cultural landscape and tourism industry. Since 1975, the Steamboat NATCHEZ has sailed daily offering Mississippi River cruises featuring live jazz, wonderful New Orleans cuisine and the best view in town! Take a cruise and experience part of our American Heritage. The New Orleans Steamboat Company also owns Gray Line Tours. For more information, please call 504-586-8777 or visit