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Dir. of the New Orleans Botanical Garden
Join music lovers at City Park to hear some of New Orleans' favorite performers during the "Thursdays at Twilight" concert series. Bring your friends to enjoy this very popular series with an array of musicians and mint juleps indoors at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters. This series is sponsored by Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation, Inc. with support from WWNO 89.9 FM.
Admission is $10 per person. Mint juleps, wine, beer, soft drinks, water, and food are available for purchase. No outside food, drink, or pets are allowed.
Advance tickets are available online at NewOrleansCityPark.com. Advance tickets may also be purchased over the phone at 504-483-9488 or at the Botanical Garden Gift Shop. Thursdays at Twilight Series Season Passes are also available for purchase.
5 pm - Gates Open
6 pm - Performance Begins
Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park
January through April 2017 schedule:
January 12 - Bobby Cure and the Poppa Stoppas
Join us for a rocking good evening as we travel back in time with Bobby Cure to the Doo-Wop days of the 1950s when the Moon was Blue, and the question of the day was, Why Do Fools Fall In Love? For more about the band, visit bobbycure.com.
January 19 - The Yat Pack
The Yat Pack is a New Orleans based band modeled on the 60's Vegas Swing Era. They will perform classic big band numbers by Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Dean Martin, and Bobby Darin as well as contemporary artists like Michael Bublé, Billy Joel, and Harry Connick, Jr. They will also mix in a heavy dose of good old New Orleans R&B. For more about the band, visit theyatpack.com.
January 26 - James Andrews
If anyone can pull off aligning himself with the famous Louis Armstrong it is trumpet extraordinaire James Andrews. However bold this move may be, the New Orleans native earned the "Satchmo of the Ghetto" alias back in his Tremé neighborhood and the name still sizzles in the city. For more about the band, visit jamesandrewsmusic.com.
February 2 - James Rivers Movement
James Rivers is a New Orleans musical treasure. He plays a mixture of Rock, Progressive Jazz, Rhythm and Blues and Gospel; the sort of music that implies something for everybody when it's played. Rivers, one of only three Jazz musicians ever known to play the bagpipes, would probably call himself a saxophonist, but his forte is really an amazing musical dexterity that has helped him master a dozen other instruments.
February 9 - Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony
Performing all over the world, Topsy Chapman dazzles crowds with her suave style and clear melodious voice. To hear her is a pure delight. Topsy was one of the original cast members of the Broadway hit "One Mo' Time". For more about the band, visit topsychapman.com.
February 16 - Boogiemen Swing Band
Will be performing the music of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble', Harry Connick Jr. and more....." Don't miss this special night of music! For more about the band, visit boogiemen-nola.com.
February 23 - No Concert Tonight. Happy Mardi Gras !
March 2 - Celebrating New Orleans Music with Don Vappie, John Rankin, Paul Soniat
The first New Orleans Dixieland Jazz recording was Livery Stable Blues released on March 7, 1917. 100 years later New Orleans Music is stronger than ever. Come and enjoy some of New Orleans' finest musicians, Rex Gregory - sax, Bobby Campo - trumpet, Richard Moten - bass, Mike Esneault - piano and Karl Budo - drums, in celebrating the music that make New Orleans so special.
March 9 - Lena Prima
To some performers, having a legendary father might be daunting. Not for Lena Prima. Born in show business and raised on the road with her famous dad, the singer/songwriter/artist has earned her own reputation around the country for her energetic charismatic performances. She will perform songs of her father as well as some of her original tunes. For more about the band, visit lenaprimamusic.com.
March 16 - Phil Melancon
Phil performs the musical spirit and style of his hometown, New Orleans. As complex as gumbo, he cooks up a variety of musical flavors for your enjoyment.
March 23 - Leroy Jones
Leroy Jones has been a central figure in New Orleans' Jazz Scene since the mid-seventies and continuously expands and refines his musicianship in ways that manifest his multifaceted talent. "I remember Leroy years ago in New Orleans. He was always regarded as the greatest. No one could touch him. For young musicians like me, he was exciting, intimidating. For the older ones, he was the keeper of the flame but Leroy did more than keep the flame. He started a forest fire". Harry Connick, Jr.
March 30 - The New John Robichaux Society Orchestra
John Robichaux a Creole, born in 1866 in Thibodeaux, was the leader of the premier society orchestra in New Orleans in the years prior to the birth of ragtime and jazz. Orchestra leader Tom Hook re-creates the sounds of The John Robichaux Orchestra. Drawing largely upon European ballroom dance music, the John Robichaux Orchestra will perform marches, waltzes, schottisches, cakewalks, and quadrilles; the very music that would become the foundation of ragtime and subsequently New Orleans jazz.
April 6 - New Orleans Mystic
Buy your tickets early so you will not miss this show featuring the music of Motown. Songs from the Temptations, O'Jays, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding will all be part of this soulful tribute to some of the greatest music from the 1970s. For more about the band, visit theneworleansmystics.com.
April 13 - Steve Pistorius and the Southern Syncopators
Jazz pianist and New Orleans native Steve Pistorius formed the Southern Syncopators in 2007 .The band specializes in the earlier styles of New Orleans Jazz, playing rags, marches, waltzes ,stomps and popular tunes from the early 20th century as well as the classic compositions of Jazz icons Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong. Their all-star lineup features veteran jazzman Orange Kellin on clarinet and the amazing James Evans on clarinet and sax.
April 20 - Paul Soniat
The Garden's own, singer/songwriter Paul Soniat will perform his original songs, which always entertain and engage the audience. He is sure to have some new songs, so grab your mint julep and get ready for an enjoyable evening. For more about the bamd, visit paulsoniat.com.
April 27 - Special Outdoor Concert -"Threadhead Thursday"
About City Park
City Park: is distinguished by its large menu of sports and recreational activities, attractions for children, and its natural beauty. City Park has a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians and is a must visit for visitors to the city. As a popular place to picnic, play a favorite sport, wander through its gardens or take a boat ride- the park receives millions of visitors each year. It is located in the heart of the city and is the largest recreation area for the entire metropolitan area. Attractions include: City Putt, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland fairytale playground, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and numerous athletic venues. The 1,300 acres of parkland provide enjoyment for young children playing on our playgrounds and walkers, joggers, and bicyclists winding through the park's streets and trails.