“Thursdays at Twilight” Concert Series
January through April 2015 Schedule of Concerts at
the New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park
What: 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 the Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation 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.
When: Thursday Evenings
5:00 PM – Gates Open, 6:00 PM – Performance Begins
Where: Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park
February 5 – 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 info please visit lenaprimamusic.com.
February 19 – Rick Trolson’s New Orleans Po’boys
The New Orleans Po’Boys are reminiscent of the renowned “George Girard and his New Orleans Five” that lit up Bourbon Street as a regular fixture in the 1950s at the Famous Door. The Po-Boys’ repertoire include both familiar traditional New Orleans music, along with some original tunes. For more info please visit ricktrolsen.com.
A purveyor and preserver of the string band tradition, guitarist and banjoist Seva Venet has performed with dozens of New Orleans jazz and string musicians since moving to the city from Los Angeles. This year will feature New Orleans vocalist Tanya Boutte. It is sure to be a great evening. For more info please visit sevavenet.com/bio/htm OR tanyaboutte.com.
March 5 – James Andrews
If anyone can pull off aligning himself with the famous Louis Armstrong it’s 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 info please visit jamesandrewsmusic.com.
March 12 – Phil Melancon
Phil performs the musical spirit and style of his hometown, New Orleans. Always entertaining and full of surprises, make sure you are there so you won’t miss a thing.
The New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra is an American revival orchestra that performs vintage American music popular from the 1890s through the early 1930s. The orchestra pays particular attention to the music of New Orleans, in addition to the well-known compositions of jazz and ragtime composers like Jelly Roll Morton, Fletcher Henderson, and Eubie Blake.
March 26 – 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.
April 2 – The Topcats
Inducted into the Louisiana music hall of fame in 2005, The Topcats have been performing together for over 25 years. The Topcats have been recipients of numerous awards from Gambit, Offbeat, and New Orleans magazine for being one of the best bands in the city. Don’t miss this night of fun jam-packed music you want to hear. For more info please visit thetopcats.com.
April 9 – The New Orleans Mystics
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 1970’s.
April 16 – 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 info please visit paulsoniat.com.
Pre-Jazz Fest concert on the outdoor Robert B. Haspel stage featuring bands supported by the Threadhead Foundation. For more info please visit: www.threadheadrecords.com.
April 30 – Garden Party Concert
This outdoor concert series takes place on the Robert B. Haspel Stage located in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. The series is presented by the Backbeat Foundation with support from the Robert and Shirley Haspel Fund. Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets. No outside food or beverages are permitted.
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.
January 8 – New Orleans Banjos + 2
A fun loving group of four banjos, upright bass, and piano will perform music from the 1920’s when banjos were all the rage. It’s going to be a great evening. Don’t miss it! For more info please visit neworleansbanjosplus2.com.
January 15 – Lars Edegran – Tom Sancton – Topsy Chapman
Pianist Lars Edegran, leader of the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, teams up with world renowned clarinetist Tom Sancton and vocalist Topsy Chapman for a fun evening of toe- tapping New Orleans music. For more info please visit tomsancton.com.
January 22 – 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 1950’s when the Moon was Blue, and the question of the day was, Why Do Fools Fall In Love? For more info please visit bobbycure.com.
January 29 – 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 info please visit theyatpack.com.