Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concert Series
March 7th through October 10th
Pavilion of the Two Sisters
Botanical Garden - City Park
Gates open at 5 p.m. - Music begins at 6 p.m.
Mint juleps, wine, beer, soft drinks, water, and food available for purchase, no outside food and drink or pets allowed.
Seating is limited to 480 people per performance.
Admission: $10 for adults, $3 children ages 5-12
Admission is not included in Friends of City Park membership.
Season passes are available at the Gift Shop. Full Season ($288), March-June ($153), July-October ($135)
SPONSORED BY THE AZBY FUND with support from WWNO 89.9 fm
2013 Spring Schedule and Performers
March 7- Banu Gibson
A superior and swinging jazz singer, Banu is one of the few vocalists of her generation to maintain exclusive loyalty to songs of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. A powerful force on stage, her enthusiasm and showmanship are highlighted by her wide range and versatility. Website: www.banugibson.com
March 14 – The Songs of Paul Sanchez
Paul Sanchez is a vocalist, songwriter and guitarist. Recently Sanchez has been consumed with writing and recording a musical about New Orleans based on "Nine Lives," a book by former New Yorker writer Dan Baum. Vocalist Arsené Delay, Debbie Davis and Antoine Diel, will join Paul. Together they are sure to deliver a wonderful evening of music for you. www.paulsanchez.com
March 21 – New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra
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 28 – Tom McDermott and Aurora Nealand
Aurora Nealand, an established bandleader, composer, and musical improviser, will join Tom McDermott, one of New Orleans most versatile piano players, and a regular of our Twilight Series. Aurora Nealand has become a prominent force in the New Orleans music scene since she first arrived in 2005, and has emerged as an innovative, sensitive and daring music creator and performer. Aurora and Tom together are guaranteed to deliver an evening of memorable, enjoyable music. www.mcdermottmusic.com, www.auroranealand.com
April 4 – Susan Cowsill
Susan Cowsill writes and performs songs about life, love, hope, and hurricanes. She has been critically praised for her song-writing and singing, though she says she prefers live performances for the interaction with her audiences, each unique to the moment. Come enjoy a lovely spring night in the Garden being led on a cathartic musical journey with Susan Cowsill, her husband, Russ Broussard (one of N.O.’s finest drummers), and Janson Lohmeyer—an exceptional keyboardist and band leader in his own right.
April 11 – Tricia Boutté and Paul Longstreth
Tricia Boutté and Paul Longstreth have been working on-stage together for almost twenty years. First paired with Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, this New Orleans duo has since toured worldwide with regular appearances in both New Orleans and all over Norway. Their songs, both originals and standards, spans almost the entirety of New Orleans music, from Ragtime and Traditional Jazz, to Rock and Roll, R&B, and Gospel. This will be Ms. Boutté's first appearance in what will be her only New Orleans tour this year!" www.paullongstreth.com
April 18 -John Boutté
Voted Best Male Vocalist of the year at both the Best of the Beat and the Big Easy Awards. His song “Treme” is the theme song of the popular HBO series. Those who were lucky to attend his sold out concert last year were part of a magical night. Don’t miss this year’s show. www.johnboutte.com
April 25 – SPECIAL OUTDOOR CONCERT – Threadhead Thursday
Pre-Jazz Fest Concert from 6pm – 11pm on the OUTDOOR ROBERT B. HASPEL STAGE, featuring the New Birth Brass Band, Alex McMurray, Paul Sanchez & The Rolling Road Show, and the Creole String Beans www.threadheadrecords.com
May 2 – Patrice Fisher and Arpa with Special Artists from Mexico and Germany
Mexican percussionist Javier Cabrera and Felissa Estrada, along with dancer Jazmin Cancio Lucio, and German trumpeter Klaus Lumma, join with harpist Patrice Fisher and Arpa promising an evening of lively Latin music and dance www.threadheadrecords.com
May 9 – Leah Chase and Cindy Scott
Two great ladies come together for one great concert. Leah Chase is a versatile singer who makes a smooth transition from jazz-laden love songs to the up-tempo. Her artistry is sensual and soul stirring. A very visual performer, Leah quickly establishes a warm rapport with her audience. Cindy Scott is a rare breed of artist - comfortably covering a variety of music, undaunted by genre barriers and walls that scare lesser singers into pursing a singular line of musical thought. Don’t miss it. www.cindyscott.us
May 16 – 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.
May 23 – Alex McMurray
Alex McMurray is among the best songwriters in New Orleans, a man who over the past two decades has written songs that mark our lives, deaths, loves, hates, hangovers, and what comes before and after those excesses. This will be Alex’s first solo appearance at our Twilight Series, one you should not miss. www.alexmcmurray.com
May 30 – 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. www.lenaprimamusic.com
June 6 – 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. www.paulsoniat.com
June 13 – Natalie Mae & Her Unturned Tricks
“Inventive, detailed, emotionally straightforward, poetic and plainspoken,” is how Michigan-born and New Orleans-resident Natalie Mae has often been described. Natalie Mae’s repertoire includes an entertaining mix of original tunes inspired by the likes of Hank Williams, Bob Wills, and Dinah Washington. She is a natural-born performer with well-crafted lyrics and a voice that carries each melody with power and ease. www.nataliemaemusic.com
June 20 - David Torkanowsky
David is recognized as one of the finest contemporary jazz pianists in New Orleans, and over the years has performed with most of the great New Orleans musicians. Things just seem to sizzle when David is playing his piano.
June 27- - Symphony Chorus of New Orleans
Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and Opera Creole mark the tenth anniversary of Moses Hogan's passing with a celebration of his life and music. www.symphonychorus.org