The historic Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall in Mandeville presents the spring concert series for 2017, featuring some of the best regional and national Jazz and Blues acts performing today.
Concerts are generally scheduled on Fridays each fall and Saturdays each spring, with special events on occasion. Admission is $10 at the door (No advance tickets sold). Most shows begin at 6:30pm; arrive early to secure the best seat inside, or bring a chair to sit outside. Children welcome, no pets, no ice chests. Food is available for purchase next door at the First Free Mission Baptist Church, and beverages are available by donation. Souvenir merchandise is also available outside.
2017 SPRING SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 4 - 6:30 - 9:00
Kenny Neal & Henry Gray
Saturday, March 18 - 6:30 - 9:00
Shotgun Jazz Band
Saturday, April 1 - 6:30 - 9:00
Saturday, April 22 - 5:00-9:00
5:00 - 6:30 Smoking Time Jazz Club
7:00 - 9:00 Tim Laughlin
Saturday, May 13 - 6:00-9:00
6:00 - 7:00 Phil DeGruy & Emily Robertson
7:30 - 9:00 Roamin' Jasmine
Saturday, May 27 - 6:30 - 9:00
Hot Club of New Orleans
The concert series is produced by the Friends of the Dew Drop, a non-profit, all volunteer group established to preserve and protect the historic Lamarque Street building in cooperation with the City of Mandeville, which owns the property.
I-12 to Mandeville/Abita Exit to LA-59 S to US-Hwy 190 E two blocks to Lamarque St, then south to 400 block of Lamarque St. Free off-street parking in neighborhood.
ABOUT THE DEW DROP JAZZ & SOCIAL HALL
The Dew Drop was built in 1895 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. In its heyday, it was a sparkling center of musical activity for more than 40 years. Documentation reveals that among those playing at the hall on a regular basis were New Orleans jazz icons Buddie Petit, Kid Ory, Bunk Johnson, The Independence Band with brothers Lucien, Isidore, Louis and Joe Fritz (often called the Fritz Brothers Band), the legendary Buddy Mandalay on banjo often with Buddie Petit's band, Leon Lurent, Edmon Hall, Papa Celestin, Sam Morgan, Andy Anderson, George Lewis, the city's first of many legendary clarinet players, Klebert Cagnolatti and Tommy Ladner, just to name a few.
Perhaps of most historical importance is ample evidence that Louis Armstrong played the hall before he left New Orleans and began taking jazz northward and eventually around the world. Legend has it that even up into the late 1930s and early 1940s Armstrong performed at the Dew Drop when he needed a break from demands of his growing international celebrity. He would spend quality time with relatives on Jackson Avenue a short walking distance east of the Dew Drop.More details on the spring schedule, and about the Dew Drop's history, is available at www.dewdropjazzhall.com.