Traditional jazz and blues dominate the fall concert series at the historic Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Jazz Hall in Old Mandeville, starting September 9, 2016 and continuing through December 16.
All shows, produced by the non-profit Friends of the Dew Drop, will be on Friday nights and with one exception, all will be from 6:30-9 pm. Admission for each concert will be $10 at the door and Friends of the Dew Drop will maintain a beverage center for a nominal fee and offer souvenir Dew Drop merchandise. The members of the First Free Mission Baptist Church next door to the historic 1895 Dew Drop, will offer home cooked meals for a nominal fee. The fall 2016 schedule is as follows:
SEPTEMBER 9 - Willie Sugarcapps
SEPTEMBER 23 - Gospel Night with Mandeville's First Free Mission Choir, 6:30-7:30 and Covington's Mighty Supremes, 8-9 pm
OCTOBER 7 - Peace Of Cake
OCTOBER 21 - David Torkanowsky & Friends: The Excelsior All Stars
NOVEMBER 4 - Jojjo Wight And New Orleans Family Band
NOVEMBER 18 - Note special time: begins at 5:30 PM - Tom McDermott & Meschiya Lake duet, 5:30-6:30 pm.; Meschiya Lake & Little Big Horns, 7-9 pm.
DECEMBER 2 - Barney Floyd Jazz Band
DECEMBER 16 - Don Vappie's Creole Christmas
The Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Jazz Hall fall season kicks off with a Gulf region supergroup of singers and songwriters and spotlights Northshore musicians, including a night devoted to gospel music highlighted by Mandeville and Covington area gospel groups. Of the eight acts lined up for the fall season from Sept. 9 through Dec. 16, all but three will showcase the talents of Northshore musicians who teach music and are much in demand by New Orleans traditional jazz bands.
Willie Sugarcapps is a quintet consisting of veteran regional singers and songwriters including Will Kimbrough, Grayson Capps, who developed a strong area fan base with his New Orleans bands Stavin' Chain and House Levelers, Curley Hughes, who was once lead guitar for Black Oak Arkansas and the duet band Sugarcane Jane consisting of husband-wife team Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee.
The First Free Mission Choir kicking off Gospel Night consists of members of the historic African-American First Free Mission Baptist Church next door to the Dew Drop. The Mighty Supremes, led by Willie Laurent Jr. of Covington, is a nine member group of singers and backing musicians.
Peace of Cake is a popular big band jazz and dance group that evolved from several West Mandeville members sharing musical talents as members of Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church and from that musical experience forming a band focused on traditional jazz and jazz dance tunes.
David Torkanowsky, considered one of the area's most accomplished pianists mastering several keyboards styles historically identified with New Orleans, has been a popular Dew Drop artist in the past and will bring guest vocalists and backing musicians for his October appearance.
Joanna Wight who performs under the name of Jojjo Wight, is a Covington based musician active in several New Orleans jazz bands and is a teacher of music. She has created a traditional jazz band including her father Jamie Wight and other musical friends, some of whom appeared on a 2014 CD which inspired creation of this band for the Dew Drop appearance.
Tom McDermott and Meschiya Lake often appear in piano-vocal duet sets at various venue's in New Orleans including Buffa's and Chickie Wah Wah. They have produced a live CD of their duet work. McDermott of St. Louis has been a New Orleans resident for several years and is a highly regarded pianist. Lake, originally from North Dakota, has been in New Orleans for several years active musically and in 2009 created her seven-piece traditional jazz band, the Little Big Horns featuring her on vocals.
Barney Floyd of Abita Springs has played first trumpet for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and often joins the Joe Simon Jazz Band for Sunday brunch at Commander's Palace. He is creating a seven piece traditional jazz band for his Dew Drop appearance which will include his wife, music teacher Elizabeth Floyd, on vocals.
Don Vappie of Covington has been a frequent guest and strong supporter of the Dew Drop. He is a world famous jazz musician and has garnered fan and critical acclaim for his annual Creole Christmas production which includes guest female vocalists and some members of his own big jazz band, The Creole Jazz Serenaders.
******Owned by the City of Mandeville, the Dew Drop is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is managed by the non-profit Friends of the Dew Drop who all volunteer to bring music to the historic site and preserve and protect it. It also manages an outreach program called Dew Drop JazzKids wherein local jazz musicians conduct programs on jazz music for elementary school students in St. Tammany Parish.
More information on the Dew Drop is available at www.dewdropjazzhall.com.
Free off-street parking in neighborhood.