The historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Old Mandeville presents Ed Wills Blues 4 $ale in the next concert of the Fall 2022 season on Saturday, October 15.
A self-taught New Orleans bluesman, with ancestry deep in Mississippi, Ed Wills' early influences include Leo Nocentelli, Guitar Slim, Jr., Lawrence Taylor, the greats Wes Montgomery and B.B. King, as well as the late, legendary New Orleans guitarist, Darryl Johnson. Ed formed Blues 4 $ale in 2002 and tours consistently throughout the U.S. bringing his unique style of authentic South Louisiana blues to enthusiastic audiences far & wide.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 6:30. Admission to all concerts is is $10 per adult, free for students and children. A limited amount of seating is available inside, for a listening room experience. Those who prefer to socialize while they listen are welcome to bring a lawn chair, friends and family, and enjoy the show outdoors under live oaks and stars.
The evening features home-cooked food for purchase provided by the First Free Mission Baptist Church, located next door. Soft drinks, water, beer and wine will be available for purchase. No outside food or drinks are allowed. Parking is free throughout the residential neighborhood.
The Fall 2022 season continues October 29 with Lil’ Ray Neal; November 12 with Charlie & The Tropicales, and Lamarque St. Community Choir with Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes on December 3. Performances for these concerts are 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the exception of the December holiday show, which starts at 6 p.m.
ABOUT THE DEW DROP
Built in 1895, the Dew Drop Jazz Hall, located at 430 Lamarque Street in Old Mandeville, is one of the oldest, unaltered rural jazz halls in the U.S. In 2006, the Friends of the Dew Drop, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, was formed to schedule and manage the hall’s performances and educational activities.
The Friends’ initiative, JazzKids, provides free music lecture performance programs to local St. Tammany Parish schools by renowned musicians, including Don Vappie, Helen Gillet, Jason Marsalis, the Shotgun Jazz Band, Louis Michot and many others.
The mission of the Friends of the Dew Drop is to preserve the Dew Drop Jazz Hall and promote its significance in the origins and the cultural history of Mandeville though jazz and blues performances, music education programs and benevolent activities in support of local, emerging artists.
More information on the Dew Drop is available at www.dewdropjazzhall.com.