The historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Old Mandeville presents second-generation southern bluesman Kenny Neal on Saturday, December 21, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Originally scheduled for October 26, but cancelled due to the widespread power outages after Hurricane Inga, Neal returns to the Dew Drop to close out the fall season of concerts at the historic jazz hall.
Known for his amazing guitar work & impressive vocals, Kenny Neal is a second-generation southern bluesman, playing in the unique “swamp blues” style made famous in South Louisiana. As an award winning musician, Kenny's 2016 release Bloodline was nominated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album and also won two 2017 BMAs (Blues Music Awards), for Best Contemporary Blues Album and Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist.
Presented by the Friends of the Dew Drop, concerts run from 6:30pm-9pm on Saturday evenings and feature home-cooked food for purchase provided by the First Free Mission Baptist Church, located next door. Soft drinks, water, beer and wine are also available for purchase.
Admission for each concert is $10 per adult. Students and children can enter for free. No outside food or drinks are allowed and lawn chairs may be used on the grounds surrounding the hall. Parking is available in a small lot across from the hall and on surrounding streets (please be careful not to block driveways of the private residences).
Built in 1895, the Dew Drop Jazz Hall, 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 (JazzKids).
Since 2015, the Friends of the Dew Drop’s JazzKids program has presented 52 free music assemblies and master classes to schools in St. Tammany Parish, reaching over 12,000 local students in grades K-12.
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. street parking are free throughout the neighborhood.More information on the Dew Drop is available at www.dewdropjazzhall.com.