The historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Old Mandeville presents the final concert of the Fall 2022 season on December 3 with performances by the Lamarque St. Community Choir and Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes. The show begins at 6 p.m.
Two unique bands will perform one set each, starting with the newly formed Lamarque St. Community Choir performing "A Gospel Christmas", an hour-long gospel program celebrating the holiday season, 6-7 p.m. This choir includes longtime members of both the First Free Mission Baptist Church (next door) and Morning Star Baptist Church, both of which have roots on Lamarque Street going back to the late 1800’s. The second set, beginning at 7:30 p.m., will showcase chanteuse Alicia Renee aka "Blue Eyes", in her Dew Drop debut. Alicia’s impressive range of vocal talent allows her to go easily from opera to classical, blues to jazz, and beyond. She speaks four languages, has lived abroad in Switzerland, and has graced the stages of prestigious venues such as The Montreux Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival, and is considered an emerging voice destined for a big future.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and music begins at 6:00. 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.
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.