The historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Old Mandeville presents The Big Daddy O Trio, a revered and much loved blues trio led by singer and songwriter Owen Tufts, on September 28. This group will enchant audiences with a healthy helping of soul, heart and a whole lot of blues.
This genre-varied lineup for the fall concert season features seven Saturday night performances celebrating jazz, funk, blues, gypsy jazz and a special tribute concert honoring the late Spencer Bohren.
October 12 - The dynamic six piece swinging jazz ensemble, Taylor Smith & The Roamin’ Jasmine, explores 1920’s era speakeasy blues, vintage Calypso from Trindad and 1950’s New Orleans R&B, as well as their own original compositions;
October 26 - Known for his impressive guitar work and seductive vocals, Kenny Neal, a second-generation southern bluesman, will present his unique South Louisiana “swamp blues”;
November 9 - Kitt Lough is well known as an accomplished jazz vocalist who shares her talent and infectious charm with fans at every venue, all while recording with top musicians from New Orleans to New York, and beyond;
November 23 - A Tribute to Spencer Bohren; featuring Andre Bohren, Alex McMurray, Paul Sanchez, Dave Malone and Dave Pomerleau will pay homage to Spencer’s musical legacy by sharing the traditional music he loved while touching on the lasting cultural and educational contributions that epitomized his life and work;
December 7 - Bon Bon Vivant, led by front-woman Abigail Cosio, is a New Orleans-based Indie-Gypsy band playing original, bawdy, dark ballads and uptempo, rowdy, gypsy-swing dance music.
Presented by the Friends of the Dew Drop, these performances will run from 6:30pm-9pm on Saturday evenings and will feature 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.
Admission for each concert is $10 per adult. Students and children can enter free. No outside food or drinks are allowed and lawn chairs may be used on the grounds surrounding the hall. Small parking area and off-street parking are free throughout the neighborhood.
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.
More information on the Dew Drop is available at www.dewdropjazzhall.com.