Notes for Education Northshore presents the 5th Annual Slidell Jazz & Blues Festival on Nov 2, 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM, on beautiful Bayou Bonfouca in Slidell's Heritage Park. Admission is $10 for ages 12 and up, under 12, free.
Formerly held in late May, the family-friendly music festival moves to a more temperate time of year! The festival presents live music by outstanding regional acts, as well as a kids' zone, art market, and of course, food and beverages by local restaurants.
The 2019 festival will feature the return of the very talented “Classy Lady of Modern Jazz,” Stephanie Jordan. New to the Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival stage is Paul Childers. Hailing from Nashville, Childers blends pop, soul, R&B and jazz music into a unique sound sure to thrill the crowd. Headlining the event is none other than the New Orleans Native, guitarist, singer, and songwriter himself, Mem Shannon. Shannon brilliantly combines elements of funk, jazz, and rock & roll into his guitar playing.
Another meaningful moment: a presentation posthumously honoring the late Slidell musician and Grammy Award-winner Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, who was known to buck musical traditions for nearly 60 years. Playing guitar, fiddle, drums, harmonica, viola, and mandolin, and accompanied by everything from small ensembles to large multi-piece bands, Gatemouth recorded 30 albums that defied neat genre labels. He blended rhythm and blues, big band swing, Cajun, jazz, rock 'n' roll, and country, among other styles into what he called his “American” music.
The mission of the Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival is to promote and support Jazz & Blues in Southeastern Louisiana and the cultural, musical, and artistic enrichment of the Northshore community. Funds generated will support a local program called Notes For Education Northshore, which supports local music education and/or provides music grants or scholarships to local young musicians.
For more information, contact Robin Marquez at (985) 710-3691.
Photos by Jennifer Stritzinger with Foto De Lis Photography and Scott Stuntz courtesy Notes for Education Northshore (2016 festival).