On Friday, June 17th the Maple Leaf Bar will host a fundraiser for the Eagle Saloon.
The event will feature music by world-renowned jazz artists and will be an informational opportunity for the New Orleans community to learn more about this paramount project. A variety of prominent New Orleans artists will perform at the concert, including Nicholas Payton, Christian Scott, DJ Soul Sister, Ivan Neville, Joe Dyson, Nesby Phips, PJ Morton and Roland Guerin. Payton, a Grammy-Award winning musician, will serve as the night’s musical director, while former WWOZ programming director Dwayne Breashears will be the master of ceremonies.For details about the event read Offbeat Magazine's article here. To buy tickets and to donate to the cause click here.
Event Partners: Maple Leaf Bar, Offbeat Magazine, Parlor Entertainment, Bayou Bear Creek, Winter Circle Productions, and PS Business Management.
Paraphrased from the Bring Back The Eagle Saloon website:
From the music to the food to the architecture, New Orleans’ wild melting-pot culture has remained potent and unique through centuries of change. This cultural strength – that almost supernatural force that draws millions of visitors to New Orleans each year – would be impossible without a deep appreciation of the city’s history. By preserving the history of New Orleans, we preserve the city’s spirit.
Our mission here at the Eagle Saloon is to restore a monumental part of that history. As one of the final remaining dance halls from the heyday of Black Storyville, the Eagle Saloon is a treasure that demands preservation and revitalization. Because as New Orleanians know all too well, you can’t move forward until you know where you’ve been.