FALL 2006 Newsletter
Aquarium patrons were ecstatic to attend the site’s first members-only party post-Katrina at the beginning of August. White Oak booked pedal-steel player Gary Miles and his band as well as Julio & Cesar.
ABITA BEER 20TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
A party of epic proportions took place for Abita Beer’s 20th anniversary. White Oak booked national recording artists, Better Than Ezra, who headlined the event at the Contemporary Arts Center on Saturday, August 12th. White Oak produced the entertainment for this event benefiting the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation. The Benjy Davis Project and Dr. Gonzeaux also performed.
JAZZ FROM NEW ORLEANS WITH LOVE
Even a volcano eruption could not stop the second annual jazz concert in August, which featured three New Orleans acts. White Oak booked Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, Coolbone Brass Band, and the Storyville Stompers who all miraculously made the finale of the event despite Mother Nature stepping in the way with plane delay after delay.
Duck Key, FL
WOPI handled all things musical for this long weekend in August at Hawk’s Cay on Duck Key, FL. Artists included Three Doors Down, Cowboy Mouth, Dan Dyer, CATCHpenny, Michael Tolcher and more. The poolside stage featured music all day, the grand ballroom featured nighttime concerts, and the after hours stage rocked until the wee hours with jam sessions and comedians.
HURRICANE ON THE BAYOU PREMIERE PARTY
Executive producer Audubon Nature Institute premiered its first IMAX film on the Katrina anniversary, which tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and the impact of Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands on hurricane protection. White Oak booked entertainment featuring Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers for the event and helped coordinate production.
SAINTS PEP RALLY
One week before the Black & Gold returned to the Superdome, White Oak produced the high-energy and emotional pep rally at Lafayette Square. The event was sponsored by the Downtown Development District, Entercom, and the NOMCVB. Hosted by Bobby Hebert, the evening included entertainment by the Bucktown All-Stars, the Chee Weez, and included special appearances by Irvin Mayfield and actor Jude Law.
On September 30 Tulane Football battled its first home game of the season in the Superdome. Before the gates opened White Oak produced a tailgate party featuring To Be Continued Brass Band and Impulse Entertainment DJ Quinn Landry. White Oak also organized other tailgate parties for Tulane basketball and football in November.
Tulane Student Concert
Local favorite Better Than Ezra played a private show for Tulane students on campus at McAlister Auditorium to wind down for the semester. White Oak booked and produced the event, which took place December 7th.
CGG AMERICA INC. CONVENTION
White Oak booked variety entertainment and provided on-site coordination at Houmas House Plantation October 2nd for this group. Some of the full-costumed characters at the party included the likes of Marie Leveaux, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Mardi Gras jesters.
W HOTEL PRESENTS KYLE EASTWOOD
New Orleans, LA
WOPI handled production for Kyle Eastwood October 12th featuring this up-and-coming extraordinary jazz musician and son of Clint Eastwood.
VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE
New Orleans, LA
For the fifth year in a row White Oak handled Festival Services for Voodoo Music Experience Halloween weekend. White Oak supervised all ground transportation, runners, festival communications and more for this great event. This year’s festival returned to beautiful City Park with acts including Red Hot Chili Peppers, My Chemical Romance, The Meters, Duran Duran, and many more.
White Oak booked entertainment on two separate dates for the pharmaceutical sales company this fall. Henry Butler traveled to Wilmington, DE on October 30th for a company event and Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys went to Detroit on November 15th for a district managers’ meeting. AZ visited New Orleans in May and brought the first convention of its size to the Crescent City. Both musicians played for the company then and gave thanks for the support.
AUDUBON NATURE INSTITUTE
The Audubon Institute threw a Cajun style party to celebrate Louisiana’s heritage with the 22nd annual Swamp Fest at Audubon Zoo Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th. The event featured Cajun cuisine, crafts, and entertainment. White Oak booked and produced the event as usual, as well as managed the music stages. The musical line up included headliner Doug Kershaw, the Savoy Family, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, Lafourche Cajun Band, Sunpie & The Louisiana Sunspots, Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys and many more.
FESTIVAL OF THE BONFIRES
White Oak booked and produced the Loverboy concert as part of the St. James Festival of the Bonfires on December 7th. The popular 1980s Canadian Rock Band performed that evening as well as Randy Jackson of Zebra.
OTHER NOTABLE EVENTS
Reds, Whites, & Blues at City Park October 19th Benefit for The Big Easy Awards Foundation.
Kermit Ruffins at City Park November 10th Benefit for the New Orleans Pro Bono Project.
Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys at City Park November 11th Exxon Tree Farm Unveiling.
The New Orleans Blues Festival at Lafayette Square November 18th Sponsored by The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation
Down By The Riverside Concert at Woldenberg Park Thanksgiving Weekend Sponsored by The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.
Angel’s Place Concert at Southport Hall December 10th
New Orleans Sports Foundation Events December 18th & 19th White Oak booked brass bands for team greetings and parades.