Spring 2007 Newsletter
Welcome to the sixth edition of White Oak Music Notes!
See what we've been up to in the first half of 2007.
And check out where you can see us soon. Enjoy!
MARDI GRAS MADNESS: Events and Krewe Celebrations
White Oak spiced up this Mardi Gras season in New Orleans by booking and producing many premier Mardi Gras Krewe balls throughout the city. Some highlights included parties for the Krewe of Bacchus, Krewe of Tucks, Krewe of Muses, and Krewe of Centurions with entertainment by The Spinners, Dr. John, The Boogie Men, The Molly Ringwalds, The Radiators, and many others! Showing the world that the spirit of New Orleans is alive and well, the Riverwalk threw its annual show at Spanish Plaza which was booked and produced by White Oak. Performances included Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters and Wanda Rouzan & A Taste of New Orleans.
CONVENTIONS & CORPORATE EVENTS
White Oak booked and produced two exciting events for McKesson Corp. The first took place at the Audubon Zoo on February 26 when the company came to the Big Easy for the HIMSS convention (Health Information Management Systems Society). Huey Lewis & the News headlines and Charmain Neville opened the event. The second booking was on March 25 at the Foundry where Comedian Mike Armstrong opened for Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters.
Cerner Corp. was also among the exhibitors for the HIMSS convention. White Oak along with Carl Mack created a buzz-marketing campaign to draw attendees to the Cerner booth inside the Morial Convention Center. White Oak coordinated a crew of 15 people to lead three-legged and potato sack races outside the site to represent Cerner's presence. White Oak also coordinated a sidewalk chalk artist to illustrate two murals conveying the company's theme for the event.
LOCAL & NATIONAL FESTIVALS
French Quarter Festival's new entertainment director, Ed White, booked the 24th annual event this mid-April in New Orleans. Attendees enjoyed 250 hours of free entertainment featuring more than 150 musical performances on fifteen stages throughout the French Quarter over a three-day weekend.
GRACE FEST - Once again White Oak produced this Christian music event mid-April in Pensacola, FL. Unfortunately this year thunderstorms cut the event short and put the festival in jeopardy. Please visit http://www.gracefest.org to make a donation and help this worthy event recover from its deficit.
WILDFLOWER! ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL - Morris Day and the Time, Better Than Ezra, Grand Funk Railroad, Shooter Jennings, Eddie Money, The Original Family Stone, Jo Dee Messina, and Soul Asylum are just a handful of the acts that appeared at this crowd-pleaser in May. The City of Richardson promotes this great family festival and hires WOPI to book and produce the entertainment.
AUDUBON NATURE INSTITUTE
EARTH FEST - White Oak booked, produced, and stage managed the annual event on St. Patrick's Day weekend again this year. No Idea, Blackened Blues Band, Soul Project, and Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue were on the bill.
ZOO TO DO - White Oak produced and booked the musical entertainment for the annual gala the first weekend in May for three stages. Headliners included The Spinners, Gloria Gaynor, and Atlanta Rhythm & Groove.
MOTHER'S DAY - Grammy-award winner Irma Thomas performed on May 13 for her 24th consecutive year. White Oak also booked the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars for the event.
ZOOBILATION - This zoo-members-only afternoon event booked by White Oak featured Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots and the Bluerunners.
LEGACY DONOR FOUNDATION'S SOUL REVIVAL
Fundraiser: Soul Revival took place this Spring for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. White Oak booked, produced, and stage managed the event which raises organ donor awareness. Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, Hot Rod Lincoln, and Luv Sexy performed.
Microsoft VISTA Rollout
MR Live hired White Oak to produce the super rollout event
Circuit City, Slidell
Benfield Insurance Convention Party
White Oak booked and produced the event
The Big Easy Awards
White Oak produces these great shows for Gambit Weekly
Theater awards were April 16 at Harrah's Casino
Music awards were April 24 at the Sugar Mill
Tulane University Wave Goodbye
White Oak booked Rosie Ledet and produced the farewell event for graduating seniors
Tulane University Campus
Back to the Beach/Save Our Lake Festival
White Oak is the producer of this great festival for a great cause
Laketown in Kenner
Cajun-Zydeco Seafood Festival
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation hired White Oak to stage manage the three-day event
U.S. Mint at Esplanade Avenue