Summer 2009 Newsletter

RAISING AWARENESS: 
Soul Revival
March 28, 2009
Once again this year, White Oak Productions worked with the Legacy Donor Foundation to produce and book the 10th anniversary of this event, which raises awareness about being an Organ Donor. Entertainment included BRW show band, Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band and the Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians. Thanks to Jeannette for a great event! 

Travel Rally Parade
May 12, 2009

America's Wetlands Storm Warning Rally
May 30-31, 2009
White Oak produced the America's Wetlands Foundation free concerts which were held to raise awareness of coastal wetland loss at the brink of the 2009 hurricane season. Saturday's concert was at the Woldenberg Park Pavillion and Sunday was at the Houma Downtown Marina. We were on site providing production and stage management for the two days which featured seven bands! Artists included Zachary Richard, Irma Thomas, Rockin' Dopsie Jr., Chubby Carrier and more! Thanks to Todd Ragusa and Val Marmillion! 


FESTIVAL FEVER!
White Oak was involved with booking and production for many festivals this year, highlighted below: 

Jump & Jive on Julia
April 4, 2009
White Oak teamed up with the Louisiana Children's Museum to book and produce this festival. We brought in a stage and sound that hosted Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, Baby Boyz Brass Band and Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys. 

WXBM Country Fest
May 2-3, 2009

Back to the Beach
May 29-31, 2009

Jubilee!Jam
June 19-21, 2009
White Oak traveled to Jackson, MS to book and produce this annual festival in its 22nd year. Headliners included Joan Jett, Dickie Betts, Drowning Pool, Medeski Martin and Wood, Guster, JJ Grey and MOFRO and Carolina Liar. Thanks Stephen and John for a rockin' time!

Essence Music Festival
July 3-5, 2009
White Oak was hired by Rehage Entertainment again to coordinate artist ground transportation for the 15th anniversary of Essence Festival. Big acts included Beyonce, Al Green, Lionel Richie and more. Thanks Steve, Matt, Meghan and Ashley! 

AUDUBON NATURE INSTITUTE
White Oak Productions continued our great working relationship with Audubon Nature Institute for these spring events: 

EarthFest
March 21-22, 2009
White Oak went Green in March and kicked off this fest with a parade featuring the Roots of Music marching band. Families and Friends boogied to the sounds of the Topcats, the Elements, Soul Vaxxination and Beth Patterson. Thanks Cheryl! 

Whitney Zoo-To-Do
May 1, 2009
We were excited to once again book and produce Louisiana's largest fundraiser which featured Midnight Star. Supporting local entertainment was provided by Topsy Chapman, Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians, Vieux Carre and Joe Simon's Jazz. Thanks Ann! 

Mothers Day with Irma Thomas
May 10, 2009
Irma Thomas and the Professionals returned to the Zoo for this annual celebration which generated record crowds! Opening entertainment was provided by Sullivan Dabney, and everyone had a great time! 

Insectarium's First Ant-iversary
June 13-14, 2009
White Oak booked and produced this f-ANT-astic celebration! Gal Holiday and the Palmetto Bug Stompers were some of the performers who helped commemorate this event. Thanks Cheryl! 

NOTABLE EVENTS

Big Easy Awards
March 30, 2009
April 19, 2009
White Oak Productions worked with the Gambit to coordinate the Big Easy theater and music awards. The events were held in the theater at Harrah's Casino and awarded the best of New Orleans entertainment industry. Thanks Margot and Gloria! 

YLC Wednesday's at the Square
April 1-June 17, 2009
This weekly event is a popular destination for New Orleanians seeking great music after the workday. Our role as site coordinator has enabled these concerts to set up and run smoothly. Thanks Vera and Amy! 

Texas Road House Conference
April 2-8, 2009
Ed White booked and coordinated musical production again for the annual conference that took place in San Francisco this year. The Goo Goo Dolls and Krista Blondin's tribute to Janis Joplin were among acts that rocked this event! 

Go Fourth on the River
July 4, 2009
White Oak celebrated this July 4th by working two events along the river. The New Orleans Concert Band started the afternoon off with a performance on Kohlmeyer Lawn. The party continued outside the Riverwalk Marketplace with performances by the Pin Stripe Brass Band, Bucktown All-stars, Amanda Shaw and Mixed Nuts. A great firework show closed the evening!