New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Solar Derby

Celebrate Earth Day 2015 at Palmer Park on Saturday, April 18th, 11 am to 7:30 pm!

Chegadão, Sweet Street Symphony and more to take the stage (and the streets)

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We’ve already given you some background on our two big headliners, Cyril Neville and Amanda Shaw. Read on for details about the rest of the amazing lineup:

Chegadão

Chegadão was formed in 2008 by Marcio Pereira and Scott Myers, as a way to bring a wider range of funky, interesting Brazilian music to New Orleanian audiences. These guys have brought their authentic Brazilian sounds — Forró, Samba, Funk, Bossa-Nova, Maracatú and more — to the city, helping New Orleanians encounter a whole new world of rhythm, much of which has many similarities to the funky New Orleans sound. The band’s current lineup consists of Eduardo Tozzatto (Keyboards/Vocals), Tedo Oliviera (Percussion/Vocals), Scott Myers (Guitar), Tommy Sciple (Bass), Brent Rose (Saxophone) and Nick Solnick (Drums). They played Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s holiday party last year at the Dragon’s Den and had the whole crowd out on the dance floor. Chegadão (pronounced kind of like “Shake It Down,” which seems to fit their music) takes the stage at 1:30 p.m.

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Sweet Street Symphony


This will be Sweet Street Symphony’s first festival performance and it’s sure to be memorable. They’ve been performing on the streets of New Orleans for more than a year and every Wednesday night, they host the Busker’s Ballroom at the Hi-Ho Lounge, showcasing the city’s eclectic street performers. They always draw a crowd with their swinging music and they take the stage at 12:45 p.m.

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The Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club with the Young Souls Brass Band


The Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club was founded in 1996 in the Saint Bernard Housing Projects located in the 7th Ward to help the community. Some of the more recent post-Katrina efforts include drawing people back to the city and rebuilding homes and businesses.

“Pleasure Club” is the tag line that has been given to the Big 7, but the idea of pleasure clubs originated with church benevolent societies. The purpose of these societies was to help church members buy clothes and food, pay rent and assist in other areas in which they may need help. Later, the methodologies of benevolence expanded beyond the confines of the church to include other kinds of community-based work.

The Big 7 is one of many clubs known for parading, not only for the building of the club, but to benefit and finance the rebuilding of the city.

The Big 7 takes to the streets around Bayou St. John at 11 a.m.

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DJ Manga Rosa

DJ Manga Rosa spins an eclectic mix of World and Latin rhythms every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on WTUL’s World Caravan. She’ll be showcasing her impressive array of sounds starting at 10 a.m. and lasting throughout the day, giving you something to groove to between sets!

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