New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Solar Derby

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


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Do Whatcha Wanna! Stage schedule announced

Guardians of the Flame at Do Whatcha Wanna! Stage of New Orleans Earth Day 2013

Guardians of the Flame at New Orleans Earth Day Festival 2013. Photo by Kate Gilbert

Visit the Do Whatcha Wanna! Stage for additional entertainment at the fest, featuring local performing artists, musicians, demonstrations, and community presentations in an intimate setting. This year’s performances and demos include storytelling, spoken word, theatre, music, aikido, and more.  Check out the schedule here!

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Who is the newest artist to be added to our musical lineup…

While we were all disappointed to hear that Amanda Shaw had to cancel her performance at Earth Day due to personal reasons, we are proud to announce our newest artist to be added to our musical lineup!

Debauche is set to take the stage at 12:50pm following FlowTribe. Be sure to check out our Festival Schedule for all of our musical acts and scheduled times.

DEBAUCHE


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

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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Amanda Shaw to take the stage at New Orleans Earth Day Festival!

As promised, we’re announcing another big headliner for the New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Green Business Expo – Amanda Shaw!

She’s the petite performer with a big voice and bigger stage presence who has been wowing audiences and playing to the tune of her own fiddle since she was 8 years old. The 19-year-old New Orleans native started out as a classically trained violinist and the youngest soloist with the Baton Rouge Symphony. She’s had roles in two Disney movies and was famously considered for the lead in the Hannah Montana series. But her heart was in the music of Louisiana (Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and more) she grew up loving, and Shaw instead chose to sign with Irvin Mayfield’s roots music label Poorman Mayfield. She has toured nationally and internationally – perfecting her craft to become one of the leading Cajun fiddlers today – has spoken out about wetland loss and her love of Louisiana in the 2006 documentary Hurricane on the Bayou, and was recognized as an Emerging Cultural Leader by the State of Louisiana in 2009.

Her fourth and most recent album, Good Southern Girl, shows Shaw expanding her repertoire of influences while celebrating the musical traditions of her home state.

Amanda Shaw will be joining Cyril Neville and more onstage Sunday, April 17, at Bayou St. John!

Below, check out a video of Shaw holding her own against trombone master Glen David Andrews at d.b.a. in 2010:

 

And here’s Shaw performing “Pretty Runs Out” in 2008:

 

And here’s the FULL lineup of music for New Orleans Earth Day:

10 a.m. Festival kicks off with DJ Manga Rosa spinning tracks all day

11 a.m. Sweet Street Symphony takes the stage

11:45 a.m. Second Line Parade: The Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club
with the Young Souls Brass Band

1:30 p.m. Chegadão

3 p.m. Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys

4:30 p.m. Cyril Neville with Tribe 13

Stay tuned for more festival news! We’re just three weeks away!


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Cyril Neville to headline New Orleans Earth Day Festival

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is excited to announce the headliner for this year’s New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Green Business Expo: Cyril Neville!

This New Orleans legend has had a vibrant career making music and singing professionally since 1967. He’s known across the world as part of the Grammy winning Neville Brothers group (he’s the youngest of the Neville brothers) and his band the Meters joined the Rolling Stones on tour in the ’70s. As a solo musician, he’s released several albums — most recently 2009’s “Brand New Blues” — and guested on albums by Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, Dr. John and Willie Nelson. He’s known for being an outspoken human rights activist and for starting New Orleans Musicians Organized, which helps struggling musicians with business advice. Currently, Neville is dividing his time touring locally and nationally with Galactic and Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars.

Below is a video of Neville performing with the New Orleans Social Club on Austin City Limits in 2006, singing the Curtis Mayfield protest anthem “This is My Country.”

Cyril Neville and his band Tribe 13 will take the stage for the New Orleans Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 17 at Bayou St. John.

We can’t wait to see him perform, and we’ve got more announcements to come, including the names of some of the other great performers we have lined up for the festival. So check back at nolaearthdayfest.org soon!


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Who will you rock out to at the New Orleans Earth Day Festival? Find out Wednesday!

The New Orleans Earth Day Festival is just five weeks away and we’ll have big announcements each week as the April 17 event approaches.

But prepare yourself — we’re feeling extra generous this week. We’ll be announcing the name of our headline performer on Wednesday!

Yep, you heard (or read) right. We’re releasing the name of our top billing for the event – this Wednesday!

So mark your calendars for April 17 and keep checking in with us at nolaearthdayfest.org for all the latest!