||NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
(www.nojazzfest.com), one of the world’s great festivals…
international prominence… an event showcasing Louisiana
music, food and crafts. The annual economic impact of Jazz Fest is approximately $300 million to the city
of New Orleans.
||BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST
|(2010 – present) - (www.bayoucountrysuperfest.com)
A major country music festival held over Memorial Day Weekend. This mega-event presents the biggest names in country music in a stadium environment and draws more than 40,000 people on each of its two days.
||ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL
|(1995 - 2007) - Festival Productions created this festival and produced it for 12 years. The first event celebrated the magazine’s 25th
anniversary and now it is widely regarded as the biggest and best
annual celebration of African-American music and culture.
MAJOR FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
||NBA All-Star Weekend (2008)
|Festival Productions produced major events in conjunction with the National Basketball Association All-Star Weekend in New Orleans in 2008: a Mardi Gras-themed parade through the French Quarter; a party for thousands in Jackson Square for NBA Cares, the philanthropic, nonprofit organization; and the music at the All-Star game itself, including the halftime programming featuring Harry Connick, Jr., Allen Toussaint, Ellis Marsalis, and many others.
||From the Big Apple to the Big Easy (2005)
|On September 20, 2005 at Madison Square Garden the Festival Productions team gathered in New York City to co-produce this star-studded concert to support rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Lenny Kravitz, Bette Midler, John Fogerty, President Bill Clinton and many others appeared. The live concert raised approximately nine million dollars to benefit long-term hurricane relief efforts.
||Louisiana Superdome Re-Opening Ceremony (2006)
|Festival Productions produced the opening musical ceremony featuring U2 and Green Day prior to the New Orleans Saints NFL Football game versus the Atlanta Falcons in the Louisiana Superdome on September 25, 2006. ESPN’s broadcast of this Monday Night Football game would be the most-watched show in the network’s history.
NFL Super Bowl Media Party (2002) - The National Football League hired Festival Productions to produce the media welcoming party on January 20, 2002 in conjunction with Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans. The event showcased New Orleans musicians (Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and others), as well as the city’s world-famous cuisine.
Journey (1997) - In January of 1997, Festival Productions,
Inc.-New Orleans once again produced a festival for the 53rd Presidential
Inauguration, with four stages, two food tents and a technology
pavilion, entertained approximately a half a million people over
two days on the National Mall.
Reunion on the Mall (1993) - a two-day multi-stage festival
as part of the 1993 Presidential Inaugural Celebration. One million
people attended the event on the National Mall between Capitol Hill
and the Washington Monument.
Festival (AMJAM) - (Memorial Day weekend of 1998) - Davis
returned to Washington, DC to produce the first-ever Kennedy Center
American Music Festival (AMJAM) for the John F. Kennedy Center for
the Performing Arts. The three-day festival celebrated the origins
and legacies of America's music and culture with six performance
stages, as well as food booths and crafts exhibits. The Kennedy
Center American Music Heritage Festival presented the broad panorama
of traditional American culture, reflecting our nations heritage
of roots and ethnic diversity, as embodied in its music, as well
as food and folk crafts. Performing artists included Chuck Berry,
the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Blind
Boys of Alabama, Kenny G, the Staple Singers, Clarence Gatemouth
Brown, Arlo Guthrie, Los Lobos, The Campbell Brothers, Sweet Honey
in the Rock and many other artists with backgrounds as varied as
Native American, Cajun, Irish and African.
Jambalaya Jam and RiverBlues (1986-1995) - Annually, for
almost a decade, Davis produced two festivals on the Philadelphia
waterfront, Jambalaya Jam and RiverBlues. Riverblues was a weekend-long
waterfront festival featuring the top names in blues at the Great
Plaza at Penn's Landing. Jambalaya Jam was a New Orleans-style festival
featuring bands on five stages playing jazz, zydeco, funk, and Dixieland
music; delicacies such as pralines, gumbo, jambalaya, and other
Creole and Cajun food favorites; and Louisiana crafts. The Jam also
took place at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.
& Blues Festival at Newport (1995-1997) - Davis produced
this festival, a benefit for the Rhythm & Blues Foundation,
and the first new festival to bear the Newport name in 40 years.
The festival showcased many Rhythm & Blues legends including
Hank Ballard, Patti LaBelle, Sam Moore, Little Richard, Bobby Blue
Bland, Ruth Brown, Allen Toussaint, Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Aretha
Franklin, Ben E. King, Charles Brown, Etta James, Pops Staples,
Little Milton, Clarence Carter, the Dixie Cups, and many more joined
by R&B-influenced artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Michael
McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Dr. John and Joan Osborne.
Orleans (1993-1994) Festival New Orleans was a traveling
music festival that brought the unique culture and heritage of Louisiana
to cities across the country in both 1993 and 1994. The festival
utilized a multiple stage format to present the finest jazz, blues,
Cajun, Zydeco, rock and gospel music that Louisiana offers, plus
a wide variety of Louisiana's specialty foods, a diverse crafts
area, second-line parades and that special good time feeling that
Louisiana is famous for. Let the good times roll!
Louisiana Purchase (December 20, 2003) - Produced in association
with the State of Louisiana, City of New Orleans, National Park
Service, and other organizations, to commemorate the 200th anniversary
of the Louisiana Purchase, FPI-NO staged a reenactment of the signing
of the Louisiana Purchase transfer papers at The Cabildo, located
in New Orleans’ Jackson Square, the site of the December 20,
1803 transfer. The Cabildo provided the original historical backdrop
for the reenactment featuring the changing of Spanish, French, and
American flags, a re-enactor band, period costumed actors and soldiers,
and the signing ceremony representing the transfer of the Louisiana
Territory to the United States. A narrator explained the history
and events being reenacted while the audience viewed both the live
outdoor happenings as well as the activities occurring inside the
Cabildo via outdoor LED screens.
The Ben &
Jerry’s “One World, One Heart” festivals -
(1991-1993) In Chicago and Vermont, two free events directed to
support social causes. The One World One Heart Music Festivals are
thank-you parties thrown by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield for their
customers, the folks who eat Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and Frozen
Yogurt. The idea behind the festivals is for the company to give
a little back to the communities they serve, and to advance the
company's driving efforts toward working for progressive social
change in the United States. The music featured at the festivals
ranges from contemporary folk and world music to Zydeco and blues
to rock and roots-rock.
The Acura Music
Festival (2000 - 2002) - traveled to nine cities throughout
the country presenting the music of John Fogerty, and Louisiana
artists such as Dr. John, Aaron Neville and Irma Thomas, serving
authentic Louisiana food and showcasing original arts and crafts.
In 2001, the touring festival featured Paul Simon, and in 2002,
Dealer Party (2000) - Held in the Louisiana Superdome, this
private party showcased John Fogerty as well as New Orleans Cajun,
Zydeco, and Jazz bands, Mardi Gras Indians, flambeauxs and Social
Aid & Pleasure Clubs.
Tribute to John Lee Hooker in Madison Square Garden - featured
John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Paul
Barrere and Billy Payne from Little Feat, Mick Fleetwood, Bo Diddley,
James Cotton among a host of others celebrating the life and music
of John Lee Hooker.
The Grand Opening
of the Rouse Riverwalk Development in New Orleans - National
award winning, 3 stages, gospel choirs, military elements, parades,
Hedges Blues festivals in Dallas and Atlanta - B.B. King
and Stevie Ray Vaughn headlined these shows that also featured Ry
Cooder, John Mayall, John Campbell, among others.
The Black Heritage
Festival in Toyahasi, Japan - Four days in the baseball stadium,
included New Orleans-themed food booths.
The KOOL Pacific
Music Festival in Hawaii - Pacific culture celebrated with
four stages, food booths and crafts booths over four days at the
Waikiki Shell. Muddy Waters, Al Jarreau, Herbie Hancock, and more.
The Ohio Bell
Blossom Music Center Jazz Festival in Cleveland and Akron
- 4 years - Miles Davis, Spyro Gyra, Bonnie Raitt, Sippie Wallace,
Bobby Blue Bland among others at the Blossom Music Center.
Rock Festival (the English equivalent of Woodstock) - Four
days with a giant main stage and subsidiary stages, food and crafts
booths, camping grounds at Knebworth Manor. Approximately 200,000
Radio Jazz Festival, London - Three stages over three days
at the Alexandria Palace hillside venues, food and crafts booths.
Beer Israel Jazz Festival in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem - Five
days – Sacred Pool in Jerusalem - approximately 20,000 in
30th Anniversary Festival (2002) - A one-day music and food
festival on the New Orleans waterfront featuring Fats Domino, Dr.
John, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters and the Dirty
Dozen Brass Band.
The New Orleans
Saints (2000 - 2004) - For the 2000 season, Davis and
his team created a New Orleans Party in the Louisiana Superdome
for the over 60,000 fans in attendance. Each game featured local
musicians and children’s entertainment in the Club level lounges
and a parade throughout the arena by the Saints Go Marching In Brass
Band & Social Aid & Pleasure Club. Several games included
on field performances by artists such as Priestess Ava Kay Jones
& Voodoo Macumba, Aaron Neville, Doug Kershaw, Branford Marsalis,
Cowboy Mouth, Mystikal, The Radiators, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint
and Dr. John. Davis continues to produce special music programming
for the Saints and continue the 2nd line parades throughout the
dome for all home games.
Athletic Department (2003 - 2004) - Tailgate Party - music
and food operation for home football games, 2003 season, both at
the Louisiana Superdome and Tad Gormley Stadium at City Park. Featuring
great New Orleans artists such as Irma Thomas, Theresa Andersson,
Anders Osborne, Walter Wolfman Washington, Papa Grows Funk, The
Radiators, The Dixie Cups, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. & The Zydeco
Twisters, ReBirth Brass Band and Marva Wright.
Mayor C. Ray
Nagin & City of New Orleans (May 2002) - Inauguration
Day 2nd Line Parade featuring New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, Social
Aid & Pleasure Clubs and the Hot 8, Storyville Stompers, Treme
and ReBirth Brass Bands.
The New Orleans
Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness (1985 to 1998) (website)-
NOAAHH began in 1985 when Grammy Award winner and lead vocalist
of the Neville Brothers, Aaron Neville and two-time Grammy nominee
songwriter/musician Allen Toussaint brought together a group of
New Orleans musicians for the purpose of performing a concert to
benefit the hungry and homeless of metro New Orleans. NOAAHH has
developed into a successful nonprofit organization that annually
presents concerts and gala celebrity mixers to raise funds to help
alleviate hunger and homelessness in the metro New Orleans area.
Past performers and participants include Aaron Neville, Linda Ronstadt,
Allen Toussaint, Ed Bradley, Joni Mitchell, Dr. John, Huey Lewis,
Jimmy Buffett, Branford Marsalis, Ry Cooder, Stephen Stills, Irma
Thomas, John Goodman, Solomon Burke, Paul Schaffer, Katey Sagal,
Little Feat and many others.
Anniversary (1995) - Liza Minnelli, Huey Lewis, Gladys Knight
- Louisiana Superdome
of the Fair Grounds Race Course Grandstand (1993) - A seven-alarm
fire completely destroyed the Fair Grounds grandstand on the night
of December 17. With a round-the-clock effort for 19 days led by
the Festival Productions team, the Fair Grounds erects temporary
facilities and conducts racing for its remaining 60 days.
Jimmy Buffett Primo Parrothead Party - (1993) Jimmy Buffett,
Little Richard, and Michael McDonald, including two smaller stages
of local New Orleans bands such as the Iguanas and Evangeline, and
food booths of New Orleans cuisine - Tad Gormley Stadium, City Park