NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
(1970 - present) - (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.

An American 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.

America’s 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.

American Music 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.

Rockport Rhythm & 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.

Festival New 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!

Bicentennial 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, featured Santana.

American Honda 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.

The Lifetime 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, etc.

Benson & 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.

The Knebworth 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 people attended.

The Capital Radio Jazz Festival, London - Three stages over three days at the Alexandria Palace hillside venues, food and crafts booths.

The Maccabee Beer Israel Jazz Festival in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem - Five days – Sacred Pool in Jerusalem - approximately 20,000 in attendance

Popeye’s 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.

Tulane University 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.

Superdome 20th Anniversary (1995) - Liza Minnelli, Huey Lewis, Gladys Knight - Louisiana Superdome

Reconstruction 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 New Orleans.