Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Preservation Hall Midnight Preserves schedule announced!

Preservation Hall is proud to present Midnight Preserves, an intimate concert series during the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The concert series kicks off the first weekend on Thursday, April 24th with a performance by the “Creole Beethoven”, Wardell Quezergue and his New Orleans R&B Revue. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band with very special guests headline the early show on Friday, April 25th followed by a late show with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band for their first time appearing at Preservation Hall harkening back to the early days at the legendary Uptown New Orleans venue--The Glass House. On Saturday, April 26th, George Wein, festival impresario and one of the founders of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Newport Jazz & Folk Festivals, will perform on Piano and Vocals with The Preservation Hall All-Stars featuring Ben Jaffe on bass and tuba for the early show. Critically acclaimed Duo, Benevento-Russo play a rare acoustic set for Saturday night’s late show.

The second week showcases an array of New Orleans music beginning with an early show on Wednesday, April 30 with Greyboy Allstars keyboardist Robert Walter joined by one of the Crescent City’s greatest rhythm sections Johnny Vidacovich on drums and James Singleton on bass with Special Guest Donald Harrison on sax. Thursday, May 1st with the all-star combo of Tab Benoit, Johnny Sansone and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, followed by a very special late night session of aural beats with DJ, King Britt presenting a multi-media performance. On Friday, May 2nd, Grammy Award and multiple W.C. Handy award-winner, John Hammond performs a solo acoustic performance, followed by a late show with the funky Rebirth Brass Band. Saturday, May 3rd kicks off with a tribute to New Orleans drumming legend Smokey Johnson by The Shannon Powell Group, followed by a cutting edge late show with multi-talented artist, DJ, producer, Kid Koala who will be joined by members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The Stanton Moore Trio follows with a late-late show at 2:00 am. On Sunday, May 4th Preservation Hall Recordings will hosts a record release party celebrating the completion of Joe Lastie Jr. and the Lastie Family Gospel new recording as well as Carl Leblanc “7th Ward Griot” recording. Closing out the 2008 Midnight Preserves on Sunday with a late night of carnival revelry is The New Orleans Bingo! Show. Additional shows will be added with music clinics scheduled during the week between festival weekends.
Midnight Preserves tickets go on-sale on Thursday March 7, 2008 at 9:00 am (cst) and can be purchased at http://preservationhall.baselineticketing.com or at Preservation Hall by calling 522-2841. Shows are 18+ and non-smoking. Tickets are general admission with the exception of April 26th concert with George Wein and The Preservation Hall All-stars that will have a limited amount of seated tickets available. Preservation Hall is located at 726 St. Peter Street. For more information, visit www.preservationhall.com.