Bassick HIGH SCHOOL Band
Founder’s Day. 12noon-4p
National Council of Negro Women
Oronoque Country Club
385 Oronoque Lane, Stratford, CT.
Hans Meyer’s Band (Wild Lives)
@ Skylark Lounge 9p
140 S. Broadway Denver Rock City
ZENA MOSES & RUE FIYA officially formed in April 2011. Composed of exceptional musicians’, Pianist, Kashonda Bailey; Guitarist, Seizo Shibayama; Bassist, Courtney Wymes; Drummer, Terry Scott Jr.; Trombonist/Vocalist, Jeremy Phipps; Saxophonist/ Vocalist, Natasha Harris & Lead Vocalist, Zena Moses. Zena Moses & Rue Fiya’s wide range and unrestraint for creativity is a virtue, highly felt through out their performances, showing New Orleans’ natural rawness. With Zena’s soulful ballets to swoon you, funky dance music to make your body move and her presence in keeping the audience excited. Zena Moses has no problem captivating the crowd with her emotions. Rue Fiya’s versatility consist of Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop and R&B music. Zena Moses have performed with bands Abney Effect, Soul Project, Charmaine Neville and Friends, The Lady Killers, Big Sam Funky Nation, Corey Henry and Friends and Gravity A just to name a few, until she created her own band Rue Fiya.
Rue Fiya have performed at historic venues like the Union Train Station at 2016 River Jam Festival in Montgomery, Ala. and 100 Men’s Hall in Bay St.Louis. Lady Fest, Children of Haiti Benefit Concert, Code Red for Haiti Benefit Concert, New Orleans House of Groove, Essence of N.O. Women Concert, Alexandria, La. Mayor’s Inauguration Ball, 4th of July on the River, 2013 Soul Festival, multiple WWOZ Pledge Drives, 2013 New Orleans Jazz Festival and up coming 2017 New Orleans Jazz Festival. Keeping close to their roots in New Orleans on Frenchmen Street, Zena Moses & Rue Fiya has kept crowds dancing at Blue Nile, Balcony Music Club, The Maison, Vaso, Dragon’s Den, Cafe Negril, Mojitos and outside the Frenchmen Street area, The Perfect Fit, Gasa Gasa and Tipitina’s. Zena Moses & Rue Fiya is a reminder that raw New Orleans Music is not dead. Rue Fiya is humble in being a vessel bringing the love of New Orleans music to the world.
Caren is a native New Orleanian who began singing in church at the age of four. Caren had a desire to love, reach, and change the world. While discovering and asking questions about her purpose, she knew for sure it was attached to her gift of singing, and writing. She was Influenced by artist growing up like, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, The Clark Sisters, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Teena Marie, Lauryn Hill, and The Winans to name a few. From her background and foundation as a singer in the church she has transformed into a Inspirational, Soulful, Classical, Hip Hop, and Jazz inspired singer who stands firm on her beliefs.
Caren15Caren is a Songwriter and a Story Teller. She also has quite the unique story of her own that she often shares when mentoring, sharing spoken word, and public speaking. Caren captivates audiences everywhere with her powerful voice and illuminating presence through her lyrics. Caren’s transparency on and off the stage, and within her music, stems from a combination of her relationship with God, life experiences, reality, world events, and her tremendous love for all kinds of music.
Casme’ (Kaz-May), QUEEN OF THE BAYOU, New Orleans Indie Singer/Songwriter has traveled the world as an Entertainer & Philanthropist. This Love Warrior has a voice of a Soul Goddess! Presently preparing to release her newest collection of work “GUMBO” with hopes of branding herself as The Gumbo Artist. Casme’ has created a new dance for her hometown entitled, “New Orleans (The Nola Step)” & has started teaching it to people everywhere she goes. She has also started a “Your Life Matters” Campaign through Casme’ Cares, her community outreach program designed to brand Love, Hope, Peace through the Arts & Music. As a former singer for many major artists such as BoB, Trina Braxton, American Idol’s Kimberly Locke, Keith Urban, Carl Thomas, Aaron Hall, Lil G(Silk) & more but is pleased to announce She Got Next! Casme’, a native of New Orleans, LA, who’s lived in Nashville, Tn & Atlanta, Ga. Her undeniable talent, refreshing energy and sweet spirit have landed her a #1 Spot on Reverbnation’s charts, 6 nominations as ATL’s Hottest Female Artist/Band and Future Star two years in a row as well as many major opportunities to perform locally and worldwide. Last year while touring internationally with Atlantic Records recording artist B.O.B. she performing on 106&Park, Wendy Williams, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, The View and more, all while conducting her own high school tour, Forbidden, where she’s challenging today’s youth to dream, practice abstinence (refraining from sex until marriage, drugs/alcohol abuse, and other destructive behavior), and to love themselves enough to make healthy life decisions. Over the past few years, Casme` has opened for many artists including Eric Benet, Dwele, Ginuwine, Eve and Bobby Jones.
Growing up as the oldest of eight children, Casme` is a natural born leader—with her music, and behind the music. In 2009 after winning 1st Runner Up in the Miss Black Tennessee Pageant, Casme` launched her mentoring program, 4U Mentoring. Through 4U, Casme` connects with youth in an effort to encourage and inform them about major issues that plague our society. To date, approximately over 2,000 youth have been personally touched by her efforts.
And Then There Was Us:
The Original Pinettes Brass Band
Whoever said, “A dream can’t become reality” didn’t know the Original Pinettes Brass Band.
The Original Pinettes Brass Band, World’s Only All female Brass Band, was formed by Mr. Jefferey Herbert in 1991. Each member born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, attended St. Mary’s Academy High School an all-girl catholic school. Beginning with 16 or more members, the Original Pinettes ended up with not only St. Mary’s females but other females around the town.
The Original Pinettes Brass Band can be seen at many different venues, such as: The Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Satchmo Festival, The Essence Music Festival, and The French Quarter Festival, just to name a few. They also experienced traveling overseas when they performed in Istanbul, Izmir, and Ankara Turkey. The ladies also have a long resume around the town for doing parties, wedding, conventions, schools, nursing homes, etc….The band has very much in common with the other male brass bands around the city. The only difference being is the Original Pinettes are all females! The ladies gained more respect when they were crowned the winners of the 2013 Red Bull “Street Kings” brass band blowout competition when they beat three other male brass bands changing the name to Red Bull “Street QUEENS!”
Some of the ladies specialize in other careers, also. From college students to a computer tech, some of the ladies are mothers and wives. Nothing will get in the way of these ladies who consider one another sisters. “We’re not blood related, we’re love related….” says leader, Christie Jourdain.
R&B/Soul artist Justin Parker’s music touches the soul of all who love music. With a unique approach to songwriting and vocal arranging, Justin believes that singing about real life experiences is what sets him apart. Born in a small town in Louisiana, he discovered his love for music in church. He honed his craft by singing and writing music for artists in his local area. Justin’s vocal ability and range are second to none. The smooth sound of his lower register and the sweetness of his falsetto will have you anticipating the next song. His talent has reached many people through his YouTube channel by adding his own style to popular cover songs. Justin’s freshman LP, “Love Sessions” is available online everywhere right now. Produced by Melvin “Melo” Williams of The Classicity Music Group, this album will be a modern classic, reminiscent classic love songs. With amazing vocals, songwriting, and production, “Love Sessions” is sure to establish Justin Parker as one of the greatest Soul/R&B artists of our time.
Booking Information for Justin Terrell : firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerts for Indigent Defense
Thank you to those who enabled Concerts for Indigent Defense to become a reality…
Good ideas are a dime a dozen. Making something happen is another story altogether. Hundreds of people over the years have supported the concept, effort, and reality of Concerts for Indigent Defense. That is what enabled Concerts for Indigent Defense to become a reality in New Orleans for 2017, to launch the same nationwide in years to come.
When it comes to the people involved, Concerts for Indigent Defense New Orleans simply would not have happened if not for John Thompson and John Moore, and our spotlight organization for 2017, Orleans Public Defenders.
There are also a handful of people who recently came together to us (otherwise a budget-less effort) to build this initial website for Concerts for Indigent Defense for our New Orleans rollout and nationwide simulcast. For that and their other thoughtful support, we thank Suzy Snow and Cameron Healy, Susan and Kenneth Saloom, Caleb Caldwell, Adam Kahan, Cheryl and Louis Saloom, Beth and William Keyt, Christine Boris, and Richard Dieter.
I also want to extend a million thanks to the patient souls who brainstormed, explored, developed, critiqued, listened, and otherwise played a part in what is now the growing reality that is Concerts for Indigent Defense. This includes the many who supported Concerts for Indigent Defense through the initial national Kickstarter campaign (which didn’t reach the lofty national goal, and yet enabled this initial presentation in New Orleans). In addition to those mentioned above, this includes: Heather Hall, Sally-Ann Hard, A.J. Benson, Ana Yanez-Correia, Lindsey Hortenstine, Dave Maloney, Jamie Diaferia, Brandon Dudley, Scott Ehlers, Haywood Fennell, Rebecca Brown, David Carroll, Dr. John, Deena Maerowitz, Ruby Saloom, Jason Flom, Barry Scheck, Ezra Sherman, Seandra Sims, Tariq Trotter, Kathy Hart, Kirah Haubrich, Christophe Szapary, John Burkhart, Steve Lohman, Michael Kohn, Ethan Ellestad, Ashlye Keaton, Nic Hard, Anne Genberg, Anthony Benedetti, Renate Lunn, Jane Katcher, Rob and Trish Lemley, Alex Perkins, Brian Valzania, Lisa D’Onofrio, Katherine Katcher, Meredith and Mike Ward, Holly Heslop, Charlie Christopher, Stephen Milliken, William B. Oberly, Bill and Michelle Penkava, Dan and Michelle Briody, Maria Swaby, Andrea and Brian Keilty, Katie MacDonald, Adam Burke, David Lombino, Lonnie Fogg, Bic Green, Roni Zimmer, Barbara Mignogna Korus, Max and Melissa Hart, Michael Klinger, Seth Maerowitz, Ann-Isabel Friedman, Joanne and Charlie Smart, Charlie Smart Jr., Paul Bieber, Alex Walker, Scott Matson, Rosaline Cohen Benno, Jim Mosely, Kelly Doyle, Thomas Ullmann, Pam Robbins, Karen Murtagh, Ed Wassermann, Matt Morriss, Gabriel Oberfield, Laura Gelfman, Keith Al Findley, Simon Cole, Liz Barnett, Betsy Carnie, Kate MacKinney, Blair Maerowitz, Rosie McMahan, Andrew Berman, Celeste Fitzgerald, Paul Saloom, Madeline Cohen, Rory Fleming, Danny Goldberg, Sabrina Learman, Kevin Shea, Bonerama, Patrick Delahanty, Brian Leininger, Jim Keyt, John Charles Meyer, Dolly Patterson, Chris Scarpatti, Jennifer Roth, Peter Miller, Abraham J. Bonowitz, Maddy deLone, Jeffrey Earls, Ana and Dar Patel, Amos Prahl, Sarah Chu, Jeffrey Busch, Donna Pereira, Shari Silberstein, Geoffrey and Martha Morris, David Baker, Sonja Tonnesen, Alexander Bunin, Kyle O’Dowd, Angelyn Frazer, Kara Gelinas, Todd Alexander, Sophie Chernin, Cammie Bertram, Eric Lotke, Alison Minor, Jon Mosher, Fadwa Najamy, Karen Amendola, George Steimel, Rick Tessier, Denny LeBouf, Andrew Williams, and the many, many musicians along the way who thought it was a good idea – and to whom we’ll be coming back next year now that we’ve launched!
Last but not least, we want to thank the following organizations that have worked in support of Concerts for Indigent Defense: New Orleans – RAE, WonderLand PSNO, OPD, MACCNO, ELLA, and National Association for Public Defense.
Thank you again, all of you, for your interest and support!
Founder of Concerts for Indigent Defense