Newark, NJ, January 25, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- On February 23rd, New Orleans' "Best Traditional Brass Band" will arrive in New Jersey to perform a Mardi Gras event at The Stanhope House co-hosted by PocoNotes and WNTI-Public Radio from Centenary College.
The festivities will start with a New Orleans-style "Second Line" parade down Main Street with The Storyville Stompers and their Grand Master leading the way into the venue for their 6:00 p.m. show.
The Storyville Stompers have been entertaining audiences with their Traditional Jazz and Dixieland sound since 1981 with performances that include New Orleans' own Jazz and Heritage, French Quarter and Satchmo Summer Festivals, as well as world-famous Bacchus and Orpheus Mardi Gras parades and sporting events like the Rose Bowl and the New Orleans Saints. They have also performed at hundreds of national and international events that include China's Macau International Jazz Festival, Japan's Kobe Urban Resort Jazz Festival, Italy's Carnival Ambrosiana, Ecuador's Guayaquil Jazz Festival and First Lady Hillary Clinton's Congressional Luncheon. One of their personal favorites is the Washington Mardi Gras Ball, where they have performed for over 30 years and for which attendance has been described as a "once in a lifetime opportunity…not something you put your name in a hat for…not something you seek or ask for, but something that is bestowed upon you."
PocoNotes was co-founded by Dolores and Pat, two "children of the 60’s" whose commitment to do their part to make the world a kinder place came about on September 11th as Pat was making his way out of Tower 2 of the World Trade Center for what they now know was the last time. As members of the Woodstock generation, they are working to rekindle the passion their peers once felt for live music by presenting musicians that need to be heard in places that need to be seen. With 17 events, 63 artists and six unique venues already to their credit, this will be their next gathering of good music and good people in an intimate setting where the artists and the audience will create something special together.
Dolores and Pat of PocoNotes first encountered The Storyville Stompers in 2006 when another tragedy, Hurricane Katrina, inspired a musical launch in tribute to the countless New Orleans musicians whose lives and livelihoods had been devastated. It was a news story about a woman in New Orleans who was paying local musicians $100 a week to keep them in the city until its venues could be reopened that led them to the woman in question…Bethany Bultman, co-founder of the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. Upon speaking with her, they learned that it was New Orleans' brass bands that needed the most support to keep their unique "sound" alive during some of their city's darkest days. It was then that they started their search for just the right brass band to be the first musicians ever to step on a PocoNotes stage.
PocoNotes met Melanie Thiel, WNTI's "Mornings with Melanie" DJ, as they were planning their second season of music. It was her passionate desire to help anyone involved in keeping music 'alive and well' that forged a strong relationship. PocoNotes has become a staunch supporter of WNTI, sponsoring both WNTI Stage and a weekly radio spot on her show called "It's Not Perfect, It's Live." However, it was their deep friendship that led them to join her on the annual disaster relief trip to New Orleans with the students and faculty of Centenary College and Drew University, who selflessly spent their Winter breaks serving as volunteers with St. Bernard Project, an organization that is still working tirelessly to rebuild homes throughout the city.
Now that local disaster relief efforts have been refocused toward helping victims of Superstorm Sandy, PocoNotes and WNTI thought it timely to bring a little New Orleans into the area as an opportunity to connect one community in need with another in similar need and have the kind-hearted folks from New Jersey who have served in both areas as the common denominator.
Since The Stanhope House is another sponsor of WNTI, "The Last Great American Roadhouse" seemed the perfect setting for a reunion with The Storyville Stompers. This 1794 former residence is now a "crazy cool" venue located at 45 Main Street in Stanhope, New Jersey. Its doors will open for dinner at 4:30 p.m. and the show will start at 6:00 p.m. as the "Second Line" down Main Street and into the venue ends.
Tickets to this special event are "Keepsake" Wrist Bands that are available for $20 in advance through WNTI at (908) 979-4355 Ext. 1 or through PocoNotes at either www.PocoNotes.com or (888) 800-POCO (7626) with any remaining tickets to be sold for $25 at the door. Ticket sales will help ensure that great music continues to live at WNTI for a long time to come.
For more information about the event, go to www.PocoNotes.com or call Dolores and Pat at (888) 800-POCO. For more information about the musicians or the venue, visit them at www.StoryvilleStompers.com or www.StanhopeHouseNJ.com respectively.