Delgado Music Festival 2017

By: Leonard “Lenny” Vasbinder

Published March 8 2017

If you love New Orleans music, you don’t have to wait until French Quarter Fest and you can stay on campus to hear it Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1.  The inaugural Delgado Music Festival will be taking over the City Park campus with artists ranging from Anders Osborne to the Preservation Hall All-Stars.

Another key part of the music festival will take place Thursday night March 30 from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. when the finalists from the Delgado Songwriting Contest perform at Three Keys at the Aces Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., where the audience appreciation winner will be determined.  Besides the contest finalist performances, there will be a full live set from Ruby & The Rogues.  For more information about the Three Keys event, go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/403920173292994/

There will be a second songwriting contest winner chosen by the official panel of industry expert judges.  In addition to the two winners from the Delgado Songwriting Contest, there are a dozen other New Orleans musicians and groups that will be bringing the flavor of New Orleans Jazz and local music back to a local music festival.

The two-day music festival is the finale of the two-month long event that included Master Classes and the Delgado Songwriting Contest.

The goal of the Delgado Songwriting Contest and Delgado Music Festival is to bring more awareness and community involvement in the Delgado music program and to get them the training they need to work in the music industry in New Orleans, according to Adjunct Instructor, Eric L. Cager, the point-man for the songwriting contest and music festival.  His experience working with the festival collaborator, Cutting Edge CE Conferences and Events made Cager a natural for organizing the festivities.

The Delgado Songwriting Contest and Delgado Music Festival were started and spearheaded by Cager after he was talking with Professor’s Jesse Boyd and Peter Cho.  They were talking about ways to enhance the music department’s awareness in the metro area.  Cager’s experience with Cutting Edge CE Conferences and Events really helped with organizing the Delgado events.

“Delgado’s music program is not only affordable but an excellent program,” said Cager, and proceeds from the music festival will go towards music scholarships and program enhancements.

The lineup for Friday includes the Delgado Jazz Ensemble, the Delgado Jazz Combo, and a songwriting contest winner, followed by Joshua Hawkins, the Preservation Hall All-Stars, Anders Osborne, and the Stanton Moore Trio.  Saturday’s lineup includes Peter Cho, Lawrence Rawlins – Roots of Music / 35 Brass Band, the other songwriting contest winner, followed by Henry Turner, Stephanie Jordan, then Michael Skinkus and Moyuba, and closing out the festival, The Iguanas.

Admission to the festival is free and parking is available.

For more information, any updates, or changes, go to www.DelgadoMusicFest.com

Delgado Music Festival 2017


What Next?

Recent Articles