Relix announces their return to the Big Easy to celebrate the rich musical heritage and culture of New Orleans, and the people who make it all happen. From May 2-4, 2022, join fellow music fans at the historic Toulouse Theatre for a unique series of performances and musical conversations.
Each day will feature performances and discussions hosted by New Orleans legends, including Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Big Freedia, Charlie Gabriel, Ben Ellman, Ben Jaffe, Joshua Johnson, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, DJ Soul Sister, Joshua Starkman, and more! Relix is proud to partner with Batch & Bottle, a new premium pre-batched cocktail offering, Audio-Technica, and Robe Backstage for these intimate performances and musical conversations.
Monday, May 2 will feature a discussion hosted by “The Queen of Rare Groove,” revered WWOZ programmer DJ Soul Sister, with original queen of bounce Big Freedia, plus Tarriona “Tank” Ball and Joshua Johnson from Tank and the Bangas. The conversation will cover the influences of New Orleans music, culture, and heritage on each performer, as well as the return of live music to NOLA – plus an intimate performance by Tank and The Bangas!
On Tuesday, May 3, legendary 89-year-old Preservation Hall clarinetist Charlie Gabriel will be joined by Pres Hall creative director Ben Jaffe, and guitarist Joshua Starkman for a conversation about the rich history of New Orleans music, through the songs recorded on Gabriel’s new album, 89. The three generations of musicians will come together on stage for the first time, performing a mix of original music and New Orleans jazz standards.
Wednesday, May 4 brings a special group of guests, who are responsible for the recent revival of a true New Orleans musical institution – Tipitina’s. Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, and Stanton Moore, along with their bandmates from Galactic came together in 2018 to purchase and revitalize the iconic venue, which originally opened in 1977. The conversation will focus on the group’s experience – the reasons behind their righteous decision, the struggles they’ve encountered, and their plan to propel Tipitina’s into a new era of success. Following the discussion, guests will be treated to a rare performance by Ellman, Mercurio, and Moore, performing a mix of tunes from their deep collaborative history.
Starting at 5pm each day, join us to sample cocktails from Batch & Bottle, which will also be available for purchase during the event. Batch & Bottle is a new range of premium, ready-to-serve cocktails, offering a Hendrick’s Gin Martini, a Glenfiddich Scotch Manhattan, a Monkey Shoulder Lazy Old Fashioned, and a Reyka Rhubarb Cosmopolitan.
Audio-Technica invites you to rediscover audio in its purest analog form at our turntable listening experience. While you’re there, make certain to sign up for your chance to win an AT-LP60X turntable.
A portion of proceeds and an on-site auction will benefit Robe Backstage, a non-profit organization created to help support lighting professionals and technicians facing financial challenges.
Relix’s 2019 musical conversations and performance series sold out in advance – don’t miss your chance to be a part of these intimate musical discussions. Limited tickets are available now at relix.com/NOLA.