TBT: This was a performance for an audience of like 10,000 people with Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra! To do what you love and love what you do…🎺
Reminiscing: It’s been a super weird 18-months, when your life schedule is filled with tour dates, performances and hotel rooms, to be at a literally standstill for this long. Now with the delta variant surging, the few tour dates that appeared on my calendar recently, watching the ugliness of this new wave, I realize I must do my part to protect myself, my family and respect my wife, who is a nurse and has worked tirelessly since March 2020, battling both the virus and the ignorance that has allowed it to continue to wreck havoc on our lives and livelihoods, so I’ve cancelled all my travel dates.
I’m looking forward to safely returning fully to enjoying the life I love, when it’s safe to do so.
Due to the unfortunate Covid19 Delta variant surge, festivals and tour dates have been cancelled. Because of this, The New Orleans Music Company have the following dates now available for private events:
• October 2nd • October 3rd • October 15th • October 21st • October 22nd
These dates will go fast, so we encourage you to reserve and book immediately. Use the following link to make it happen: https://thenomc.com/contact/
Hell Yeah… Rollin’ into this weekend like Lil’ Whoodie in the top of 5th gear!
Excited to be strolling through the French Quarter on Sunday for our first wedding parade with Lil’ Whoodie, Mahogany Brass Band and a cooler of cold beer🍻for the bride and groom. Why be ordinary when you can let me help you be EXTRAORDINARY?
Where’s Lil’ Whoodie?
They say we can get back to living life like the Covid19 😷 pandemic never happened. To celebrate, Lil’ Whoodie is ready to hit the streets FULL TIME!
Available for weddings, party’s, private events, wedding 2ndLines, hotel events, grand openings… all occasions🕺🏾
Our founder, Dr. Brice Miller and team of cultural gatekeepers have worked hard over the past year to make sure that New Orleans has remained top of mind and dear to all those, near and far who love the music, food, spirit and cultures of the Big Easy! Now as music returns to the stages, second-lines return to the streets and live events slowly edge into a new normal, we want to remind you that, The New Orleans Music Company wants to be your host for live entertainment services.
With the help of our friends and neighbors, we’ll be introducing a new marketing campaign, we hope to inspire people from around the country to remember what they’ve missed most about New Orleans… the beauty and joyous experiences of live entertainment. Book our entertainment services TODAY: http://www.thenomc.com
If it’s a New Orleans vibe, we got you covered. We provide:
Brass Bands (traditional and modern)
Jazz Bands (from trio (3) up to big bands
Urban Swing Project (coolest one-man-band in New Orleans!)
NOLA DJ Trucks + Mobile Bar Services
Wedding Second-Line bands
Mardi Gras Indians
Dancers and Second-Liner’s
Convention/Conferences Event Intro/Outro Entertainment Packages
Relief Assistance Is Needed To Help New Orleans’ Musicians and Tourism Industries Communities That Are Currently Facing Economic Challenges Due to COVID-19
December 15, 2020 — New Orleans’ cultural and tourism economies have been shutdown since March 15, 2020. The tens of thousands of individuals who make their living in these industries have been out of work for nine months, as of today. A few small grants trickled in to provide assistance for some. The pandemic unemployment provided much needed financial assistance for those who qualified. Unfortunately, the pandemic unemployment ended on July 31st, traditional unemployment (which ranges from $25 to $157 weekly) ends next week and grant assistance has dried up. For months, individuals and families have been forced to negotiate paying rents, utilities and internet or use those funds to buy groceries, pay childcare and tuition, buy medication and have money available for accidentals. The savings that might have existed has long been utilized. For many, no other financial resources are available. The time has come for the City of New Orleans — Mayor and City Council — to provide immediate Relief Assistance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced New Orleans’ music venues to close and events to be indefinitely postponed. Live music, music venues, and iconic cultural performance spaces are a big part of our city’s cultural life and a vital component of New Orleans’ tourism. For the last nine months these industries have been shuttered. City’s like Houston Texas have provided rental assistance for musicians and is currently funding grants for musicians up to $5,000, being funded with $3 million of the City’s allocated CARES Act 2020 funds. For New Orleans, there has been no mention nor implementation of any form of city funded support (Fair Share) for musicians—it has been nine months.
With that said, the easiest and most approachable way the Mayor of New Orleans and City Council can provide Financial Relief is by providing an immediate forgiveness for Sewerage and Water Board, Entergy and COX/ATT monthly bills, including making this forgiveness retroactive to April 2020 and remaining in place until the cultural and tourism industries are fully recovered and individuals can safely return to fully wage-earning work. Until this can become a reality, musicians and members of the tourism ecosystems deserve their fair share of financial support and relief.
As the President of the Sewerage and Water Board, Mayor LaToya Cantrell has full autonomy to make this a reality. In the same way, the City Council oversees the utilities regulations of Entergy, COX Cable and ATT, so they too have the autonomy to make this a reality, similar to how Councilwoman Helena Moreno was able to negotiate Entergy providing a $100 pandemic credit for four months for those who qualified. Therefore, this request is doable. Both the state and city have been allocated CARES Act 2020 funds and will be allocated additional funds, with these funds being available to reimburse local utility agencies. Again, this request is doable and can be implemented immediately. The time has come for the City of New Orleans — Mayor and City Council — to provide immediate Relief Assistance for musicians and tourism industry communities that are currently facing extreme economic challenges due to COVID-19.
In closing, the said forgiveness will be for a duration beginning April 2020 and existing until the cultural and tourism industries have fully recovered and individuals can safely return to work 100%. For individuals whom have been struggling to pay their utilities, in whole or part, will be provided a credit applicable for either future utility payments once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and/or those credits can be paid in the form of a check, which would allow further economic relief for individuals.
With a streamlined process to qualify, applicants:
Must be a musician, cultural performers, service industry or hospitality (i.e., Cultural Economy) whose principal residence is located within Orleans Parish.
Must provide evidence of how business revenue has significantly decreased because of government restrictions or other challenges due to COVID-19.
Must provide evidence of unemployment and financial hardship caused due to business/industry shutdown because of government restrictions or other challenges due to COVID-19.
Utility service must be in either the individuals name and/or their spouse.
In the Groove Together,
Dr. Brice A. Miller, Cultural Entrepreneur, Anthropologist, Jazz Trumpeter/Vocalist