Finally coming down of the high’s of French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest and nonstop private/corporate events… No one knew, but this was the hardest @jazzfest I’ve every performed, being it was the first one of my entire life without my dad. But I didn’t want to burden my musicians nor the audience with my personal pain, so I focused on Mahogany Brass Band’s 30th anniversary and consecutive JF performance. I simply told the musicians to do what they do best.
I held tears back for an hour. “Billy White Shoes” wasn’t there. That always slightly out-of-tune alto sax wasn’t there. Dwight’s tambourine wasn’t there.
Caught Up In The Rapture: Glenn David Andrews and I go way back to when he was a young man. We have a kindred spirit on stage. It was church and I asked him to come preach. I sent one text, and with no questions asked, he said, “Ill be there my brother.” Stand By Me was my choice of song. I forgot the intro, than trembled and fought back the tears, but @tremeprince understood the assignment and carried out the mission overwhelmingly. For those who supported us, in person and online via @wwoz_neworleans live broadcast, THANK YOU. There’s some major collaboration energy coming y’all way soon…
GDA and all my Mahogany cohorts, THANK YOU 🙏🏾 📸 by @marcmillmanphotos
We’ve all been through so much in these last two years. To have to face continual disasters, all beyond our control, is taxing. Prayers for all whom were in the path of destruction and those directly impacted. The New Orleans Music Company has several musicians who live in St. Bernard Parish, Chalmette, Lower9, and New Orleans East. Luckily, everyone is safe. Same for our family members. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
As someone who lived in Mississippi and Alabama along “tornado alley,” I know firsthand the mass destruction tornadoes cause. Also, our neighborhood in Carrollton (New Orleans) was stuck by a tornado in February 2006, several months after hurricane Katrina.
Again, our prayers are with everyone. As the sun comes up, we see both the massive impacts and the miracles abound, being, it could’ve been a lot worst. Blessings.
Motivation Monday: It’s guaranteed that Dr. Brice Miller is gonna turn your wedding or corporate event into a party! That’s why he’s one of New Orleans’ most requested DJ’s and MC/Host for wedding day experiences and corporate/convention events. Dates are flying off the calendar, so reserve your BIG DAY today!!! Let’s Do This🕺🏾
BOOK ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT @ http://www.thenomc.com — The New Orleans Music Company @noladjtruck WE THE BEST! We’re the SOUL and SOUNDS of New Orleans 🎶
And ain’t no party a New Orleans Party without adding our award-winning Mahogany Brass Band to your event package so we can second-line, baby!
Soulful Sunday: How them French Quarter streets be reacting when they see I’m back outchere running parades through their hood!
She said, “Damn! OMG! Look @ Doc out here all sexy and chocolates with his new Zaddy beard!!!” Act like Covid never happened. Drop that beat for us…” They were so happy to see New Orleans’ sexiest chocolate cultural entrepreneur making it do what it do. I’m the SOUL and SOUND of New Orleans!
NEW ORLEANS, LA — With no doubt, New Orleans needed Mardi Gras. This two year long pandemic has taken its toll on us all, in some way or another. However, considering 99% of folk (via my first-person observations) wore no protective mask, now the BIG QUESTION:
Will Mardi Gras 2022 prove to be a super spreader (Covid19 epicenter pt.2) or will cases remain flat, thus, Mardi Gras 2022 serves as the end of the Covid pandemic?
I say we have a 2-3 week window to get some definitive answers. Whatcha think?
Dear New Orleans Musicians and Cultural Performers, it’s true, Musicians [have continually been] left out [wage growths]…
I had a very honest conversation regarding the State of New Orleans’ cultural economy and its being flatlined for easily the last 20+ years. See a snippet below, along with a link to the story.
From the article: One important New Orleans sector not benefiting from the tight labor market, however, is musical performers.
The price of hiring one of New Orleans top high school bands, for example, has hardly changed in at least a decade, said Brice Miller, founder of The New Orleans Music Company, which is a booking agent for musicians.
He said one of the better known high school marching bands will charge about $2,300 to perform in a parade, though other schools might charge less than half that.
“No organization is saying, we’re going to up your pay because of inflation or pandemic losses, they’re looking for the cheapest entertainment,” said Miller.
He said that is true also for the professional musicians who play gigs on Frenchmen Street, where the booking rates for bands like his Twisted Dixie ensemble still typically are comprised of a $5 door charge, 20% of the bar, plus tips.
“The impacts of inflation on the live venue and entertainment business are being passed down to the performers, who are considered the bottom of the food chain instead of the caviar,” said Miller.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Let the good times (potentially) roll! Although Covid19 OMICRON variant is ravaging the US, here is the hyper-optimistic 2022 Mardi Gras parade schedule for the New Orleans metro area. Keeping health and safety as a priority for our musicians and performers, The New Orleans Music Company will be providing entertainment services for private events ONLY. Contact us if you’d like to book entertainment or cultural services during the Mardi Gras season. Now, here’s the (tentative) 2022 New Orleans Mardi Gras schedule.
Société Des Champs Elysée, Marigny (Walking parade only) @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Krewe of Nefertiti, New Orleans East @ 1 p.m.
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Krewe of Chewbacchus, Marigny @ 7 p.m.
Friday, February 11, 2022
Krewe Bohème, Marigny – French Quarter @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Krewe du Vieux, French Quarter @ 6:30 p.m.
Krewe Delusion, French Quarter @ follows Krewe du Vieux
Friday, February 18, 2022
Krewe of Cork, French Quarter @ 3 p.m.
Oshun, Uptown @ 6 p.m.
Cleopatra, Uptown@ 6 p.m.
Alla, Uptown @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Pontchartrain, Uptown @ 1 p.m.
Choctaw, Uptown @ follows Pontchartrainin
Freret, Uptown @ follows Choctaw
Sparta, Uptown @ 5:30 p.m.
Pygmalion, Uptown @ follows Sparta
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Femme Fatale, Uptown @ 11 a.m.
Carrollton, Uptown @ 12 p.m.
King Arthur, Uptown @ follows Carrollton
Barkus, French Quarter @ 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Culinary Queens of New Orleans, Westbank @ 6 p.m.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Druids, Uptown @ 6:15 p.m.
Nyx, Uptown @ follows Druids
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Babylon, Uptown @ 5:30 p.m.
Chaos, Uptown @ follows Babylon
Muses, Uptown @ follows Chaos
Friday, February 25, 2022
Hermes, Uptown @ 5:30 p.m.
d’Etat, Uptown @ follows Hermes
Morpheus, Uptown @ follows Morpheus
Saturday, February 26, 2022
NOMTOC, Westbank @ 10:45 a.m.
Iris, Uptown @ 11 a.m.
Tucks, Uptown @ follows Iris
Endymion, Mid-City @ 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Okeanos, Uptown @ 11 a.m.
Mid-City, Uptown @ follows Okeanos
Thoth, Uptown @ follows Mid-City
Bacchus, Uptown @ 5:15 p.m.
Athena, Metairie @ 5:30 p.m.
Lundi Gras – Monday, February 28, 2022
Proteus, Uptown @ 5: 15 p.m.
Orpheus, Uptown @ 6 p.m.
Mardi Gras – (Fat) Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Zulu, Uptown @ 9 a.m.
Rex, Uptown @ 10 a.m.
Elks Orleanians, Uptown @ follows Rex
Crescent City, Uptown @ follows Elks
Lagniappe – All On Mardi Gras Day
MARDI GRAS/ BLACK MASKING INDIANS: The history of this culture is primarily an oral one told through songs and chants much like the way stories of the past are told by African griots. Although there are numerous origin stories, there is agreement that aspects of the custom of Blacks “masking” (costuming) Indian began in the mid-19th century as a way to honor the Native Americans with whom slaves found refuge when they sought freedom.
On Mardi Gras Day, the Indians roam their neighborhoods, aiming to take claim of “being the prettiest” and challenging opposing tribes who confront them, using traditional chants, dances, drumming and crowd hyping. The Indians can only be found in Black neighborhoods, Uptown, Downtown, Westbank, Carrollton and Treme. Their routes are random and not officially associated with the city’s Mardi Gras festivities. Other indigenous cultural groups who roam the community on Mardi Gras Day include the Baby Dolls, Bones and Skulls, and various walking clubs. If you stumble across them, be respectful, maintain a safe distance and DO NOT take pictures or video without permission.
Lagniappe – Do’s & Dont’s
Do bring your family, being, Mardi Gras is a family event. The Girls Gone Wild and Tit-Fest is purely a Bourbon Street, tourist driven activity!
Don’t expect the Girls Gone Wild and Tit-Fest to be the norm of your experience. As a matter of fact, just stay away from Bourbon Street!
Do enjoy the pageantry, creativity, beauty and passion that goes into making Mardi Gras the greatest free party in America. Be in the moment; put the cameras and phones away.
Don’t disrespect the locals by being obnoxious, drunken, thinking you have a right to jump in front people, walking through bands or being privileged. For locals, this is about family and traditions. They’ll kick your ass in a heartbeat!
Do support the live performers by tipping generously in the clubs, buying CD and products, joining their mailing list and taking pictures to share on social media.
Do enjoy yourself, be safe, MaskUp 😷, wash your hands frequently, don’t play politics when it comes to Covid19 because your choices impacts hundreds of other folk, utilize the entertainment services of The New Orleans Music Company and enjoy Mardi Gras in New Orleans!
The New Orleans Music Company is your source for all things entertainment and cultural performance and your resource for all things New Orleans. Our founder, Dr. Brice Miller is not only a Grammy-nominated jazz musician and producer, but also an award winning cultural anthropologist, ethnomusicologist and academic professional. He is one of the most knowledgeable people on Earth regarding New Orleans culture and traditions. He’s also a super cool awesome person and humanitarian.
TBT: ABSOLUTELY WOW! Digging through some family photo albums, I found this picture of me at Kohen Middle School (9th@Ward). True, I’ve been doing this; Band Student of the Month!
As I reflect on how blessed 2021 has been, although there was a ton of heavy shit I was navigating, this picture from my youth reminds me that I’ve been fortunate to ALWAYS be me, working hard, and winning. The prizes and accolades of yesterday bring of sense of pride, the struggles of the now showcases our resilience, but the end game, the victory, is chasing what never comes… TOMORROW, because indeed, tomorrow is TODAY. I’m BLESSED for the moments, the NOW.
Motivation Monday: Being Deeply Immersed in Blessings + Happiness. 2021 threw some curves and the devil be busy, but I’ve been blessed to manifest my plans, dreams and talents into joyful realities. Excited to kick some brASS in 2022!
You gotta believe in you, believe in your dreams, believe in your abilities, believe in your goals and objectives. People are gonna talk about you regardless and those same people will give you every reason to doubt yourself, as a comfort of their own self-doubt and insecurities. There’s no need to share your visions nor explain your reasons to those whom aren’t investing in you winning. And most importantly, there’s no benefit to clinging on to people, relationships or aggregations that you no longer align with; people change and there’s nothing wrong with change, it’s inevitable. Don’t lose your blessings, trying to appease others. Bet on YOU! If you believe you gonna win, keep working until you’ve won.
Dr. Brice Miller is the epitome of New Orleans culture! His family has been entrenched in the culture as both performers and creators for generations. His cultural knowledge is undeniable. It is for these reasons, The New Orleans Music Company is the preeminent entertainment and cultural services provider.
So, if you want the best for your wedding day or private event, just know, The New Orleans Music Company is the SOUL and SOUNDS of New Orleans!
And yes, not only is Dr. Brice Miller New Orleans’ Cultural Ambassador and Grammy Nominated trumpeter, he’s also an handsome Grand Marshal🎶