Packed with 800 partygoers, the House of Blues provided the backdrop for a night of spectacular art and music benefiting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists, which honors the memory of NOCCA alumnus Daniel Price. In keeping with Daniel’s twin passions of art and music, the fund provides scholarships for outstanding visual arts and music students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
Gralen Banks served as emcee, and Jonathan Bloom as Stage Manager.
Silver and Gold patrons were treated to an intimate concert by the legendary Irma Thomas and enjoyed all night access to the Foundation Room and the Parish Room, which featured a buffet by NOCCA’s Culinary Arts students and House of Blues in addition to an open bar sponsored by Abita. Gold patron tickets included reserved seating in the lodge overlooking the concert hall.
The main event lineup included: Jon Roniger and The Good For Nothin’ Band; John Boutte; Big Sam; Khris Royal; Robin Barnes; Kermit Ruffins + BBQ Swingers; Stanton Moore and Trio with David Torkanowsky, James Singleton and Cyril Neville; Shamarr Allen and The Underdawgs; James Andrews and guests; Trombone Shorty and surprise guests; Christopher Miller; and more.
Catering was provided by NOCCA’s Culinary Arts students and The House of Blues, Abita donated Abita Amber beer, and select alcohol was donated by Bill Goldring via Republic National Distributing Company. All auction items were original pieces of art donated by Daniel Price Memorial Award recipients in addition to reprints of work done by Daniel donated by the Price family.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Home for the Holidays,” benefiting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists and the NOCCA Institute
When: Thursday, December 22, 2016
Where: House of Blues New Orleans