On Christmas Eve the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts Institute and House of Blues New Orleans joined the family and friends of alumni Daniel Price to honor him through celebrating the young talent’s loves – art and music – with Home for the Holidays at the House of Blues.

Proceeds benefited the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists; getting scholarships for deserving NOCCA seniors on their way to college.

Obviously, the music was sensational with a concert showcasing Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, Rebirth Brass Band, Troy Andrews (a.k.a. Trombone Shorty) and Orleans Avenue, Rockin’ Dopsie and Amanda Shaw.

Guests came to either just the concert (each ticket came with a complimentary Abita beer) or the whole shebang. There was a patron party with food (this is Home for the Holidays in N’awlins, remember) and fun. An art auction and performance by Irma Thomas provided the cheer. Republic National Distributing Company assisted with the open bar at the patron party.

Daniel Price was an exceptional artist and person. His work is showcased throughout New Orleans and San Francisco, where he had a solo exhibition in 2003. His portraits of Mardi Gras Indians are captivating. He died in San Francisco at the age of 28 while protecting his wife.