Ten years after the tragic death of local artist Daniel Buckner Price in San Francisco, the NOCCA Institute, House of Blues New Orleans and Mr. Price’s family held the annual fundraising music extravaganza, “Home for the Holidays.” Price, an alumnus of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, shared his passion between art and music, and thus the event honoring his memory was born.
Founded in 1973, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts is a regional, pre-professional arts-training center that offers students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts: filmmaking and audio production, music, theatre arts, visual arts and creative writing while demanding simultaneous academic excellence.
The evening benefits the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists, which provides scholarships for outstanding visual arts and music students at NOCCA. Hosted by emcee Gralen Banks, the evening included a patron party before the main event, complete with edibles in a buffet-style dinner, libations from an open bar, a silent auction and entertainment by cellist Jee Yeoun Ko and celebrated vocalist Irma Thomas. The benefit concert began at half past seven and featured performers such as John Boutte, Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers and many more.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Home for the Holidays,” benefiting the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and The Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists
When: December 23, 2013
Where: House of Blues
Debra and Jerry Shriver
Christopher and Madeline Price with Meg and Harry Leche