The House of Blues boasted its typical New Orleans décor with a spice of the holidays at NOCCA’s “Home for the Holidays” benefit, which featured stage acts of local musicians and NOCCA alumni.
The opening act was Jee Yeoun Ko & Faubourg Quartet, followed by a Patron Party serenaded by the soulful melodies of Irma Thomas during a champagne cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres.
The general admission concert got guests swinging to the tunes of John Boutte, Rebirth Brass Band, James Andrews and Karen Andrews, Kermit Ruffins + BBQ Swingers, John Michael and TYSSON, Eric Lindell and Band, Shamarr Allen & Underdawgs, Herlin Riley, Trombone Shorty and Jonathan Batiste and The NOCCA Alumni Allstars.
Auction items included giclées and cheese plates by Daniel Price; original artwork by local artists and NOCCA recipients of the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists; and gift certificates and sports memorabilia, including items from New Orleans Saints players Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks.
Nearly $50,000 was raised for the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists. This fund not only provides a scholarship to one outstanding NOCCA Visual Arts student each year, but it also supports financial aid for hundreds of Visual Arts and Music students at NOCCA. The money raised at this event helps many students advance their dreams and further develop their artistic visions, which can change the course of their lives and helps the artistic community of New Orleans live on.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Home for the Holidays,” benefiting the NOCCA Institute and the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists
When: Monday, December 22, 2014
Where: House of Blues