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Geaux Local

When:  Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where:  Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130 (map)

Join us at Generations Hall for a night of New Orleans flavor: good music and local performances, an amazing menu (includes jambalaya, crawfish, fried green tomatoes, boudin and much more!), and cocktails made just for SPSP. Three rooms of entertainment (including a local brass band, a classic rhythm and blues band, drag performers, and several fun entertainers) and networking will make this a truly special event as we "Geaux Local" for a night of fun.

  Through January 14 After January 14
Student $25 $30
Child* $25 $30
Nonstudent $40 $45

Groups of six or more may receive discounts by emailing SPSP Meetings Assistant, Ryley Bowen at rbowen@spsp.org

Ticket prices include one alcoholic drink, unlimited soft drinks and juices, plenty of food from our New Orleans spread (see below), and access to all bands and performers.

This is a limited attendance event expected to sell out, so be sure to add your ticket during the registration process.


Quick Bites
Andouille En Croute, Boudine Boulettes, Crawfish Beignets, Fried Green Tomatoes

Grazing Station
Creole Charcuterie, Cocktail Muffalettas, Mini Poboys, Crawfish Remoulade

Southern Fried
Fried Gulf Shrimp, Cajun Fried Fish, Hush Puppies

Cajun Classics
Nola Spinach Salad, Cajun Jambalaya, Vegan Jambalaya

That Sweet Live
Beignets, Traditional Bread Pudding, Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, Praline Bread Pudding


Free Agents Brass Band

Free Agents Brass Band

When Hurricanes Katrina & Rita came ashore, ravished New Orleans and displaced its musicians throughout the world, a group of these natives became the Free Agents Brass Band. After watching their city drown, many New Orleanians relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where they would soon become desperate to hear jazz music accompanied by a traditional second line that was an ingredient of the culture gumbo they loved in their pre-Katrina New Orleans. Founded by bass drummer, Ellis Joseph, the Free Agents Brass Band professed to fill that earning void. “I consider myself a free agent, so that’s where the name came from,” says Joseph. An experienced bass drummer and graduate of St. Augustine High School, Joseph has traveled extensively with various New Orleans Brass Bands.  
Joseph made it his mission to provide the world and native New Orleanians residing in places unfamiliar to them with the resonance of home by gathering several other musicians who had also relocated to Atlanta. The Free Agents were born from this tireless effort. “We were all trying to be generous to everyone to make sure everybody had work," says Joseph. Of these musicians were trombone player Alfred Growe, Tuba Player Arian “Big Boy” Macklin Sr., and Trombone Player Ersel “Garfield” Bogan. Trumpet players Shannon Haynes, Chad Brown, Julian Gosin and snare drum player Renard “Teedy Man” Henry, brother of New Orleans trombone great, Corey Henry, would soon follow. 


The New Orleans Catahoulas

The New Orleans Catahoulas (feat. Naydia CoJoe)

The Catahoulas are a New Orleans Rhythm and Blues band that specializes in playing the lost sounds of the city's golden age of R&B — the 1950s and 60s. Each of the band's all-star members have hefty resumes and impressive musical pedigrees. Almost all are native New Orleanians. In short: they were born and bred to play this music. Check them out below!

More entertainment

The New Orleans Catahoulas

Vanessa Carr

Vanessa Carr is a New Orleans musician, drag performer, and advocate for the LGBT community. Vanessa Carr Presents produces four shows and coordinates events and fundraisers for many organizations in the community. In 2017 Vanessa was named Saint Vanessa of the Betwixt and Between by the Big Easy Sisters for her work with them and her support of the LGBT community. Vanessa also holds the titles of Miss Louisiana Leatherette 2016, Miss New Orleans Pride 2016 and Miss Tulane Avenue Bar, Emeritus. Vanessa Carr Presents participates in and coordinates Drag Queen Story Hour at the Alvar Branch Library in New Orleans. VCP also produces Divas @ the Dive Drag Karaoke, Tacos, Tequila, and Tiaras Family Friendly Drag Show, Ooh La La! Sexy, Sultry Drag, Vanessa Carr LIVE!, and Mama Honey’s Drag Brunch, as well as many private events.

A variety of other entertainers will be mingling and performing throughout the night!

* Free for children 2 and under