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Shop Local for a New Orleans Experience & a Holiday Tribute to a Music Icon

Henri Smith for the New Orleans Peoples Project – taken after Allen Toussaint’s funeral in New Orleans.

Vickie and I applaud everyone who promotes shopping locally and truly appreciate people who buy tickets to local concerts as gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.  This Saturday at 7pm we present our third New Orleans Christmas concert at Beverly’s fully-restored, acoustically stellar Larcom Theatre starring Gloucester’s Henri Smith and featuring renowned trumpeter Stanton Davis (who performed with Henri at Celebrate Gloucester 2010) and Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell on Sax & Flute.  This year, Henri’s full brass band (complete with Tuba) will perform a special tribute to one of Henri’s mentors, Allen Toussaint, who died last month while on tour in Madrid.  Tickets are available here.

Check out this video of Henri with Allen Toussaint that I shot last year in Allen’s dressing room at Berklee Performance Center. Allen explains how Henri serves as a New Orleans ambassador — and also has very kind words for Amadee, saying “When Amadee was in New Orleans we didn’t leave home without him.  He’s our favorite saxophonist!”  Then he reveals why Amadee no longer lives in New Orleans.

This will be an emotional show for Vickie and me.  We hope you’ll join us in a Christmas Second Line Parade through the aisles of Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

LISTEN HERE If you missed Henri Smith on Dana Hersey’s 104.9 Morning Show yesterday

Henri & Dana talk about New Orleans music, food, tourism, second line parades, Henri’s new CD and his CD release concert next Saturday, Dec 13 right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

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Henri Smith Tells Aurelia Nelson what the song Jambalaya means on Sunday at 9am on 104.9FM

SUNDAY (2/16) at 9AM, Aurelia Nelson hosts Henri Smith on her show, “Curtain Up”.  Get all the details on New England’s newest tradition: Mardi Gras Concert with Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers and Henri’s 8 piece band. It will be a blast! And…we finally find out what the words are to the song “Jambalaya”! Plus, just try saying N’awlens..not New Or-leens!

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It’s worth getting up by 9am on Sunday to catch “Curtain Up” on 104.9

Just in case you haven’t noticed, North Shore 104.9’s “Curtain Up” host, Aurelia Nelson, has been inviting Cape Ann musians to be her guests more frequently of late and it points to a trend of featuring locals on the station as a whole (see some examples here).

Tomorrow (SUNDAY) at 9AM, she does it again, this time with Henri Smith. Henri will talk about all the special guest he has pull together for his New Orleans Christmas show at the Larcom Theatre.

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Breaking News ~ Sunday Matinee Added for Henri Smith Christmas Show

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By Poplar demand a Sunday Matinee at 2pm has been added for the Henri Smith New Orleans Christmas.  Henri Smith and his all-star band will bring the sounds and soul of New Orleans to New England once again for a special Matinee Christmas concert of traditional New Orleans jazz and blues with a touch of gospel, topped off with traditional Christmas favorites.   Henri’s special guest include Grammy-Award winner Amadee Castenell, Lynne & Mike Cabaret, Carmen Spada and Diane DiSanto.  See more about Henri’s special guest here.

Still some seats available for Saturday 

We are proud to sponsor an instrument drive for The Musary at this Henri Smith New Orleans Christmas concert. Everyone who brings an instrument to donate will be entered to win a door prize at intermission. The Musary serves as a free lending library of musical instruments.

The Musary is a 501(c)3 on-profit organization that that works to motivate, cultivate and inspire people, especially young people, in our community to get involved in music. It is the Musary’s goal to lend musical instruments to anyone in need, “No Strings Attached.” To learn more about The Musary, borrow an instrument or donate, visit their website.