Fourteenth Annual Holiday on the Boulevard - December 6, 7 and 8, 2013
A Central City Holiday Tradition headlined by
Hannibal Lokumbe (Saturday) and Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Orchestra (Sunday)
WHAT: HOLIDAY ON THE BOULEVARD – A Central City Holiday Tradition
WHEN: December 6, 2013 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Kwanzaa Demonstration & Imagination Tour)
December 6, 2013 – 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. (Open House & Luncheon)
December 7, 2013 – 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m.
(Entertainment and Arts Marketplace)
1:00 p.m. Ashé’s Kuumba Institute Youth Program
1:30 p.m. Ashé’s Sistahs Making a Change
1:45 p.m. Central City Festival Dance Contest Winners
3:00 p.m. Yisrael Trio
4:30 p.m. African Presence in Mexico Guided Tour
5:00 p.m. Zion Trinity
6:00 p.m. Hannibal Lokumbe
December 8, 2013 – 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.
(Entertainment and Arts Marketplace)
1:00 p.m. Golden Voices Choir
2:00 p.m. Lyrics, Beats & Masterpieces Showcase
3:30 p.m. Tereasa B & N’Style
4:30 p.m. Michaela Harrison
5:30 p.m. African Presence in Mexico Guided Tour
6:30 p.m. Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Orchestra
WHERE: Ashé Cultural Arts Center - 1712/1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
COST: FREE ADMISSION
INFO: (504) 569-9070
(NEW ORLEANS, LA) For the fourteenth consecutive year, music and merriment are the order of the day as Ashé Cultural Arts Center lights up the boulevard with musicians, actors, merchants, and the community, creating an astonishing holiday family festival and marketplace in Central City New Orleans. Located in the Cultural District at 1712/24 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans, the festival brings together a hefty mix of jazz, hip-hop, r&b, gospel, folk, reggae, sprinkled with spoken word and incredible dancers.
On Friday, December 6, Holiday on the Boulevard kicks off with the annual Kwanzaa Demonstration led by our special holiday icons Baba Kwanzaa (John O’Neal) and Mama YéYé (Olayeela Daste). Youngsters learn about the principles of Kwanzaa, the meaning behind its terminology and the significance the lighting of the Kinara. Afterwards, at the Imagination Tour, participating children travel the continent of Africa. Some are dressed in African attire and become dancers led by Mama Jamilah, while others take to the drums to play rhythms taught by master drummer Luther Gray of Bamboula 2000. That afternoon, the community is invited to learn more about Ashé and its programming at the annual Luncheon and Open House.
The festival kicks into high gear on Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, with a list of artists that span lyrical spoken word to instrumental delights.
The performance lineup for Saturday, December 7, includes the youth of Ashé’s Kuumba Institute, the ladies of Sistahs Making a Change, the smooth sounds of The Yisrael Trio and reggae masters Zion Trinity, with internationally renowned trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe closing out the day.
On Sunday, December 8, festival goers will experience the melodious vocals of the Golden Voices Choir with special guest Rev Lois Dejean; songbird Michaela Harrison and the explosive Tereasa B & N’Style. Closing out the festival is the incredible homegrown trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Orchestra. The weekend also includes other surprises, including a “Lyrics, Beats & Masterpieces” showcase and an appearance by the winners of the Central City Fest Dance Contest.
Expect great one-of-a-kind gift items from Dr. Foots, Tremé Hair Care, Wanda Wiggins’ Creative Experssions, Uptown Missy, Pretticute, Omega Art, Passion Lilie, Teacher’s Stop and others.
Attendees should don their dancing shoes, because the magical music just makes you want to move. All entertainment is indoors, free, and open to the public.
Those interested in vending opportunities should contact Luther Gray at (504) 495-0463. Individuals who want to help out by volunteering should call Gwendolyn Richardson at (504) 569-9070.