Relix announces its return to the Big Easy to celebrate New Orleans’ rich musical heritage and culture, and the people who make it all happen. From May 2 to 4, 2022, join other music lovers at the Théâtre historique de Toulouse for a unique series of performances and musical conversations.
Each day will feature performances and talks led by New Orleans legends including Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Big Freedia, Charlie Gabriel, Ben Ellman, Ben Jaffe, Joshua Johnson, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, DJ Soul Sister, Joshua Starkman, etc. ! Relix is proud to partner with Batch & Bottle, a new premium pre-dosed cocktail offering, Audio-Technica and Robe Backstage for those intimate performances and musical conversations.
On Monday, May 2, a discussion will be hosted by “The Queen of Rare Groove,” revered WWOZ programmer DJ Soul Sister, with original rebound queen Big Freedia, as well as Tarriona “Tank” Ball and Joshua Johnson of Tank and the Bangas. The conversation will cover the influences of New Orleans music, culture and heritage on each performer, as well as the return of live music to NOLA – plus an intimate performance by Tank and The Bangas!
On Tuesday May 3, legendary Preservation Hall clarinetist Charlie Gabriel, 89, will be joined by Pres Hall creative director Ben Jaffe and guitarist Joshua Starkman for a conversation about the rich history of the music of the New Orleans, through the songs recorded on Gabriel’s new album, 89. The three generations of musicians will come together for the first time on stage, performing a mix of original music and New Orleans jazz standards.
Wednesday, May 4 brings a special group of guests, who are responsible for the recent revival of a true New Orleans musical institution – Tipitina’s. Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio and Stanton Moore, along with their Galactic bandmates came together in 2018 to buy and revitalize the iconic venue, which opened in 1977. The conversation will focus on the band’s experience – the reasons for their righteous decision, the struggles they encountered, and their plan to propel Tipitina into a new era of success. After the discussion, guests will be treated to a rare performance by Ellman, Mercurio and Moore, performing a medley of tracks from their deep history of working together.
Starting at 5 p.m. each day, join us for cocktails from Batch & Bottle, which will also be available for purchase during the event. Batch & Bottle is a new line of premium ready-to-serve cocktails, featuring Hendrick’s Gin Martini, Glenfiddich Scotch Manhattan, Monkey Shoulder Lazy Old Fashioned and Reyka Rhubarb Cosmopolitan.
Audio-Technica invites you to rediscover audio in its purest analog form during our turntable listening experience. While you’re at it, be sure to sign up for a chance to win an AT-LP60X turntable.
A portion of the proceeds and an on-site auction will benefit Robe Backstage, a non-profit organization created to help support lighting professionals and technicians facing financial hardship.
The Musical Conversations and Performance Series of Relix 2019 are sold out ahead of time – don’t miss your chance to be a part of these intimate musical discussions. Limited tickets are available now at relix.com/NOLA.