It isn’t a secret: Jazz Fest is one of the reasons we love NOLA so much. This season of the festival will run from April 28 – May 7, celebrating all of the rich culture and heritage of Louisiana. Enchanting music, handmade arts and crafts and of course, delicious food make Jazz Fest all the more special. To honor this amazing yearly event, Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is hosting their New Orleans All Star Concert Series at the heart of their sensorial exhibition.
On April 30, the talented John Mooney, Joy Clark, Chuck Campbell and Marc Stone will grace the stage of the Van Gogh exhibit. John Mooney moved to NOLA in 1976, immersing himself in the vibrant music scene — and he’s now a frequent headliner at some of the city’s most happening concerts. As for Joy Clark, she toured with Allison Russell and Brandi Carlisle in 2022 as well as opened for The Indigo Girls and Jackie Venson.
They’ll be accompanied by NEA Heritage Award winner and grand master of Sacred Steel guitar, Chuck Campbell and the multidisciplinary Marc Stone. Coined as a “glorious Elton John/Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington mashup” by OffBeat Magazine, the guitarist, singer and songwriter is the perfect addition to this lineup. Get tickets here!
“An Evening of Psychedelia, Roots and New Sounds from the New Orleans Scene”
The next concert will be taking place on May 2, highlighting Marc Stone once more, this time with Bakery’s Brew, Cardboy Cowboy and Xander Stewart. Bakery’s Brew is a progressive psychedelic jam band, gathering inspiration from music across the world — namely Latin rhythms, Middle Eastern melodies and raw metal. Cardboy Cowboy will join them in the “psychedelic Americana” festivities. The band has performed across the city, partaking in festivals like Homegrown Revival and Wild Things Reunion. Save your spot!
“An Evening of Songs and Soul”
May 5 will mark the final concert of the Jazz Fest-inspired series, featuring Leo Nocentelli, Lili Lewis, Lynn Drury with veterans Xander Stewart and Marc Stone. This will be a special way to end the jazz run at NOLA’s Van Gogh experience, since Leo Nocentelli of the Meters will present his first-ever solo acoustic performance.
A recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Nocentelli will surely set the room ablaze. He’ll also have the help of Lili Lewis and Lynn Drury. A composer, producer and performer, Lewis brings “sacred songs into profane spaces” and we can count on Drury to bless the stage of Scottish Rite Temple with “Mississippi grit” and “New Orleans groove.” Don’t miss out!
This all star series will be running at Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience for a limited time, presenting a new way of celebrating art. As you listen to all those talented musicians, Van Gogh’s iconic work will be swirling all around you — taking on different shapes. It’s a multisensory experience like no other that you do not want to miss.