Music & Merriment
Jayna Morgan specializes in music from the 1920’s – 1950’s, including Parisian café music. Jayna and her band will be performing tunes by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Brigitte Bardot, Yves Montand, Pink Martini and more.
Naydja CoJoe is a native of New Orleans and premier entertainer. Her eclectic performances evoke the colorful spirit of her hometown and mainstream influences; her sound is reminiscent of such greats as Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Patsy Cline.
The Tumbling Wheels draw heavily from American folk, country, and soul traditions. With influences as disparate as Bessie Smith, Hoyt Axton and the Smothers Brothers, the group brings a peculiar blend of genres together for a sound that abounds in rich vocal harmony, dynamic instrumentation, and colorful storytelling.
Be dazzled by the talented Anais St. John as she sings songs by the infamous and ultimate diva, Eartha Kitt. She’ll perform all your favorites such as “C’est Si Bon” and “Sous Les Ponts de Paris.”
With a voice that is as powerful with a whisper as it is with a bellow, contemporary jazz singer Robin Barnes is here to stun audiences. Robin grew up surrounded by jazz sounds, but her current sound is more Chaka Khan meets Ella Fitzgerald.
Bon Bon Vivant is an Indie-Gypsy/New Orleans band playing bawdy gypsy swing, dark ballads and uptempo indie rock/dance music. BBV infuses the New Orleans music tradition with an indie/punk edge.
A creative collaborative of scandalous party queens, The Merry Antoinettes bring the extravagance of the French 18th century to life. They will be strolling the festival grounds, no doubt trailing merriment (and glitter) in their wake!
DJ Raj Smoove
Raj Smoove, “The Greatest DJ in the World” as claimed by Lil Wayne, is the premier DJ in the Gulf South. Currently he holds residencies at the House of Blues, the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans and on 98.5 WYLD’s Saturday Night Live. Raj Smoove is regularly featured at Harrah’s Casino, the Blue Nile, and other legendary spots such as the Metropolitan. He is also a staple at major festivals such as Essence Festival and The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Master of Ceremonies Joel Hitchcock-Tilton grew up on farms in southeastern Wisconsin before moving to New Orleans. After living and working in the city for a couple of years, Joel and his business partner, Jim Seely, started a small community garden that turned into a larger urban farm. Paradigm Gardens supplies select New Orleans restaurants with fresh, local produce and hosts concerts, dinners, workshops, weddings and other events in their lush outdoor space.