Music & Merriment
Witness the spectacle of a competition featuring New Orleans chefs Michael Gulotta of Maypop and MoPho, and Isaac Toups of Toups Meatery and Toups South, who will race to break down 65-pound wheels of Genuine Fulvi® Pecorino Romano. This ancient cheese is made from 100% sheep’s milk collected in the countryside of Rome and produced in Nepi.
Join us at noon for this exciting competition and to taste Fulvi straight from a freshly cracked wheel. Stick around afterwards when Chef/Owner (and Italy native) Samantha Castagnetti of The Italian Barrel will hollow out one of the wheels, then prepare and offer pasta made from the Fulvi. Délicieux!
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 Anaïs 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.
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.
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!
Les ReBelles celebrate the women of New Orleans regardless of age, shape and background. Through dance, they celebrate the historic fight for women’s rights by visiting the different eras when significant progress was made towards “La Liberation de la Femme.” Think 1920’s flapper, 1960’s go-go, and turn of the century French Cancan. All that, with a French twist!