Edwin Buggage Editor-in-Chief Data News Weekly
ArtSpot Productions and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation present Papa Legba Meets Papa Noel: A Christmas Season Blessing during two performances at the André Cailloux Center for Performing Arts and Cultural Justice (ACC), located on historic Bayou Road in New Orleans. Two shows are scheduled for Saturday, December 9th; 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets are $35 in advance and at the door.
Led by noted Drummer Bill Summers, Papa Legba Meets Papa Noel, includes such noted musicians as: Aurelien Barnes, Sunpie Barnes, Tricia Diamond, Steven Bernstein, Helen Gillet, Matt Hampsey, Delfeayo Marsalis, James Singleton and Cole Williams. Karen-Kaia Livers will serve as the emcee for performances.
During the shows, the Holy Warriors will perform the score from Holy Wars, a story about Captain André Cailloux, the nation’s first Black Civil War military hero and Father Claude Maistre, the French Abolitionist Priest and Founder of St. Rose de Lima Church in New Orleans.
ACC is named in honor of Cailloux.
Bill Summers, initiated into the prestigious Yoruba Order of Sacred Drummers by Estaban “Cha Chaa” Vega—the most revered drummer in Cuba, will perform a blessing of the Center during the performance.
Established in 2022 to support New Orleans’ cultural guardians, the André Cailloux Center provides access to performance and rehearsal space, technical expertise in stage lighting and sound, and supports ticketing/POS. The only, Black-led performing arts space in Louisiana, the ACC serves as a community-centered performing arts, culture, and organic intellectual center dedicated to freedom, flourishing, and the promotion of justice through the arts, community engagement, dialogue, and sustainable arts enterprise development for Black makers.
2023 marks the 160th Anniversary of Cailloux’s death in battle and his Historic Funeral Procession in New Orleans, deemed the largest public gathering of the Black community in the nation at that time. The ACC seeks to honor the Legacy of Cailloux and other forbearers across history whose heroism, activism, and community engagement significantly contributed to the city, state and nation. The two benefit concerts are intended to assist the ACC in “keeping its doors open” so that it can continue its work supporting performing arts organizations, artists, and community-centered organizations and programming that highlights history and culture within the African American community and the world-wide African diaspora.
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