Another important New Orleans musical landmark in the downtown area looks to be back on its way to prominence, and tonight is an excellent opportunity to get involved. Consider this a post-Jazz Fest decompression party and shake out any residual blues you may have now that Fest is over. Soulive and Lettuce’s Eric Krasno just jumped on board the lineup, and if you can’t make it to the event, perhaps consider donating here. Check out the event details and artists below and follow the Eagle Saloon Facebook page for future updates on what we hope will be a meteoric rise to get the beautiful and historic landmark back in shape.
On May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), the Eagle Saloon will present a very special evening of musical collaboration between George Porter, Jr. and Tank and the Bangas, including appearances by Quickie Mart, Big Sam, and other surprise guests.
Around the turn of the century, the Eagle Saloon was THE place to witness musical innovation, a hot and sweaty dance hall where Buddy Bolden took the music of his day and broke every rule, kicking off the Jazz Age and forever changing music in the process. Keeping this monumental history in mind, the mission of the Eagle Saloon Initiative is to promote music innovation, preserve NOLA culture, and educate and inspire young artists in a life-changing creative environment.
By pairing George Porter, Jr. – a New Orleans music master – with the young and groundbreaking Tank and the Bangas, we want to establish the Eagle Saloon as a new musical incubator that will transcend genre and inspire innovation.
This once-in-a-lifetime concert experience will be held in the parking lot at 411 S. Rampart St., directly next door to the Eagle Saloon. Admission is $20.00 and includes free drinks provided by New Belgium Beers and Lagunitas Brewing Company.
All proceeds will go directly to the stabilization and revitalization of the Eagle Saloon building at 401 S. Rampart St. In true pop-up fashion, tickets will be available only at the gates.
We are proud to have the participation of these amazing individuals who comprise our board of Cultural Ambassadors:
George Porter Jr.
DJ Soul Sister
Brett Michael Dykes