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Luther Gray and Ashe Cultural Arts Center:


Thirteenth Annual Holiday on the Boulevard Festival 

December 7, 8 and 9, 2012

Ashé Cultural Arts Center 

1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.




For the thirteenth consecutive year, music and merriment are the order of the day as Ashé Cultural Arts Center lights up the boulevard with musicians, actors, merchants, and the community, creating an astonishing holiday family festival and marketplace in Central City New Orleans. Located at 1712/24 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans, the festival brings together a hefty mix of jazz, hip-hop, r&b, gospel, folk, reggae, sprinkled with spoken word and incredible dancers.


The festival kicks off with the annual Kwanzaa demonstration where youngsters learn about the principles of Kwanzaa, terminology and the lighting of the kinara. They are invited to dress in African attire and become dancers, while others take to the drums to play rhythms taught by master drummer Luther Gray of Bamboula 2000.


During the afternoon, the community is invited to learn more about Ashé and its programming at the annual Luncheon and Open House. Later that night, artists who performed on the live “Healing Force” CD will welcome the public to a CD Release Party where they can get up close and personal with the likes of Germaine Bazzle, Kidd Jordan and other musical greats.


The festival kicks into high gear on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 with a list of artists that span lyrical spoken word to instrumental delights.


All entertainment is indoors, free and open to the public.  





10:00 a    Kwanzaa Demonstration with the iconic Mama YéYé

               Imagination Tour (dance & drum workshop) with Bamboula 2000

Noon       Community Leaders Luncheon and Open House

6 p          “Healing Force” CD Release Party



Noon – 8:00 p | Vendor Marketplace

Noon       Ashé’s Kuumba Institute        

12:45 p    Ashé College Unbound

2:00 p      Green Charter School Dancing Dolls & STV Dancers   

2:30 p      Lucky Lou with F & S

3:45 p      Cfreedom

3:00 p      Black Kold Madina

3:45 p      Rudy Mills & The Caribbean Funk Band

5:00 p      Bamboula 2000 with special guests Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians

6:30 p      The “Healing Force” All-stars featuring Kidd Jordan, Germaine Bazzle,  

Rev. Lois Dejean, Kalamu ya Salaam, Monica McIntyre, Carol Bebelle, Morikeba Kouyate



1:00 p – 7:30 p | Vendor Marketplace

1:00 p      Golden Voices Community Choir

1:30 p      John Mosley & Friends

2:15 p      Gina Brown

3:15 p      Phat Word

4:00 p      Lloyd Daly & Friends

4:45 p      Michaela Harrison

5:30 p      Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Orchestra

7:00 p      Zion Trinity


VENDORS:  Those interested in vending opportunities should contact Luther Gray at (504) 495-0463. Vendor applications, available for “food” and “non-food” merchants, can be picked up at Ashé Cultural Arts Center.  If you need an application faxed or e-mailed, please call (504) 569-9070.  Space is limited.  Deadline: November 29, 2012. 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Volunteers are needed for set-up and break-down of festival, tidying, vendor assistance, stage assistance, and more.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Gwendolyn Richardson at (504) 569-9070.

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