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Casa Borrega to Host 1st Annual Latin Jazz Festival

August 28th, 2010
9:30 PM - 2:00 AM

Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA

New Orleans’ first annual Latin Jazz Fest is hosting a benefit concert in memoriam of the 5th anniversary of Katrina. The festival will honor the contribution of Latino immigrants to renewing and rebuilding the city of New Orleans. Casa Borrega, a soon-to-be Mexican Café and Latin Cultural Center will host the event. Other sponsors include; the Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center, Saturn Screen Printing, New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation, Global Green USA, Bernard Productions, Zachary Youngerman, and Fredy Omar Quiroz.

The concert is the first of its kind and will celebrate the deep roots that connect the music of New Orleans with the sounds that have emanated from Cuba and other Spanish speaking nations. The festival will celebrate the people who have shaped our region in many ways and enriched the heritage of New Orleans, yet have largely gone unrecognized. Twenty-five of New Orleans’ most prolific Latin Jazz artists will perform including; Otra, Mas Mamones, Sasha Masakowaki with the Musical Playground and Hector Gallardo All-Stars, featuring, Steve Masakowski will perform the melodic and danceable beats of their genre in honor of the significant contribution of Latino immigrants to the rebuilding of the city.

The event will take place at the Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center located on 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in Central City, arguably the birthplace of New Orleans jazz, and a neighborhood where races and cultures intermingle. The concert will take place next Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 9:30 PM to 2:00 AM and is open to the public for a $10 donation. Imported beer, mojitos, tamales, tacos al pastor, tortas, and other Latin delicacies will be available. Proceeds from the event will benefit Global Green, an organization whose leadership has been indispensable in rebuilding a green and sustainable city. The organization advocates for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and affordable green homes and schools. Staff members work with state and local government, school districts, community groups and individuals interested in healthy, efficient and resilient homes and buildings. Since the oil spill, Global Green has expanded its efforts to include wetlands restoration and assistance to impacted communities seeking green jobs and a brighter future.

For more information on New Orleans’ first annual Latin Jazz Festival, please contact Jeanne Nathan at Creative Industry at 504.218.4807.




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