Preservation Hall 60th anniversary benefit concert to be held in October

A special benefit concert celebrating the 60th anniversary of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall will be held October 8 at the Orpheum Theater.
A special benefit concert celebrating the 60th anniversary of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall will be held October 8 at the Orpheum Theater.

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Preservation Hall and New Orleans & Company have announced a 60th anniversary benefit gala concert for the venue, to be held on October 8, 2021 at The Orpheum Theater.

All proceeds from the event will fund the Preservation Hall Foundation’s mission to “Protect, Preserve and Perpetuate New Orleans music and culture.” Tickets are available to for purchase here.

“New Orleans is a city of musical royalty. Many of the Hall’s musicians performing today can trace their family history back to the birth of jazz. Preservation Hall was established to honor these important African American families and their gift to the world,” said Ben Jaffe, the Hall’s creative director and board chairman and son of founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe.

The show will feature four generations of Preservation Hall musical masters alongside the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, members of the Preservation Hall collective, and a wide range of speakers and surprise musical guests reflecting on the important legacy, history, and influence of the venue.

Jaffe added, “To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Preservation Hall, we are honoring these musical torch bearers, who embody this time-honored tradition. These musicians not only represent New Orleans, but they are the world’s guardians of the significant and precious tradition that is passed down from one generation to the next.”

“The music of our city runs through our blood and Preservation Hall has been inspiring musicians and individuals for the last 60 years. It is the people of New Orleans who create the culture, and as a company and community partner, we focus on ensuring that the tourism industry benefits all residents,” said Stephen Perry, New Orleans & Company president and CEO. “The work that the Foundation does to support our musicians aligns directly with our goal of always nourishing and sustaining the culture of our city. We are proud to partner with them on this great event to celebrate this monumental anniversary and commend the work they do throughout the year.”

The venue re-opened its doors for live concerts on June 10, 60 years to the day after the Jaffes opened the French Quarter venue at 726 Saint Peter Street. The Hall had been shut for the 15 months prior due to COVID-19 restrictions.

For the benefit gala show, doors will open at 8 p.m. CT, and the show will begin at 9 p.m. CT.  The event will be produced by Winter Circle Productions. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/PresHall60th or preshallfoundation.org.

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