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MelodyTrip today announced the winners of The Festies, the 1st Annual US Music Festival awards.

Thousands of fans voted for the Festies in over 20 categories. MelodyTrip staff and an independent of music bloggers and media also contributed to determine the winners.

Bonnaroo was the big winner, taking home Festies for Best US Music Festival and Best Rock Festival and Superfly/AC Entertainment, the producers of Bonnaroo, were recognized as the Best Festival Production Company. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival also fared very well, winning awards for Best Jazz Festival, Best Post Festival Scene/Nightlife, Best Music Festival Performance (Bruce Springsteen). Quint Davis of Festival Productions, producer of Jazz Fest, was recognized as Festival Producer/Promoter of the Year. Telluride Bluegrass also multiple awards, for Best Bluegrass Festival and Most Scenic Festival Setting.

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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will present the first annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival on Saturday, Dec. 13, and the third annual Holiday Bazaar Dec. 13 and 14.

The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival celebrates the history of Faubourg Treme as a hotbed of New Orleans’ musical and culinary culture.

The festival takes place on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the parking lot of the new Jazz & Heritage Center (formerly the Tharp-Sontheimer- Laudumiey Funeral Home) at 1225 N. Rampart Street. Admission is free.

This unique event features outstanding musical performers, including:

9:45 a.m. – The Heritage School of Music Allstars
11:00 a.m. – Davis Rogan
12:30 p.m. – The Treme Brass Band
2:00 p.m. – Shannon Powell Quartet
3:30 p.m. – Shamarr Allen
5:00 p.m. – John Boutte, Leroy Jones, Paul Sanchez and Todd Duke

In addition, two famous Creole chefs will demonstrate the secrets to making the perfect gumbo:
11:45 a.m. – Chef Alfred Singleton (Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse)
1:15 p.m. – Chef Leah Chase (Dooky Chase Restaurant)

Several of the most outstanding New Orleans Creole restaurants will be on hand selling their own takes on gumbo and other local delicacies.

Participating restaurants include: Dookey Chase, Dunbar’s Creole Cooking, Li’l Dizzy’s and Olivier’s Creole Restaurant.

The festival coincides with the third annual Jazz & Heritage Holiday Bazaar – a special sale of official Jazz Fest t-shirts, posters and other collectibles, plus locally made wearable art, jewelry and fine crafts for the home.

The Jazz & Heritage Holiday Bazaar takes place in the Jazz & Heritage Gallery, 1205 N. Rampart Street. The Holiday Bazaar hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, and noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Co-sponsors include the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest for year-round activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural programming.

For more information, please call (504) 558-6100, or visit the Foundation’s website.

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The inaugural┬áThe inaugural year’s event will kick off Friday December 5th, 2008. All shows are free but House of Blues, and those tickets are going fast! Go to their website for more info and tickets.

The purpose of the New Orleans Songwriters Festival is many fold:

  • Promote interaction between New Orleans and Louisiana-based writers and writers from around the world.
  • Provide exposure for New Orleans and Louisiana-based writers and artists to music center publishers and A&R personnel.
  • Promote interaction between New Orleans and Louisiana-based music industry people and businesses to their counterparts in major city music centers.
  • Create an event that lends itself to national and international media exposure for New Orleans and Louisiana-based writers and artists.
  • Provide a new source of performance opportunities for members of the New Orleans music community.
  • Promote awareness of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast’s reconstruction progress.
  • Donate excess NOSF operating funds to charity to benefit New Orleans and Louisiana-based musicians.

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