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Roots Rocks

The Roots of Music hosted their most successful benefit to date on Saturday (11.14) evening at the home of board member Danny Conwill and his wife Mary Clare. Of course, Roots’ band the Marching Crusaders Kicked off the event. The young musicians played a sunset set on the neutral groundas over 150 guests watched from the porch. The partygoers then followed the band into a candlelit backyard for an evening of food, drink, and fundraising.

Fiya Fest Lineup Released

As Jazz Fest crowds flock to the Fair Grounds, a mini festival is popping up for the second year along the river. Fiya Fest, a benefit for the Roots of Music, announced their lineup today. The festival is scheduled for Friday, May 2, from 12- 8 p.m. at Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Pl.).  

NOLA Brewing Releases Rebirth Pale Ale

by Stacy Coco

NOLA Brewing is proud to present its newest addition to the frothy family, Rebirth Pale Ale. Sales from the new brew will benefit the Roots of Music, a nonprofit co-founded by Rebirth Brass Band  drummer Derick Tabb. 

Krewe of Rolling Elvi Throw BDay Bash

Megan Pearl

Carnival and rock-and-roll royalty come together in the Krewe of Elvi. Since 2003, they have been honoring The King by dressing in his likeness and parading during Mardi Gras. For the Elvi's birthday this year, they are throwing a carnival themed birthday bash on Friday.

Charity Poker Crawl Draws 5

If there's one good reason to gamble, it's to help local kids carry on the Big Easy's rich musical tradition. Rescheduled after rain on its originally-scheduled date, The Fifth Annual Monaghan-Koehlar Charity Poker Crawl begins tomorrow at 11:30a.m., at the Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Ave.)

Charity Poker Crawl Celebrates 5th Year

If there's one good reason to gamble, it's to help local kids' carry on the Big Easy's rich musical tradition. The Fifth Annual Monaghan-Koehlar Charity Poker Crawl begins tomorrow at 11:30a.m., at the Cabildo in Jackson Square. 

JazzFest All Night: 4.28.13

The rain at the end of JazzFest's first Sunday didn't put a damper on the music, and neither will nightfall. Tonight in New Orleans, check out a pair of unthinkable supergroups, Louisiana blues titans all in one place a brass blowout and a whole lot more. Click through for plenty of ways to keep festing

Stub Hub Donates Dollars for Roots of Music

The budding musicians of Roots of Music work hard to preserve New Orleans' musical culture, and it's paying off. Locals recognize the juvenile jazz musicians from spontaneous performances in the Quarter, and they're quickly taking to the national stage. Stub Hub caught on to the trend, and they're donating up to $50,000 to the nonprofit. All you have to do is view.

Roots of Music Appears in Rose Parade (VIDEO)

For those who were too hung over to wake up and watch the Rose Parade (or watching ABC) on Tuesday, fear not: there's always YouTube. This afternoon, video of the much-anticipated appearance of New Orleans' very own Roots of Music Marching Crusaders appeared on the Interweb. The 9-14 year olds raised money all year to head to Pasadena, and they didn't let anyone down with their appearance. We don't think we're going out on a limb in saying that they had the youngest drum major in Pasadena. Click through to view:

Roots of Music Headed to Rose Bowl

The talented tots of the Roots of Music are packed on to a bus for their road trip to the Rose Bowl. The group was invited over the summer to perform at the nationally televised event, but they needed some cash. Thanks to fundraising efforts from Molly’s at the Market, Erin Rose, and numerous other donors, they raised the $365,000 they needed for the trip just in the nick of time. 

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