• Jim Tuohy

     

    My first Jazz Fest was in 1988 and
    I haven’t missed one since.  I’ve also been to FQ Fest, Swamp Fest, and
    many other Louisiana festivals.  I visit New Orleans 2 or 3 times every
    year and consider it my spiritual home.   I enjoy Offbeat
    Magazine.  It’s always helpful when I plan my trips to the Crescent
    City.  And I like reading about the musicians and the people who make
    southwest Louisiana such a special place.

    I especially want to sing the
    praises of two “unsung heroes” of the New Orleans music scene – Carmen &
    Nancy Marotta of Somers Point, New Jersey.  These two music fans &
    promoters have done so much to spread the joy and soul of New Orleans to so
    many here in New Jersey. 

    We are blessed to live on the
    beach next to the Atlantic Ocean.  We have an exciting boardwalk with
    casinos and restaurants and many wonderful diversions.   But besides
    the predictable casino shows and headliners, there were very little “real
    music” opportunities here in South Jersey.

    For the last two summers the
    Marotta’s have presented “Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk”, a showcase for some of
    the best musical talent from New Orleans & Louisiana.  Buckwheat
    Zydeco, Terrance Simien, Johnny Sansone, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band,
    Cyril Neville, and Eric Lindell are only a handful of the top quality
    entertainers that Carm & Nan bring to this area.  These shows are
    presented outdoors on the boardwalk & the beach and are free to the
    public!  It took a while for this idea to jump off.  Tourists and
    locals were unfamiliar with the music and attendance was low at first. 
    But it was thrilling to watch as families strolling by would stop, listen, and
    be entranced by what they heard.  After the final set, I’ve watched many
    of these “converts” buy CD’s and excitedly discuss what they have just
    experienced.

    Thanks to the Marotta’s tireless
    efforts, including writing grants & the unenviable task of fund raising,
    this event has caught on and thousands more are now fans of New Orleans music
    and culture.  Carm  & Nan are not in this for the money. 
    They almost break even.  They do it for the true love of New Orleans
    music.  When Carmen takes the stage to introduce the acts, the audience gets
    a history lesson in New Orleans music and culture – and then they are treated
    to three hours of incredible entertainment.

    If you’re from the Northeast, and
    you run into the Marotta’s at Jazz Fest, give them some love. Thanks a million,
    Carm & Nan, for bringing some New Orleans to my home town. 
     

  • Jim Tuohy

     

    My first Jazz Fest was in 1988 and
    I haven’t missed one since.  I’ve also been to FQ Fest, Swamp Fest, and
    many other Louisiana festivals.  I visit New Orleans 2 or 3 times every
    year and consider it my spiritual home.   I enjoy Offbeat
    Magazine.  It’s always helpful when I plan my trips to the Crescent
    City.  And I like reading about the musicians and the people who make
    southwest Louisiana such a special place.

    I especially want to sing the
    praises of two “unsung heroes” of the New Orleans music scene – Carmen &
    Nancy Marotta of Somers Point, New Jersey.  These two music fans &
    promoters have done so much to spread the joy and soul of New Orleans to so
    many here in New Jersey. 

    We are blessed to live on the
    beach next to the Atlantic Ocean.  We have an exciting boardwalk with
    casinos and restaurants and many wonderful diversions.   But besides
    the predictable casino shows and headliners, there were very little “real
    music” opportunities here in South Jersey.

    For the last two summers the
    Marotta’s have presented “Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk”, a showcase for some of
    the best musical talent from New Orleans & Louisiana.  Buckwheat
    Zydeco, Terrance Simien, Johnny Sansone, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band,
    Cyril Neville, and Eric Lindell are only a handful of the top quality
    entertainers that Carm & Nan bring to this area.  These shows are
    presented outdoors on the boardwalk & the beach and are free to the
    public!  It took a while for this idea to jump off.  Tourists and
    locals were unfamiliar with the music and attendance was low at first. 
    But it was thrilling to watch as families strolling by would stop, listen, and
    be entranced by what they heard.  After the final set, I’ve watched many
    of these “converts” buy CD’s and excitedly discuss what they have just
    experienced.

    Thanks to the Marotta’s tireless
    efforts, including writing grants & the unenviable task of fund raising,
    this event has caught on and thousands more are now fans of New Orleans music
    and culture.  Carm  & Nan are not in this for the money. 
    They almost break even.  They do it for the true love of New Orleans
    music.  When Carmen takes the stage to introduce the acts, the audience gets
    a history lesson in New Orleans music and culture – and then they are treated
    to three hours of incredible entertainment.

    If you’re from the Northeast, and
    you run into the Marotta’s at Jazz Fest, give them some love. Thanks a million,
    Carm & Nan, for bringing some New Orleans to my home town. 
     

  • Jim Tuohy

     

    My first Jazz Fest was in 1988 and
    I haven’t missed one since.  I’ve also been to FQ Fest, Swamp Fest, and
    many other Louisiana festivals.  I visit New Orleans 2 or 3 times every
    year and consider it my spiritual home.   I enjoy Offbeat
    Magazine.  It’s always helpful when I plan my trips to the Crescent
    City.  And I like reading about the musicians and the people who make
    southwest Louisiana such a special place.

    I especially want to sing the
    praises of two “unsung heroes” of the New Orleans music scene – Carmen &
    Nancy Marotta of Somers Point, New Jersey.  These two music fans &
    promoters have done so much to spread the joy and soul of New Orleans to so
    many here in New Jersey. 

    We are blessed to live on the
    beach next to the Atlantic Ocean.  We have an exciting boardwalk with
    casinos and restaurants and many wonderful diversions.   But besides
    the predictable casino shows and headliners, there were very little “real
    music” opportunities here in South Jersey.

    For the last two summers the
    Marotta’s have presented “Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk”, a showcase for some of
    the best musical talent from New Orleans & Louisiana.  Buckwheat
    Zydeco, Terrance Simien, Johnny Sansone, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band,
    Cyril Neville, and Eric Lindell are only a handful of the top quality
    entertainers that Carm & Nan bring to this area.  These shows are
    presented outdoors on the boardwalk & the beach and are free to the
    public!  It took a while for this idea to jump off.  Tourists and
    locals were unfamiliar with the music and attendance was low at first. 
    But it was thrilling to watch as families strolling by would stop, listen, and
    be entranced by what they heard.  After the final set, I’ve watched many
    of these “converts” buy CD’s and excitedly discuss what they have just
    experienced.

    Thanks to the Marotta’s tireless
    efforts, including writing grants & the unenviable task of fund raising,
    this event has caught on and thousands more are now fans of New Orleans music
    and culture.  Carm  & Nan are not in this for the money. 
    They almost break even.  They do it for the true love of New Orleans
    music.  When Carmen takes the stage to introduce the acts, the audience gets
    a history lesson in New Orleans music and culture – and then they are treated
    to three hours of incredible entertainment.

    If you’re from the Northeast, and
    you run into the Marotta’s at Jazz Fest, give them some love. Thanks a million,
    Carm & Nan, for bringing some New Orleans to my home town. 
     

  • Jim Tuohy

     

    My first Jazz Fest was in 1988 and
    I haven’t missed one since.  I’ve also been to FQ Fest, Swamp Fest, and
    many other Louisiana festivals.  I visit New Orleans 2 or 3 times every
    year and consider it my spiritual home.   I enjoy Offbeat
    Magazine.  It’s always helpful when I plan my trips to the Crescent
    City.  And I like reading about the musicians and the people who make
    southwest Louisiana such a special place.

    I especially want to sing the
    praises of two “unsung heroes” of the New Orleans music scene – Carmen &
    Nancy Marotta of Somers Point, New Jersey.  These two music fans &
    promoters have done so much to spread the joy and soul of New Orleans to so
    many here in New Jersey. 

    We are blessed to live on the
    beach next to the Atlantic Ocean.  We have an exciting boardwalk with
    casinos and restaurants and many wonderful diversions.   But besides
    the predictable casino shows and headliners, there were very little “real
    music” opportunities here in South Jersey.

    For the last two summers the
    Marotta’s have presented “Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk”, a showcase for some of
    the best musical talent from New Orleans & Louisiana.  Buckwheat
    Zydeco, Terrance Simien, Johnny Sansone, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band,
    Cyril Neville, and Eric Lindell are only a handful of the top quality
    entertainers that Carm & Nan bring to this area.  These shows are
    presented outdoors on the boardwalk & the beach and are free to the
    public!  It took a while for this idea to jump off.  Tourists and
    locals were unfamiliar with the music and attendance was low at first. 
    But it was thrilling to watch as families strolling by would stop, listen, and
    be entranced by what they heard.  After the final set, I’ve watched many
    of these “converts” buy CD’s and excitedly discuss what they have just
    experienced.

    Thanks to the Marotta’s tireless
    efforts, including writing grants & the unenviable task of fund raising,
    this event has caught on and thousands more are now fans of New Orleans music
    and culture.  Carm  & Nan are not in this for the money. 
    They almost break even.  They do it for the true love of New Orleans
    music.  When Carmen takes the stage to introduce the acts, the audience gets
    a history lesson in New Orleans music and culture – and then they are treated
    to three hours of incredible entertainment.

    If you’re from the Northeast, and
    you run into the Marotta’s at Jazz Fest, give them some love. Thanks a million,
    Carm & Nan, for bringing some New Orleans to my home town. 
     

  • Jim Tuohy

     

    My first Jazz Fest was in 1988 and
    I haven’t missed one since.  I’ve also been to FQ Fest, Swamp Fest, and
    many other Louisiana festivals.  I visit New Orleans 2 or 3 times every
    year and consider it my spiritual home.   I enjoy Offbeat
    Magazine.  It’s always helpful when I plan my trips to the Crescent
    City.  And I like reading about the musicians and the people who make
    southwest Louisiana such a special place.

    I especially want to sing the
    praises of two “unsung heroes” of the New Orleans music scene – Carmen &
    Nancy Marotta of Somers Point, New Jersey.  These two music fans &
    promoters have done so much to spread the joy and soul of New Orleans to so
    many here in New Jersey. 

    We are blessed to live on the
    beach next to the Atlantic Ocean.  We have an exciting boardwalk with
    casinos and restaurants and many wonderful diversions.   But besides
    the predictable casino shows and headliners, there were very little “real
    music” opportunities here in South Jersey.

    For the last two summers the
    Marotta’s have presented “Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk”, a showcase for some of
    the best musical talent from New Orleans & Louisiana.  Buckwheat
    Zydeco, Terrance Simien, Johnny Sansone, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band,
    Cyril Neville, and Eric Lindell are only a handful of the top quality
    entertainers that Carm & Nan bring to this area.  These shows are
    presented outdoors on the boardwalk & the beach and are free to the
    public!  It took a while for this idea to jump off.  Tourists and
    locals were unfamiliar with the music and attendance was low at first. 
    But it was thrilling to watch as families strolling by would stop, listen, and
    be entranced by what they heard.  After the final set, I’ve watched many
    of these “converts” buy CD’s and excitedly discuss what they have just
    experienced.

    Thanks to the Marotta’s tireless
    efforts, including writing grants & the unenviable task of fund raising,
    this event has caught on and thousands more are now fans of New Orleans music
    and culture.  Carm  & Nan are not in this for the money. 
    They almost break even.  They do it for the true love of New Orleans
    music.  When Carmen takes the stage to introduce the acts, the audience gets
    a history lesson in New Orleans music and culture – and then they are treated
    to three hours of incredible entertainment.

    If you’re from the Northeast, and
    you run into the Marotta’s at Jazz Fest, give them some love. Thanks a million,
    Carm & Nan, for bringing some New Orleans to my home town. 
     

  • Jim Tuohy

     

    My first Jazz Fest was in 1988 and
    I haven’t missed one since.  I’ve also been to FQ Fest, Swamp Fest, and
    many other Louisiana festivals.  I visit New Orleans 2 or 3 times every
    year and consider it my spiritual home.   I enjoy Offbeat
    Magazine.  It’s always helpful when I plan my trips to the Crescent
    City.  And I like reading about the musicians and the people who make
    southwest Louisiana such a special place.

    I especially want to sing the
    praises of two “unsung heroes” of the New Orleans music scene – Carmen &
    Nancy Marotta of Somers Point, New Jersey.  These two music fans &
    promoters have done so much to spread the joy and soul of New Orleans to so
    many here in New Jersey. 

    We are blessed to live on the
    beach next to the Atlantic Ocean.  We have an exciting boardwalk with
    casinos and restaurants and many wonderful diversions.   But besides
    the predictable casino shows and headliners, there were very little “real
    music” opportunities here in South Jersey.

    For the last two summers the
    Marotta’s have presented “Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk”, a showcase for some of
    the best musical talent from New Orleans & Louisiana.  Buckwheat
    Zydeco, Terrance Simien, Johnny Sansone, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band,
    Cyril Neville, and Eric Lindell are only a handful of the top quality
    entertainers that Carm & Nan bring to this area.  These shows are
    presented outdoors on the boardwalk & the beach and are free to the
    public!  It took a while for this idea to jump off.  Tourists and
    locals were unfamiliar with the music and attendance was low at first. 
    But it was thrilling to watch as families strolling by would stop, listen, and
    be entranced by what they heard.  After the final set, I’ve watched many
    of these “converts” buy CD’s and excitedly discuss what they have just
    experienced.

    Thanks to the Marotta’s tireless
    efforts, including writing grants & the unenviable task of fund raising,
    this event has caught on and thousands more are now fans of New Orleans music
    and culture.  Carm  & Nan are not in this for the money. 
    They almost break even.  They do it for the true love of New Orleans
    music.  When Carmen takes the stage to introduce the acts, the audience gets
    a history lesson in New Orleans music and culture – and then they are treated
    to three hours of incredible entertainment.

    If you’re from the Northeast, and
    you run into the Marotta’s at Jazz Fest, give them some love. Thanks a million,
    Carm & Nan, for bringing some New Orleans to my home town. 
     

  • Jim Tuohy

     

    My first Jazz Fest was in 1988 and
    I haven’t missed one since.  I’ve also been to FQ Fest, Swamp Fest, and
    many other Louisiana festivals.  I visit New Orleans 2 or 3 times every
    year and consider it my spiritual home.   I enjoy Offbeat
    Magazine.  It’s always helpful when I plan my trips to the Crescent
    City.  And I like reading about the musicians and the people who make
    southwest Louisiana such a special place.

    I especially want to sing the
    praises of two “unsung heroes” of the New Orleans music scene – Carmen &
    Nancy Marotta of Somers Point, New Jersey.  These two music fans &
    promoters have done so much to spread the joy and soul of New Orleans to so
    many here in New Jersey. 

    We are blessed to live on the
    beach next to the Atlantic Ocean.  We have an exciting boardwalk with
    casinos and restaurants and many wonderful diversions.   But besides
    the predictable casino shows and headliners, there were very little “real
    music” opportunities here in South Jersey.

    For the last two summers the
    Marotta’s have presented “Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk”, a showcase for some of
    the best musical talent from New Orleans & Louisiana.  Buckwheat
    Zydeco, Terrance Simien, Johnny Sansone, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band,
    Cyril Neville, and Eric Lindell are only a handful of the top quality
    entertainers that Carm & Nan bring to this area.  These shows are
    presented outdoors on the boardwalk & the beach and are free to the
    public!  It took a while for this idea to jump off.  Tourists and
    locals were unfamiliar with the music and attendance was low at first. 
    But it was thrilling to watch as families strolling by would stop, listen, and
    be entranced by what they heard.  After the final set, I’ve watched many
    of these “converts” buy CD’s and excitedly discuss what they have just
    experienced.

    Thanks to the Marotta’s tireless
    efforts, including writing grants & the unenviable task of fund raising,
    this event has caught on and thousands more are now fans of New Orleans music
    and culture.  Carm  & Nan are not in this for the money. 
    They almost break even.  They do it for the true love of New Orleans
    music.  When Carmen takes the stage to introduce the acts, the audience gets
    a history lesson in New Orleans music and culture – and then they are treated
    to three hours of incredible entertainment.

    If you’re from the Northeast, and
    you run into the Marotta’s at Jazz Fest, give them some love. Thanks a million,
    Carm & Nan, for bringing some New Orleans to my home town. 
     

  • Jim Tuohy

     

    My first Jazz Fest was in 1988 and
    I haven’t missed one since.  I’ve also been to FQ Fest, Swamp Fest, and
    many other Louisiana festivals.  I visit New Orleans 2 or 3 times every
    year and consider it my spiritual home.   I enjoy Offbeat
    Magazine.  It’s always helpful when I plan my trips to the Crescent
    City.  And I like reading about the musicians and the people who make
    southwest Louisiana such a special place.

    I especially want to sing the
    praises of two “unsung heroes” of the New Orleans music scene – Carmen &
    Nancy Marotta of Somers Point, New Jersey.  These two music fans &
    promoters have done so much to spread the joy and soul of New Orleans to so
    many here in New Jersey. 

    We are blessed to live on the
    beach next to the Atlantic Ocean.  We have an exciting boardwalk with
    casinos and restaurants and many wonderful diversions.   But besides
    the predictable casino shows and headliners, there were very little “real
    music” opportunities here in South Jersey.

    For the last two summers the
    Marotta’s have presented “Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk”, a showcase for some of
    the best musical talent from New Orleans & Louisiana.  Buckwheat
    Zydeco, Terrance Simien, Johnny Sansone, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band,
    Cyril Neville, and Eric Lindell are only a handful of the top quality
    entertainers that Carm & Nan bring to this area.  These shows are
    presented outdoors on the boardwalk & the beach and are free to the
    public!  It took a while for this idea to jump off.  Tourists and
    locals were unfamiliar with the music and attendance was low at first. 
    But it was thrilling to watch as families strolling by would stop, listen, and
    be entranced by what they heard.  After the final set, I’ve watched many
    of these “converts” buy CD’s and excitedly discuss what they have just
    experienced.

    Thanks to the Marotta’s tireless
    efforts, including writing grants & the unenviable task of fund raising,
    this event has caught on and thousands more are now fans of New Orleans music
    and culture.  Carm  & Nan are not in this for the money. 
    They almost break even.  They do it for the true love of New Orleans
    music.  When Carmen takes the stage to introduce the acts, the audience gets
    a history lesson in New Orleans music and culture – and then they are treated
    to three hours of incredible entertainment.

    If you’re from the Northeast, and
    you run into the Marotta’s at Jazz Fest, give them some love. Thanks a million,
    Carm & Nan, for bringing some New Orleans to my home town. 
     

  • Jim Tuohy

     

    My first Jazz Fest was in 1988 and
    I haven’t missed one since.  I’ve also been to FQ Fest, Swamp Fest, and
    many other Louisiana festivals.  I visit New Orleans 2 or 3 times every
    year and consider it my spiritual home.   I enjoy Offbeat
    Magazine.  It’s always helpful when I plan my trips to the Crescent
    City.  And I like reading about the musicians and the people who make
    southwest Louisiana such a special place.

    I especially want to sing the
    praises of two “unsung heroes” of the New Orleans music scene – Carmen &
    Nancy Marotta of Somers Point, New Jersey.  These two music fans &
    promoters have done so much to spread the joy and soul of New Orleans to so
    many here in New Jersey. 

    We are blessed to live on the
    beach next to the Atlantic Ocean.  We have an exciting boardwalk with
    casinos and restaurants and many wonderful diversions.   But besides
    the predictable casino shows and headliners, there were very little “real
    music” opportunities here in South Jersey.

    For the last two summers the
    Marotta’s have presented “Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk”, a showcase for some of
    the best musical talent from New Orleans & Louisiana.  Buckwheat
    Zydeco, Terrance Simien, Johnny Sansone, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band,
    Cyril Neville, and Eric Lindell are only a handful of the top quality
    entertainers that Carm & Nan bring to this area.  These shows are
    presented outdoors on the boardwalk & the beach and are free to the
    public!  It took a while for this idea to jump off.  Tourists and
    locals were unfamiliar with the music and attendance was low at first. 
    But it was thrilling to watch as families strolling by would stop, listen, and
    be entranced by what they heard.  After the final set, I’ve watched many
    of these “converts” buy CD’s and excitedly discuss what they have just
    experienced.

    Thanks to the Marotta’s tireless
    efforts, including writing grants & the unenviable task of fund raising,
    this event has caught on and thousands more are now fans of New Orleans music
    and culture.  Carm  & Nan are not in this for the money. 
    They almost break even.  They do it for the true love of New Orleans
    music.  When Carmen takes the stage to introduce the acts, the audience gets
    a history lesson in New Orleans music and culture – and then they are treated
    to three hours of incredible entertainment.

    If you’re from the Northeast, and
    you run into the Marotta’s at Jazz Fest, give them some love. Thanks a million,
    Carm & Nan, for bringing some New Orleans to my home town. 
     

  • Jim Tuohy

     

    My first Jazz Fest was in 1988 and
    I haven’t missed one since.  I’ve also been to FQ Fest, Swamp Fest, and
    many other Louisiana festivals.  I visit New Orleans 2 or 3 times every
    year and consider it my spiritual home.   I enjoy Offbeat
    Magazine.  It’s always helpful when I plan my trips to the Crescent
    City.  And I like reading about the musicians and the people who make
    southwest Louisiana such a special place.

    I especially want to sing the
    praises of two “unsung heroes” of the New Orleans music scene – Carmen &
    Nancy Marotta of Somers Point, New Jersey.  These two music fans &
    promoters have done so much to spread the joy and soul of New Orleans to so
    many here in New Jersey. 

    We are blessed to live on the
    beach next to the Atlantic Ocean.  We have an exciting boardwalk with
    casinos and restaurants and many wonderful diversions.   But besides
    the predictable casino shows and headliners, there were very little “real
    music” opportunities here in South Jersey.

    For the last two summers the
    Marotta’s have presented “Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk”, a showcase for some of
    the best musical talent from New Orleans & Louisiana.  Buckwheat
    Zydeco, Terrance Simien, Johnny Sansone, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band,
    Cyril Neville, and Eric Lindell are only a handful of the top quality
    entertainers that Carm & Nan bring to this area.  These shows are
    presented outdoors on the boardwalk & the beach and are free to the
    public!  It took a while for this idea to jump off.  Tourists and
    locals were unfamiliar with the music and attendance was low at first. 
    But it was thrilling to watch as families strolling by would stop, listen, and
    be entranced by what they heard.  After the final set, I’ve watched many
    of these “converts” buy CD’s and excitedly discuss what they have just
    experienced.

    Thanks to the Marotta’s tireless
    efforts, including writing grants & the unenviable task of fund raising,
    this event has caught on and thousands more are now fans of New Orleans music
    and culture.  Carm  & Nan are not in this for the money. 
    They almost break even.  They do it for the true love of New Orleans
    music.  When Carmen takes the stage to introduce the acts, the audience gets
    a history lesson in New Orleans music and culture – and then they are treated
    to three hours of incredible entertainment.

    If you’re from the Northeast, and
    you run into the Marotta’s at Jazz Fest, give them some love. Thanks a million,
    Carm & Nan, for bringing some New Orleans to my home town. 
     

  • Jim Tuohy

     

    My first Jazz Fest was in 1988 and
    I haven’t missed one since.  I’ve also been to FQ Fest, Swamp Fest, and
    many other Louisiana festivals.  I visit New Orleans 2 or 3 times every
    year and consider it my spiritual home.   I enjoy Offbeat
    Magazine.  It’s always helpful when I plan my trips to the Crescent
    City.  And I like reading about the musicians and the people who make
    southwest Louisiana such a special place.

    I especially want to sing the
    praises of two “unsung heroes” of the New Orleans music scene – Carmen &
    Nancy Marotta of Somers Point, New Jersey.  These two music fans &
    promoters have done so much to spread the joy and soul of New Orleans to so
    many here in New Jersey. 

    We are blessed to live on the
    beach next to the Atlantic Ocean.  We have an exciting boardwalk with
    casinos and restaurants and many wonderful diversions.   But besides
    the predictable casino shows and headliners, there were very little “real
    music” opportunities here in South Jersey.

    For the last two summers the
    Marotta’s have presented “Mardi Gras on the Boardwalk”, a showcase for some of
    the best musical talent from New Orleans & Louisiana.  Buckwheat
    Zydeco, Terrance Simien, Johnny Sansone, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band,
    Cyril Neville, and Eric Lindell are only a handful of the top quality
    entertainers that Carm & Nan bring to this area.  These shows are
    presented outdoors on the boardwalk & the beach and are free to the
    public!  It took a while for this idea to jump off.  Tourists and
    locals were unfamiliar with the music and attendance was low at first. 
    But it was thrilling to watch as families strolling by would stop, listen, and
    be entranced by what they heard.  After the final set, I’ve watched many
    of these “converts” buy CD’s and excitedly discuss what they have just
    experienced.

    Thanks to the Marotta’s tireless
    efforts, including writing grants & the unenviable task of fund raising,
    this event has caught on and thousands more are now fans of New Orleans music
    and culture.  Carm  & Nan are not in this for the money. 
    They almost break even.  They do it for the true love of New Orleans
    music.  When Carmen takes the stage to introduce the acts, the audience gets
    a history lesson in New Orleans music and culture – and then they are treated
    to three hours of incredible entertainment.

    If you’re from the Northeast, and
    you run into the Marotta’s at Jazz Fest, give them some love. Thanks a million,
    Carm & Nan, for bringing some New Orleans to my home town.