Jason Marsalis and his Vibes Quartet will perform at the Dew Drop Jazz Hall. Photo by Luigi Beverelli and courtesy of Facebook

Dew Drop Jazz Hall announces fall concerts, screening of James Booker film

Later this month, the Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Jazz Hall will kick off its 2018 fall schedule of concerts. Organized by Friends of the Dew Drop, the concert series helps celebrate regional musicians and secure the future of the legendary performance hall in Mandeville.

Baton Rouge bluesman Larry Garner will set things off this season by making his Dew Drop Jazz Hall debut on September 21. In speaking with NOLA.com, “I’ve traveled and played to audiences all over, and I mean all over, the world,” Garner said. “I’m just as excited to play the Dew Drop as I was to play anywhere else.”

Elsewhere on the schedule, which runs through December, are Jason Marsalis and his Vibes Quartet; Shades of Praise; Doreen Ketchens; Arsene Delay; Robin Barnes; Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band and more. According to the historic venue’s website, “The mission of the Friends of the Dew Drop is to preserve the Dew Drop Jazz Hall and promote its significance in the origins and the cultural history of Mandeville though jazz performance, music education programs, benevolent activities and support of emerging artists.”

Tickets for each concert are $10 and available at the door. Check out the full schedule below.

Friday, September 21
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Larry Garner

Saturday, October 6
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

Friday, October 19
Gospel Night
6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
My Covenant Church
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Shades of Praise

Friday, November 2
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Doreen Ketchens

Friday, November 16
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Arsene Delay
“A Song for Lil”

Friday, November 30
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Robin Barnes

Friday, December 14
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band

On September 14, the Jazz Hall will host a screening of a documentary based on James Booker. Find out more information about “Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker” here.