I’ve loved Mardi Gras since moving to NOLA. I lived at the corner of Rampart and Esplanade, and I remember watching a parade from my bedroom window, which overlooked Rampart St. I told my girlfriend I wasn’t the type to wave my hands in the air and scream “Throw Me Something, Mister!”. Turns out I was that type.
I’ve had several Mardi Gras businesses: I’ve been a Mardi Gras magazine publisher; had my own float in Tucks for several years; distributed Mardi Gras media in the French Quarter and in Time-Life & Sony home media catalogs; co-produced Mardi Gras Music Medallions which Bacchus, Alla and Thoth purchased among others; march annually with Krewe du Vieux; created and maintain the popular Mardi Gras blog at blog.carnivalneworleans.com
I license master recordings to Japan, Europe, and the USA. Label artists have included Johnny Winter, Professor Longhair, T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Bob Wills, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Clifton Chenier, and many others.
I tour premier New Orleans musicians to top overseas venues including Montreux & North Sea Jazz Festivals, Silja Boat Line, Pori & Istanbul Jazz Festivals, and Notodden Blues Festival. Artists include Irma Thomas, Eddie Bo, James Andrews & Trombone Shorty; Algiers, New Birth & Treme Brass Bands; Mo’Lasses Brass Band, Larry Hamilton Trio, Sammy Berfect Trio, and Bruce Daigrepont. 2009 saw the TBC Brass Band in Bilbao, Spain.
I brokered the half million dollar publishing deal with the House of Blues publisher as marketing consultant for SongByrd, Inc., the Professor Longhair estate. The publisher who picked up SongByrd also purchased Earl King and James Booker’s publishing catalogs, keeping these key publishing rights in the USA.
Somehow, it all comes back to Mardi Gras, certainly the world’s greatest free party. It all takes place in New Orleans, a top 5 World City. Hope to see YOU at the Mardi Gras!!