Join us on Tuesday, March 22 for an event at a local establishment for great music and networking. This event will benefit the Roots of Music Foundation.  The Roots of Music empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education, academic support, and mentorship while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of New Orleans. Their goal is to provide youth with the resources they need to lead positive, productive, self-reliant lives.  Suggested donation is $20.  No fee for student member attendees of the symposium.  Bring your friends and family!  Event takes place at d.b.a LIVE, at 618 Frenchman Street in New Orleans.  Read about the musicians here.  This venue is known for their premium selection of fine whiskeys and beer and for outstanding acoustics.  Transportation on own.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022


Marc Stone’s Crescent City Blues and Funk Explosion




  • John Mooney

  • Marilyn Barbarin

  • Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes

  • Big Sam

With Keiko Komaki, Reggie Scanlan, Terry Scott, Jr., Donald Surtain, and Phil Morin


Master roots music guitarist, recording artist and WWOZ 90.7-fm DJ Marc Stone has long held a reputation as a premier curator and presenter of epic All Star projects featuring icons of New Orleans music. For the International Healthcare Symposium 2022, Stone is pulling out all the stops at the request of longtime friend and fan, Stephen Wilcox. Tapping his most sought after collaborators, Stone has crafted an evening of top-shelf, booty-shakin goodness from across the spectrum of Louisiana culture. A potent gumbo of Soul, Funk, Blues, Brass Band, and Zydeco will be served up for your enjoyment. And speaking of top-shelf, this will take place at world famous Frenchmen St. music venue d.b.a., known for their premium selection of fine whiskeys and beer and outstanding acoustics.


About the Artists:


MARC STONE has been a standout presence on the NOLA Blues and Roots scene for three decades. Working his way up from playing on the streets of the French Quarter to appearing at all of New Orleans top venues and festivals, and touring worldwide as a featured artist, Stone has taken what he learned at the feet of the masters and created a sound and style that has garnered him a loyal fan base, numerous award nominations and high praise from fellow musicians including Bonnie Raitt, Bill Payne of Little Feat, and Blues legend Bobby Rush.


JOHN MOONEY is widely regarded as the greatest living Delta Blues slide guitarist and singer. Beginning his career as a teenager playing alongside Delta Blues progenitor Son House (mentor to Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters), Mooney moved to New Orleans and mixed the Delta magic he learned from House with the spicy, Caribbean influenced rhythms of Professor Longhair to create a sound that has made him a worldwide sensation on the festival circuit.


MARILYN BARBARIN is from one of New Orleans most revered musical families, Her uncles played on Louis Armstrong’s seminal early recordings, and Marilyn showed herself to be a true prodigy, recording professionally before she hit her teens. As a high school student, her vocals grace many prized NOLA funk recordings from the late 60s and early 70s, while she broke barriers as the first African American student at L.E. Rabouin HS. She has maintained an active career locally and internationally since then and currently collaborates with Stone as lead singer of New Soul Finders, paying tribute to the Funk legacy she helped create.


BRUCE “SUNPIE” BARNES is the true renaissance man of modern New Orleans. Accomplished as a Zydeco accordionist and bandleader, Blues harmonica and piano man, African hand drummer, National Park Service ranger, Big Chief of the Northside Skull and Bones Gang (New Orleans’ oldest African American Mardi Gras organization), author of books on everything from Mardi Gras Indian culture to mushroom collecting, Sunpie is the only person who can claim to have played professionally for Sting, Paul Simon, and the Kansas City Chiefs.


BIG SAM WILLIAMS set the world on fire when he emerged as a young trombonist with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Soon after he started Big Sam’s Funky Nation, becoming a top draw artist in New Orleans and on the road. Spearheading the younger generation of hard hitting Funk and Brass Band musicians, his incredible intensity as a musician and performer has made his name synonymous with 21st century New Orleans music.


Also in the Band:


  • Keiko Komaki on piano and organ (Playing for Change Band, George Porter, Jr., Marva Wright)

  • Terry Scott, Jr.  on drums (Dr. John and the Nite Trippers)

  • Reggie Scanlan on bass (the Radiators, Professor Longhair, James Booker)

  • Donald Surtain on violin (Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet)

  • Phil Morin on saxophone (Marc Stone Band, Bag of Donuts)



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