A Closer Walk

See what happens when good people get together over music? They come up with something like this, a site dedicated to listing the musical history of our city, place by place.

Jazz, big band, gospel, soul, brass bands, funk, blues, second-lines, hip-hop, bounce, r&b, pop, zydeco, rock, classical all have substantial roots here in the Crescent City. This site will do more than just set tourists to a wandering around; as a visual map, it can help save some of these places and to connect the dots about the development of some of America’s greatest art forms.

The A Closer Walk (ACW) project and site is presented by WWOZ New Orleans and produced by five partners: Bent Media, e/Prime Media, the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation, Randy Fertel and WWOZ.


Jazz in the Park searching for vendors

Jazz in the Park is calling all interested food and craft vendors to be a part of Season 9 of Jazz in the Park! if you are interested in becoming a food or craft vendor, please visit our website and complete the vendor form and email it to vend@armstrongpark.org or call Chris at 504-258-2444.

Frequently asked questions:

What is the load in time?
Load in time is from 12:00 to 2:30pm, all food vendors are required to be completely set up by 3:00.  All trucks must be cleared from the loading lanes by the required time.

How big is the booth?
Booth size is 10X10 but can be expanded with permission of the Jazz in the Park Vendor Coordinator.

What kind of menu/prices do the other vendors offer?
All food vendors set their own prices for their approved menu items.  No menu items are to be sold without prior approval of the Jazz in the Park Vendor Coordinator.  All violators will be subject to fine.

Do you have an idea of sales volume, how much, how many days, etc.?
Sales volume varies per menu items but popular items such as: barbecue, tacos, hamburgers, crawfish bread, charbroil oysters, hot dogs consistently grossed $1500-2000 a week.  But the short answer is if you have good food, product and presentation you will do really well at Jazz in the Park.

What is provided by the festival; tenting/canopy/signage/tables, etc.?
Jazz in the Park provides prime spaces to vendors and also covers the cost of the fire marshal.  Signage is available for a reasonable fee.  All vendors are responsible for their own tents (White), tables, chairs, generators, and signage and/or anything they need to be successful.

Will all sales go to Jazz in the Park, or is there opportunity for revenue?
Food vendors pay their vendor fees to Jazz in the Park Vendor Coordinator and after fees are received by the vendor coordinator a space will be given and all revenue generated is the food vendor profits.

Will there be electricity and water?
Water is on site but typically all vendors should be self-sufficient, meaning vendors are responsible for the things that they need.  Electricity is on site but is limited to stage production staff ONLY.

What cooking mediums are allowed; fire, frying, etc.?
An onsite fire-marshal will be on site to monitor cooking and frying from burners, grills, and open flams. If you are cooking on site you must place plywood under your cooking utensils to capture remnants, grease, oil and etc. It is mandatory to clean up any stains prior to departing. If any stains are left you will be fined $150.00.

Can I sell drinks to my customers?
Selling of drinks, such as water, cold drinks or any adult beverages is strictly prohibited unless special permission is giving which is hardly ever. Jazz in the Park is responsible for all drink sales.

Will I be on all Jazz in the Park paid advertisement?
Yes for a minimal fee, you can get on all our 75,000 fliers, billboards and website.

All funds are due March 15, 2016, PAID IN FULL ONLY, if you do not pay in full , then you space will not be secured. MONEY ORDERS OR CASHIERS CHECKS ONLY, made payable to People United for Armstrong Park. NO EXCEPTION

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Jazz in the Park is calling all craft vendors and artists

People united for Armstrong Park is now accepting art market vendor applications for the seven season of Jazz in the Park. This year concert series runs Thursday, April 16th – June 4th, 2015.
Situated on Armstrong Park’s St. Ann Street promenade, the Jazz in the Park Art Market has enjoyed crowds of up to 3000 to 5000 people on a weekly basis. Attracting all demographics, this 8 week concert series is a favorite among local and regional artisans and spectators, alike. Vending spaces are limited; once gone, they will not make additional space so, apply early.

All work in this category must be 100% original and produced by the exhibiting artist. Offset reproductions of applicant’s original art may be sold, but should represent a very small percentage of the total work on display. No imported goods and or resale items will be accepted.

This is a juried show and as such, previous participation in this festival does not guarantee acceptance. Four digital images are required as part of your application. Image quality is essential and can make a difference in your acceptance, as the jury has only your digital images with which to judge your work. The best image is one that is full framed with the artist’s single work, is well lit and is representative of the body of work intended for exhibition. Your booth image should show your booth as it is set up for exhibition at an outdoor show. Images submitted this year will again be added to a google slideshow to facilitate in the jury process. For those accepted, these same images will be placed in a slideshow to post on the website and social media to create some excitement among the general public about art to be featured at the festival.

There is a $20 Non-refundable application fee (payable by credit card) due along with the online application no later than March 16, 2015.

Those accepted into the Arts Market will receive notification of acceptance along with a contract which will detail all the information needed to confirm participation. The booth fees for those accepted will be three hundred dollars ($300) to be paid and sent in along with the contract by Monday March 16, 2015. Booth sharing is allowed and all artists must be listed on this application. The cost is an additional $25 per additional artist.

1. Read the application in its entirety.
2. Complete the online application form including submission of artwork images and booth display.
3. Images must be submitted to info@armstrongpark.org and must be less than 2MB
3. Remit $20 application fee payable through Paypal link on People United for Armstrong Park website
4. Do not remit booth fee prior to notification of your selection and receiving your Jazz in the Park Art Market Contract.

The Jazz in the Park concert series will provide:

1. A 10ft. x 10ft.space
2. Security during and after the show
3. Promotion of the Art Market and participating artists
4. Audience of at least 3000 to 5000 people
5. One parking space near concert series site

The Artist will agree to:

1. Secure a special events occupational license
2. Provide your own WHITE 10 ft. x 10 ft. pop-up tent, with all necessary display hardware, signage, promotional materials and transport to the festival site as well as bring your own battery operated lighting(generators are NOT allowed)
3. Staff the booth from 4 pm to 8pm.
4. Supply your own 2A10bc fire extinguisher with proof of current inspection
5. Provide your tent brand along with fire retardant certification, if necessary
6. Submit the contract and payment within a timely fashion
7. Give the series staff notice of any cancellation of participation No later than Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 for a 50% refund.
8. Provide sales report and feedback form to Jazz in the Park at end of the series

For more information call 504-233-4276