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Loyola musicians team up to bring free, outdoor concerts back to Audubon Park's Newman Bandstand

September 2, 2014

The musical talents of Loyola University New Orleans alumni, students and faculty are helping the Audubon Park Conservancy bring free, public afternoon concerts back to the Newman Bandstand this fall after the New Orleans Uptown neighborhood tradition faded away more than 60 years ago. Once commonplace from the 1920s to the 1950s, this fall, Loyola musicians are lending their musical performance prowess in four performances to restore these historic community concerts.

Music Under the Oaks, the series of concerts presented by Bellwether Technology and staged in partnership with Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts and WWNO, celebrates the new Audubon Park Conservancy. The first concert in the series, set for this Friday, Sept. 5 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Audubon Park in shelter 10 (the Newman Bandstand) located at the Magazine Street entrance, features The John Mahoney Big Band.

Regular performers at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the city’s premier jazz club Snug Harbor, The John Mahoney Big Band is led by beloved jazz educator and recently retired Loyola professor John Mahoney. The John Mahoney Big Band specializes in original compositions and arrangements by Mahoney demonstrating the highest levels of performance and improvisational skill. It is composed of 18 of the finest musicians anywhere, who currently choose New Orleans as their home.

Other concerts in the series set for Friday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. feature Loyola faculty and student artists. The lineup includes:

Food and drink will be available for purchase at the concerts. More information is available on the Audubon Park website.

This event is part of Loyola's Montage Fine and Performing Arts series, which hosts more than 250 public events throughout the academic year, including 180 free events. This month's lineup of Montage events includes a lecture on hip hop culture set for Saturday, Sept. 6 at 9 a.m.; "An Evening of Improvised Music" with Ken Vandermark, Alvin Fielder, James Singleton and Loyola professor Jeff Albert set for Monday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. (just featured in NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune's "35 New Orleans arts events not to miss this fall"); a Jazz Underground performance featuring the music of John Coltrane set for Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m.; and the Loyola Theatre's peformances of "Endgame," which runs from Sept. 26-28 and Oct. 2-4. For more on these an other exciting Montage series events, please visit the website.

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