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Loyola University New Orleans, Jukebox Castle, and Horizon Music Group Present INNERVISIONS: realized

Loyola press release - October 9, 2017

Jukebox Castle takes you back to the 70s with a multi-sensory, immersive experience of 70s cuisine, 70s music, and a 70s block party.

Following last year’s success of SEVEN DEADLY SINS, Jukebox Castle and Horizon Music Group take you back to the 70s with their newest fusion arts event, INNERVISIONS: realized on Friday, October 13 at 7 p.m. at Loyola University New Orleans. This 70s event serves as a fundraiser to benefit seven families devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

"Loyola New Orleans greatly celebrates New Orleans and its vital and important culture,” said David Castillo, Loyola alum and founder and creative director of Jukebox Castle. “Jukebox Castle and Horizon Music Group are honored that Loyola decided to sponsor our fundraiser that curates and showcases all of New Orleans’ elements (good food, music, drink, dance, arts, community, and festivity) into a unique, multi-sensory experience. While at Loyola, I developed tremendously as an artist and as a compassionate human and I find it important to combine these talents and skills for a greater good."

Twelve years ago, many families and businesses from Houston and other coastal cities welcomed New Orleanians evacuating from Hurricane Katrina. Twelve years later, Houston was hit with Harvey, a category four hurricane. The New Orleans-based Jukebox Castle and the 501(c)3 non-profit Horizon Music Group will throw their version of a benefit concert at Loyola’s Roussel Hall and Dixon Court.

The event begins in Roussel Hall as a concert, INNERVISIONS: realized, curated and led by Ryan Amador and Polanco Jones, Jr. with music directed by Ainsley Matich. Songs featured include “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing,” “Higher Ground,” and “Living for the City.” Throughout this concert, Jukebox Castle Culinary Director Octavio Ycaza takes the audience on a culinary journey to experience his interpretation of the music through food.

Following the concert, the audience will move to Dixon Court, dive into a 1970s New York City Block Party, and walk to the “food stands” of New Orleans’ top chefs interpreting 1970s cuisine. Restaurants participating include GW Fins, Royal Sonesta Hotel, MoPho, Bacchanal, Milkfish, Fogo de Chao, Atchafalaya, Stein’s Deli, Lost Love Lounge, Apolline, Cafe Carmo, Sala, Whole Foods, Palm & Pine, and more. Old New Orleans Rum will provide spirits for the event. DJs Carmine P. Filthy and Big Fox will spin an all-vinyl dance set. More restaurants and performers will be announced later.

All of this fun and festivity is to benefit seven families devastated by Hurricane Harvey. This includes the Chuon family, who lost their home, all their belongings, and their car. Their area had been designated a non-flood zone, so they did not have flood insurance. The family of Mark Palmer, chief of the Westlake Volunteer Fire Department, also lost everything, including precious photos that had been stored in containers that sadly flipped over and opened during the flooding. After Hurricane Katrina, Palmer’s fire department housed a New Orleans family at their station for a month. His department also raised over $180,000 in four days for Katrina aid. And these are just two of the families who need assistance.

“There are no words to express our gratitude for even being considered,” Palmer said.


About David Castillo

New Orleans native David Castillo is an innovative artist and producer who delivers “impassioned,” (Los Angeles Times) “beautifully sung and confidently acted” (Opera News) performances in the U.S. and Europe. He is the founder and creative director of Jukebox Castle, a New Orleans-based arts organization that fuses the musical, culinary, visual, mixology and movement arts into immersive, multi-sensory events. He has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Industry, and Off-Broadway. David is the grand prize winner of the Steward Brady Competition, a Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist, a National Finalist in Classical Singer’s University Competition, and a multiple Opera Buffs, Inc. grant recipient. He graduated with honors both from the University of Southern California with an MM under Rod Gilfry and from Loyola University New Orleans with a bachelor of music under the late Philip Frohnmayer. While at Loyola, David made his professional debut with the New Orleans Opera in Verdi’s Il Trovatore and performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore. He served on the faculty of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

About Jukebox Castle

Jukebox Castle creates multi-sensory, immersive events in New Orleans that focus on multidisciplinary collaboration of music, movement, visual arts, culinary arts, and spirits. Jukebox Castle strives to redefine the accessibility, relevance, and connection that the arts have with and within any community. Jukebox Castle produces projects that are fully collaborative, accessible, innovative, portable and immersive into a powerfully fused sensory experience. Follow Jukebox Castle and INNERVISIONS on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @jukeboxcastle.

Loyola Presents INNERVISIONS: realized will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 13 at Roussel Hall in Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online at jukeboxcastle.com or via EventBrite at jukeboxinnervisions.eventbrite.com. Tickets start at $150. VIP tickets are $300. Food and drinks are included in all tickets.