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When: Saturday, October 20, 2012

12 noon – 4 p.m.: Panels/lectures/information on water conservation and how you can help

5:30 p.m.: Halloween Costume Parade (open to the public)

7 p.m.: Parade arrives at the New Orleans Healing Center

7 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Live Music – 13 Bands, 5 music areas – plus dozens of other performers, interactive experiences, food, art, costume contest with prizes, and silent auction

Where: New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Avenue

Why: Just by attending Anba Dlo, you are helping to support economic revitalization of neglected downtown neighborhoods and assist local residents with access to programs and services they need most.

Tickets: $20 each online, in advance

$25 at the door.
Lasiren’s VIP Lounge
tickets: $45 (Limited space available. See below.)

What it means: Anba Dlo (Pronounced “Ahnbah Dlo”) is Haitian Kreyol for “Beneath the Waters” and is meant to acknowledge and honor the importance of water to our life.

What it is: Now in its 5th year, Anba Dlo V is still unique as a one-of-a-kind, costumed, interactive community festival that also celebrates the multicultural and artistic heritage of New Orleans. What’s more, it is also a wonderful kickoff event to the upcoming Halloween celebrations across New Orleans.

What you’ll hear and see: 13 bands, 4 live music stages, and a DJ dance area will be set up in different areas of the healing center. This year’s festival will boast performers such as Papa Mali, 101 Runners, Sean Johnson, John Mooney, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, special guest George Porter, Jr. and others – 13 bands in all plus other non-stop, interactive and entertainment offerings throughout the building!

  • • Costume parade (open to the public) led by The Radical Faeries and 3 women’s marching clubs
  • • Multimedia interactive water-awareness installations
  • • A silent auction with many wonderful articles
  • • An arts market will feature many items for sale created by local artisans
  • • A drum circle and Vodou invocation of the mermaid spirit of the deep waters
  • • Psychic readers will be present for those who wish to see into the future
  • • A midnight unveiling of a multi-media water sculpture
  • • Mardi Gras Indians
  • • Dancers and acrobats
  • • Costume contest with prizes
  • • Food and drink

What you’ll learn: Our sub-theme this year is “Infinite Blessings, Finite Resource.” We are hosting daytime lectures and information booths to help educate attendees about our alarmingly pervasive but little-thought-of dependency on water and the urgency of our need to protect and conserve it.

Feel like a VIP: LiterallyThe Lasiren VIP Lounge will treat guests to a total sensory underwater experience featuring distinctively-themed drinks, wine, specialty catering by Chef Craig Nero, Domenico and Adolpho’s, and live music. Plus, to add to the VIP feeling, Mermaids and Mermen will be on hand for guests to sample massage therapy offered by The Affordable Healing Arts.

Thank you to our Sponsors: We are proud to announce Pabst Blue Ribbon’s sponsorship of the 2012 Anba Dlo V! If you would like to help out by becoming a sponsor, please contact the New Orleans Healing Center.

Thank you for participating: Portions of the proceeds benefit The New Orleans Community Outreach, a non-profit organization, whose voucher program provides financially vulnerable residents with access to many of the helping/healing programs and services offered by the New Orleans Healing Center and its affiliates.

Anba Dlo V: A most extraordinary uniquely New Orleans Halloween Happening. It’s a total interactive sensory experience: audio, visual, and epicurean. Support your community and the planet – and have fun doing it!

For further information, our Anba Dlo brochure, and to purchase advance tickets, please visit our web site:

  • (Must be at least 21 with valid ID to enter.)


Performance Schedule:

Live Music Stage – In Café Istanbul Special Guest: George Porter Jr.

7:15 – 8:00            Chuck Perkins and Voices of the Big Easy

8:15 – 9:00            John Lisi and Delta Funk

9:15 – 10:15          John Mooney

10:30 – 12:00        101 Runners, featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

12:30 - 1:30          Papa Mali

Sacred Music Stage,

7:30-8:30pm          Zion Trinity

9-10pm                   Sean Johnson

10:30-11:30pm      Kora Konnection

Blues and Burlesque Stage – Fatoush Restaurant

7:45 – 8:30             Nasimiyu

9:00 – 9:30             Purrrlesque

10:00 – 10:45        Beth McKee

10:45 – 11:00        Costume Contest

11:00 – 11:30        Purrrlesque

DJ/Dance Space – St Roch Entrance

Tom Harvey, Dave Coleman & Mic Phedusha


7:30-8:30 Acrobat – Marion Ette & Aaron

Dancers, Anna Morris and Angella Herbert throughout the night and reggae dance lessons with Marissa Joseph

11:30 Silent auction closes

12:00 Midnight – 12:30   Drum Circle and invocation of Lasiren with unveiling of Alexei Kazantsev’s mermaid fountain sculpture – Sallie Ann Glassman and La Source Ancienne Ounfo, featuring poet Moose Jackson

VIP Stage

Times TBA.

Margie Perez is one of the performers

John Mooney

John Mooney is an acoustic blues master, who apprenticed with Son House. John Mooney and Bluesiana have toured the world with their brand of roots rock. He is a staple of the New Orleans scene and always an integral part of The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. His band consists of Renee Coleaman on bass, Kerry Brown on traps, and Alfred Uganda Roberts (Professor Longhair’s drummer) on percussion. Mooney has played with Son House, Earl Kind, The Meters, Snooks Eaglin, Johnnie Vidacovich and Zigaboo Modaliste.

George Porter, Jr. is a musician best known as the bassist and singer of The Meters. Along with Art Neville, Porter formed the group in the mid 60′s and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk.[1] The Meters disbanded in 1977, but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunion but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive. [2] Porter continues to be a vital part of the New Orleans’ music scene. He has his own group the Runnin’ Pardners, and also other projects such as The Trio with Johnny Vidacovich, New Orleans Social Club, Deep Fried and Porter Batiste Stoltz. He is frequently in demand, and has been performing and recording with wide range of artists including Dr. John, Paul McCartney, Robbie Robertson, Willy DeVille, Robert Palmer, Patti Labelle, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Johnny Adams, Harry Connick Jr., Earl King, Warren Haynes, Tori Amos, and Snooks Eaglin among many others.

Papa Mali In the late Sixties, New Orleans musician Mac Rebennack reinvented himself as the psychedelic voodoo priest Dr. John. In the Aughties, Shreveport-born Malcolm Welbourne reinvented his own self as “Papa Mali,” with a bit of a nod to the original Crescent City shape-shifter. Welbourne’s first record, Thunder Chicken, included a version of Rebennack’s “Walk On Gilded Splinters,” but where the Night Tripper fused the relatively sophisticated funk of N.O. with LSD-tinged gris-gris, Welbourne brews his gumbo from gut-bucket blues, second-line rhythms, ganja, and dub-reggae.

101 Runners, featuring Monk Boudreaux

The Mardi Gras Indian music of New Orleans developed over the course of a century before Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles teamed up with Willie Tee and the New Orleans Project in 1970 to fuse the traditional Indian chants with modern instrumental street funk and create a new musical form of unprecedented rhythmic and spiritual power.

For 40 years Mardi Gras Indian funk has forged its course in the world of contemporary music and now reaches a new stage with the emergence of the 101 Runners, a remarkable ensemble fronted by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, a formidable singer, powerful moral presence and fearless leader of men, and emerging master singer War Chief Juan Pardo of the Golden Comanches on Wild Indian vocals.

They’re backed by a relentless rhythm section led by drummer Ajay Mallery with Lionel Batiste Jr. on bass drum, Boubacaar Cissikko on African drum, Ike “The Running Drummer” Kinchen on percussion and founder Chris Jones at the congas, with co-founder Tom Worrell on keyboards, Jimmy Carpenter on baritone saxophone and brilliant new additions June Yamagishi on guitar and Cornell Williams on bass.

Kora Konnection

Kora Konnection is led by Morkeba Kouyate Griot, a master Kora Musician from Senegal. He began his training at age eight, and was performing professionally by the age of fourteen. He had his own radio program in Senegal and has performed numerous times on Senegalese tv. He has played for African royalty and the presidents of several countries. Morkeba received an Illinois Cultural Arts Grant for the Master/Apprentice Program and was a recipient of a CAAP Grant from the City of Chicago in 2003. He has taught/performed at Harvard, DePaul, Northwestern, Xavier and numerous other universities. He currently resides in New Orleans. He is known for his electrifying performances and virtuosity with the traditional kora.Tim Green has been active in N.O. jazz scene for many years. He has played with such renowned musicians as Peter Gabriel, Bruce Hornsby, The Indigo Girls and numerous others. He is a master tenor sax player.James Singleton is an acoustic bassist, composer, and producer with an intimate and extensive affiliation with the New Orleans music scene. He is a member of the jazz group Astral Project and has been described as one of the best and most sought after bassists in New Orleans. Jeff Klein has 12 years of African drumming experience. He has performed with Sunpie Barnes, Lee Oskar, Ensemble Fatien and Ivoire Spectacle. He has performed at Jazz Fest and Festival International with Kora Konnection.

Sean Johnson was born and raised in New Orleans. Influenced by jazz, blues, r&b and hip-hop, Sean was inspired by a powerful chanting experience with a Sufi teacher and an initiation into yoga. He studied Eastern music and Sanskrit chant and earned an M.A. degree at Naropa in sound and music as a spiritual practice. Sean teaches yoga and leads kirtan (yoga call and response chanting) at the studio he founded, Wild Lotus Yoga, named “Best Place to Take a Yoga Class in New Orleans” in the gambit Weekly readers’ poll six years in a row. In addition to performing regularly at clubs, theaters, churches, and yoga studios in and around New Orleans, Sean also travels around the country and abroad, leading kirtans and workshops that integrate yoga and chant. Sean and his music have been written about in numerous magazines, including Yoga Journal, Aura Magazine and in a 2008 Yoga Plus Joyful Licing article, Sean was listed as the top up-and-coming kirtan artist in the country. Sean has released several cds with his band, The Wild Lotus Band, to great critical acclaim. The band formed in 2004 and consists of Sean, who sings, plays harmonium, tambour and percussion, Gwendolyn Colman, a master percussionist, who is revered for the intricacy of her contagious rhythms and subtle finger work, and Alvin Young, who adds depth and intricacy to the chanting with fretless bass and guitar. The group of talented yogi-musicians love to create music as prayer.

John Lisi and Delta Funk Stephen Stills once said that the “one thing blues ain’t, is funny.” Obviously Mr. Stills has never sat in on an evening with John Lisi who, along with his band Delta Funk!, has made a career of turning the pitfalls of everyday life into funky-bluesy-body-shakin’ music that just makes a person feel better. Hailed as of the best guitarists in Louisiana by Offbeat magazine-quite a compliment in a state known for its musicians-John marries his sometimes humorous, sometimes serious lyrics with a guitar that can cry the blues one minute and break out the funk the next.
Originally from New Jersey, John began writing songs before he could play his first chord on a guitar. But it wasn’t until he first saw a replay of Woodstock that the direction of his life became charted. He watched in awe as Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townsend and Alvin Lee wailed on their guitars. Already proficient on the trumpet, the young musician knew then that he wanted to plug in and jam.
By the age of 15, John was playing in bands in Tampa, FL. with much older musicians, honing the skills that would later become his trademark. Then, it was on to Los Angeles, where stints with blues, funk, rockabilly, swing, reggae, and even metal bands would lead to the montage of genres that defines his music today. He also did studio guitar work for popular shows such as L.A. Law and Quantum Leap.
After a few years performing on stages across the United States, Europe, Canada, and Mexico, John made New Orleans home and soon found himself playing with the likes of Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Raful and Kenny Neal, Rockin’ Tabby Thomas, Bryan Lee, Galactic, Tab Benoit, and Jason Ricci, to name a few. Amidst a plethora of talent, the young man made a name for himself through his offbeat portrayals of life, the honesty ringing from his sultry voice and his ability to make his fingers fly over a dobro, mandolin, steel guitar or stratocaster as the mood took him.
Along the way, John has kept a busy recording schedule. In 1998, he played, sang, and co-wrote on Rockin’ Tabby Thomas’ “Long Live The King Of The Swamp Blues.” In 1999, John released his debut album, “Blues For Chloe,” which features guest blues legends Big Jay McNeely, Henry Gray, Larry Garner, and J. Monque’D. John’s first album with Delta Funk!, “Preachin’ To The Choir,” was released in 2000 and followed up with “Can Ya’ Dig It?!” in 2004. In 2006, John co-wrote and played on Big Chief Monk Boudreaux’s album, “Rising Sun.” John teamed up with Cody Dickenson (North Mississippi Allstars) and Jimbo Mathus (Elvis Costello, The Squirrel Nut Zippers) in 2007 to create “Dead Cat Bounce.” In 2008, he was prominently featured on the West Coast rockabilly band, Devil Doll’s, “Return of Eve” album. During the same year, John co-fronted the band, Six Strings Down. John Lisi received the 2009 Slim Harpo Award for Blues Pioneer, alongside Dr. John and Alvin Batiste.

“Super~Most~Fantastic!,” John’s 2010 release, is a slammin’ compilation of eclectic blues. John continues to entertain and amaze you with his bottomless bag of musical talents. Currently, John plays more than 300 dates per year and is working on his next CD, which promises further exploration of ways through which to mingle stunning guitar riffs with blues and funk to create music that is just downright fun.

Beth McKee has lived through the South from Mississippi to New Orleans, through Florida and Texas, and has known both the joys and hard times that are necessary to create great music. She now brings her full-hearted voice to her upcoming release “Next To Nowhere,” an all-original collection of songs carved from the struggles of real life.
“It was tough to decide whether to call the record ’Next to Nowhere’ or ‘On the Verge.’ The lyrics to both songs are personal- about returning to a dream after being too afraid to pursue it for a long time and about having the gumption to try again even though the odds are long.” Returning to that dream wasn’t an easy path: band break-ups, hardship gigs, and personal struggles all delayed and distracted Beth’s emergence onto a broader scene.
But some fires refuse to be extinguished. Her husband and drummer Juan was a part of that journey. “It took me awhile to dig out of my emotional rut and start thinking about getting ‘out there again. Juan had been pleading with me to record, so when I finally said “let’s do it” he was ready to go– that’s when we recorded ‘I’m That Way.’ It had more impact than we anticipated– enough to suck us back into the dream of playing for audiences that came to hear us play.”
Her 2010 release “I’m That Way” breathed her fire into the works of Chess Record’s Louisiana legend Bobby Charles, and set the stage for her upcoming release “Next To Nowhere,” which showcases her sound in all its power with all-new original tracks. “Recording Bobby’s songs was a great study in songwriting and I learned a lot from it. When Tony (Producer Tony Battaglia) volunteered to work with us on our next project I sent him a few original tunes and a few ideas for covers. His response was “why pay somebody else for songs? Write all your own!’ So I did with help from Juan & some other talented friends. Tommy Malone (of The subdudes) co-wrote a song with Juan & I, Tony co-wrote on another and a few other folks too. On the songs I wrote alone, Juan was always available as a sounding board and that was a tremendous help.”
Beth McKee has lived through and triumphed over the trials of life, and sings of it all to her audience in a shared but newly-discovered language. Accented by the sounds of Louisiana and the blues, R&B and the swamp, her voice reaches audiences from all backgrounds and times, yet always in the same places in the soul.

Purrrlesque Is a vaudevillian performance burlesque troupe that was Voted BEST Burlesque for 2011 and 2012 in the Triad. We offer a variety style of burlesque entertainment that appeals to each audience we enamor while traveling up and down the east coast and in our home state of NC. Our troupe consists of head kitten: Tiger RoxXx, and a saucy family of artists : Peaches de Vine, Jenn Martin, Stage Slave Gavin, and Memphis Muerte with our darling satellite Ambassador in Charleston, SC ~ the lovely Brandy Valentine. Being a troupe focused on many community outreach and fund-raising events, Purrrlesque produced the First Annual Purrrlesque Follies, a showcase burlesque festival for charity and the first burlesque festival on its kind in Greensboro, NC in 2012.



Marion Ette

Chuck Perkins & Voices of the Big Easy

Zion Trinity Songwriters who sing in the genres of Reggae, Jazz, Funk, African Ritual music and just about anything in between. ZT captivates the masses with powerful harmony & original music to feed the soul. ZT was established by the Creator in 1997 as a prayer group and is known today as “New Orleans Female Vocal Sensation”. They have been the opening act for Joseph Hill & Culture, The Wailers, Burning Spear, Lucky Dube, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Rootz Underground and Groundation. On the International stage, ZION Trinity has performed at the Harlem Jazz Club in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Their soulful music has been pumped on radios from Ghana and Ethiopia to Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Guam, France and beyond.

Margie Perez is a dynamic and vivacious performer specializing in a versatile blend of Blues, Pop, and New Orleans Funk. She has put together a fabulous band with whom she performs at clubs, festivals, and parties. She had a fantastic debut with her band at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. She has performed with her band at the French Quarter Festival, the Freret Street Festival, and in 2009 she charmed an international audience at the Radio Indigo & Blues Festival in Bangalore India..

La Source Ancienne Ounfo La Source Ancienne Ounfo is a society of Haitian Vodou initiates. Led by manbo Sallie Ann Glassman, author of Vodou Visions and artist and co-creator of The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot, featuring manbo Lorien Bales’ transporting vocal leads, and a corps of initiated drummers, choir singers, and dancers. La Source Ancienne serves the Spirit, the Community, and the world.

R. Moose Jackson, who will be reading a new invocation poem to Lasiren, the mermaid of the deep Waters, is a savage poet of the nation’s underbelly. Nursed on mythology and deep ecology, he struggles to build a lyrical bridge between the archetypes of the wild and the stoic mysticism of the working class. In 2010, Jackson’s play, Loup Garou, won The Big Easy Entertainment Award for “Best Original Work of Theater.”

DJ Tom Harvey

Anna Morris with Angelle Herbert


Nasimiyu: Featured recently in both Nola Defender and the cover story of Gambit magazine, Nasimiyu is featured as one of the most exciting and different newcomers to the New Orleans music scene. Nasimiyu is a retro soul/indie funk/pop/folk singer and songwriter based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her bluesy, brassy, backing band, “The Many Moons”, delivers high-energy rhythm, brass, and bass to audiences throughout the independent music scene locally. As the composer of all the band’s original music, Nasimiyu invokes just as much boldness in the substance of each song as she does in her very engaging live performances. With her captivating voice, message, and writing style, Nasimiyu looks forward to inspiring the future of roots music and continues to break rules and push creative limits even farther.

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