Indomitable New Orleans Label Basin Street Records Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Celebration
All-Star Jazz Fest Show, Kermit Ruffins-led release, and artist spotlights bolster year-long festivities
Full Lineup Below.
Jazz Fest is upon us, and that means countless music-fans will be making a pilgrimage to the birthplace of jazz, and all-around one-of-a-kind city, New Orleans to enjoy music, fun, and unrivaled spring weather. New Orleans is a city known for its resilience, and it would not have this reputation if not for the residents and businesses that make it up. One such business will be kicking off a celebration of their 20 years in business this weekend.
Basin Street Records has been releasing music by some of New Orleans best recording artists for nearly two decades, and they want the world to know that they’re here to stay by celebrating their 20th birthday in style.
Come out for an all-star post-Jazz Fest show on May 5 at The Little Gem Saloon, it’s Basin Street Records 20th Anniversary Kickoff. Doors at 7 and show at 8:30. The kickoff will feature music upstairs and downstairs with performances including: The Trumpet Battle: Kermit Ruffins v. Irvin Mayfield, Henry Butler, Dr. Michael White, Jason Marsalis, Davell Crawford and more! It’s rare to see this many phenomenal artists in one building, and who knows who else might show up to sit in. This show is sure to sell out, so get your tickets now!
Catch a wide variety of Basin Street Artists inside the fairgrounds at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Full lineup can be found at bottom.
As always there will be no shortage of post-jazz fest shows featuring Basin Street Records artists, so check out the full concert schedule here.
In keeping with their tradition of releasing the best New Orleans music, Basin Street has a new album in the works slated for a September release. Powered by the presence and inimitable charm of their flagship artist, Kermit Ruffins, steered by the discerning ear of Irvin Mayfield, and featuring over 50 New Orleans musicians including some very special guests (we’re talking New Orleans musical royalty), this will be a must-hear album.
Basin Street plans to continue the celebration with several 20th anniversary shows all over the world throughout the year spotlighting the talented artists that have created the music on the label throughout its career. In keeping with the theme of looking back at the last 20 years of music-making, expect to see some perfectly-curated compilations that dare to distill the best of the hundreds of tracks that have made it onto releases with the Basin Street stamp.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Lineup
4/28 – 1:45 PM – Jason Marsalis (performing with Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band) at the People’s Health Economy Hall Tent
4/28 – 3:30 PM – Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers at the Acura Stage
4/29 – 1:40 PM – Jon Cleary at the Gentilly Stage
4/29 – 3:25 PM – Rebirth Brass Band at the Congo Square Stage
5/4 – 12:25 PM – Irvin Mayfield at the Acura Stage
5/4 – 4:15 PM – Dr. Michael White w/Hugh Masakela doing a salute to Louis Armstrong at the People’s Health Economy Hall Tent
5/4 – 4:25 PM – Kermit Ruffins (performing w/Torkestra: The Great American Songbook) at the Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
5/5 – 2:45 PM – Davell Crawford at the Blues Tent
5/5 – 2:45 PM – Jason Marsalis at the Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
5/6 – 12:20 PM – Jeremy Davenport at the Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
5/6 – 2:45 PM – Dr. Michael White w/The Original Liberty Jazz Band at the People’s Health Economy Hall Tent
5/6 – 2:45 PM – Jason Marsalis (performing w/The New Orleans Groove Masters) at the Zatarain’s/WWOZ Jazz Tent
5/6 – 4:00 PM – Henry Butler at the Blues Tent
5/7 – 1:50 PM – Bill Summers at the Jazz and Heritage Stage
5/7 – 4:20 PM – Kermit Ruffins Tribute to Louis Armstrong at the People’s Health Economy Hall Tent
For more information, head on over to the new Basin Street Records website at basinstreetrecords.com