New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Hits the Heymann October 21

NOJO Plays the Music of Allen Toussaint for PASA’S first show.

Lafayette, LA: It will be a true southern night when the Grammy Award–winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) swings on stage at Lafayette’s Heymann Performing Arts Center in a night of big band sounds. Artistic director Adonis Rose will lead the mighty band in tunes by Louisiana’s acclaimed musical genius, Allen Toussaint. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. on October 21.

Links to tickets for PASA’s presentation of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, including the popular four-pack priced at $100, are available at www.pasaonline.org. Tickets are also available at the Heymann Performing Arts Center box office (337) 291-555 and other TicketMaster outlets, as well as by phone at TicketMaster’s 24-hour phone line (337) 262-7597.

NOJO has staked its claim in the jazz world, taking the sonic power and stylistic versatility of a big band and adding a New Orleans emphasis on groove. Under Rose’s leadership, the band is showcasing more of its range than ever before. A fun, talented band for all types of listeners, the NOJO is an especially great entry-point for new fans of jazz.

“Having NOJO as our opening show at the Heymann Center is exciting,” says Jackie Lyle, PASA’s executive director.  “We’re also anticipating several other activities with NOJO. In the coming weeks, a quartet of NOJO musicians will return and work with UL students, with area high school jazz musicians and will also perform two pop-up concerts on PASA’s mobile stage.”

The NOJO project is supported by IBERIABANK|First Horizon and the Louisiana Lottery. This project is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, as well as a grant from Lafayette Travel.

Toussaint’s songbook, which includes the 60’s hit Mother-In-Law; tunes recorded by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, I Like It Like That and Southern Nights--made most popular by Glen Campbell--will make this night a true celebration of Louisiana talent.

Over his twenty-five year career, Adonis Rose has performed at every major jazz festival, performing arts center, and jazz club in the world including Carnegie Hall, Olympia in Paris, North Sea Jazz Festival, Umbria, Birdland, Apollo Theater, Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and hundreds of others. 

Rose has performed and recorded with the biggest names in jazz for over two decades, including Terence Blanchard, Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Harry Connick, Jr, Wynton Marsalis, and on six recordings with longtime friend Nicholas Payton.

Allen Toussaint cut a vast swath across the music landscape as an arranger, record producer, composer and performer. From his Saint Street Studio, which was lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he produced some of the most popular music of the twentieth century. Many musicians recorded Toussaint's hit-making compositions, including "Whipped Cream", "Java", "Mother-in-Law", "I Like It Like That", "Fortune Teller", "Ride Your Pony", "Get Out of My Life, Woman", "Working in the Coal Mine", and "Southern Nights". He was a producer for hundreds of recordings, among the best known of which are "Right Place, Wrong Time", by his longtime friend Dr. John, and "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.

PASA’s lineup continues with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ), the time-twisting musical collective known for putting “pop music in a time machine,” on December 1. The vibrantly energetic and emotionally captivating drama Black Angels Over Tuskegee arrives in Lafayette for one performance on January 20, 2022.

For more information about the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s October 21 performance or other activities, call PASA at (337) 781-1273 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PASA Performances Begin September 20

PASA’s Staging a Comeback with Music, Dance and Drama at Lafayette’s Heymann Center

Lafayette, LA: Performing Arts Serving Acadiana (PASA) launches its first season, staging a comeback as one of the first to reopen the Heymann Performing Arts Center this season with nationally and internationally acclaimed performing arts entertainment. The exciting lineup includes the inventive modern dance company Momix; the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra; Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, and the theatrical hit Black Angels Over Tuskegee. All performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in Lafayette, LA.

Momix, celebrating its 40th anniversary, brings its fantastical production of Alice to Lafayette on September 20. This Alice takes the audience on a fun adventure with Lewis Carroll’s most beloved lead character from the classic novel Alice in Wonderland, as well as the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and the Caterpillar. Famed artistic director Moses Pendleton leads this wildly creative company, which is recognized worldwide as a maverick of creativity and invention.

“Every ride is an incredible, unforgettable journey,” said the New York Times of Momix performances.

Alice was to make its first U.S. Tour in the fall of 2020, then came the lockdown. The production is now set for a performance in Dallas, TX, and then here at the Heymann before it heads to Paris, France for a three-week run at the Folies Bergere.

“Momix’s Alice is a chance for for everyone of all ages to see some of the best dance in the world. We are thrilled to present this extraordinary work and talented dance company as we stage our comeback,” says PASA executive director Jacqueline Lyle, “It’s exciting to think that our presentation will be only the second time that Alice will have been seen in the United States."

Past PASA audiences have seen Momix here at the Heymann Center in its beautiful Botanica.

The Grammy Award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) hits the stage October 21. Under new leadership from artistic director and drummer Adonis Rose, the NOJO takes the sonic power and stylistic versatility of a big band, adds a New Orleans emphasis on groove, and swings with great ballads and jazz hits. NOJO’s Lafayette show will feature the music of the acclaimed musical genius Allen Toussaint. Toussaint’s songbook includes the 60’s hit Mother-In-Law; tunes recorded by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and Southern Nights.

"October 21 will be a real celebration of the music of Louisiana, performed by some of our state's finest jazz musicians." observes Lyle.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ), the time-twisting musical collective known for putting “pop music in a time machine,” is set for December 1. Audiences around the globe are set to see Postmodern Jukebox on The Grand Reopening Tour, which will bring PMJ back to thrill music-starved audiences in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Europe, performing some of modern music’s biggest hits in the classic styles of bygone eras.

“We were so lucky to have gotten an alert about this tour,” says Lyle. “We acted quickly and were able to secure this Postmodern Jukebox date, which will be so much fun for our ticket buyers!”

As always with PMJ’s dazzling live shows, The Grand Reopening Tour will feature an ensemble of multi-talented singers and musicians, who will perform Bradlee’s generation-spanning arrangements. The core ensemble is often joined by surprise guests that make each concert unique and unpredictable.

The acclaimed drama Black Angels Over Tuskegee by Layon Gray arrives in Lafayette for one performance on January 20, 2022. One of the longest-running Off-Broadway productions, this award-winning, historical docudrama is a narrative of six men embarking on a journey to become the first Black aviators in the United States Army Air Forces, during a tumultuous era of racial segregation and Jim Crow idealism. Inspired by true events, Black Angels Over Tuskegee movingly illustrates how the men unite in brotherhood to achieve a communal vision.

“Some plays teach, others celebrate, and a few simply entertain. Black Angels Over Tuskegee manages to do all three and one thing more: It inspires,” says NYTheatre.com about this important drama.

The board of directors of the new version of PASA has worked diligently to create a new, nimble model that provides the most effective way to make great shows available to local audiences.

All shows are on sale now and no subscription is required - pick the shows you want to see, which for many performance lovers will be all of them. While ticket prices vary from performance to performance, almost every event has a Family & Friends 4-Pack for $100, which is available in every seating area, from the first row to the last. Additional ticket fees and other charges will apply and will vary, based on the method of purchase.

“We’re like a basketball team that’s switching from a zone defense to a one-on-one,” explains Lyle. "Our world has changed, and so must PASA."

Lyle is dedicated to PASA’s successful comeback and works without compensation. She says the organization’s overhead is minuscule.

"While I do donate money to our organization, I know I can boost the bottom line much more by working without compensation," says Lyle. "We are preparing for a financial future that allows us to build a sustainable staffing model, which we will need as we increase our community impact."

Tickets are available now for every event through TicketMaster. Links to tickets for each event and more information about the performances are available at www.pasaonline.org. Tickets are also available at the Heymann Performing Arts Center box office (337) 291-555 and other TicketMaster outlets, as well as ticketmaster.com and by phone at TicketMaster’s 24-hour line (337) 262-7597.

For more information about PASA’s comeback or any of the performances, call PASA at (337) 781-1273 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Performing Arts Serving Acadiana

(337) 781-1273

P.O. Box 51974

Lafayette, LA 70505

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