Join us on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm for The Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival 2018 Patron Party and Kickoff Concert at the Ellis Marsalis Center, featuring live music from Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and Detroit Brooks, food and spirits.

The Kickoff Concert, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, includes solo piano from Ellis Marsalis – and a set from an all-star quartet: Herlin Riley/drums, Mitchell Player/bass, Detroit Brooks/guitar and banjo, and trumpeter Will Smith – plus a screening of choice video segments with Danny and Blue Lu Barker by filmmaker Matt Martinez – and a short presentation by music journalist Gwen Thompkins about the revised edition (published in 2016) of Danny Barker’s autobiography, A Life In Jazz – also a special appearance by the Ellis Marsalis Kids.

About The Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival:

The mission of the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival is to showcase and highlight the many contributions and accomplishments of NEA Jazz Master Danny Barker: musician, singer, songwriter, raconteur extraordinaire and author – who played guitar and banjo with many top jazz artists over the course of his 70 year plus career – and served as a mentor to numerous young New Orleans artists who have since come to prominence, including Wynton Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Leroy Jones, Gregg Stafford, Dr. Michael White and Lucien Barbarin.

Sponsors of the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival 2018 include WWL-TV, OffBEAT, New Orleans Jazz Museum, National Park Service, Baylee Badawy, Out Of The Box, Two Chefs and a So Called Chef, The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Rhodes Family Services, Vaucresson Sausage,, NOCCA, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, UNO Jazz Studies Program, WWOZ, Kermit’s Mother-in-Law Lounge, Prime Example, Louisiana Music Factory, J.R. Thomason Video/Photography, Ebonimages and Eric Waters, Maurice Williams: Attorney at Law, Bullet’s Sports Bar and Brian Perkins.

Tickets available in advance here or at the door. For more information – please contact Detroit Brooks – 504-452-6705 – –


Event Performers

Event Date

January 9, 2018 - January 9, 2018

Event Time

5:00 pm - 8:30 pm