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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Chic New Yorkers had a reason other than Red Rooster’s soul food to take their entertainment plans uptown. On March 23, guests like Cleo Wade, Caitlin Moe, Liza Voloshin, Mia Moretti, Kate Greer, Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Nell Diamond, Zoë Buckman, and New Orleans’ most famous resident, Solange Knowles, trekked to Minton’s, a historic jazz club and birthplace of Bebop, to celebrate New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center.

Neil A. Barclay with The CAC New Orleans Board of Trustees had a lot of Nola-style festivities planned for the guests. There were cocktails and shrimp gumbo prepared by JJ Johnson, a James Beard Award-nominated chef. And of course plenty of music! DJ Mia Moretti spun vinyl records, which was followed by live performances by New Orleans natives, Leyla McCalla, Trombone Shorty and Bendji Allonce Trio, as the guests soaked in the music and danced.

It was a night of celebration that drew a lot of attention not only to the buzz-worthy museum itself, but also to New Orleans itself as a new hub for arts and culture in American South. As the high energy evening continued, Solange Knowles, whose roots are deeply embedded in NOLA, was seen dancing with her friends as the city’s poster girl for soulful vibes and a special kind magic the city is known for.

All proceeds from the night, including the Paddle8 silent auction, will support the programming at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans.

Photos by Leandro Justen/


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