The Greenwich Town Party announces the “Preservation Hall Super Jam,” a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration of the best of New Orleans music, to be held on Saturday, May 27 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.
The ticket lottery opens Wednesday, March 22.
Specially curated by musical legends Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall Jazz Band and multi-Grammy Award winner Eric Krasno, this star-studded special event will be a party both on stage and in the crowd.
The New Orleans Super Jam will feature Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Wyclef Jean, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Ivan Neville, Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, George Porter, Jr., Eric Krasno, Raymond Weber, Tony Hall, Celisse and Tarriona “Tank” Ball.
Leading up to the Super Jam on the Main Stage will be The Revivalists, Mavis Staples and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, performers who are steeped in the musical traditions of New Orleans.
New this year and adding to the excitement of the party, organizers have planned several immersive and educational experiences prior to Saturday’s festivities that will celebrate the vibrant sounds of New Orleans.
The GTP is an annual town party modeled after the New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival and town parties in Spain that the founders experienced. It is for Greenwich to come together and participate in a day of music, food, fun, family, and friendship and to experience the strength and spirit of community. Community and Senior tickets sold via an online ticket lottery. Lottery submissions will be accepted from Wednesday, March 22 through Friday, April 7. Neighbor and Sponsor ticket levels are also available for purchase now online. [Details below]
“New Orleans music is my favorite. It’s the result of a rich cultural history that came through Congo Square with black music giving birth to the evolution of the blues, gospel, rock and roll, and hip hop,” said Ray Dalio, Founder, GTP. “[GTP Board Co-Presidents] Ray Rivers, Carl Kuehner and myself, and our friends, have gone to almost all the Jazz Fests in New Orleans over the last two decades. We have been thrilled by this music and tradition, so we are excited to bring the best of it to Greenwich this year. We know it will knock everyone’s socks off.”
This year, in the spirit of a commonly used New Orleans term “Lagniappe,” which means “a little unexpected extra,” guests will experience a wide array of culture bearers and celebrity artists that all embody The Big Easy’s traditions.
“This once-in-a-lifetime performance will feature the best of the best of New Orleans music,” said Jaffe. “It will be a melting pot of styles, where jazz, rock, blues and folk coalesce in a festive, creative way. While musicians entertain from the stage, the Greenwich community can dance in the park, like we do in the streets of New Orleans!”
A popular tradition of the GTP is the Town Stage, which features local bands whose performances round out the day. Every year, bands with local roots and familiar names can perform on the same ticket as world-renowned musicians. Created to celebrate the diverse and abundant talent within the Greenwich community, the Town Stage band application was open to Greenwich residents of all ages, backgrounds and genres. The 2023 lineup will be announced next month.
Community and Senior tickets will again be sold via an online ticket lottery. Lottery submissions will be accepted from Wednesday, March 22 through Friday, April 7. The cost of Community tickets remains $85 per ticket, and Senior tickets cost $25 per ticket.
Greenwich residents, business owners and employees can enter the lottery by submitting a Lottery Waitlist Request Form, which can be found on the GTP website. The Waitlist Request Form is the lottery entry. The form will collect contact information, the number of tickets requested, along with credit card information, which will be securely stored with GTP’s new third-party ticketing partner, Front Gate Tickets.
Lottery winners will be randomly chosen from the Lottery Waitlist submission pool and notified the week of April 10. No preference will be given to date/time of submission within the open period. All children must have a ticket to attend the event. Tickets are free of charge for children 12 and under, and must be included when the Lottery Waitlist Request Form is submitted. New this year, winners will be notified, their credit card charged for the exact number of tickets requested, and they will receive a confirmation of the purchase. If a winner declines or opts out, the tickets will be available to the next person on the Waitlist.
All Lottery entries submitted will be verified for Greenwich residency or employment. If the billing zip code is not within the Town of Greenwich, the GTP will verify the applicant via proof of residency and/or employment.
On Wednesday, March 22, Neighbor tickets will also be available for purchase online; the cost of the Neighbor tickets remains $500 per person. Neighbor passes provide unlimited access to the Houlihan Lawrence Neighborhood Area with wine, beer and catered food from Best in Gourmet Catering throughout the day and evening, as well as designated parking.
Sponsor passes are available now, starting at $1,500 per person. The Sponsor level offers unlimited access to the Sponsor Tent with catered food by Marcia Selden Catering and a full bar throughout the day and evening, and premier parking in the Island Beach Lot, located directly across from Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.
At the entrance to the park, the GTP food court will include nine local restaurants selling culinary favorites and some dishes with a New Orleans flair.
Consistent with its policy since the Party’s inception, all GTP ticket levels may only be purchased by Greenwich residents and employees. All lottery submissions are verified for Greenwich residency or employment.
ABOUT GREENWICH TOWN PARTY
An IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the GTP is privately funded through generous contributions from residents and businesses and, in part, through ticket sales. In the spirit of mutual generosity, the GTP encourages everyone to contribute as much as they can so the General Admission ticket prices can remain at $85. One generous Greenwich resident matches all contributions, and 75 percent of the cost of each Community ticket is generously funded by individual and corporate sponsors of the GTP. The GTP has no cost to the Town of Greenwich and is not funded by taxpayers.