The Rock & Rouge Women’s Music & Food Festival would like to thank WGNO for capturing some highlights of our festival on June 30, which you can watch in the video below.
The Rock & Rouge Women’s Music & Food Festival deeply appreciates Offbeat Magazine for the lovely article found below, in addition to all the other methods Offbeat has supported the mission of The Rock & Rouge. Thank you, Offbeat Magazine! Click here to check out the article on www.offbeat.com.
UPDATE: June 16’s Rock & Rouge Women’s Music & Food Festival has been postponed until Saturday, June 30. According to organizers, “We have been tracking the weather all week, and were sincerely hoping that we would be okay to move forward; however, with the current forecast from now until Saturday, we did not feel comfortable hosting our event. We did not want to put any of our talent, employees, volunteers, attendees, etc. in harm’s way. The panel times and locations will remain the same.”
On June 16, a brand new festival celebrating the empowerment of women in the community is coming to New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint.
The Rock & Rouge Women’s Music & Food Festival and Beyond’s story begins as the brainchild of Lani Ramos, a local recording artist, radio deejay, businesswoman and founder of Big Pearl Entertainment among many other titles.
On one balmy afternoon in April 2017, Ramos attended one of New Orleans’ many food and music festivals. After grabbing a plateful of crawfish, she looked over the music lineup and noticed that something was missing. Out of the 25 bands and artists enlisted, only one was fronted by a female musician.
Unfortunately, this distressing trend was not unique to this festival. For venues on Frenchmen and Bourbon Streets, male-fronted bands are consistently booked over female-fronted bands eight out of ten times.
Ramos decided that 2018 would be the year of change, and she wanted to help lead that change at the local level. Part of that change is coming in the form of the Rock & Rouge Music & Food Festival & beyond.
Ramos will host the opening of the festival, where she will present female entrepreneurs whom she and her team believe are helping to lead the change in the public sphere.
The festival’s main stage will boast a lineup of “Women Who Rock,” headlined by New Orleans’ own Soul Queen, Irma Thomas, along with female-fronted artists including The Vettes and Big Pearl & The Fugitives of Funk among others.
Other activities on-hand include food stands serving dishes from local female chefs; Shine On, an onsite salon emphasizing beauty from the inside out; What’s Next, female empowerment panel discussions that focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics), politics and the future of women in music; and the Tomboy Tent for children aged eight to 15, which includes STEAM workshops for young girls and a performance stage for junior female-led bands.
Additional information can be found on the festival’s homepage. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Rock & Rouge thanks WWL for writing the following article perfectly describing our women’s empowerment festival. Click here to read about us on the WWL website!
Rock & Rouge women’s music, food festival set for Saturday
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans this weekend is hosting a music and food festival aimed at elevating and uplifting women.
Rock & Rouge is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, come rain or shine, at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint.
The festival was supposed to be held last weekend, but was rescheduled due to the weather.
Festival founder Lani Ramos said the free event will host two music stages with several performances scheduled, including sets by Irma Thomas, Lynn Drury, and Ramos, who performs as Big Pearl with her band, the Fugitives of Funk.
“This all started with the women’s march last year,” Ramos said. “It grew out of the idea of figuring out the next step post-march. I was really tired of seeing fests being played by a majority of men. We want to be in the front, at the helm of what we do.”
There also will be panel discussions on Mardi Gras Indian queens and women working in STEM fields, politics and the music industry. Speakers include Big Queen Laurita Dollis of the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian tribe. At least two New Orleans City Councilwomen are scheduled to participate.
Ramos said the event’s goal is to raise awareness about women’s rights and the women’s movement, and to introduce young girls to education pathways in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. “We want to let them know that they can be and do anything,” she said.
A tent for girls, ages 8-15, will be set up for STEM workshops by Electric Girls founder Flor Serna, she said. There also will be a men’s “Dugout” featuring cigars and horseshoes.
Ramos said plans are in the works to produce the festival annually.
The Rock & Rouge sincerely appreciates The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint for posting this awesome event listing on their website. Click here to check it out on www.nolajazzmuseum.org!
The Rock & Rouge Women’s Music & Food Festival will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint on Saturday, June 30th from 10 am until 10 pm.
We’ll be showcasing some amazing female talent, focusing on women empowerment all around. Our “Women Who Rock” Stage will feature female-fronted bands, headlined by Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans. Around the grounds, we will be serving delicious cuisine provided by local female chefs and food vendors. Under the big oak tree, we’ll also create an elegant champagne experience with bubbly and caviar for those of age to drink.
For the younger generations, we have partnered with Electric Girls and Microsoft to create the Tomboy STEAM Tent for educational fun and enrichment. This tent will feature creative activities geared towards kids ages 8 to 14. Inside the Mint’s third floor theatre, we will host several Women’s Empowerment Panels, including: STEAM panel, Women in Politics panel, College panel, Music panel, Career panel, and Mardi Gras Indian & Krewe Queen panel.
For more information about our performers, vendors, and scheduled activities, please visit therockandrouge.com.