The Rock and Rouge Team
Lani Ramos, Founder Rock & Rouge Foundation
Lani Ramos, Founder of Big Pearl Entertainment, has produced many intellectual properties including multiple CDs, music videos and television shows in New Orleans over the past 18 years. In 2017, she made the initial investment and founding membership of the Rock & Rouge Foundation in 2017.
But this is the end of a story, not the beginning.
When most children were out enjoying the loss of their training wheels, Ramos was already working in show business at the tender age of 8. She endured the Hollywood machine for almost two full decades. At age 25, Ramos began working as a Mail Messenger in the Mail Department at 20th Century Fox where she learned the studio structure from the ground up. This was hard work but gave Ramos the knowledge and education that most could only dream of.
She moved to New Orleans where she became a producer and rebranded under the stage name Big Pearl. It is in this city that she began pouring that knowledge, as well as her heart and soul, into producing Big Pearl Music, LLC intellectual properties. Her work included hosting a local radio show, where the Rock & Rouge concept was born. Airing on Saturday nights, 9p-11p, on WHIV-LP 102.3FM, Rock & Rouge features an all-woman playlist of local and national rock & roll bands.
Recently, as producer and artist, Ramos noticed the Rock & Rouge lineup, while present on local stations, is not represented on stage. This insight spurred her to produce The Rock & Rouge Women’s Food & Music Festival which launches June 16th and the U.S. Mint in New Orleans. This event will be in partnership with ElectricGirls.org, and thus the festival will offer multiple opportunities for young women beyond food and music.
Many people, from all walks of life, want to see this happen for our women of New Orleans, so Ramos is answering the call!
Dora Lambert, STEAM Director, Rock & Rouge Foundation
Dora is a GIS Developer in Lafayette, Louisiana. Lambert has a Masters of Science · Geospatial Science from Mississippi State University. Dora is the admin for Louisiana Women’s March Global for its second year among many other activist movements. Lambert will be working with the Rock & Rouge Foundation partners and overseeing the foundation’s Tomboy Tent at the Festival. We are excited to have an organizer from the Women’s March join the Rock & Rouge Team.
Flor Serna, STEAM Program Manager, Tomboy Tent
Flor is the founder and President of Electric Girls. ElectricGirls.org is a company teaching computing and leadership skills to young girls from elementary to junior high school. She will be heading up the Rock and Rouge Tomboy Tent with workshops and activities at the festival. As well as being a partner with the Rock and Rouge Festival, Serna has partnered with Loyola University New Orleans and Delgado University to offer “Electric Girls” workshops. Serna is also part-time director of the Production Studio and Mobile Idea Lab at St. Martin’s Episcopal School. Serna graduated in 2015 from Loyola University with a major in Music and with minors in Business and Computer Science.
Elisa Cool, Head of Marketing
The Narrative founder and CEO is Elisa Cool. Cool has experienced 30,000+ hours in communication strategy while working at Ogilvy & Mather, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Contently, and Cool’s own firm. Cool is a content architect, sales leader, writer, New Orleanian, and dog mom. The Rock & Rouge is delighted to have this transplant from New York City head up its marketing and connection strategies.
Mark Fowler, Admin/Art Dept.
Mark is a guitarist and graphic designer, a University of New Orleans class of 1999 graduate and Fowler has a BA in Sociology, and also attended the Berklee School of Music. Fowler served as the office manager at Tipitina’s Co-op Foundation for 15 years and assisted hundreds of artists with admin and business services. The Rock & Rouge welcomes Mark into its orbit as a part-time admin and graphic designer whipping up logo design idea in building our brand.
Matt Schoenberger, Assistant to Producer/Video Production
Local Buddy Productions is Matt’s New Orleans based Production Company. Matt specializes in short films, music videos, concerts, weddings, and local events. A graduate of University Of New Orleans, Matt has organized the New Orleans Women’s March and is also one of the steering committee members of Our Revolution NOLA. The Rock & Rouge Producer and its production team are jamming now.
Larry Dunn, Pre-Production/Operations
LarryTheTableGuy and tabletv.net. are Larry Dunn’s pet projects. Larry is a New Orleans Women’s March organizer, Our Revolution organizer and Climate for Change organizer. Obviously, Larry has a passion for activism and empowerment in supporting human rights and social justice. Dunn has joined the Rock & Rouge team in the operations department making sure things at city hall get done and done right!
Caroline Giepert, Assistant to the Producer
Caroline Giepert was born and raised in New Orleans and is passionate about the vibrant culture of her city. She will be graduating with a Masters in Art History from Louisiana State University, specializing in Social Practice Art. This interdisciplinary practice has led her to ongoing various public projects dealing with social and environmental issues in Louisiana. She has spoken at the People’s Climate March in NOLA, participated in the Women’s March, and manages social media and networking for Louisiana Environmental Action Network. Caroline’s main focus is community engagement and improvement through art as social action.
Abigail Braud, Office PA/Volunteer Coordinator
Abigail Braud is a budding music industry extraordinaire currently obtaining a Music Industry Studies degree at Loyola University New Orleans. Abigail has many interests and is a mere spring chicken in the world of festival production. Not only is she is happy to be learning something new everyday, but she is BEYOND THRILLED to be involved with this women’s empowerment festival!