Lani Ramos, Founder Rock & Rouge Foundation
Lani Ramos, Founder of Big Pearl Entertainment, has produced many intellectual properties including multiple CDs, music videos, live shows and television shows in New Orleans, Louisiana for 20 years. In 2017, she made the initial investment and founding membership of the Rock & Rouge Foundation, Inc and Rock & Rouge Music, LLC.
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. It was hard work but gave Ramos the knowledge and education that most could only dream of.
Ramos moved to New Orleans where she became a producer and the performing artist known to some as Big Pearl. New Orleans is where Ramos made her home and was able to seek her full potential of becoming the artist/producer she always knew she could be. Ramos began pouring that knowledge into company Big Pearl Music, LLC in 2009 that holds her intellectual properties. Her work includes hosting a local radio show called the Rock & Rouge (coupled with The Rock and Rouge Festival) that began on-air July 5th 2017. Airing Saturday nights, 9p-11p, on WHIV-LP 102.3FM, and is an all-woman playlist of local and national touring acts coming into New Orleans for shows.
Ramos an avid artist/producer developed the Rock & Rouge Women’s Music & Food Festival & beyond after coming off the heals of the 2017 Women’s March but the idea of doing an all-women’s music festival was had as early as 2012 and wanting to name it The Tomboy Music Festival. So when the #MeToo movement sprouted and Ramos performed at the Women’s March New Orleans 2017, Ramos revisited the idea and in March 2017 The Rock & Rouge Women’s Food & Music Festival was born. The inaugural Festival was on June 30th, 2018 at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans on Esplanade Avenue in the French Quarter.
The Rock & Rouge 2020 will now be located at its new permanent home in Lafayette Square Park in the Central Business District (CBD) on the 3rd Saturday of March annually.
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 is ecstatic to be involved with this women’s empowerment festival!
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.
Mark Fowler, Marketing/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.