2011-02-15 01:28 pm (UTC)
Jazzfest Poster - publisher's description (part 1)
Busking Out: Becoming Jimmy Buffett
by Garland Robinette
Emerging musicians have drifted to New Orleans from near and far for over a century, earning a living on its streets as they hone their craft – a practice called busking. And while jazz may be the big attraction, musical styles, like so many things, blur in the gumbo of New Orleans. Many such venturers go unnoticed, but all those who play here in their formative years invariably carry a dash of roux within them forever. That Jimmy Buffett released a tune called I Will Play for Gumbo in 1999 – more than three decades after he first came to New Orleans as a budding troubadour – proves the point.
If you ambled through the French Quarter in the mid-60’s you might have come upon an engaging longhaired college student from Poplarville, Mississippi with a beat-up guitar, a few chords and an old Ford. If you dropped some coins in his cigar box, you may have helped shape his sound. As Jimmy recalls it:
"On weekends I was out of Poplarville as fast as my Ford Falcon would take me. In those days, folk music was happening in New Orleans… New Orleans competed on the world stage at all levels… The Bayou Room was smack-dab in the heart of the Bourbon Street strip joints… The people who taught me as much about being a performer as anybody performed on that little stage… After the last show at the Bayou Room, I would make my way to Jackson Square with my gig bag and set up shop on the corner of Chartres and Conti. I will never, ever forget the first time someone actually dropped money into my cigar box and told me I was good. I would bang away till the wee hours of the morning, until my cuticles bled or there was no one listening. Then I would count my money, close up shop, and relax at the Morning Call with a cup of café au lait and an order of beignets…”*
So pay attention as you walk the Quarter. You may witness the future and be blessed with an opportunity to shape it. If you do, linger a bit and throw some coins in the box. If you play your part, they’ll thrive and return your kindness a thousand-fold. To this day, Jimmy is a presence on the streets of New Orleans, at the CAC or attending a Saints game, in his Margaritaville Café and performing at Jazz Fest (and was early to commit to the post-Katrina 2006 Festival, clearing away uncertainty and inspiring others to join in its rebirth). Passing through means never leaving – and certainly not wasting away.
All in the Gulf South from Texas to Florida know Garland Robinette as a singularly intelligent voice of reason in a region battered to the limits of endurance by disasters, natural and otherwise. As the mid-day host on WWL, the 50,000-watt powerhouse radio station that reaches more than two million people, he talks despair off the ledge and weaves narrative lines from tangled webs. In addition to moderating competing ideologies within the region, he also has become a vital voice of New Orleans nationally, explaining the issues facing the area on NBC, MSNBC, PBS and NPR.
Robinette travelled a route to New Orleans that paralleled Buffett’s. He began his journalism career at minimum wage as the sole newscaster for the then-new, tiny and short-lived Cajun French KHMA-TV station in Houma, Louisiana in 1972. Six months later he was lured to New Orleans’ WWL-TV as a neophyte beat reporter and, three months after moving, found himself anchoring the evening news and garnering a 50-share. Although New York’s CBS came calling in short order, he stayed put until he left television news in 1990. He returned to broadcasting at WWL radio in 2005, filling in for an ailing friend just before Katrina hit.
What many don’t know is that this Boutte, Louisiana native is an equally accomplished and sought-after painter. He was first recognized – as were all classical masters – by the Church, when the Archdiocese of New Orleans tapped him to paint Pope John Paul II’s official portrait commemorating the Holy See’s historic 1984 visit. Since then he has quietly painted the portraits of many other bold-faced (though perhaps less saintly) names, from CEO’s to celebrities, as well as scenes from his rich imagination.
2011-02-15 01:28 pm (UTC)
Jazzfest Poster - publisher's description (part 2)
For the Jazz Festival poster, Garland literally took pages from Buffett’s autobiography & imagined what it would have been like to meet the young musician as he played on the streets of New Orleans in 1967. He pictures Jimmy at the corner he worked as night melted to dawn, with the musician’s trusty Falcon parked nearby, and after his weekend gig filled his cigar box. Flying in the distance is a parrot, prefiguring Buffett’s ultimate destination of Key West, Fla. And if you look closely on the sidewalk behind the Falcon, you’ll see the contemporary Jimmy Buffett walking into the future, glancing over his shoulder at the young man who would eventually catapult him to international acclaim. Robinette’s glorious image is heightened by this allegory, spanning and compressing time in an image richly imagined right down to the old N.O.P.S.I. manhole cover in the street.
As this work amply demonstrates, Robinette’s art, previously available only to a fortunate few, is as deserving of acclaim as his exceptional journalism. We’re privileged to be able to present the first widely available art print in decades from this towering stalwart of contemporary New Orleans life and culture.
The poster is available in four editions: An unsigned numbered edition; an artist-signed edition; an artist-remarqued edition signed by the artist and his subject, and; a canvas C-Marque edition overpainted by the artist and signed by him and his subject. All prints are limited edition numbered silk-screens produced on acid-free archival paper; Artist signed and artist-remarqued prints are produced on 100% cotton rag museum-quality sheets. All prints are offered subject to prior sale.
Due to the unique nature of this print and the extensive performance commitments of the artist, the edition structure has been altered from prior years: One-third fewer Signed prints, one-third fewer Remarque prints and one-sixth fewer C-Marques are being produced compared to prior years.
10,000 numbered posters, 19” x 36”, $72.50
3,000 Artist-signed & numbered prints on 100% rag paper, 20” x 37”, $239
750 Artist signed and pencil remarqued, signed by Jimmy Buffett & numbered Remarque prints on 100% rag paper, 21” x 39”, $595
350 Artist-overpainted and signed, signed by Jimmy Buffett & numbered C-Marque canvas screen prints, suitable for stretching, 26” x 40”, $895
Actual poster and specifications may vary slightly.
2011-02-15 01:29 pm (UTC)
Congo Square Poster - publisher's description
Everything Old is Renewed Again™: Fats Houston A Portrait in Dignity by Kenneth Scott, Jr.
Celebrating and remembering are the heart of New Orleans’ culture. Our unique gift to the future is delivering and renewing our past. This year’s Congo Square proves that reclamation is its own reward. The immortal Matthew “Fats” Houston, the most iconic grand marshal ever to strut a New Orleans street, graced the 1976 Jazz Fest poster – a poster distinguished as the most valued of any before or since its publication 35 years ago. And while releasing this year’s marvelous retake celebrates the 35th anniversary of that glorious slice of time and place, it also lovingly memorializes the great man’s passing 30 years ago.
Jazz’s evanescence defied personification until Fats Houston supplemented his maintenance job at Tulane’s athletic department by fronting the Eureka, Olympia and Young Tuxedo Brass Bands. He crafted the definitive grand marshal persona out of found objects turned into sashes and a strutting gait that defied duplication as it defined dignity. If you were lucky enough to have witnessed Fats elevate the prosaic (for in his day, parades literally formed at the drop of a hat) to the sublime, you experienced the zenith of New Orleans’ cultural humanism.
Kenneth Scott, Jr. came into the world just as Fats was exiting. Yet despite never having second-lined with the man himself, Scott captures the majesty of his subject in an enduring work. Scott grew up in New Orleans’ 9th ward and leveraged his precocious art talents to move beyond its constraints. Like Terrence Osborne (Congo ’07 & ’10) before him, Scott benefited from the tutelage of New Orleans’ great art educator, Richard Thomas (JF ’89, Congo ’06).
Scott earned his B.F.A. in painting and drawing from LSU, Baton Rouge, with a concentration in studio art. Continuing the virtuous cycle primed by Thomas, he became an art instructor in New Orleans’ acclaimed Young Audiences program as he developed his career as a professional artist. Discovering Scott’s neo-Pop artwork displayed at Jazz Fest’s Congo Square Marketplace reawakened the poster publisher’s long-held desire to return to classic poster imaging and do a “remix” of a cherished subject. The work Scott produced is a reflection of Fats’ transcendent grace and a tribute to the artist’s intuitive talent. A great poster. A flawless tribute. It marches off the page and into your heart.
To celebrate this dignity made tangible, we’re releasing the first-ever artist-overpainted canvas C-Marque in a small edition in addition to the unsigned, artist-signed and artist Remarque editions. All paper prints are limited edition numbered silk-screens produced on acid-free archival paper; Artist signed and artist-remarqued prints are produced on 100% cotton rag museum-quality sheets. All prints offered subject to prior sale.
5,000 Numbered prints on archival paper, 20” x 38”, $72.50
1,000 Artist-signed & numbered prints on 100% rag paper, 21” x 39”, $239
500 Artist-signed, hand remarqued & numbered prints on 100% rag paper, 21” x 40”, $329
100 Artist-overpainted, signed & numbered canvas screen prints, suitable for stretching, 26” x 40”, $595
Congo Square is part of the New Orleans Jazz Festival. It is a living celebration of the African-Caribbean culture at the root of much of America’s art and music.
2011-02-15 01:30 pm (UTC)
BayouWear - description
Birds of Paradise: Flight of Fancy™
The State bird of Louisiana is the majestic, almost prehistoric brown pelican. Like other citizens of the State, brown pelicans are gregarious, have few natural enemies, eat shrimp, drop into a dive to grab a bite and can carry about three gallons of food and drink. And although they can be a drab lot, during courtship their colors become much more vibrant. Judging by the jeweled tones in this year’s BayouWear™ brand fabric, Kathy Schorr depicts them in a highly excited state indeed.
We expect that our fellow citizens of Sportsman’s Paradise, and even folks from elsewhere, will flip when they see our birds carrying the Jazz Fest banner aloft against a sea of undulating musical notation. Hand-carved rubine red fish buttons keep the birds’ flight of fancy in hand. Forget the bush. Get our birds in your hand today.
Stay Way Cool™
Our exclusive HowAhYa™ Hawaiian-style super-soft washable rayon shirt is the ultimate expression of life in the swamps. The working buttonhole at the collar converts this versatile shirt from bayou day wear to bistro evening wear; just add a jacket. This classic-cut Hawaiian-style camp shirt dresses up, down and all-around. A core fashion item for every wardrobe and perhaps the most famous shirt of its kind in the world.
Chest size: S (34-36), M (37-39), L (40-42), XL (43-45), 2XL (46-48), 3XL (49-51) $49.
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