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Celebration of African American Culture Celebrates 10th Anniversary


Grammy Nominee Luke James Headlines Soul Fest at Audubon Zoo

Celebration of African American Culture Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, 2013

(New Orleans, La.) - Soul Fest is pleased to welcome native son and first-time Grammy® nominee Luke James as the headliner for the 10th annual event, which has evolved into one of New Orleans' biggest celebrations of African American culture.

James, who was nominated for Best R&B Performance for his single, "I Want You" at the recent Grammy® Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, is among more than a dozen performers who will take the Capital One Stage during the two-day event, the first festival of the spring season in New Orleans which is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors.

Presented by AARP and sponsored in part by The Bardell Company and Amerigroup, Soul Fest launches on Saturday, March 2, with two days of live musical performances by local jazz, rhythm & blues and gospel artists. On Sunday, March 3, a special African-American First tribute will honor local African American Black History pioneers. The SUNO-UNO Iota Lambda chapter of Phi Beta Sigma will stomp the stage in a Greek Show and a performance by the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians will highlight the festivities!

Visitors can sample authentic soul food prepared by local restaurants and caterers and get an up-close look at the Zoo's collection of exotic animals. Children also can enjoy hands-on activities at the Kid's Cultural Tent. Free wellness information from local health organizations will be available to everyone. A special commemorative 10th Anniversary Soul Fest tee shirt will be on sale!

2013 Soul Fest Music Schedule
Saturday, March 2, 2013
11:15am | JAM-ALL
12:00pm | Tara Alexander
1:00pm | Faith V
2:00pm | Mia Borders
2:50pm | Greek Show
3:15pm | Zena Moses and Rue Fiya
4:15pm | Michael "Soulman'' Baptiste

Sunday, March 3, 2013
11:15am | Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians
12:00pm | African American First Tribute
Dr. Corey Hebert, guest emcee
12:45pm | Aisha Boyd, Get Yah Praise On winner
1:30pm | Erica Falls
2:30pm | Gina Brown
3:20pm | Soul Train Line
4:00pm | Luke James

Soul Fest activities are included in admission to Audubon Zoo, which is $17.50 for adults, $12 for children 2-12, and $13 for seniors 65+. Audubon Nature Institute members are admitted free of charge. No outside food or beverages please. For information, visit or phone (504) 581-4629.

The not-for-profit Audubon Nature Institute operates parks and museums in New Orleans dedicated to Celebrating the Wonders of Nature: Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Wilderness Park, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Park and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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