Bastille Day Fête: Music Program
From 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Inside NOMA
Giselle Bonfaire, vocalist and pianist, has been described as classy, relaxing, and versatile. In Break Thru Media magazine, Dean Shapiro said Giselle is “specializing in songs from the 1920s through the 1950s, including French language songs. Being of German and Alsace Lorraine (French) heritage, she remarked that ‘I’ve been more tuned into the French side, through years of language classes and music.’ ” Giselle serenaded diners at Chateau du Lac Bistro in Old Metairie 25 times; presented her program of “French Songs of Love & Longing” for the Trinity Artist Series; and provided overviews of music history in Brittany and Provence as part of Culture Classes at L’Union Francaise. She’s finalizing an Edith Piaf tribute program. Giselle’s recent special event performances include a “Dancing with Degas”themed fundraiser for the New Orleans Ballet Theatre and the 175th Anniversary Gala at Antoine’s Restaurant in conjunction with the Historic New Orleans Collection. For that Prohibition Era themed event, her focus was well loved American songs from the 1920s and 1930s.
Bon Bon Vivant
From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Bastille Day Village main stage
A New Orleans band playing original Jazz, Blues and Folk songs. Formed in 2013 in New Orleans, Bon Bon Vivant is a collection of musicians bringing varying influences to the mix. With some of BBV’s members steeped in the traditional jazz of New Orleans and other members bringing songwriting traditions with blues and folk influences, it makes for an original and unique sound. In October 2013 Bon Bon Vivant released Evangeline, a 5 song EP and there first in-studio recording.
Bon Bon Vivant is currently working on their first full length album set to be released in early 2016. Bon Bon Vivant can be heard playing at some favorite locations on Frenchmen St. and around New Orleans busking.
The Lost Bayou Ramblers
From 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm inside NOMA
Lost Bayou Ramblers was born deep in South Louisiana performing old style, predominantly acoustic Cajun music at clubs and festivals across the US, Europe, and Canada. They were formed in 1999 by Louis Michot (fiddle and vocals) and his brother Andre Michot (cajun accordion and lap steel guitar) and grew to include producer Korey Richey (electric bass), Johnny Campos (electric guitar) and Eric Heigle (drums). With 15 years of touring, recording, and collaborating under their belt, the band has continually integrated new sonic elements to its live performances, always experimenting and growing the show to what it’s become today, an eclectic mix of modern sounds and rhythms with ancient Cajun melodies and lyrics.