Fri21Oct20166:30 PM - 11:00 PM
400 Esplanade Avenue
On Friday, October 21st, the Louisiana Museum Foundation (LMF) presents this year’s annual gala Mojitos at the Mint—a jazz extravaganza featuring Latin jazz, one of the genre’s earliest offshoots, demonstrating that jazz indeed is “open-ended music designed for open minds.”
Latin jazz was an early and enormously influential offshoot of jazz reflecting the “Spanish tinge” that New Orleans’ own jazz pioneer Jellyroll Morton attributed to the genre’s early compositions. For this night only, Latin jazz artifacts will be on display from the world-class jazz collection of the Louisiana State Museum. Featured artifacts will include Dizzy Gillespie’s famous bent-bell trumpet, Monk Hazel’s painted maraca, Cocomo Joe’s drum set, vintage international jazz posters, and other ephemera that will not be publically displayed again until the New Orleans Jazz Museum opens.
The evening will also feature the usual top shelf open bars, delectable comestibles from the city’s finest eateries, along with a contemporary Latin jazz band whose spicy syncopated strains will bring you to your feet to dance the rumba, mambo, conga and the cha-cha-cha. And what better way to cool it all down than with Cuba’s favorite cocktail—icy handcrafted mojitos! So please join us for an evening you won’t forget at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans’ French Quarter!
Mojitos at the Mint—a Latin jazz extravaganza was chosen as this year’s gala theme to keep the spotlight on our current major initiative—our ongoing Gift to the World campaign; the Louisiana State Museum’s initiative to transform the Old U.S. Mint into a world renown New Orleans Jazz Museum. The gala also serves as our major event of the year that provides us with the means to conduct our work on behalf of the Louisiana State Museum.
Please help us continue this work by providing patron or sponsorship support of Mojitos at the Mint. In addition to the gala (8:00 – 11:00 p.m.), patrons and sponsors will also be treated to the patron party (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.), complete with hand-passed champagne and special culinary delights!
Also note, all patrons and sponsors who pledge by Tuesday, September 20th with be acknowledged on the Mojitos at the Mint invitation and all sponsors who pledge by Monday, October 10th, will be recognized in the event program.
You won’t want to miss out on this exciting gala evening, so mark your calendars for October 21st, bring your dancing shoes and prepare to rumba, mambo, conga and cha-cha-cha at the Mint!