Thank you so much NOLA for helping make New Talent Tuesday a success. We are thankful to the wonderful staff and partners at EIFFEL SOCIETY who helped us build this platform into reality. Absolutely appreciate the support from the city of New Orleans, LA – Eiffel Society, Squidfinder, friendkerrek, Dylan Kidd, Derek Taylor, Caitie Smith, Roger Ivans, and many many more who help this become a reality.
The Art Renaissance is a year long project to manifest creative change within the art community of New Orleans entirely DIY. We have been building partnerships with various friends in the area to host music and art gatherings. MAGIC BOX is an art show, New Talent is a music series, and we have another hidden element in the works.
We greatly value and appreciate any and all who have supported the development of this project. This is being said with the most sincerity as possible haha. Without you this would not be possible.
Here are a few updates to share with you:
MAGIC BOX is taking place Friday the 13th at the Rook Cafe and you can find out about the art show here.
The next New Talent showcase is happening on Tuesday January 24th.
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New Talent Tuesdays are Coming to Eiffel Society!
New Talent Tuesdays are emerging artist showcases curated in partnership with EIFFEL SOCIETY.
This program features the latest of outstanding talent from the third coast. If you are not familiar with what exactly is the third coast is- this region takes up the entire gulf coastal line from Texas to Florida.
New Orleans, LA is a major PORTcity so we found it only right to bring back the program here- we are honored to host beatmakers, live bands, & hip-hop artists as well as promoting grassroot brands. New Talent Tuesday at EIFFEL SOCIETY is a solid way to wittness and $upport growing arts.
by artists for artists – 18+ | 21+ for alchohol | $5
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Luna Fete 2016
New Orleans, LA
It is 8:14 PM and I am currently approaching Lafayette Square for the 3rd Annual LUNA Fête Art Walk. It is opening night. Outside, the consummate cool air, chaperoned by an overcast of clouds, fabricates a fantastic New Orleans night on a Wednesday in December. It isn’t long before I walk into a crowd, surrounded by families, artists, and the well-to-dos of the city sharing a pleasant time and celebrating how art transforms communities through innovation, technology, and creativity.
I am instantly drawn towards the singular lasers, each a different color, creating a rainbow of light that stretches over Lafayette Square into the foreseeable distance. The installation, Global Rainbow, is made possible by the Berlin-based American artist Yvette Mattern. Her idea was inspired after seeing an unusual rainbow at the ever-transcendental Walden Pond in Massachusetts.
Walking around, the handful of vendors are the usual suspects from local art markets. Each tent is illuminated by Christmas lights with yellow and white bulbs. ‘Tis the season. I’m a little disappointed to find that the music is not live. Instead, there is a music player airing blues with huge, loud, crisp speakers – the standard for anyone that frequently attends school fairs in Metairie. For as much music there is to find in New Orleans, I’m sure the Arts Council could have found an eclectic and tasteful group of musicians to provide.
I sit down on the curb on St. Charles in front of Gallier Hall, waiting for the main event, a projection created by France-based La Maison Production, which runs every hour on the hour. An older man with a white beard and a Santa hat joins me among a crowd of friends, family, hipsters, and college kids. Even the petty cabs stop and park to watch, maybe hoping to score one more costumer before the night is over. The projected timer, counting down to the next viewing, stops and creates a moment of suspense as the host comes on, over the speakers, explaining the reason for this event and thanks all of its sponsors two minutes ahead.
The show starts with a swamp and a white heron flying throughout. Cars traveling down St. Charles are distracted by the buzz and local cyclists make this an opportunity to show off their new tricks. A streetcar passes by, reminding us of New Orleans and its rich heritage and culture. I focus on the projection again. Leaves fall from the trees without our iconic Spanish moss and plant the seeds for new life to grow to be washed away by a surge of water. Buildings are built and geometric shapes start to fall, complementing the columns outside Gallier Hall, a pleasant touch which informs us that this presentation was specifically made for this location. Even the creole lanterns are eventually washed away by the water, always coming back to erase whatever the exhibition choose to erect and pays respect to our authoritative nature. The animation is alive with music and French banner is displayed, sporting the New Orleans Crest. The show ends with an assortment of neon lights and roar of applause.
I return to the Global Rainbow, mesmerized by its elegance and charge. I start to leave, jotting this down in a notebook. A friend of mine is flying into the Louis Armstrong International Airport at this time and it is nothing short of inspirational to hear that she, too, can see the New Orleans skyline, submerged in a rainbow of color and dazzle while we’re all below, commemorating with her. It is clear as their presence that the Arts Council of New Orleans intends to make LUNA Fête an iconic event for New Orleans by connecting residents and visitors alike through communication, echoing hope and peace, and I cannot wait to see what they display next year.
Author/Writer: G. Manson
Music + Art + Culture
Cartoonist Otto Splotch
Otto is one of the featured artists for MAGIC BOX 2, Jan. Friday the 13th 2017. His grimy characters will take you on a rather interesting trip of self discovery… for some odd reason. His illustrations invoke a sense of meaty humanism. Kind of a slimy meaty humanism. The color pallets Otto chooses reel you in, and the abundance of body hair, eye balls, and ….phallic swords keep you. His illustrations are really unlike no other, his technique is certainly eye catching to say the least.
Otto also has developed a series of comic books (they are extremely well made) filled with hilarious scenarios, or awkward moments that you could relate to.
Come meet him and the other artists and eat pizza with us. That would totally be the move.
This is a free art show, we encourage the purchasing of coffee or specialty drinks. We are very thankful to be hosting our art shows with The Rook Cafe. $pread the love.
Learn more about the MAGIC BOX art show here.
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The day is Wednesday, November 30th and we just arrived at a quaint spot in Mid-City area of New Orleans called G’s Pizza. An uber makes his way to the spot. I’m greeted with water and a lemon while Luke Banter makes his way in through the side door. We shake hands. He takes a seat. The time is now 1:33 ish. Brilliant.
Luke and I order the Wednesday special. Can you believe this, it’s one large pizza and the second large comes for $1.00- insane. So we had the pleasure of enjoying two pizzas split in fours – one chicken bacon ranch / cajun shrimp and the other a rainbow / greek pizza. G’s Pizza is life. (Web)
Two days over twenty Luke asks me how we ended up doing what we do with portculture, how we created “our own thing” and honestly I gave him the rundown. We began in Shreveport, Louisiana promoting for a very long time off and on throughout the scene, then developed branding of our organized events as Portculture in early 2015- then partnering with a few friends along the way to make it more official. In turn made me ask- How long have you been making music as Luke Banter? We caught onto Luke through a social interaction on twitter. He connected with us because he believes in connecting with the scene, learning about it, caring about it.
“I’ve been making music for a couple days over two years- I was born two years ago”
Curious me, wondering how a two year old is this active, I ask where are you going to school?
“ Somewhere part-time at some school on Freret” he responds. Neat, that’s a cool street sometimes.
Through our interaction I learned a lot about this rapper. Luke sometimes wishes to be a producer. He carries a few titles under his belt as well, he’s very into throwing events as Decorated, strongly wanting to build a platform is a direction he desires aside from instagram and twitter. Like a web site that he promos artists on to some nature. We are certainly looking at a potential partnership, so stay tuned for these pop ups.
Luke has performed at Eiffel Society, The Little Gem Saloon, Afterburn, Republic, Tipitina’s.
The conscious and caring soul begins to talk about his career taking a sling shot effect. We were discussing the benefits of putting a lot of work into the NOW for the LATER. Which is kind of what we are all doing “building our resume / portfolio” he sees it as also. Which is very healthy to understand as an artists. Luke feels “if you don’t have enough credibility behind you, not too many people would be interested, being active is great. Being active and progressive so that people around me will be as well”
“Definitely some good shit” as he snacks into a slice of chicken bacon ranch pizza.
We get a little causal, enjoying the pizza for a bit and it strikes me to say, hey where do you see yourself in two years?
He’s really excited to speak on this.
“In two years, 2018 of December – I went there in my mind just now, and it was real-” as he chews into a slice of pizza. He says “in two years i’m comfortable – I have a very busy schedule-”
What do you think it would consist of?
“Recording, writing songs for myself and other people (he mentions ghostwriting out of passion for others possibly), managing a band or another artist, touring and throwing events, thats it”
Hopefully in other cities right?
He brings up that originally he’s from Chicago. Most of the people who listen to my music are from Chicago. I go to ask, do you see yourself remaining independent or DIY for a while or the entirety of your career?
“Yeah I do- Hey what are your favorite rappers, or people you really dig right now?”
I said – Chester Watson is pretty cool,
“Do you like Gucci Mane?”
“Are you able to separate artists from their art?- like who you are and your art”
We began the discussion then of how most artists are immediately inseparable from their music, that its very common to be see as DIRECTLY apart of what you are listening to. We see that it shapes a lot of the audience you have as well as an artist. We kind of went back and forth about it with an example of how you yourself are talented and you make these certain sounds, but you are going home as a normal person. We talked about Kanye, Luke says “hes a bit lost in the sauce. It’s not his fault”
I proceed to say a lot of my favorite rappers are my friends, Austin Rapbaum, Samwyse Ganja, I like E.T. – I like $uicide Boy$, Mike Hazel, Allen Snow from FL, Lil Baphomet – I’m a new Luke Banter fan too.
“I don’t really procrastinate when it comes to getting things done with my art/passion so I give it my all, as far as being an independent artist, you have to be ruthless but also really respectful. Some people really don’t find that balance- I have a lot of room in the industry to be different”
Do you believe in magic?
“Haha yeah of course but- it has to be uh- like what I do is magic basically and the more I do to it, the more magical it becomes”
Do you consider yourself a sorcerer?
“I- I don’t know. I’m definitely- nah i’m not a sorcerer. I think everyone has access to magic. I think everyone would need to figure out what it is. The changes in your life then will seem magical”
As he gives the constant message in his works, to just reach out to him and talk to him if you see him, he encourages human interaction. He carries the vibe that he does in his music- the realness of relationship between artists and the people who admire his work. He always wishes to preserve the relationship between his lovers and friends who help him become who he is. It’s in his blood to accomplish his goals and reach the next milestone.
He reached into his backpack and hands me this work of art/comicbook called Earth’s Boring. I was completely smittened at that point. I can’t wait to read this comic. It’s based off a series of songs he recently put out. You can read this book for yourself, pick one up in person at 8200 Oak st. It’s on sale. Shop local.
“Artists should be explaining what some people can’t. Literature is so contagious, it’s going to influence you somehow. I’m trying to be positive because there’s not a lot that is, it’s life- why not be this way. It’s showing respect , giving a fuck a little bit”
“This industry is just weird, people don’t just get big overnight” Banter states, “Doing these gigs and making music is really memorable to me, these events / shows kind of keep me living- it HAS to happen” he says as he slams his fists onto the table.
He firmly believes in watering your plants, taking care of your family and the people who help you grow.
“I want to do something that makes people proud, I want my family to be proud of what I’m doing”
Luke Banter has a mixtape coming out in a month called Love Stings, so when you are scrolling through your news feed, give that a listen or a share as well. It’ll help.
We realized how much time flew by, concluded our pizza date with some Street Fighter. It was a very humbling experience to learn about this artist, Luke. A very passionate nice fellow of the arts. We can see his drive taking him far.
It’s through interactions like these we find ourselves lucky to be doing the work that we do as portculture. Getting to know emerging artists in this nature has been one of the main source of fuel for this project. We gravitate towards those who are giving it their all in their craft.
So we encourage you to give his social links a view / buzz you can listen to his music here or here and here
View his story and life here:
Thank you for taking the time to read this excerpt of our pizza adventure, stick around for more featured artists, subscribe here to know when the next pop up is happening, we would even love to hear from you. We do this because we believe in you.
Hello friends. We are taking an action to effectively promote the support of grass roots brands and creators. We believe that to make the change we must bring up the creators who are just like us, and just like the artists who sweat and bleed over their creations. Late December and for the first three months of 2017, we have made a few partnerships with local venues and organizations to build raw talent. One of our three part projects is aiming to support local brands (patches / pins), visual artists, designers, toy collectors/designers, comic/zine makers, vinyl collectors and any sort of small business commerce. We are taking initiative in New Orleans, Louisiana.
If you or a friend are interested in participating with us on this part of our restoration to the arts, please email us with the subject title: ART COMMERCE and we will discuss any details with you.
Table space is FREE. There will be a limit to how many appear at the showcases so we can rotate those who are interested. We will do our best to make them monthly.
After you email us, we will notify you with the date so you can surprise your friends.
Thank you for your time, remain pure.
MAGIC BOX NOLA – Magic Box is an art show taking place at The Rook Cafe this very moment. The opening reception took place on November 11th from 6PM – 8PM. The art show itself was well received by our attendees. It was such a pleasure to have a wonderful turn out like we did! That was very unexpected and we are sincerely grateful for your support and philanthropy. Together we made history-
The art ranged from, surreal abstract – to occult pen and line – to swamp fantasy. Our collective really put in some work our first art show! We highly encourage you to visit The Rook Cafe so you can experience the artwork in person. Trying to describe it brings about a lack of words, we believe witnessing in person offers a better experience.
If there was a position for “best of show” (in actuality all artists were superb, see for yourself) we would think our lover Devin Derbes might of taken that title. She presented very mesmerizing black and white illustrations. Some would say the imagery Devin uses would bring you down the hallways of mysticism.
These works of art will hang all month, please stop by and view them in person. We seriously encourage this, it’s a rare event. xoxo
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A huge thank you from all who were apart of the show- look out for the next one.
-love project #portculture
Greetings friends and family, we hope you are enjoying your time here. We are proud to introduce MAGIC BOX. For the entire month of November we will have selected artists showing their work at The Rook Cafe. This installment of art is brought to you by our collective of visual artists. We plan for a reception on November 11th, 2016 where we will have a listening party where we play the music of local and not so local creators.
Visual artists are:
MATTHEW CASTELLANO (LITTLE ROCK, AR)
DEVIN DERBES (NEW ORLEANS, LA)
MERRIE MORROW (NEW ORLEANS, LA)
AARON WALKER (NEW ORLEANS, LA)
LEEAUX (SHREVEPORT, LA)
SECRET FEUD ART (NEW ORLEANS, LA)
We look forward to having you, you can RSVP through Facebook here.
Portculture event page
Where: 4516 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
We have met so many talented musicians and artists and have helped them in various ways enhancing their vision and career. Instilling confidence in our team and building a community of creators and visionaries means the most to us. We help find identity. The forming of this collective was to combine our strengths as well as weakness to mold ourselves into the greatest versions.
Hello readers and thanks for joining us for this update. As you all have noticed we embarked on the first edition of the Lazy Sunday Tour. Lazy Sunday is a music project created by Austin Rapbaum in partnership with BigBro. Lazy Sunday was recently released Sunday, August 7th, 2016 in a personal house gathering at the home of Austin Rapbaum. Many attended the release party and were immersed in the world of sets by performing artists that the producer himself considers family: Evan Thibodeaux, Mike Hazel, Samwyse Ganja, Keith Jone$…
Currently project #portculture has set up a line of events to create the Lazy Sunday Tour. We are visiting a handful of cities in Louisiana and Texas spreading our movement along the way. Our recent nights have been very magnificent and we are extremely thankful for the amount of support shown to us. We are working really hard to bring you a night of great vibes, energy, and music. Join us on our upcoming days: