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Spirits on Bourbon…Proud home of Tim Buie’s Piano Entertainers Convention 2017

 Tim Buie’s 2nd Annual Piano Entertainers Convention will converge on the French Quarter at Spirits from March 26-29.

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JOIN DUELING PIANO PLAYERS, GREAT PIANISTS, PIANO BAR OWNERS, AND MORE ON INFAMOUS BOURBON STREET FOR FOUR DAYS OF LIVE PERFORMANCES, MASTERCLASSES AND SEMINARS WITH CELEBRITY SPEAKERS, CELEBRATIONS OF NEW ORLEANS CULTURE AND JAM SESSIONS!

The convention is both an informational and networking opportunity for those in the business. There will be classes, seminars, celebrity speakers and live auditions for those in the business. It’s a great opportunity for musicians, entertainers, club managers, owners, and agents to get together and learn from one another discussing all topics in the field.

Seminars will include classes by

Liberty DeVitto, Billy Joel’s long time Drummer

Bob Baker, #1 Music Guru and Social Media Expert

Dr. Clark Rosen Vocalist Throat Specialist

Marty Richardson Owner/Pianist Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos

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The event will include a Crawfish Boil at Spirits during check in on Sunday as well as a very special charity event. Beginning Sunday at 8pm. Spirits will be open 24 hours for the duration of the convention with DUELING PIANO MUSIC featuring some of the WORLDS MOST ENTERTAINING MUSICIANS playing LIVE at Spirits for 24 hours a day from March 26-29.

In addition to our great staff of musicians at Spirits on Bourbon, performances will include:’l

Billy Joel’s long time drummer Liberty DeVitto,

Dr. Dirty John Valby #1 Comedic and Parody Specialist in the World

Long Island’s own David Clark

Award winning singer/songwriter Chris Foster

Piano Bar Diva Susan Erwin

World Renowned Dueling Pianist Tom Basler

All these great talents and more will converge on Spirits on Bourbon for this 24 hour 4 day event.

Steve Smith, Spirits on Bourbon, “I can’t wait to host the 2017 Piano Entertainer’s Convention.  It’s a great opportunity for musicians from around the world to learn and network with the best in the business. It’ll also be a huge treat for our customers who will reap the benefits of having all this talent under one roof for 4 days. We are going to have great shows 24 hours a day for the entire event. It’s my hope that we can expand this convention into a Festival!!”

Brad Bohannan, Spirits on Bourbon, “With our already great crop of entertainers at Spirits, partnering with Tim Buie and his Piano Entertainer’s Convention was a no brainer. We are so proud of our staff of entertainers and we can’t wait to host this event”

Tim Buie, World Famous Piano Entertainer, “Spirit’s is a a natural host for our 2nd annual event. In the heart of Bourbon St and already with tremendous talent on staff. It’s going to be a great 4 days at Spirits”.

Please Visit PIANO ENTERTAINERS CONVENTION WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS!!!!!

 

 

 

5th Annual Alzheimer’s  Raffle Raised $3700

In an effort to give back, Spirits on Bourbon  hosted a raffle at Turtle Bay’s , Spirits sister bar on Decatur Street. This is the 5th Annual Turtle Bay Raffle organized by Mardi Johnson as part of the Walk to End Alzheimers.   
The fund raiser consisted of individual raffles every hour, on the hour. Great prizes were donated from friends and local business, as well as some national organizations.  
“Mardi does an incredible job getting donations and selling the raffle tickets. She outdoes herself each year! We feel lucky to work with her on this,” said Turtle Bays Brad Bohannan
The event continues to grow and it’s 5th year was no exception. This year the event raised $3,700 for the charity bringing a five year total to over $13,000.    
“Alzheimer’s has effected me personally and I look forward to one day ending Alzheimer’s. I will continue to do my part,” Steve Smith. 
“Thanks to everyone who helped in any way with our Alzheimers event. I’m amazed at the outpouring of love! The day flew by because of the laughter and caring from all of the Turtle Bay community. It really does take a village and we have a great one. See ya next year!” added Johnson.

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Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay giving Supplies to help Flood Victims.

With all the flooding roaring through Louisiana, Spirits on Bourbon  and Turtle Bay has joined the New Orleans  convention and visitors bureau  to help the victims of this natural Disaster.  
Spirits on Bourbon  has donated two truck loads of water and some clothing to help  

  their fellow louisianiansto get through this time of need.  
They looking for Non-Perishable Food Items. Needed food items include: canned vegetables, fruit, and meats (tuna and chicken), soups, stews, beans and chili. Peanut butter, pasta, rice, breakfast cereal, shelf-stable milk. Highly nutritious items such as protein bars, Ensure and PediaSure are also needed.  

  They are asking for Bottled Water and prefer in palettes of twenty four. Personal Toiletries and Cleaning Supplies are especially important. The loading dock at the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau  

 is accepting donations from anyone beginning at 4:00 pm Monday, August, 15th, 2016. Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay  hope to continue to help out. If you would like to make a donation drop it off and we will deliver it for you!

Fifth Annual End Alzheimer’s Event is October 9th

Spirits on Bourbon  and Turtle Bay is looking forward to the fifth annual ‘End Alzheimer’s’ event planned for October 9th from noon until five at Turtle Bay 1119 Decatur.

  “The event has grown every year and we are hoping to beat Last years total of over $3800 raised to fight Alzheimer’s,” said Brad Bohannan.  

 “I have seen Alzheimer do its work devastating lives, and would like nothing more to see the end of Alzheimer’s,” added Steve Smith. This years event will feature many raffle items with 100% of every dollar going to Alzheimer’s research. We hope you can help us to beat last years total and continue to grow this annual event!

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Spirits on Bourbon Takes on Cancer at Reality Rally

Brad Bohannan  and Steve Smith attended Reality Rally for the third year representing Spirits On Bourbon! They joined over 100 reality TV stars to make Reality Rally  was a huge success. Over thirty television shows were represented!  

     Spirits On Bourbon owners, Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan, raised close to $10,000 this year, giving a three-year total of over $25,000 for Michelle’s Place. Michelles Place  is a Temecula-based nonprofit that provides support for breast cancer survivors and their families. The weekend started with a visit to Michelle’s Place and hearing the story of Michelle’s dream to provide a place for people to go when dealing with breast cancer. 

  awards were given to the start to raise the most money with Steve and Brad both top fundraisers. 

  Then they had a red carpet event and casino night   where Guest start vying to win prizes with all proceeds going to Michelle’s Place.

  The Rally includes an Amazing Race style competition in which the stars are paired up with fans and sponsors. Brad and Steve were lucky enough to have the same teams they had last year select them once again. Brad’s team, the Tata Sisterhood, finished third last year and worked hard strategizing and raising a ton of money. Together they were able to improve and finish first in the Amazing Race style competition! 

  Steve’s team, Blame it on the Bankers, only finished five of the fourteen stations last year but where the first team to the bar! Wanting to improve from last year, they finished six stations and made their way to the Bank Bar and Grill for some set a celebratory drinks. “We may not finish first in the race but we finished first to the bar for the second year in a row. I think that’s something to be proud of!” said Steve Smith.  

  Later that day, they had an autograph session with fans could meet and mingle with their favorite reality stars. Spirits on Bourbon  was honored to participate in Reality Rally  2016.  

 “We have raised a lot of money for a great cause and have made a lot of life long friends along the way,” said Brad Bohannan . “We hope to come back next year to raise more money for Michelle’s Place, see some old friends and gain some new friends in the beautiful city of Temecula

Spirits on Bourbon’s Has Rasied Over $20,000 for Breast Cancer at Reality Rally

Spirits on Bourbon will be attending Reality Rally  with over 100 Reality TV Stars representing over 30 shows!   

  For the third year, Spirits on Bourbon owners, Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith were invited to Temecula, California to participate in Reality Rally, an annual event that pits reality TV stars against each other in an obstacle course-style race.  

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 The event is organized by Gillian Larson, a contestant from the hit series Survivor: Gabon. Because of Bohannan’s and Smith’s appearance on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue they were invited to attend in April. Other contestants included stars from TV shows such as Big Brother and The Biggest Loser. At this event.  

 This year Brad and Steve have had several raffles and a movie Premier party to raise money for this great event.  

  Together they have raised over $5000 this year and over $20,000 for a three year total for Michelles Place. Michelle’s Place is a Temecula based non-profit that provides support for breast cancer survivors and their families.  
Spirits on Bourbon  is honored to participate in Reality Rally! If you would like to donate under Brad Bohannan or Steve Smith  it’s not to late to help Michelle’s Place.

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Turtle Bay’s 4th annual Alzheimers fundraiser collects close to $4000.

The Saints had their bye Sunday but there was still plenty to cheer about at Turtle Bay‘s,Spirits sister bar on Decatur St). As part of  the Walk to End Alzheimers, fund raiser organizer Mardi Johnson held her 4th Annual Fund Raiser Raffle.

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Mardi teamed up with  Turtle Bay again,  to raise money and awareness for Alzheimers. The fund raiser consisted of  individual raffles every hour, on the hour. Great prizes were donated from friends and local business, as well as some national organizations. The big prize of the day was a signed Jimmy Buffet guitar which was awarded at the end of the day.

“Mardi does an incredible job getting donations and hustling the raffle tickets. She works at the fund raiser all year. It has grown and raised more money  each year we have done it. We are proud to work with her on this” said Turtle Bay owner  Brad Bohannan

The event has grown each of its four years. Sunday’s fund raiser was a great success raising nearly $4000 for the charity. It is not too late to donate to the Mardi/Turtle Bay team page. Please go to this link and add to the total here.

“Thanks to everyone who helped in any way with our Alzheimers event. I’m amazed at the outpouring of love! The day flew by because of the laughter and caring from all of the Turtle Bay community. It really does take a village and we have a great one. See ya next year!” added Johnson.

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“It’s such a great day for a great cause that is near to my heart” said Turtle Bay owner Steve Smith “I’m proud to be a part of it and we will do everything we can to help the fund raiser continue to grow every year! Not only is it for a great cause but the customers love it and thanks to the many donations from local businesses, very few people leave empty handed”.

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Charles Grant and Spirits on Bourbon Team Up to Feed Hundreds in Need

Charles Grant is a Super Bowl hero and New Orleans Saints legend. Spirits on Bourbon is a French quarter hotspot with philanthropic owners. When the pair teamed up, they created a team that would rival the New Orleans Saints themselves!  

  

 The idea started when Charles Grant wanted to help his community. Founder of SACK Success Foundation, Grant is no stranger to giving back. Given the holidays, his goal was to pass out hundreds of turkeys to families in need. When he reached out to Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith, owners of Spirits on Bourbon, the idea grew into something much larger.

“I thought that Charles Grant was onto something wonderful! But the more we thought about it, I knew that the turkeys would only help someone who had the ability to cook them. Owning a restaurant, it may have been a lot easier to just cook the meal and drop it off at the mission or the homeless shelter.  

 Instead, I thought that I wanted to give them more than a meal. I wanted to give them an experience,” said Brad Bohannan. Steve Smith was on board from the beginning, “I thought it would be wonderful to open the doors to our restaurant, have live music, and make it an experience that they would remember.”

In no time at all, between the three of them had volunteers, donations, and lots of helping hands. Several Saints players put smiles on many faces when they surprised everyone by showing up at the event!  

 A local baseball team, the Château chargers, even volunteered to serve all the food!  

 Charles Grant started the day, with a bowed head blessing to help everyone remember those who are not so lucky during the holiday season. Every age, creed and story passed through the doors of Spirits on Bourbon and were greeted with open arms and a hot meal. 

Today’s efforts served over 200 people in need, and provided over 150 turkeys to families!

“This is just the beginning, giving back is what we should all do. We look forward to growing, and growing these types of opportunities for our local community in need,” vowed Charles grant. 

 

Spirits on Bourbon and Saints Great Charles Grant team up to help the needy

  Spirits on Bourbon is excited to team up with Charles Grant’s SACK Success foundation this Thanksgiving! “Thanksgiving is time of joyful celebration and to share our blessings with those who are less fortunate. We are thrilled that Charles invited us to to help out his foundation,” said  Brad Bohannan Spirits  on Bourbon and Charles Grant will be preparing 150 food baskets for needy families as well as feeding 200 homeless people from the New Orleans Mission. The event will take place on November 21st from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. “Its going to be a challenge to feed so many people in a short time, but we are up for the challenge!” says Steve Smith . If you would like to donate and bring holiday smiles to some family, please contact Soulan Johnson at Soulanj856@gmail.com or (305) 360-3732.

4th Annual End Alzheimer’s Event

We are looking forward to the fourth annual ‘End Alzheimer’s’ event. “The event has grown every year and we hope to beat Last Years total of over $1600 raised to fight Alzheimer’s,” said Brad Bohannan. “I have seen Alzheimer do its work devastating lives, and would like nothing more to see the end of Alzheimer’s,”  Steve Smith.  This  years event features the raffle of an Autographed Jimmy Buffett guitar.  

  You can pre-purchase raffle tickets at Turtle Bay and do not have to be present to win. On Sunday, November 22nd we will have hourly drawings between noon and 5pm with great raffle items such as autographed footballs, purses, gift certificates and many other great gifts! Turtle Bay will donate 15 percent of all sales during the event to Alzheimer’s. We are still looking for raffle items if you would like to donate a item for the raffle! To buy raffle tickets or make a donation, please Contact Mardi Johnson. Hope to see you at this Event