Buy tix now for 8/28 dashTHIRTYdash Night at Irvin Mayfield’s “Love Sessions”

dashTHIRTYdash is the selected charity for the Aug. 28 evening of New Orleans and

Representatives of 14 New Orleans non-profits join Irvin Mayfield Jr. (center, green shirt) and Royal Sonesta Hotel President and GM Al Groos and JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans GM Ted Selogie. dashTHIRTYdash was represented by Times-Picayune alum Sheila Grissett (to immediate left of woman in red sweater).

Louisiana Cultural Ambassador Irvin Mayfield Jr.‘s “Love Sessions: A Festival of Giving.” Mayfield hosts the multi-day event annually to coincide with the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, with the goal of providing people an opportunity to give rather than grieve.

dashTHIRTYdash will receive 100% of the proceeds of the evening’s $25 general admission ticket sales and 70% of the $500 VIP ticket sales. VIP tickets include a one-night hotel stay (redeemable that night or another night of your choice, or the value of which can be donated to dashTHIRTYdash) and a $100 bar and hors d’oeuvres credit. In addition, 70% – or $350 – of the VIP ticket price is tax-deductible.

The fund is the featured beneficiary of the Aug. 28 “Love Moments at the I Club” portion of the festival, which will be held at Mayfield’s I Club in the JW Marriott Hotel, 614 Canal St. Mayfield will be joined by three-time Grammy Award winning jazz singer-songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Doors open at 7:30 PM. For more info, call 504-527-6712 or visit (Download copy of flier, right, by clicking LoveSessions_2012.)

Irvin Mayfield’s “Love Sessions: A Festival of Giving,” will benefit 14 New Orleans-area charities at two venues over 12 days, Aug. 18-29

General Admission tickets are available from Times-Picayune alumna Sheila Grissett (sheilagrissett at gmail dot com) or by clicking here, although tickets purchased through the website incur an additional $2 service charge. (Please also make sure that you’re purchasing tickets for the Aug. 28 performance; proceeds from that evening go to dashTHIRTYdash.)

In addition, New Orleans writer Michael Tisserand (michaeltisserand at yahoo dot com) has 10 tickets he is offering free to any Times-Picayune employee losing his/her job, one ticket per employee, ideally five to editorial and five to non-editorial employees. Michael is very generously covering the cost of those tickets.

VIP tickets are available only through Sheila and can only be paid for by check. Considering the 70% tax deductibility of the VIP tickets and that they also includes a free night’s stay (again, that night or another of your choice) and a $100 bar credit, it’s a great deal.

Between 110-140 general admission tickets and an unlimited number of VIP tickets are available.

Mayfield is an acclaimed American jazz trumpeter and bandleader. He has served as the city’s and state’s cultural ambassador since 2003. He co-founded and co-leads the Afro-Cuban jazz group “Los Hombres Calientes,” whose debut album won Billboard‘s 2000 “Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year.”

Mayfield has released ten albums since 1998, and has played at numerous prominent jazz festivals during his career. In 2002, he founded and became artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), which made its debut in September 2003. In July 2008, Mayfield was appointed artistic director of jazz at Orchestra Hall, the jazz series of the Minnesota Orchestra.

In addition to her Grammy Awards, Bridgewater is a Tony Award-winning stage actress, UN goodwill ambassador and host of National Public Radio’s syndicated radio show “JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater.”

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