Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Singer and New Orleans Saints fan Margie Perez at home in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Her collaboration with Lynn Drury, the Honey Pots, is among the bands performing during a Nov. 29 event at d.b.a. during which musicians and service industry professionals can receive free flu shots.

Eliot Kamenitz

Local musicians, bartenders and other service industry professionals can receive free flu shots via Shots 4 Shots, a program sponsored by Tales of the Cocktail and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation.

The flu shots, donated by Walgreens, will be available on Tuesday, November 29 from noon until 4 p.m. at Snug Harbor, at 626 Frenchmen Street.

“What is so special about New Orleans is its ability to host these unique community events that have purpose,” Ann Tuennerman, founder of Tales of the Cocktail, said in a press release. “Service industry workers are vulnerable to becoming ill, they work late night hours with little pay, and are, in many cases, uninsured or under-insured. It’s hard to navigate your health in a working environment like that, so we want to do what we can to help.”

In the hopes of adding a festive spin to the unpleasant business of receiving a shot, several musicians will perform just up the block from Snug Harbor at d.b.a. Pianist Tom Worell kicks off the music at noon, followed later by the Honey Pots -- a collaboration of Margie Perez and Lynn Drury -- and then the SOUL Brass Band.

Additionally, attendees can toss pies into the faces of a revolving cast of local notables, including Lauren LeBlanc “Fleurty Girl” Haydel, Dickie Brennan, Blake Haney, Nick Dietrich, Chuck Perkins and Chris Rose.

The inaugural Shots 4 Shots initiative in 2015 provide 105 flu shots.

“This year our goal is 200 vaccinations,” says NOMAF managing director Erica Dudas. “When you make money in a cash-based industry like musicians and servers do, losing a shift means not getting paid – and people in this industry are already struggling to make it.”

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