The PresHall Brass Band will open the spring season at the Dew Drop Social and Benevolent Jazz Hall, 430 Lamarque St., Old Mandeville from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 7. Admission is $10 at the door, with no advance tickets sold.
The Dew Drop, built in 1895, is owned by the city of Mandeville and managed by the Friends of the Dew Drop, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and considered the oldest virtually unaltered rural jazz dance hall in the world. The Friends of the Dew Drop sells beverages and souvenirs at the shows, and First Free Mission Baptist Church next door sells food.
Preservation Hall’s brass band, created in March 2013, includes members of the Olympia and Young Tuxedo brass bands.
Other spring performances are:
Johnny Nicholas, March 18
A.J. Croce, March 21
Jimmy Robinson and Helen Gillet, and the Helen Gillet Ensemble, April 4
Tuba Skinny, April 18
The Last Straws and Rocky’s Hot Fox Trot Orchestra, May 9
Kitt Lough, May 23
Membership for the new year is available for the nonprofit Friends of the Dew Drop. Membership helps support the preservation and restoration of the hall; the support and promotion of Jazz music styles and artists; as well as music education programs.
Membership begins at $25 and at the $50 level includes a coffee mug; and at the $100 level a mug or watercolor print.
For information, visit www.dewdropjazzhall.com.