NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame, Louisiana’s Official organization for honoring great Louisiana artists and music industry people announces the induction of a worthy New Orleans native, and, an internationally acclaimed and accepted historic place during Thursday’s presentation of “Jazz in the Park” held at Armstrong Park.
David Batiste (The Gladiators), a pioneer of “funk” in New Orleans will be honored with induction to The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame. David also has performed with the Meters as keyboardist from 1977- 1980 and has appeared of Saturday Night Live.
Along with David, The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame will honor Congo Square as a historic place in the history of Louisiana’s music. LMHOF Executive Director says that Congo Square “represents the true beginning and roots of not only Louisiana’s music, but of the world’s music for the last few hundred years” and that innumerable references to the “gumbo” of New Orleans music is actually “the mix and blend of ethnic music, rhythms, styles and influences that came directly from Congo Square; in essence the true roots of most of New Orleans’, Louisiana’s and the world’s popular music.”
The presentations are scheduled for approximately 6 :15 PM tomorrow.