Tipitina's Presents
What?!: An All-Star Tribute to Russell "Young Lion" Batiste
with David Batiste, Sr., Damon Batiste, Jamal Batiste, Ryan "Shaggadelic" Batiste, Michael "Mik Jag" Batiste, George Porter, Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, Ivan Neville, Stanton Moore, John "Papa" Gros, Brian Stoltz

April 24, 2024
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm CDT
Ages 18 and Up
With Russell Batiste's Orkestra & Friends Featuring David Batiste, Sr., Damon Batiste, Jamal Batiste, Ryan "Shaggadelic" Batiste, Michael "Mik Jag" Batiste and More!

Plus George Porter, Jr. & Runnin' Pardners With Special Guests Ivan Neville, Stanton Moore, John "Papa" Gros, & Brian Stoltz
Russell Batiste Orkestra From Da Hood: Dave "The Count" Reis, Stanley Perkins, Ian Cunningham, Brian Graber, Tom Fitzpatrick, Satoru Ohashi, Eric Morel-Ensminger
Russell Batiste & Friends: Phil Breen, Bill Richards, Reggie Green, Tricia Wallace, Gregg Molinorio, Adam Matasar

David Batiste, Sr.
Damon Batiste

Founded by Damon J. Batiste in 1998, the New Orleans South African Connection, Inc. (NOSACONN) has been a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, comprised of business, civic, community and entertainment industry leaders, both in New Orleans and in the Republic of South Africa. Our unique partnership has allowed us to produce special events in the City of New Orleans and the Republic of South Africa, simultaneously for the past two decades. These activities have allowed our organization to serve as pioneers of presenting music, arts, culture, tourism, trade, and education as the forefront of economic development.


NOSACONN has recognized the field of arts, culture & education on a local, regional and international level as a tremendous networking tool for job creation, tourism, and self-empowerment. It has also served as an incubator for economic sustainability.


Over the past 25 years, NOSACONN has produced outdoor concerts, educational workshops, empowerment seminars, business expositions, and youth enhancement programs. Since our inception, we have employed over 10 000 supporters, including mentoring youth in our local school system.


To further our efforts of continued growth, we are seeking further assistance from the Louisiana State Department of Economic Development. During our next endeavor to South Africa, we will continue to promote the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans. We do this because of City’s uniqueness, diversity of culture and our openness to new opportunities for education and economic development.


This cultural exchange has opened doors for many businesses, entertainers and social groups to continue their work, which has been a great opportunity to support their effort. Not only does this cultural exchange help our city but also it offers the opportunity for producers, and musicians to gain marketing exposure while bringing dollars to our city. It is no surprise that what benefits the Each Province also benefits the Republic of South Africa.


Through NOSACONN, International Cultural Exchange will continue to gather a diverse group of government and business leaders to explore import, export, trade and business opportunities. 2024 Marks the 86th Visit of the Cultural Ambassador, Founder and President of the New Orleans South Africa Connection Damon J. Batiste to South Africa in serving the African Diaspora.


NOSACONN Proudly Operates these Current Programs Locally, Regionally, Nationally, and in Foreign Countries Worldwide; Music Appreciation, Cultural Enrichment, International Culture Exchange, Music Festivals, Educational Workshops, In-Kind Consulting Services to University Students, and much more. For more information visit our Tellevidz.com Channel; TV on Demand The Essence of Africa.

Jamal Batiste
New Orleans' Jamal Batiste is a renowned music master playing percussion-charged rock, jazz, funk, soul, gospel, hip hop and RnB around the world. He has performed in nearly every corner of North America, as well as in the Caribbean, South Africa, Morocco, Japan, Ireland, Scotland, France, Austria, and England. He writes, record and perform on the Jam-All Pro. Music Group independent record label.

“I enjoy the passion, love, creativity, motivation, excitement, energy, enlightenment, and peace of music,” writes Jamal Batiste of his love of sound. “Music is one of God's greatest gifts to this earth. I can use it to help and heal people – and it's fun to create, compose, arrange, record, produce, and perform.”

Jamal Batiste released two official singles in 2017 leading up to his most recent LP collaboration, “A Beautiful World,” which didn't stop climbing charts until it hit No. 1 on Billboard Jazz and on Heatseekers. Other popular full-length releases include “T.U.D. Just Jamal” (2010), “David Batiste & The Gladiators: New Orleans Is Coming Back”, “Jamal Batiste The Unorthodox Drummer: The First Assemblage” (2008), EP “All Rock’d Up” (2017), and “Beatz N’ Vibez Vol. 1 (2023).

Jamal Batiste has performed in cinema (“Get On Up,” the James Brown story starring Chadwick Boseman, 2014) and has received awards and accolades from the New Orleans City Council and the mayor of New Orleans, as well as from President Barack Obama (Lifetime Achievement Award). He has been working with students (youth and young adults) as an instructor for NOSACONN at Batiste Cultural Arts Academy & Smothers Academy, for How Big Is Your Dream Academy, and A Star Is Born Performance Camp at the historic Carver Theater.

The Jamal Batiste Band has performed at “the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products industry” (NAMM in Anaheim, CA) and with Grammy Award Winning musicians such as Leo Nocentelli, Art Neville and George Porter (The Meters), Regina Belle, After 7, and Bill Summers (Herbie Hancock)and that's just to name a few, the list goes on and on.

Jamal has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, CBS Nightly News and USA Today. Also to include several local news stations, newspapers and magazines as well. When Jamal isn't making an in person appearance one can still catch his extraordinary drumming talents in Disney's very first African American princess movie entitled "Princess and the Frog" he also played acoustic guitar in Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger TV series, and spoke at the 2014 Cutting Edge Music Conference about the audition process for his role in “Get On Up.” Then he was invited to be the musical director for a tribute band called The Gladiators, congratulating his father David Batiste, Sr. receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Best Of The Beat Award Show 2023.

Jamal Batiste writes to fans, “Just want to thank you for your prayers, love and support on my continuous journey in music and in life. Thank you for continuing to share my music with everyone you know. It is my goal to motivate, inspire and impact people to fight for a positive outlook despite of one's circumstances. I truly appreciate each and everyone of you! Let's continue to build together and share a genuine positive atmosphere, quality sound and high energy! God bless you and your family. Peace!” 
Ryan "Shaggadelic" Batiste
Michael "Mik Jag" Batiste
George Porter, Jr. & Runnin' Pardners
Ivan Neville
Stanton Moore

Stanton Moore is a GRAMMY award-winning drummer, educator and performer born and raised in New Orleans. He is especially connected to his hometown city, its culture and collaborative spirit. In the early ‘90s, Moore helped found the New Orleans-based essential funk band Galactic who continue to amass a worldwide audience via recording and touring globally. The band has averaged 100 shows a year for the last 25 years.

In 2018, Moore and his bandmates in Galactic pooled their resources to purchase the internationally renowned music venue Tipitina’s.

Moore launched his solo career in 1998. He has 8 records under his own name with the most current being "With You In Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint".

Throughout his 25 year career, Moore has played and or recorded with a diverse group of artists including Maceo Parker, Joss Stone, Irma Thomas, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter (of the Meters),Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine), Corrosion of Conformity, Donald Harrison Jr., Nicholas Payton, Trombone Shorty, Skerik, Charlie Hunter, Robert Walter, Will Bernard, Ivan Neville, Anders Osborne and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

He has also appeared numerous times on the Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'brien and Seth Meyers late night TV night shows.

With a bachelor’s degree in music and business from Loyola University, Moore stays involved in education by constantly presenting clinics and teaching master classes and private lessons all over the world. He has released two books and three video projects. His book Groove Alchemy was picked by Modern Drummer as one of the top 25 instructional drum books of all time. To continue with his passion for teaching and to become more closely connected with his students, he recently launched his own online drum academy, StantonMooreDrumAcademy.com.

John "Papa" Gros

“Sharing New Orleans with the world is my calling.” - John “Papa” Gros 

New Orleans has its fair share of musical ambassadors; but few are more rooted in the cracked sidewalks and popping speakers of the Crescent City than John “Papa” Gros. Born and raised in the city, Papa Gros melds funk, rock, jazz, and blues to deliver a sound that is both innovative and unmistakably New Orleans. 

Papa launched his career as a solo performer in the early 1990s, quickly gaining attention from marquee artists such as George Porter Jr. and Snooks Eaglin, both of whom brought him on board as a supporting musician. As he sat behind the keys, backing up some of the city’s most iconic musicians, he soaked in a lifetime of experience and continued to develop his craft. He released his solo debut, Day’s End, in 2004. 

The next dozen years would be dedicated to leading and recording six albums with his band, 
Papa Grows Funk. He returned to solo work with 2016’s River’s On Fire and cemented his legacy as a part of the direct lineage of New Orleans music with 2020’s Central City. The complete selfportrait of John “Papa” Gros has been revealed. 

In keeping with the energy and spirit the Big Easy is known for, Papa Gros is a consummate live performer. His infectious band shows have been the highlight of festivals and venues across the U.S. and Europe, showcasing versatile musicianship, relentless grooves, and eclectic songcraft of the highest order. 

Drawing on the full breadth and depth of his extensive catalog, Papa’s live performance marries style with substance, bringing that unique, can’t-put-your-finger-on-it magic of New Orleans and infusing the audience with a joyous energy few artists can match. 

" John “Papa” Gros is a bedrock New Orleans artist, a keyboardist, singer and songwriter who 
draws on funk, rhythm & blues and Americana songcraft; he also knows his way around the 
Mardi Gras music repertoire about as well as anyone. " -The New Orleans Advocate. 

Brian Stoltz
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