A circular stage in the middle of the ballroom at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans will soon provide the dramatic focal point for the Gala Celebration entertainment program. Committee Chairs from USA Hosts New Orleans
designed and produced the event.
Act 1 offers a poignant review of the pain of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 for New Orleans; the trio Bella Rouge
sings "Amazing Grace" in French and English
Local string quartet Virtuosa heralds the "rebirth" section of the program.
Louisiana native Amanda Shaw
, only 18, dazzles with Cajun fiddle music.
The duo known as Black Violin
segue from classical music to pulsing hip-hop.
In the "renewal" segment, soulful songbird Ingrid Lucia
heats up the stage.
Kappa Alpha Psi performers display their range of talents, from romantic songs to their sweethearts to a driving "cane stepping" routine.
The appreciative audience can't stay in their seats.
At the after-party, the champagne chandelier performer from Champagne Creative Group
pours it on for delighted drinkers.