Due to circumstances beyond the artist’s control, Jon Batiste will be unable to perform at this year’s V Wine Celebration “Rock the V” Party and Concert, Friday, August 5, 2022.
We were so looking forward to welcoming Jon, who was to be joined by his wife, Suleika Jaouad. Jaouad was recently diagnosed with leukemia for the second time, and we acknowledge their strength and are in their corner during this difficult time. This is another stark reminder of why this fight is so important and the critical role research plays in achieving Victory Over Cancer.
We are pleased to confirm that we will instead be featuring musical performances by American Rock & Soul Artist: Maggie Rose with the iconic New Orleans Brass Ensemble The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, whose founding line-up included Jon’s Grandfather Lionel Batiste, and Miami’s DJ Lucian White and Multi-Media Artist Matt DiBiase known as PlexusPlay.
American Rock & Soul Artist: Maggie Rose also makes her Wine Celebration debut! After years of honing her chops and making her name as a force-of-nature vocalist, the Nashville-based singer/songwriter has dreamed up her own unbridled collision of rock-and-roll, soul, folk, funk, and R&B: a fittingly eclectic sound for a musician whose live experience includes opening for Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, touring as direct support for Kelly Clarkson, and sharing the Cayamo Cruise bill with Emmylou Harris and Jason Isbell—all in 2019 alone. Maggie approaches her music with confidence and clarity of vision, ultimately sharing a selection of songs both timeless and urgent.
In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social Aid and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late ’70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue’s name: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
This year’s “Rock The V” musical entertainment will begin with the ever-popular DJ Lucian White, Miami’s own mix master, alongside PlexusPlay’s Multimedia Artist Matt DiBiase, together combining custom-curated pop-music playlists, euphoric dance music, stunning 3D animated motion graphics, and jazz synth xylophone to create a live multimedia experience unlike any other.
We appreciate your understanding of this change in our schedule of events and we hope you will be able to join us for this game-changing weekend, dedicated to accelerating Victory Over Cancer!