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5 Reasons Not To Miss The Inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival In Days Between Jazz Fest

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first_imgThe inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival runs during the days between Jazz Fest, from April 25th through the 27th. The fest brings together all the elements of a perfect party: Awesome music, delicious food and plenty of refreshing beer. With music fans everywhere descending on New Orleans for beloved music festival, the city is gearing up to show the world why it’s known as one of the greatest places to party on the planet. While there’s no shortage of fun to be had during Jazz Fest itself, there is a three day lull in between weekends that cried out for a party, and those pleas were answered by the NOLA Crawfish Festival. Situated in the “Daze Between,” the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when Jazz Fest is resetting itself, the NOLA Crawfish Festival is giving local fans and visitors to the Crescent City alike a way to let the good times keep rolling.Here’s the top five reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on this incredible opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime combination of authentic New Orleans tunes, food, friends and fun.1. The MusicThe musical legacy of New Orleans will be on display for all three days of the NOLA Crawfish Festival, with appearances by local legends like The Meters George Porter Jr., Dumpstaphunk‘s Ivan Neville, Anders Osborne, The Radiators’ David Malone, Papa Mali, Papa Gros and many more in a series of incredible, once-in-a-lifetime jam sessions. Gathering so many gifted improvisers together and turning them loose guarantees that, wherever the music flows, the players will be ready for whatever they throw at each other. There are also a few of Nawlins stalwart bands on the bill, including Billy Iuso & The Restless Natives, Honey Island Swamp Band, Colin Lake, Mike Zito & The Wheel, and Johnny Sansone who will be delivering sets of home grown funk to the lucky attendees.  2. The FoodThe NOLA Crawfish King himself, Chris “Shaggy” Davis, will be on hand to feed the crowd with his world famous crawfish boil. No stranger to music events, Shaggy has earned a reputation as the “Go to” source for anyone who wants to bring the spirit of New Orleans to their shows across the country. Ever since a fortuitous accident brought him to the city decades ago, Shaggy has worked to unite the community through his lovingly prepared boil.  Using the freshest ingredients and an on-site boiler system, Shaggy will be overseeing the preparation of thousands of pounds of tasty crawfish and fixings for the crowd.  The best part?  The incredible feast is included in the ticket price, and you’ll find yourself bellying up to the buffet tables next to fellow fans and musicians alike.NOLA’s Crawfish King Is Cooking Up A Whole New Festival3. The BeerThanks to the NOLA Crawfish Festival host, the NOLA Brewery, there’s no worries about running out of tasty beverages to wash down all that scrumptious crawfish boil. The NOLA Brewery has earned a strong reputation for crafting a wide selection of year round offerings like ales, IPAs, stouts and special, seasonal concoctions that reflect the ingredients available during the different stages of the year. To help wash down all the wonderful food, there’s nothing better than an ice cold, hand crafted beer, and The NOLA Brewery is even crafting a special, limited edition signature brew to help wash down all the wonderful food that crowds will enjoy.4. The LocationThe city itself is more than just a backdrop for the NOLA Crawfish Festival; its laid back demeanor and round-the-clock celebration is the very ground on which the event is built. New Orleans is a hodgepodge of building styles that reflects the diverse heritage of its citizens. Countless homegrown legends have emerged from the Crescent City in nearly every genre, from funk to jazz to rock and beyond. And of course, there’s the city-wide commitment to gather together for practically any excuse to party at the drop of a hat! 5. The TimingThe saddest sounds you’ll ever hear in New Orleans during Jazz Fest are always the last notes of the night. The three days in-between the official event weekends usually leaves diehard music fans adrift during the daytime hours, with nothing to feed their cravings until the night-time shows.  With the arrival of the NOLA Crawfish Festival, those three days are a shining oasis of revelry.With all the wonderful reasons to attend, it’s hard to imagine a better way to spend the days between Jazz Fest weekend than listening to some of the finest in New Orleans music, bellying up to tables laden with some of the best crawfish boil in the world, and  washing it down with a variety of locally made craft beers. With the addition of the NOLA Crawfish Festival to the Jazz Fest season, it’s possible to spend ten straight days going around the clock in a magical musical marathon. Join the fun and get your tickets while they last HERE.You can enter to win tickets below!last_img read more

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first_imgShe has also penned hits for Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack and Faith Hill, among others. Clovers & Co. is composed of 42 vocalists, dancers, instrumentalists and production crewmembers ranging in ages from 11 to 19 from across the state. Their 45-minute show features music from the present and the past.For 28 years, Clovers & Co. has helped more than 600 4-H’ers develop their performing-arts skills. Another famous alumna is country singer Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland. Lindsay and Nettles, who is from Douglas, Ga., were roommates on Clovers & Co. trips, Varnadoe said.After the show, Lindsay and Huckaby will sign autographs. Copies of the 4-H Clover Country CD, which features a few songs written by Lindsay, will be available for purchase.Tickets range from $15 to $25 and can be purchased by calling (706) 542-4444 or online at www.georgia4h.org/public/edops/cloversandcompany/default.htm. Tickets will also be available at the door, but advanced purchase is encouraged for best seating. By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaCountry songwriter Hillary Lindsey is best known for composing award-winning songs for other singers. But on Saturday, March 21, at the first Georgia 4-H Clovers & Co. Benefit, she’ll be singing the songs she’s penned. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga.She’ll be joined by humorist, author and syndicated columnist Darrell Huckaby, who will be the master of ceremonies and witty entertainment. The Georgia 4-H performing arts group Clovers & Co. will also present their show “Turn up the Music.” “We’d love to have people come and support Georgia 4-H and Clovers and Co.,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist and Clovers leader. “This is the first benefit we’ve ever had like this.”The benefit came about when Huckaby saw Clovers & Co. perform at a national convention. “He was very impressed with us and wrote an article about us,” Varnadoe said. “He said that he didn’t know if we put on shows for public, but he was going to become our biggest fan.”That’s how the idea for the benefit started.“It’s kind of neat that some of our alumni have come back to give back to Clovers & Co.,” she said.Lindsey, a native of Washington, Ga., is a former member of Clovers & Co. and a Georgia Master 4-H’er in the performing arts vocal project. She’ll perform several of the hits she has written, which include Carrie Underwood’s No. 1 hit “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” which won Lindsey a Grammy for best country song.last_img read more

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Real estate drives 17% return at pension fund for KLM cabin staff

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first_imgMark Burbach, CIO at Blue Sky Group, the asset manager for the KLM schemes, said listed property returned 21.9%.He said the return had come from “a very low point of the market” two years ago, as well as the continuously diminishing costs of capital. He added that listed property in the US had delivered the best results.Burbach said he was very pleased with the 10.3% return on private property, and attributed the result to “a combination of high-quality assets, active management, low leverage and relatively long underlying rental contracts, which provided stability”.He added that the pension fund wanted to increase the strategic allocation to private real estate gradually from approximately 50% to 60% within a year, “as it is expected to generate a more stable cash flow than listed property”. Currently, the scheme’s property portfolio is almost equally divided between private and listed property.However, with a return of 24.4%, private equity was the pension fund’s best returning asset class. Burbach attributed the result chiefly to the value increase of secondary funds, adding that the rise of the US dollar against the euro had also provided a tailwind.The scheme for cabin staff closed out 2014 with a nominal funding of 115.1% – representing a shortfall of its required financial reserves of 6.6% – and a real coverage ratio of 80.8%.KLM’s €7.3bn pension fund for ground staff (Algemeen Pensioenfonds KLM) reported an annual return of 14%, following a fourth quarterly return of 3.5%.With annual and quarterly results of 15.8% and 6.5%, respectively, listed property was also the best performing asset class.Bonds and equity delivered 12.4% and 10.5% over the full year.The scheme added that its 50% hedge of the interest risk on its liabilities contributed 2.3 percentage points to the annual return.However, it noted that it had been unable to benefit from the rise of the US dollar against the euro, as it had largely hedged currency risk.As of the end of December, the ground staff scheme had a nominal funding of 116.3% – 3.1 percentage points short of the required level.The €7.8bn pension fund for pilots (Vliegend Personeel KLM) reported a 2.5% quarterly return, leading to an annual return of 11%.At the end of 2014, the pension fund had a coverage ratio of 126.3%, exceeding the mandatory funding by 7 percentage points. KLM’s three large pension funds in the Netherlands all reported strong results for 2014, with the €2.5bn scheme for cabin staff returning more than 17%.The fourth quarter contributed 4.5 percentage points to the cabin staff scheme’s annual return, with returns of 1.3% for government bonds, 2.5% for equity and 6.8% for property.For the whole of 2014, bonds, equity and real estate returned 10.4%, 10.7% and 16.2%, respectively, the Pensioenfonds KLM Cabinepersoneel said.The 50% hedge of the interest risk on liabilities contributed 6.4 percentage points to the annual performance.last_img read more

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