Friday, March 2, 2012

Mary J. Blige & Gavin DeGraw Play to Thousands in the French Quarter


On Thursday night, Blige and pop-rock songwriter Gavin DeGraw performed on an outdoor stage alongside the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans’ Woldenberg Park, as part of a nationwide promotion by Caesars Entertainment, the parent company of Harrah’s New Orleans Casino.

The concert was announced two days ago. Free tickets were distributed via Ticketmaster.

Not that it mattered – inexplicably, organizers opted not to collect tickets at the gate. Thus, precise attendance figures are impossible to determine. But it was at least several thousand, enough to strain the capacity of the site and make moving about difficult.

Caesars spent millions on the nationwide event. Simultaneous free concerts in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and elsewhere featured the likes of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Lil Wayne, Maroon 5, Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green and Nicki Minaj. Footage from the other shows was broadcast on video screens at the New Orleans event.


Mary J. Blige and Gavin DeGraw concert

Mary J. Blige and Gavin DeGraw concert

Mary J. Blige and Gavin DeGraw concert

Mary J. Blige and Gavin DeGraw concert

Mary J. Blige and Gavin DeGraw concert

Mary J. Blige and Gavin McGraw concert

For A Free Show It Was Great.....  But I Really Wanted To
 Hear Mary Sing "No More Drama"


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