THE BOURBON STREET
EXTRAVAGANZA
 
Interview with event producer
Chuck Robinson

(exclusive to SouthernDecadence.net)

 

 

Chuck Robinson, producer of The Bourbon Street Extravaganza

THE BOURBON STREET
EXTRAVAGANZA
is the free outdoor concert
on Saturday 9/1 at the
corner of Bourbon and
St. Ann Streets in the
French Quarter.

Here is part of an interview
with the producer of the event,
Chuck Robinson, as we countdown
to the 14th anniversary of
the concert.

Chuck is the owner of
Napoleon's Itch, which serves as
the backdrop for the event.
 

 

 
 Chuck, what is the history and mission of
  The Bourbon Street Extravaganza?
 
In 2003, with the current acquisition of The Bourbon Orleans Hotel, Napoleon's Itch was created as a part of the initial hotel renovation, at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets.

Southern Decadence 2004 was fast-approaching. The mission was simple: to create a concert on Bourbon Street with famous artists, attracting all lifestyles, free to the public, and suitable for all (including families).

This was at a time when the City and the Archdiocese were advocating that Southern Decadence be shut down, with growing concern that the event had become "too decadent."

We responded with a televised interview, clearly stating our mission, which was ultimately embraced by all.

   
 Has it worked?
 
Absolutely.  2018 is The Bourbon Street Extravaganza's 14th year.

Southern Decadence, now in its 47th year, ranks in the top-five annual events in the City of New Orleans, and is considered to be the largest LGBT festival in the South.

The City estimates that in 2017 Southern Decadence attendance increased to well over 200,000 participants.  The event's economic impact is reported to be in excess of $250 million in taxable revenues to the City and State.

   
 

Deborah Cox at The Bourbon Street Extravaganza

 

Deborah Cox taking the stage
at a prior year's performance.

   
 Who are the performers this year?
 
There are three outstanding headliners for 2018. 

Deborah Cox is making her fourth appearance.  The Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B / pop recording artist, and film/TV/Broadway actress has had an amazing twelve #1 songs on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Jennifer Holliday, the Grammy and Tony Award-winning legend, is making her first appearance at Southern Decadence.

Jeanie Tracy, "The Queen of Southern Decadence," has performed at The Bourbon Street Extravaganza each of its 14 years.

And there are always last-minute additions and surprises.

   
 Is the concert still free to the public?
 
Yes, it is a free concert. 

Our agenda is clear.  We know that our loyalty is to the thousands who come to New Orleans for Southern Decadence.  We are acutely aware that they have choices for how to spend their Labor Day weekend.

We are firm in our philosophy that one can't always take from the community being served, and it is an obligation to give something back.

   
 Who pays for the production of
   the concert?
 
Napoleon's Itch.  Period.

The production cost last year was close to six figures.  We do not solicit or accept financial contributions from anyone.  This is the only way that we can guarantee the original mission of the Extravaganza, without influence. 

I must add that the Bourbon Street Extravaganza has greatly benefited from the support of my life partner Ron Julian.

SouthernDecadence.net has helped to promote the event for 14 years.  And our friends at The Bourbon Pub / Parade have provided production and technical support, particularly in the critical formative years of the Extravaganza.

Additionally, my dear friend Bobby Revere has provided counsel since Day 1. 

   

 Details of this year's concert are HERE.

   

 

 

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