2018 YLC Wednesday at the Square Lineup Announced!
New Orleans Greats Headline Annual Spring Concert Series
NEW ORLEANS: February 28, 2018 – Today, Young Leadership Council (YLC) announced the lineup for its annual YLC Wednesday at the Square concert series. The series begins Wednesday, March 14 at 5 p.m. featuring a headlining performance by the Grammy award-winning Lost Bayou Ramblers with Mia Borders as co-headliner. Reporter Meghan Kluth from News With A Twist will return to emcee the series for a second year.
“We are delighted to produce another amazing year of YLC Wednesday at the Square concerts for our community and visitors to enjoy,” said Stephanie Powell, Executive Director of Young Leadership Council. “The series would not be possible without the work of hundreds of volunteers, who handle everything from securing crowd-pleasing talent to the logistics and marketing of the event. It is always so inspiring to see these young professional leaders in action.”
YLC’s 12-concert series features well-known and critically-acclaimed musical acts from the New Orleans area and broader region. Headliners will include Marc Broussard, Sweet Crude, Sam Williams of Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Shamarr Allen with co-headliner Robin Barnes, and many more. The concerts will take place every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., March 14 through May 30 in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette Square (between Camp Street and St. Charles Avenue, directly across from Gallier Hall).
In 2017, YLC announced a partnership with AOS Interior Environments, a New Orleans-based commercial interiors supplier, as the 2018 Title Sponsor for the YLC Wednesday at the Square concert series. AOS is the largest provider of commercial furnishings, prefab interior construction, and storage solutions in Louisiana and Mississippi, and has served the region for more than 42 years.
“YLC Wednesday at the Square is one of our most beloved festivals and we simply cannot imagine spring in New Orleans without it! This is why we feel it is our responsibility to this community to support the good times, great music, and outstanding contributions that YLC makes to our community,” said Shelby Russ, AOS President and CEO. “We hope to see huge crowds for what promises another wonderful season.”
Additional support for YLC Wednesday at the Square comes from Presenting and Series Sponsors Abita Brewing Company, Republic National Distributing Company, LLC, Sazerac Company, Inc, Pernod Ricard, and Longbranch Healthcare.
2018 YLC Wednesday at the Square Lineup
March 14: The Lost Bayou Ramblers with co-headliner Mia Borders
March 21: Walter “Wolfman” Washington with opener Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
March 28: Marc Broussard with opener Helen Gillet
April 4: Sweet Crude with opener Travers Geoffray
April 11: Flow Tribe with To Be Announced
April 18: Wayne Toups with opener Darcy Malone
April 25: Big Sam’s Funky Nation with opener The Deslondes
May 2: Amanda Shaw with opener Trumpet Mafia
May 9: Bonerama with opener N’awlins Johnnys
May 16: Headliner To Be Announced with opener Motel Radio
May 23: Maggie Koerner with opener Naughty Professor
May 30: Shamarr Allen with co-headliner Robin Barnes and the Fiyabirds
*Headliner performs from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Opening act from 5 – 6 p.m. Co-headliners receive equal time with the first act, performing from 5 – 6:15 p.m. and the second act from 6:45 – 8 p.m.
** Wednesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 13 are reserved as rain dates.
The YLC Wednesday at the Square concert series is free and open to the public. Proceeds from food and drink sales benefit YLC’s community service projects, designed not only to improve the quality of life in the greater New Orleans area but also to foster leadership skills in young professionals. Additionally, YLC gives back to downtown through an annual donation to Lafayette Square Conservancy to cover re-sodding and park beautification.
The 2018 YLC Wednesday at the Square Committee is led by co-chairs and YLC Board Members Garlan White and Lena Zaitseva. Committee volunteers include Vicki Bristol, Thomas Cafferty, Nicole Harvey, Olivia Mertensmeyer, Gerard Schmitz, Matthew Treuting, and Jeff Willis.
Single-concert and full season VIP passes for the series are now available for purchase at http://ylcnola.org/ylc-wednesday-at-the-square. Single and multiple-concert sponsorships for the 2018 series, as well as video board advertising, are still available. For more information on sponsorship and advertising opportunities, including private hospitality tents, contact Stephanie Powell at email@example.com.
For more information on the YLC and YLC Wednesday at the Square, or to volunteer at one of the concerts, please visit http://ylcnola.org/ylc-wednesday-at-the-square. Engage with YLC Wednesday at the Square on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @ylcwats.
About Young Leadership Council
Young Leadership Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, civic organization created to develop leadership through community projects. Through volunteer-created community projects, YLC recruits and retains young professionals to New Orleans, creating a positive impact on the quality of life in the region. The oldest independent young professionals’ organization in the country, YLC has raised more than $25 million to support community projects in and around the New Orleans area since 1986.
Building on the organization’s 32-year legacy of service, YLC members logged more than 10,000 volunteer hours working with 11 community service projects in 2017. The organization has also produced an annual Role Model Awards Gala since 1987, honoring accomplished individuals from the community each year. YLC is engages a membership base of more than 600 young professionals between the ages of 21 and 42, and each of the organization’s service projects is led by a team of volunteer project leaders.
Projects run by YLC volunteers include Inspire STEM, C.A.P. (College Admissions Project), RECreate, Power Ties, YLC Recycles, Where Ya’ Rack, Leadership Development Series, YLC Toastmasters Club, YLC Assists, and Volunteer in the Arts.
Examples of YLC’s historical accomplishments include raising $425,000 in 1989 to install and illuminate the bridge lights on the Crescent City Connection; launching the successful “Proud To Call It Home” civic pride campaign in 1994; and presenting two art exhibits, “Festival of Fins” and “A Streetcar Named Inspire,” in 2000 and 2008 respectively.