5 - 9 p.m. June 27, 2014


Join us this Friday for music by Daniele Spadavecchia, plus enjoy free art activities at our Art on the Spot table.

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by Daniele Spadavecchia
  • 6 p.m.: Artist Perspective on Hale Woodruff by artist George Schmidt
  • 6:30 p.m.: “The Artful Palate” Cooking Demonstration in Cafe NOMA

About Daniele Spadavecchia

Daniele Spadavecchia has been performing gypsy jazz guitar for more than a dozen years. He was born and raised in Alessandria, Italy and started playing acoustic guitar at the age of 11. By the age of 16 he was constantly practicing. Soon after, he was invited to sit in on stage with Phil Guy (Buddy Guy’s brother), strongly influencing him as the singer and guitarist predicted that soon he was going to be a professional performer. Daniele took it to heart starting various bands working for ten years in North Italy, Tuscany, Rome and Naples and eventually relocating to New Orleans in 2002.

Daniele has a charming and joyful presence on stage making everybody feel at ease while having fun. He uses this as a starting point for getting deeper into the sounds bringing the listener into the musical journeys he went through during his life. From blues and R&B, traditional jazz, gypsy jazz, progressive rock and all that relates to the Mediterranean basin, including his Italian roots, classical and flamenco. He loves to improvise and mix different styles together reaching unexpected sonorities.

Daniele has taken part in many important events including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival, New Orleans French Quarter Festival, Italian American festivals in Washington DC, New Orleans and San Diego, along with numerous radio and TV appearances.

About George Schmidt

George is an oxymoron typical of the City of New Orleans—a creative reactionary. George’s anti-modernism is best expressed by Leon Alberti in the 15th century treatise, On Painting; “Painting exists in order that the dead should live again and the distant brought near.” George maintained his rigorous classical style in interpreting New Orleans and her history in a number of major canvases depicting, “A History of Jazz” with their accompanying studies, which was exhibited along with the studies, in a one man show at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and now to be seen at Generations Hall, “A History of Carnival”, painted for the Inter-Continetal Hotel in New Orleans and numerous canvases illustrating scenes from the City’s artistic past. George was the first artist in residence at the Louisiana World Exposition in 1984. In 1999, he was invited to exhibit his drawing of “Nick LaRocca at the Corner of Canal and Royal Streets,1915?, and a painting of “The Arrest of Louis Armstrong” at the Biennale in Florence, Italy.

George’s masterfully drawn and richly painted works are represented in numerous public and private collections in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has been extensively profiled in film, television, print interviews and documentaries that have been released throughout the world. Recently George was featured on ‘The American Experience’ on PBS and other national media post Hurricane Katrina and has been featured on National Public Radio and in Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Offbeat and InConcert magazines.

George may be reached at his gallery on Historic Julia Row in the American Sector or via email: