Special Events

 January 18th

4:00 - 6:00PM
DCN Member Meeting
The member meeting is attended by the Board and Affiliate primary contact. One representative per company is invited to attend.
6:45PM
Networking Cocktails at the French Quarter Bar
Ritz Carlton
7:45PM
Dinner in the Ritz Courtyard with the Jerry Christopher Big Easy Band

January 19th

6:45AM
Wake up and Sweat with Sweat Social - Ritz Carlton Lobby - sponsored by:
Start your day with a guided run/walk – combine exercise with a historical tour of New Orleans!
GumGum will give away a custom, beach cruiser bicycle as part of their DCN Next: Summit sponsorship. Make sure to drop your business card in the box at the registration table for a chance to win. A winner will be chosen during the morning session on Friday, January 20th. Winner must be present to win.
6:30PM
Cocktails and Dinner with world renown modern jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis – Ritz Carlton Lafayette Ballroom
8:30PM
Enjoy drinks and dessert at the historic Bombay Martini Club while listening to the famous New Orleans Preservation Hall Legacy Band - Sponsored by:
If you’re looking for a great way to unwind during your free time at the Summit or during any of your booked pre/post dates, please feel free to take advantage of the 20% off discount being offered for all services.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, New Orleans is a 25,000 square foot facility that is consistently recognized as the city’s top day spa. To reserve in advance please contact: heather.troxclair@ritzcarlton.com or 504-670-2919, extension 18610.
Weekend Events in New Orleans
Our friends at local New Orleans music review website MySpiltMilk.com have kindly put together a listing of great music happening in the city for those of you staying for the weekend. 
 
New Orleans music is best heard in its clubs, where intimacy is at a premium -- and while it’s hard to go wrong if you go and see live music while you’re in NOLA, here are some particularly good choices.
 
Friday
The PresHall Brass with Daniel “Weenie” Farrow at Preservation Hall: Preservation Hall in the French Quarter is one of those tourist attractions that pays off. The music is not watered down for tourists, and the venue remains a small, seated, wood-walled place to experience acoustic New Orleans jazz without distractions. It has a community of experienced, accomplished players who perform their regularly, each with slightly different emphases. The PresHall Brass presents old school brass band music before current bands funked it up. 8, 9, and 10 p.m. 
 
Stoop Kids at Tipitina’s: Tipitina’s feels like a roadhouse squirreled away in the heart of Uptown, and it hosts touring bands and New Orleans’ funk alike. Stoop Kids are a young New Orleans’ band reaching back for some classic R&B, mixed with hints of hip-hop and Dave Matthews. 10 p.m.
 
Kermit Ruffins at the Blue Nile: Trumpet player Kermit Ruffins has been one of New Orleans’ favorite sons since he embraced Louis Armstrong’s legacy. Ruffins is no technician, nor does he overthink a musical problem. Instead, he sells personality and charisma, and his singing and playing is loaded with both. 11 p.m.
 
TBC Brass Band at d.b.a.: TBC is a recent success story—a band that made its name playing on the street on the edge of the French Quarter. It’s the best of the next wave of brass bands, and its love of hip-hop is as evident as its chops and belief in the brass band concept. 10 p.m.