A small audience gathered at the Carver Theater tonight to hear R and B artist Vivian Green. The event is the first of a four part series called the Divine Supper Club Experience.
One local non-profit is determined to revitalize the Treme area using music as a start.
R and B soulful and sultry balladeer Vivan Green serenades the audience with such hits as Emotional Rollercoaster at the newly renovated and historical Carver Theater. Green is the first of four artists featured in the divine supper club experience.
“The fact that someone would want me to be a part of revitalizing one of the neighborhoods is really amazing because I really do have true genuine love for this city,” said Green.
The sole purpose of the club experience is to generate interest and boost economic development along this corridor of Treme. Some say it has been overlooked far too long for other interests like the CBD.
“You have to support the locals. The locals that came back from Hurricane Katrina, the locals that spent all their money building their homes, the locals that love the music, the culture. It’s about New Orleans,” said Damon Batiste, Carver Entertainment Director.
The next artists to perform are Lyfe Jennings, Angie Stone and Doug E Fresh, better known as the human beat box. Each are national recording artists. The coordinators say it's going to take effort like this event to seriously make Treme viable again.
The event was sponsored by Professional Funeral Services and the Divine Foundation New Orleans. The non-profit prides itself on making real change on the socioeconomic condition of at-risk youth and generating business in Treme.