New Orleans musicians Billy Franklin, Luke Quaranta, and Eric “Benny” Bloom, along with The Maple Leaf Bar, have organized Bern Fest, an event created to celebrate, raise awareness, and encourage donations to the campaign of Bernie Sanders. The organizers hope to bring people together in support of Bernie’s campaign, and generate energy leading up to the Louisiana Democratic Primary on March 5th.The event be held at the legendary Maple Leaf Bar with a crawfish boil and music by the Sam Price Duo, Eric Benny Bloom & Gemini, Smoke N Bones, and Pirate’s Choice. The list of musicians performing includes Eric Benny Bloom (Lettuce, Pretty Lights, Sonic Bloom), Luke Quaranta (Toubab Krewe, Pirate’s Choice), Billy Franklin (Smoke N Bones, OTRA), Sam Price (Honey Island Swamp Band, OTRA), Raja Kassis (Antibalas, Pirate’s Choice), Terrence Houston (George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Toubab Krewe), Max Moran (Donald Harrison Jr., Neospectric), Sam Dickey (Benyoro, Pirate’s Choice), Cliff Hines (Mike Dillon Band), Kyle Roussell, Thomas Glass, Doug Dietrich, Kyle Sharamitaro, Kyle Cripps, Amy Trail, and more…Percussionist and organizer, Luke Quaranta shared the importance of supporting Sanders’ campaing. “Bernie’s presidential campaign is a historic movement in the history of our country. His call to take back our government from moneyed interests has resonated all over the country, and he is inspiring millions to re-engage in the political process.” Attendees will be encouraged to donate more than the cover and there will be laptops set up to make additional donations to the campaign. All proceeds will be donated to the Bernie Sanders campaign.
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