OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
Photo by Rick Lineberger
Here’s a business decision to ponder. Suppose on any given night there’s 10,000 people listening to music in New Orleans. If you open a new music venue, will 10% of those people come to your place? Or do you have to offer something different that will attract a new audience?
That’s one of the issues facing the newly reopened Carver Theater in Treme.
The Carver’s General Manager, Chris Ritter, joins Peter Ricchiuti for lunch.
Scott Aiges is Program Director, and Director of Marketing and Communications at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation - the folks who own Jazz Fest. The foundation does a lot more than just Jazz Fest. They stage other festivals, like the Blues & Barbecue Festival and the Cajun and Zydeco Festival. They run music-oriented community programs, and even have a music school.
While other parts of the music business continue to struggle, live music keeps on rockin’ on. Meet two of the guys who bring the world New Orleans music.