Musical Director / Keyboards
Charles Elam, III
Kevin "UnScripted" Joseph
Meet our Amazing Artists
NOLA RESISTANCE emerged onto the New Orleans music scene with a mission—to blend the eternal spirit of the city's music with progressive activism. Their debut album, "Nola Resistance," released in 2019, was hailed as a "21st Century record of protest," featuring funkified updates of iconic message songs. Conceived by veteran music producer Matt Dillon and Union Labor Leader, Brian D'Arcy, the band's core, rooted in groups like the New Orleans Big Band, embodied the city's rich musical legacy.
Building on their debut's success, NOLA RESISTANCE's second album, "Crescent City Connection," introduced a stellar lineup of Crescent City all-stars. With luminaries like Herlin Riley, Darrell Lavigne, and June Yamagishi, the band expanded its sonic palette. The album's five hopeful tracks, including the title song, celebrate love, joy, and the resilient spirit of New Orleans. As their mission evolved, NOLA RESISTANCE aimed to uplift listeners beyond protest, infusing their music with messages of hope, love, and unity.
Crescent City Connection addresses contemporary issues, with tracks like "Gentrification" tackling the challenges faced by neighborhoods in the wake of urban changes. The band's dedication to hope and distraction is encapsulated in Brian D'Arcy's words: "No one can survive without hope. Crescent City Connection provides both hopefulness and distraction from tough events, contributing to the resilience of our communities." NOLA RESISTANCE continues to captivate audiences, fusing the power of music with a commitment to social consciousness.
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Featured Artist on the CCC album
Franklin "Berkley The Artist" Davis