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on November 11, 2014 - 11:59am

Mr. B’s Joybox Express Mississippi River Road Ride Finale in New Orleans, LA!

Final Ride - 11/14 @ Jefferson Park at 3999 River Road, starting @ 2 p.m.

End of Ride - 11/14 @ Washington Artillery Park at 700 Decatur Street, arriving @ approximately 3 p.m.

Private program for Roots of Music @ Preservation Hall on Saturday

Final Celebration - 11/16 @ Chris Roberts-Antieau Gallery at 927 Street, starting @ 7 p.m.

 

Good times rolling into NOLA on November 14, 2014

Ann Arbor, MI – The epic 2,000 mile journey of Mr. B’s Joybox Express will culminate on November 14, 2014 in New Orleans, LA.  Fronted by internationally recognized blues and jazz musician Mark “Mr. B” Braun, Mr. B’s Joybox Express is the ultimate fusion of extreme athleticism and artistry.  Mr. B and three cyclists began pedaling a custom-designed bike carrying a 387-pound piano on September 1st in Lake Itasca, MN.  For the last 74 days, they have ridden close to 2,000 miles while stopping in cities and towns along the Mississippi River Road to perform, educate and inspire blues, jazz and cycling appreciation.  New Orleans is the final destination for Mr. B’s Joybox Express Mississippi River Road Ride.

The last leg of the tour will begin on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. on the River Road side of Jefferson Park at 3999 River Road in Jefferson, LA.  The team will arrive at their final destination, New Orleans’ Washington Artillery Park at 700 Decatur St. in New Orleans at 3:00 p.m. for the free celebration concert courtesy of the French Market CorporationWWOZ New Orleans 90.7 FM will cover the concert online.  Anyone interested in riding with the team is welcome! 

A second Mr. B’s Joybox Express Band concert will take place at the Antieau Gallery located at 927 Royal Street in New Orleans at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 16, 2014. 

 

Mr. B dreamed up the idea of a piano on wheels to spread the joy of music and movement.  “I am convinced that I am a better musician because I have always been active in sports.  A lot of people find art and athletics to be mutually exclusive, but I see clearly how both played a pivotal role as I learned valuable life lessons about endurance, ambition, passion, failure and achievement.  I started the Mr. B’s Joybox Express as a vehicle to spread the joy of music and movement and help communities raise support for youth arts and athletics programs,” said Braun.

With the Artrain, Inc. as producer, Mr. B realized his dream when he launched Mr. B’s Joybox Express Mississippi River Road Ride in Lake Itasca, MN.  He is joined by a dedicated support team of tour manager and Artrain program director Shoshana Hurand and crew of Sam Genson, Marty Stano, and Jules Cunningham.  The team has been traveling south stopping in communities along the river for performances, school programs, and roadside concerts.  From a performance at the Rail River Folk School in Bemidji, MN to busking for passersby outside of the Dakota Jazz Club to a fundraiser with the Muscatine Art Center  in Muscatine, IA communities along the Mississippi River have welcomed Mr. B’s Joybox Express into their schools, streets, homes, businesses, organizations and musical venues.  Deb Felske of Osceola Center for Arts and Heritage in Osceola, AR found that Mr. B’s Joybox Express Mississippi River Road Ride not only fit in with the organization’s art programming but also aligned with the goals the community is setting for athletics, “[W]e’re working on a master plan for bike trails in Osceola and the state of Arkansas so it was just a perfect match, it was meant to be.”

Mr. B’s Joybox Express Mississippi River Road Ride is produced by Artrain, Inc.  For more than 40 years Artrain, headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, has delivered world class arts and cultural exhibitions and education programs to under-resourced communities throughout the United States.  Winner of the National Medal for Museum Service, Artrain's mission is to deliver discovery and – through the galvanizing power of arts and culture – transform lives, organizations and communities.  Originally Artrain was a museum-on-a-train that used America’s rail system to deliver art exhibitions.  Today Artrain produces and delivers cultural outreach programs of all types – art, cultural, history, science, environment, etc. – to people in villages, towns and cities through a variety of methods including mobile touring exhibitions and cultural education and engagement programs.  Artrain’s current projects include: Mr. B’s Joybox Express; CriticCar Detroit, Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity; and Paths to Peace: A War of 1812 Arts Legacy Project. 

Artrain and Mr. B’s Joybox Express are supported by hundreds of individuals, businesses and, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Wells Fargo Foundation.

For more information contact Artrain at 734.747.8300, JoyboxExpress@ArtrainUSA.org or www.JoyboxExpress.com.

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