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Ozone Songwriter NightS

Friday August 19, 2022 - The Wine Garden, Slidell, LA
Doors open 6:00 PM, show starts 7:00 PM

Ozone Songwriter Nights feature local and regional artists performing original, self-written songs in an intimate setting. Get up close and personal with our writers as they share their stories with you. 

 Join us for an unforgettable, authenticate musical experience featuring...

Set 1: 7:00 PM - 7:55 PM

James Best

James Best

About James...

Retired from the La. Judiciary . Married for a real long time . Three kids , five grandkids . Avid equestrian and musician. Choral member at local church for forty years . Played music in college , occasionally attended class. Music highlights : Opened shows for John Prine , Norman and Nancy Blake . Performed at the Steve Kaufman Kamp and recently recorded my first CD of original songs “Days Long Ago” !

Robert Eustis

Robert Eustis at the Red Dragon

About Robert...

Robert Eustis grew up on New Orleans R and B. There were 3 albums (vinyl LPs) in those days. We Sing the Blues, New Orleans Home of the Blues Volumes 1 and Volume 2. All 3 were compilations of tunes sung by Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Benny Spellman, and others. All or nearly all the tunes were written and produced by Allen Toussaint. Toussaint, using the moniker, Naomi Neville. Many of these artists played at high school and college dances as well as at F and M Patio, across Tchoupitoulas St from what is now the F and M Patio Bar.


The British Invasion hit, and Eustis was hooked as it was clear that that the Beatles and in particular New Orleans Music influenced the Rolling Stones.

College in Colorado exposed Eustis to Texas singer songwriters Jerry Jeff Walker and Steven Fromholz. Although it would be years before I would pick up a guitar, Eustis kept coming back to the sound of one vocal and a steel string acoustic guitar.


During the mid-1990s, Eustis began studying guitar with John Rankin. In 2000, I attended a workshop led by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen. The switch was flipped. He was all in. Eustis founded the DeSoto Street Band. The Band played at Tipitina’s, the Bayou Boogaloo and French Quarter Fest. The band made an eponymous release, “DeSoto Street Band” in 2008.


In 2011 Eustis recorded a CD, Flying High, produced by the late Spencer Bohren. The record also featured Andre Bohren on piano and drums, Johnny Sansone on harp and accordion, Harry Hardin on violin and Spencer Bohren on acoustic lap guitar and square neck dobro. 12 years later Eustis and Steve Wulff splintered off to form the Jasper Brothers. John

Odell joined soon after.


The Jaspers held down a residency at Pearl Wine Co. on Orleans Ave for 5 years. In 2021 Eustis recorded another album, “The Tipping Point”. The record, 11 originals and one cover, was produced by Andre Bohren, so of the late Spencer Bohren. Most of the songs are about everyday life...” Sitting on the Porch”, “When the Bus Goes By.

The album release party was held and Chickie Wah Wah on May 12. Backing up Eustis was Andre Bohren on drums John Fohl on guitar, David Pomerleau on bass, and a half dozen others.


His wry optimism and perspective are reflected in the new batch of songs. The title track, “The Tipping Point”, starts out as a dark commentary on the times, winding up reminding the listener that the human spirit always wins.

Weber Candilora

About Weber...

Weber, who for the last decade has played under the moniker Engine Joe, is a songwriter from New Orleans. His writing and performing style has been described by some as heart felt punk-folk. Others have categorized his antics as booze-fueled self indulgence that, given the circumstances, may lead to a display that’s unreservedly bizarre. Whether his music touches your heart or turns your stomach, he is a spectacle well worth experiencing live.

Set 2: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Claire Kellar

Claire Kellar

About Claire...

Claire Kellar is from Southeast Louisiana. She attended Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in Southern California where she was selected to be a featured performer on a National Tour. Claire was chosen to participate in Judy Stakee’s songwriter retreat in Nashville, TN and was recently invited to play at the Listening Room in Nashville. She has also been selected to play at festivals like: the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, Third Street Songwriter Festival, and Bogalusa Rebirth. Claire has been invited to do various radio and YouTube interviews. Claire recorded her first EP in Nashville, TN with Shuffle Brothers Studio.

Cliff Anders

Cliff Anders

About Cliff...

Hi,   Cliff from Madisonville! Grew up Hungry Hollow, Pennsylvania! Have always loved Country Gold, Bluegrass and jams in this part of the country here in LA/MS Gulf Region.  I have certainly enjoyed sharing my music here in the area and have been influenced by some great folks in the area with my song writing.  Looking forward to a break to share my music with yall!

Pauly D

Pauly D

About Pauly D...

Paul “Pauly” Domingue is a born and raised native of Lafayette, La. His journey as a songwriter began at the age of nineteen when he exposed to the guitar by his best friend’s father. His late father brought him up on classic rock and folk music. A lot of Pauly’s inspiration is drawn from that era of music. Pauly was one of the founding members and guitarist for the band Roaming Signals out of Lafayette. After leaving the band in 2014, Pauly has since been steadily writing and creating new and exciting music. Pauly is beginning his journey as an up-and-coming singer-songwriter and plans to release his debut album in 2022.

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Friday August 19, 2022

A night of great original music

The Wine Garden

An american restaurant in Old Slidell featuring great food and drinks. They are a great host and very supportive of original music. Like all local establishments in these difficult times they could use our support, so bring a crowd and support our venues and writers!

Format

Free to attend, the event features two rounds of three writers followed by a Songwriter Open mic. Our previous events have had a wonderful atmosphere, so...come on out and enjoy the show.

Schedule & Lineup

Round 1: 7:00 PM - 7:55 PM

James Best
Robert Eustis
Weber Candilora

Round 2: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Claire Kellar
Cliff Anders
Pauly D

Open Mic: 9:00 PM -Close

Sign up sheet provided
Songwriters only
Strictly no cover songs

Location

Event room at The Wine Garden

The Wine Garden
300 Robert St
Slidell, LA 70458

Enter: Event space in back is accessed through the patio area.
Parking: Street parking.
Drinks: Soft drinks, cocktails, and beer and wine.
FoodFood service with a limited, but high-quality menu.

Upcoming Events

Monthly songwriter showcase events

January

Monday

January

01

1999

Ruby's Roadhouse, Mandeville, LA

Bryan Hoff • Dave Comeaux • HG Breland • Ocie Crowe • RT Hall • Travis Garrison.

Friday October 7, 2022 • Doors Open 6:30

January

Monday

January

01

1999

BOGUE FALAYA PARK, COVINGTON, LA

In partnership with the Bluesberry Festival

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Darrell Galatas • Paul Wilson

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Hannah Belle • Melissa Seidule

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Cole Hill • Travis Garrison

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Joe Sims • Claire Kellar

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM JayB Elston • Jay Megginson

Saturday October 8, 2022

January

Monday

January

01

1999

THE WINE GARDEN, SLIDELL, LA

TBA • TBA • TBA • TBA • TBA • TBA.

Friday October 21, 2022 • Doors Open 6:30

Past Events

Previous songwriter nights

2021

Friday June 18, 2021
The Pearl, Pearl River, LA

Ozone Songwriter Night - Pearl River
Featuring: Barry Hebert, Claire Kellar, Darrell Galatas, John West, Paul Wilson, Savannah Ray.

Friday July 16, 2021
The Pearl, Pearl River, LA

Ozone Songwriter Night - Pearl River
Featuring: Crispin Schroeder, Elizabeth Ashlyn Burris, Grace Russell, Jeremy Joyce, Kiley McDonnel, Todd Lemoine.

Thursday August 9, 2021
Old Rail Brewing Co, Mandeville, LA

Ozone Songwriter Night - Mandeville
Featuring: Brother Chris, Cliff Anders, Hannah Belle, HG Breland, Nancy Noone Broussard, Paul Dillon.

Friday September 10, 2021
The Wine Garden, Slidell, LA

Ozone Songwriter Night - Slidell
Featuring: Doug Stepanek, Joe Sims, Luke Bryant, Party of Two, Steve McDonald, Taylor Mroski.

Thursday October 14, 2021
Old Rail Brewing Co, Mandeville, LA

Ozone Songwriter Night - Mandeville
Featuring: Ashton Brooke Gill, Bill Romano, 
Chaislyn, Chris Hebert, Evan Fiore, Gabriel Bass.

Thursday November 4, 2021
The Wine Garden, Slidell, LA

Ozone Songwriter Festival Eve Party
Featuring: Joyce Sampson, Lynn Anselmo, Michael Blache, RT Hall, Terri Burch, Weber and special guest Greg Barnhill.

Thursday December 9, 2021
Old Rail Brewing Co, Mandeville, LA

Ozone Songwriter Night - Mandeville
Featuring: 
Al Daquin, David Gautreau, Pauly D, Steve Judice, The Beach Bums, Wayward Jones.

2022

Friday January 14, 2022
The Wine Garden, Slidell, LA

Ozone Songwriter Night - Slidell
Lineup: Chris Zonada, Cole Hill, Emma Navarro, Justin 
Molaison, Mike Artell, Rod John Vedros.

Thursday February 10, 2022
The Wine Garden, Slidell, LA

Ozone Songwriter Night - Slidell
Featuring: Amelia Kate Thompson, Darrel Galatas, John West, Jonathan Harder, Paul Dillon, Paul Wilson.

Friday March 11, 2022
The Wine Garden, Slidell, LA

Ozone Songwriter Night - Slidell
Lineup: Caroline Tebbs, Douglas Stepanek, Joe Sims, Melissa Seidule, Phil Tittle, Serge Villanova.

Thursday April 14, 2022
Ruby's Roadhouse, Mandeville, LA

Ozone Songwriter Night - Mandeville
Lineup: Bill Davis, Bill Romano, Hannah Belle, JayB Elston, Michael Epstein, Ricky Windhorst.

Thursday May 12, 2022
The Wine Garden, Slidell, LA

Ozone Songwriter Night - Slidell
Lineup: Collin Alonzo, Jay Megginson, Joe Sullivan, Steve McDonald, Travis Garrison, Wayward Jones.

Friday June 3, 2022
Pontchartrain Yacht Club, Mandeville, LA

Ozone Summer Sound-Off 2022
Lineup: 
Ashton Brooke Gill, Chris Zonada, Cole Hill, Layla Musslewhite, Paul Childers, Savannah Ray.

Performing emcee: Greg Barnhill

Friday June 17, 2022
The Wine Garden, Slidell, LA

Ozone Songwriter Night - Slidell
Lineup: Al D'Alquin, 
ChaislynElectric Blue YonderEmma NavarroMichael Blache, Ryan Perea.

Friday July 22, 2022
The Wine Garden, Slidell, LA

Ozone Songwriter Night - Slidell
Lineup: Caroline Tebbs, 
Gary RaganHannah BelleLynn AnselmoSavrayaTodd Lemoine.

January

Monday

January

01

1999

Ruby's Roadhouse, Mandeville, LA

Brother Chris • Darrell Galatas • Douglas Stepanek • Joe Sims • Melissa Seidule • Paul Wilson

Thursday August 4, 2022 • Doors Open 6:30

January

Monday

January

01

1999

THE WINE GARDEN, SLIDELL, LA

Claire Kellar • Cliff Anders • James Best • Pauly D • Robert Eustis • Weber Candilora.

Friday August 19, 2022 • Doors Open 6:30

January

Monday

January

01

1999

Ruby's Roadhouse, Mandeville, LA

Ashton Brooke Gill • Evan Fiore • Jay Megginson • Steve Judice • Taylor Mroski • The Beach Bums.

Friday September 2, 2022 • Doors Open 6:30

January

Monday

January

01

1999

THE WINE GARDEN, SLIDELL, LA

Jonathan Harder • Missi Spinosa • Peggy Clark • Ted Hefko • Tony Poole • Vivian.

Friday September 23, 2022 • Doors Open 6:30

Ozone Music Education Foundation, Inc
P. O. Box 23, Mandeville, LA 70470

A 501(c)(3) Public Charity • EIN: 82-3537465

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