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
New Orleans is celebrated across the country and around the world as a center of extraordinary live entertainment. Not just in the French Quarter but all over the city there’s a vast amount of live music, theater, and comedy every night of the year.
However, on the inside of what appears to be a thriving local entertainment industry you frequently hear the same criticism: we have a lot of entertainment, but not much industry. Plenty of shows, but not enough show business.
Bill Taylor is setting out to change that. Bill is the Executive Director of The Trombone Shorty Foundation and the Foundation’s Fredman Music Business Institute, in partnership with Tulane University.
Chris Trew is a New Orleans comedian, and a comedy entrepreneur. Chris is the creator of the nationwide Air Sex World Championships, the co-creator of the Hell Yes Fest comedy festival, and the co-founder of The New Movement, with comedy theaters in Austin and New Orleans.
Peter Ricchiutit talks over the changing face of the biz side of New Orleans show show biz with Chris and Bill.