Roosevelt grand opening: Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Allen Touissant, and more



Got $1,500? That's the ducats you'll need if you want to attend the Roosevelt New Orleans' official grand opening weekend Oct. 23-25.

Sounds expensive, but it's a weekend that sounds more like a luxury ship cruise than a plain old hotel opening. For the price, you not only get a room, but two tickets to the Neville Brothers Oct. 23 as they perform in the hotel's intimate supper club, the Blue Room. It gets even swankier the next night with a black-tie-only performance by Irma Thomas and Allen Touissant in the Blue Room, complete with a four-course dinner and Champagne.

It would also be a good chance to check out the hotel's signature restaurant, John Besh's Domenica, as well as to sip a Sazerac in the revived Sazerac Bar and see if the cocktail lives up to its namesake.

Not sure how many New Orleanians will have the money for such a luxe weekend, but the thought of the Nevilles in the Blue Room (!) is sure to stir some nostalgic hearts -- and loosen a few pocketbooks.

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