Armand St. Martin will perform at Music at the Mint on Friday, June 9 from 2pm to 3pm. Tickets are $5.25 and are available at the door or online.
Recording artist and raconteur, New Orleans' own Armand St. Martin is a 10th generation New Orleanian. A professional musician since age 16, he studied all the music theory at Tulane and Loyola Universities as a college student, music for dance at Wolftrap Academy for the Performing Arts at the American University in Washington, D.C., and film scoring at The University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). He's been performing professionally since age 16.
At the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint on June 9, 2017, 2 pm - 3 pm, Armand entertains with his popular Louisiana-flavored stories and his New Orleans-styled piano playing in the vein of Louisiana legends Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Huey Piano Smith, Tuts Washington, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and James Booker.
Creating his own unique brand of original music with his songs and compositions, Armand has released 3 CDs, 2 single-song releases, a dozen YouTubes, plus various other songs, all on his custom boutique label, Patty Lee Records. Patty Lee and Armand St. Martin own Bayou Bohemia Recording Studio.
Armand plays 200 local New Orleans shows annually which have included venues ranging from the Superdome to the former Mother-In-Law Lounge; from Rock 'n' Bowl and the Convention Center to the Ritz-Carlton where he had his own room, "The Library Lounge"; from Generation's Hall and Tipitina's to all the Main Hotel Ballrooms (at the Monteleone, the Royal Sonesta, the Hilton, the Hyatt Regency, and the J.W. Marriott); from the Cabildo, the Old U.S. Mint, and the Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge to Le Petit Theatre, the Blue Room at the Roosevelt, the House of Blues, and Mardi Gras World; from Peaches Records and the Louisiana Music Factory to the Ponderosa Stomp, the Beaujolais Festival, the Summer Wine Fest, French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest, to list just a few.
Armand's solo shows, his traditional jazz trio performances, his traditional jazz band entertainment, and his roots rock concerts, all keep Armand busily performing in public venues, as well as for private parties, private clubs, soirees, fundraisers, festivals and Mardi Gras special events.
Since Katrina, Armand has performed over 1,000 pro bono shows (and counting for neurologically-challenged adults. He appears regularly on local television, radio talk shows, and news segments, and served as the Roving Artist Reporter for Yellow Ribbon Radio for 5 years. Armand's original song, "Storyville Blues" was on Treme, on K-Ville, and in the indie-film Brawler. He co-produces with Patty Lee, their Annual Katrina Artistically Revisited commemorative special event at the Theatres at Canal Place, now in its 12th year. Preservationists by nature, the St. Martins also guest-curated their large Katrina exhibit of damaged music artifacts at the Louisiana State Archives for "40 Days 40 Nights", at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, and several of their Katrina artifacts have been accepted in an exhibit featured at the grand opening of the African American Museum which is a new museum at the Smithsonian in D.C.
Among other awards for Armand's music, Armand was presented in the City Council Chambers with a Proclamation, "For his ongoing musical contributions to the City of New Orleans." The Los Angeles Times writes, "Armand St. Martin is non-stop entertainment!"