NOTS New Orleans

SATURDAY, January 25, 2020

NIGHT OF 1000 STEVIES – the largest and most beloved STEVIE NICKS fan event in the world – returned to New Orleans in early 2020. Like the NYC marathon NOTS editions that turn 30 in May, this Enchanted evening was produced by show founders CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL and their creative krewe at THE JACKIE FACTORY. Their first two NOLA editions at ONE EYED JACKS were best-dressed, performance-rich epics attended by show fans from all over and a marvelously mixed local crowd. Not too surprising for a magical municipality that producers call “the most Stevie city in America” and that Ms. Nicks herself adores (just listen to her anthemic “New Orleans”.)

Neither a contest nor a karaoke show, NOTS NOLA 2020 featured wildly varied interpretations of the goddess STEVIE NICKS. The show was headlined by NOTS “Legend of Stevie Realness” AMBER MARTIN (NYC) with PENNY CHAMPAGNE, LEFTY LUCY and KITTEN ‘N LOU (New Orleans), SHANNON MARTIN-PAUL (Ohio), DEREK SIMS and RAIN JAUDON (Mississippi).

Longtime NOTS DJ SAMMY JO (Club Cumming) turned out the all-Stevie dancefloor and “Enchantress of Ceremony” EMPRESS CHI CHI VALENTI kept the white winged talent flowing. The show climaxed with the iconic “Battle of A Thousand Stevies” finale and tambourines were tossed to the Enchanted audience through the night. (The “tambo toss” tradition at NOTS was born in New Orleans fifteen years ago when Valenti caught her first mini tambourine from the great BO DOLLIS of the WILD MAGNOLIAS.)

Photo: Outside of NOTS NOLA 2020 at ONE EYED JACKS, late night in the French Quarter. Our best-dressed audience was NOT fooling around! NOLA Gypsies LOVE any reason to costume,

SUGGESTED DRESS NOTS NOLA 2020: Southern Gothic a la Stevie Nicks, Like A White Winged Dove, Beribboned and Bedecked Tambourines, Enchanted Eveningwear, Welsh Witch vs Mayfair Witch (Dark Ages to Darkwave), Nightbird Capes, Decatur Street Chiffonhead, Fringed Shawls, Stevie-adorned Top hats, Fleetwood “The Dance” classic menswear, Vampire Velvets, Best Hair In Rock And Roll or Total Stevie Realness (All Eras)

NOTS Producers Valenti and Dynell have been part time residents of the Marigny neighborhood since 2014 and have lent their talents to other productions in the city for decades including JACKIE 60 AT ZEITGEIST, the ENDLESS NIGHT VAMPYRE BALL and BETTE, BATHHOUSE AND BEYOND during Southern Decadence. They look forward to returning for NOTS NOLA 3 back at One Eyed Jacks in 2021..

And The Love Remains