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September 8, 2015

Team NOMC Partners With 2015 NAMI Walks

Join Team NOMC for the 6th Annual NAMI WALK New Orleans on Saturday, October 24th in Audubon Park.

Team NOMC "Funky Butts"

Read on to learn more about our SecondLine team to support NOLA mental health resources and two stories of famed New Orleans’ musicians.


The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for their 6th annual NAMI WALKS fundraiser. The NOMC Team aka The “Funky Butts” (In memory of the famed cornetist Charles “Buddy” Bolden) will be second lining to raise money for NAMI’s no- cost services and programs for persons with mental illness and their families. NAMI and the NOMC will half all funds raised by Team NOMC.



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Walk Information

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015

Check In Time: 9:00 AM         Start Time:  10:00 AM

*Walk will take place rain or shine!*

Location: Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine Street, Newman Bandstand / Shelter #10

Total Distance: 1.8 Mile SecondLine (led by the New Birth Brass Band!)  Walkers may walk shorter distances.

Ample parking available in & around Audubon park.

Event to feature refreshments, music, family activities, raffle, silent auction, and much more!

Pet friendly!


In New Orleans, SecondLines promote community mental health by releasing the type of endorphin that helps reduce feelings of melancholy. 




BUDDY BOLDEN:  OUR FUNKY BUTT NAMESAKE2deba264-a7a5-422e-9b72-6904bbf339a6
In 1907, while performing at a 2 nd line, famed coronetist and key figure in the development of jazz,
Buddy Bolden, suffered a violent episode of acute alcoholic psychosis. Bolden was committed to a mental asylum with schizophrenia. He never again performed, remaining in the hospital for 24 years until his death on November 4, 1931, and was buried in a pauper’s grave. Today the US National Jazz Park bears his name.
Bolden‘s song, “Funky Butt” remains a well-known traditional jazz standard (and the inspiration for the Musicians’ Clinic team name for the 2015 NAMI walks).





With his unique style on the keys, James Booker attracted audiences all over the world. In private, however, he self-medicated his mental illness with alcohol and drugs.  In 1983, at the age of 43, Booker was left unattended for several hours in Charity Hospital’s Emergency Room  resulting in his tragic and untimely death.




2015: Adults living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to treatable medical conditions.


2015:  In Louisiana, due to the loss of the public hospital system, people with mental illness have almost 5 x more chance to be jailed than hospitalized.


The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, in partnership with NAMI New Orleans, aims to prevent death by lifestyle and seek to help those with preventable or treatable illness by providing comprehensive medical care and social/mental health services to our patients. 


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