. NAMI Walk - New Orleans Musicians' Clinic

NAMI Walk

The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic partners with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for their annual NAMI WALKS fundraiser.

The NOMC Team – aka The “Funky Butts” (In memory of the famed cornetist Charles “Buddy” Bolden) – second lines each year to raise money for NAMI’s no- cost services and programs for persons with mental illness and their families.

The Funky Butts will be second lining in the Fall of 2018 in honor of all the musicians who have or are currently suffering from a mental illness.

To pre-register for the NAMI Walks team or for questions please contact: programs@nomaf.org

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NAMI Walk

 


Walk Information

Second line around beautiful Audubon Park (led by a brass band!) for a good cause!
The 1.8 mile walk takes place rain or shine and participants may walk shorter distances. No minimum amount of money required to participate – join the team and raise what you can. Fundraisers that raise over $100 for mental health resources will receive a free t-shirt. If you are outside of New Orleans but would like to participate, register as a “Virtual Walker”. Email programs@nomaf.org for more info. Event features refreshments, music, family activities, raffle, silent auction, and much more! Pet and family friendly!

 Messages From Our Supporters

Legendary New Orleans bass player, George Porter Jr., shows his support for Team NOMC Funky Butts and the 2017 NAMI walk

 


SAD HISTORY OF NOLA MUSICIANS LOST TO MENTAL ILLNESS

 

BUDDY BOLDEN:  OUR FUNKY BUTT NAMESAKE

In 1907, while performing at a secondline, famed cornetist 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.

 

 

JAMES BOOKER:  THE BAYOU MAHARAJAH

James Booker, the flamboyant rhythm and blues musician known as the ‘Bayou Maharajah’ or ‘Back Liberace,’ attracted audiences all over the world with his unique style on the keys combining jazz, blues, ragtime and classical music. Booker became one of the giants of jazz and blues in his generation. In private, however, Booker 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.

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