. NAMI Walk - New Orleans Musicians' Clinic



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Team NOMC Funky Butts

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) will be second lining 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 on September 30, 2017 in honor of all the musicians who have or are currently suffering from a mental illness.


Walk Information

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Check In Time: 9:00 AM |  Start Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine Street, Newman Bandstand / Shelter #10
Total Distance: 1.8 Mile SecondLine 

SecondLine around beautiful Audubon Park (led by a brass band!) for a good cause! No minimum amount of money required to participate, just Join Our Team today and raise what you can! Fundraisers that reach $100 or more will receive a free event t-shirt. 

If you are outside of New Orleans but would like to participate, register as a ‘Virtual Walker’

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

*Walk will take place rain or shine! 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!

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 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





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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 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. 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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