January 9, 2019

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Singer and songwriter Dave Jordan brings the NIA Band from New Orleans to Islamorada for the Jan. 16 debut of the new 'Live at the Garden' series at the Village Square in Islamorada.

Contributed Singer and songwriter Dave Jordan brings the NIA Band from New Orleans to Islamorada for the Jan. 16 debut of the new 'Live at the Garden' series at the Village Square in Islamorada.

ISLAMORADA — A rock band with southern roots launches a new music concert series Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Islamorada’s Village Square.

A 7 p.m. performance by Dave Jordan and the NIA Band, based in New Orleans, marks the debut of the “Live in the Garden” series at the shopping-and-dining area at mile marker 81.8, bayside, at the Trading Post market.

“While we love the small-town life here, we miss the variety of music that a larger city has to offer,” said Kevin Vance, producing the event series with his wife, Ann, and Andrea Oughton.

“So we talked with our friends at the Trading Post’s Village Square, who are also music lovers, and decided to put something together,” Vance said. “Ann and I are from Memphis, Tennessee, which has a huge music scene. Andrea and her family frequent New Orleans because of her love for the music and culture.”

Dave Jordan and the NIA Band have been mainstays of the New Orleans music community for two decades, earning plaudits for a half-dozen albums. A reviewer praised the group as “southern roots rock with a Louisiana soul.”

Jordan — a singer, songwriter, bassist and guitar player — and the NIA recently returned for the 10th year for a set at the Voice of the Wetlands, a nonprofit event aimed at protecting Louisiana’s environment. For information on the band and its streaming music, visit davejordanmusic.com.

Advance tickets for the Village Square concert are available online for $25 at Eventbrite.com, or $30 at the gate.

Bring a chair or blanket. Bad Boy Burrito will be open during the three-hour show.

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