The Roosevelt New Orleans To Celebrate Its Grand Opening in High Style Oct. 23 - 25

Event Also Marks Introduction of John Besh's Domenica Restaurant and Internationally Acclaimed Guerlain Spa

performers The Roosevelt New Orleans will roll out the red carpet for a historic grand-opening gala weekend Oct. 23-25 featuring world-famous New Orleans entertainers and the introduction of John Besh's Domenica Restaurant and the acclaimed Guerlain Spa, benefiting area non-profits. The newest member of the Waldorf Astoria brand, the hotel follows up on its July ribbon-cutting with a weekend of festivities expected to attract up to 1,000 guests to hear New Orleans' first family of funk, the Neville Brothers; Grammy Award-winning singer Irma Thomas; musician, composer and producer Allen Toussaint; and clarinetist Tim Laughlin. The events will coincide with the opening of Domenica as well as the introduction of the 12,500-square-foot Guerlain Spa, which will feature 10 private treatment rooms, a fitness center, a couple's therapy suite and more. "Our grand-opening marks the return of a New Orleans icon that is revered by locals and visitors from around the world," said general manager Tod Chambers. "Downtown New Orleans has what we call a 'sense of place' because of its history and vibrancy. Now, with the return of The Roosevelt, we're playing a key role in our city's future." The Oct. 23 and 24 events are combined into one package that includes a two-night stay at the luxurious hotel, two tickets to the events, a welcome amenity upon arrival, a Roosevelt New Orleans commemorative gift and valet parking. Entertainment includes: * Oct. 23: The Neville Brothers in the Roosevelt Ballroom starting at 8 p.m. Included are two tickets to the performance, hors d'oeuvres and an open-bar reception. * Oct. 24: Grammy Award-winning singer Irma Thomas and musician, composer, and producer Allen Toussaint in the Roosevelt Ballroom starting at 8 p.m. Included are two tickets to the performance, a four-course dinner, wine and a champagne toast. Black tie is required for this event. Prices for these packaged events are $1,500 per couple for guests choosing a deluxe room and $1,750 per couple for those preferring a luxury suite. Tickets to the Oct. 25 champagne jazz brunch in the Blue Room, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., may be purchased at an additional cost of $75 each. Reservations are available by calling in-house reservations at (504) 648-5380.