Jared Zeller, Producer, Bayou Boogaloo Festival

Jared Zeller has split most of his professional career between the arts and industrial distribution, with a short time spent abroad in South Korea while enlisted with the U.S. Army. Zeller is the founder and executive officer of the MotherShip Foundation, host of the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, and has spent the last seventeen years promoting and producing entertainment events in the New Orleans area, as a career and hobby. His projects have been covered by local, national, and international media, including the Discovery Channel, HBO, New York TimesOffbeat MagazineThe Weather Channel, and WWLTV. Zeller helped develop several local artists including the Soul Rebels Brass Band, Glen David Andrews (LA Music Hall of Fame), Lynn Drury, and Davis Rogan. All of these artists enjoyed both domestic and international tour dates, won multiple awards, and have been featured in the HBO series Treme. After receiving a BS in Business Management from the University of New Orleans in 2006, he became an adjunct professor at Delgado Community College teaching Introduction to Music Business and Music Entrepreneurship. Following Hurricane Katrina, Zeller founded the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival in 2006 as a way to revitalize a neighborhood in peril. This grassroots community festival has become one of New Orleans signature events, drawing thousands of locals and visitors to a once devastated neighborhood. Zeller’s work has been acknowledged by numerous organizations, including awards from OffBeat Magazine, which is considered to be “the music resource” of Louisiana. In 2007, Gambit Weekly recognized him as one of New Orleans’ “Forty under Forty” for his work on the venture. In 2015, Zeller celebrated ten years as the founder and executive officer of the MotherShip Foundation and was acknowledged with a proclamation from the City of New Orleans for producing an economically and environmentally sustainable festival.