Spotify Held an Exclusive Concert for Listeners of a New Orleans Playlist

The private event was part of a tourism campaign for the city

Spotify New Orleans concert
Listeners of a Spotify playlist featuring artists from New Orleans were recently treated to a concert in the city. Danny Clinch
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Earlier this year, Spotify created a playlist that features musicians from New Orleans, each with their own distinct style and sound. From the “Soul Queen of New Orleans” Irma Thomas to rapper Curren$y, the playlist gives listeners a taste of what the city’s diverse music scene has to offer.

Uploaded in May, the curated playlist subtly kicked off a massive campaign for the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, which partnered with Spotify to give a select few listeners what was surely a surprise: an all-expenses-paid trip to New Orleans to see each artist perform live at Preservation Hall, a jazz venue in the city’s French Quarter.

The invite-only concert, which was photographed by music photographer Danny Clinch, is being developed into a film that will debut next year. A teaser for the film, dubbed “The Offline Playlist,” was recently revealed.

The concert was also made into a Spotify album. Musicians featured on the album include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Amanda Shaw and Jon Batiste, among others.

The experience was pulled together with help from digital agency 360i. According to the agency, the first steps involved not only helping Spotify curate the playlist, but also making sure it got in front of people who’d likely give it a listen.

“We worked with Spotify to create data sets that cross-matched fans of the playlist artists with people who may be interested in coming to New Orleans,” explained 360i chief creative officer Menno Kluin. “We then targeted playlist social content to these data sets and tracked who was enthusiastically commenting and listening to it.”

From there, fans were then contacted “at random” through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and offered the chance to visit New Orleans to see the artists perform at Preservation Hall. In addition to covering fans’ flights and hotels, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation put together a weekend itinerary for each person based on their interests.

“Music is at the heart of our great city and is universally loved by both residents and visitors.” said Mark Romig, president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. “This campaign gives us an opportunity to shed light on our artists, the rich music scene and the essence of New Orleans in a memorably authentic way.”

While not a Spotify campaign, the effort is in line with the music app’s use of data to connect with listeners. The brand’s annual “Wrapped” out-of-home campaign has for the past three years highlighted the quirky and bizarre listening habits of its users; for instance, one of last year’s ads pointed out that a whopping 28,802 people created playlists titled “God is a woman,” a nod to Ariana Grande’s hit song.

Client: New Orleans Tourism
Mark Romig, President & CEO
Jeremy Cooker, VP Marketing & Special Events

Agency: 360i
Menno Kluin, Chief Creative Officer
Frank Cartagena, Executive Creative Director
Sam Shepherd, Executive Creative Director
Andrew Hunter, Creative Director
Doug Murray, Creative Director
Christian Napolitano, Associate Copywriter
Taylor Roberts, Associate Art Director
Brian Gartside, Design Director
Sophia DelPlato, Designer
PJ Sibille, Account Director
Scott Daly, EVP Media
Melissa Flaherty, Media Supervisor
Liana Comito, Media Manager
Leslie Brennan, Strategy Director
Scott Slattery, Senior Director Influencer Marketing & PR
Emily Rizzo, Associate Manager Influencer Marketing & PR
Carissa Ranelycke, Head of Integrated Production
Carly Salaman, Executive Producer
Linda Ferrara, Business Affairs

Production: Produced by 11 Days
Shelby Hunter, Executive Producer
Brian C. Miller Richard, Director
Cindy Fertitta, Producer
Natalie Kingston, DP
Pete Slife, Editor
Michelle Morris, Animator
Mix by Carl Mandelbaum at Plush Studios
Color by Kath Raisch at Company 3

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Charlie Gabriel, sax & vocal
Ben Jaffe, bass
Clint Maedgen, sax & vocal
Ronell Johnson, trombone & vocal
Walter Harris, drums
Kyle Roussel, piano & keys
Branden Lewis, trumpet & vocal
Jon Batiste
Mannie Fresh
Amanda Shaw
Alynda Segarra p/k/a Hurray for the Riff Raff
Irma Thomas
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Walter Wolfman Washington
Craig Adams

Preservation Hall
Ben Jaffe / Creative Director
Ron Rona / Artistic Director
Mike Martinovich / Manager
Howard Lambert / Director of Operations
Greg Lucas / Executive Director, Preservation Hall Foundation
Matt Aguiluz / Studio Engineer/Production Manager
Bruce Barielle/ Audio
Kailee Brooks / Events Manager
Gia Monteleone / Director of Special Events
Dino Gankendorff, Legal Counsel

@Minda_Smiley Minda Smiley is an agencies reporter at Adweek.
Publish date: September 25, 2019 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT