Lani Ramos, Founder Rock & Rouge Foundation
Lani Ramos, Founder of Big Pearl Entertainment, has produced many intellectual properties including multiple CDs, music videos and television shows in New Orleans over the past 18 years. In 2017, she made the initial investment and founding membership of the Rock & Rouge Foundation in 2017.
But this is the end of a story, not the beginning.
When most children were out enjoying the loss of their training wheels, Ramos was already working in show business at the tender age of 8. She endured the Hollywood machine for almost two full decades. At age 25, Ramos began working as a Mail Messenger in the Mail Department at 20th Century Fox where she learned the studio structure from the ground up. This was hard work but gave Ramos the knowledge and education that most could only dream of.
She moved to New Orleans where she became a producer and rebranded under the stage name Big Pearl. It is in this city that she began pouring that knowledge, as well as her heart and soul, into producing Big Pearl Music, LLC intellectual properties. Her work included hosting a local radio show, where the Rock & Rouge concept was born. Airing on Saturday nights, 9p-11p, on WHIV-LP 102.3FM, Rock & Rouge features an all-woman playlist of local and national rock & roll bands.
Recently, as producer and artist, Ramos noticed the Rock & Rouge lineup, while present on local stations, is not represented on stage. This insight spurred her to produce The Rock & Rouge Women’s Food & Music Festival which launches June 16th and the U.S. Mint in New Orleans. This event will be in partnership with ElectricGirls.org, and thus the festival will offer multiple opportunities for young women beyond food and music.
Many people, from all walks of life, want to see this happen for our women of New Orleans, so Ramos is answering the call!
Caroline Giepert, Assistant to the Producer
Caroline Giepert was born and raised in New Orleans and is passionate about the vibrant culture of her city. She graduated with a Master of Arts from Louisiana State University in the summer of 2018 – the same summer as our first Rock & Rouge festival. Specializing in Social Practice Art, an interdisciplinary practice rooted in community efforts yielding real results, led her to various public projects dealing with social and environmental issues in Louisiana. She has spoken at the People’s Climate March in NOLA, participated in the Women’s March, and through her work with The Rock & Rouge Foundation, helped organized the first ever Just March! Women New Orleans.
Caroline’s main focus is community engagement and improvement through social action, which is what led her to this women’s empowerment festival. Since working with the Rock & Rouge, she has also put on her own benefit concert Boogie for your Right in July 2019 which raised money for several New Orleans-based women and LGBTQ+ organizations. For the Rock & Rouge Foundation, she helped organize their first ever fundraiser concert at Le Bon Temps and also a breast cancer awareness fundraiser for a personal friend of the Foundation out in California.
Abigail Braud, Volunteer Coordinator, Digital Marketing, DJ
Abigail Braud loves the women and music of New Orleans, Louisiana, a passion that comes to life on Saturday nights from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm on WHIV-LP New Orleans. Abigail loves hosting Rock & Rouge Radio, where she strives to empower local women musicians while raising awareness of pressing social justice issues over the air waves. She is a Senior at Loyola University New Orleans finishing up her Bachelor of Science in the Music Industry and New Orleans Studies minor. Abigail has been helping the Rock & Rouge uplift the women of her community since 2018.