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Article in March/April issue of BreakThru Media


I'm honored for the nice interview in the March/April issue of BreakThru Media.  I'm in the company of some other awesome people you can read about as well.  I'm on page 12.

New Paintings


I'm working on new portraits to add to my New Orleans Musician series and a few commissioned pieces.  Billy Iuso, Dave Jordan, Cyril Neville, & Leo Nocentelli are the New Orleans musician's portraits I am currently working on. I will have those complete end of April. If you like to see artwork in progress you can check it out on my Instagram @nicoleockmondmusic I post progress photos of my work.

With a Little Help From My Friends-Art & Music


Had such a great experience working with Treo on Tulane.  Great time was had by all at the CD Release/opening party and closing parties!

I've got another show in the works this time at the Artisan Bar 2514 Saint Claude Ave.  This time it will be a one woman show. My art will hang for the months of October & November and the opening will be the second Saturday of each month... so October 13th and November 10th.  I'll be performing with my cast of characters (said in your best Dr. John voice).  We'll be doing some of my originals and other tunes I've picked out to tickle your fancy. Should be lot's of fun!  Music and Art what's not to love.  Check back closer to the date for more details.



We had a wonderful time at the CD Release/Art Opening!  Made some new friends and caught up with some old ones.  A good time was had by all. My work for that show will remain in the gallery until the end of May.  You can also check out the artwork of Mark James. 

I started work on some new something planned for October so check back.  More details to come.

CD Release/Art Opening


I'm finally getting around to holding a CD release for my CD "Something Out Of Nothing"!  I'm having a CD Release/ Art opening on May 4th 8pm-10pm at Treo on Tulane Ave.  Nicole Ockmond Group will be performing tunes from the CD & we're also having an art opening same time same evening for my paintings.  The Art show will be featuring three paintings that were used as artwork for the CD design "Something Out Of Nothing" and five other portraits of musicians that worked on the project with me.  So excited about this project!  Please stop by for the party!  It's a cocktail bar and restaurant so great place to pass a good time after Jazzfest!  The paintings will be hanging in the gallery all of May so if you can't make it on May 4th you can still pass by and check them out.  Please post a picture of yourself posed next to your favorite and tag me on FB or Instagram.  Would love to see exactly how many people visit my lil' paintings while they are in the gallery. They are also all for $ale so bring some spending money. Yay!

Looking Forward


As I have finished clearing out and cleaning up after Christmas dinner I am so looking forward to 2018.  I have booked a location for the CD release that has morphed also into an art opening.  We are settling on a date.  It is looking like May 4th.  We'll be doing a live performance of tunes off of the latest recording and some other tunes curated for this show.  I'll be doing an art opening the same evening on the 2nd floor gallery of the same space. Treo Nola it will be featuring the 3 portraits I did as CD artwork and 5 new portraits I will be working on probably right until the last minute. I've finally decided I don't need to make a choice between how I express myself creatively.  It all springs forth from the same well so why try to contain or limit it.  I for one am now just going with the flow and riding the creative wave wherever it takes me. I hope everyone had a lovely holiday whichever one you celebrate and I'd like to wish everyone all the goodness and happiness in 2018.

No one puts Baby in the corner.


Boys and Girls,  Baby has been pushed out of the nest!  "Something Out Of Nothing" has to stand on its own two feet/wings now.  I have nurtured this project on and off for the last 11 or so years.  I watched over it tenderly from the tiny fledgling stage to its present metamorphosis, in hopes that it will grow up to become a soaring eagle and make mama proud :).   It is available locally at Louisiana Music Factory on Frenchmen Street.  Available on my website and on October 15th it will be available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc.  Please $upport. Love and Light.

Paintings Finished!


So the last piece of my creative input to the "Something out of Nothing" project has been completed.  I finished last of the 3 paintings of my trio members that will be used in the CD design.  I'm having photos taken of the three paintings this week and then I'll be sending off to disc makers for the final design and press.  This has been such a long process but I kept myself motivated by believing in the hard work everyone involved gave to it. Can't wait to present to the planet and all interested parties.

The Low Down


So we gave the site a revamp.  Please let us know what you think it you get a chance.  Linked all of our social media sites to it etc.  and began adding video to YouTube & instagram.  There are links right below or you can check out the video page to see all the changes.  Just gearing up for the release of "Something out of Nothing", should be very soon.  Keep your eyes and ears open peoples.

CD Design

Ok I'm down to last piece of the puzzle. I'm finishing up the last 2 paintings that I'll be using as part of my CD design. It's a self portrait on the cover and my 2 right hand guys on the back. They each did their part to help with getting my music recorded. You can check out the paintings on my photo gallery page. So close. I also added the photo I'm using as a reference for the self portrait until it is complete.

Banks Street Bar

We're back at the lighthouse of Mid City! We'll be doing it as only we can. Mark Farmer on keys, Ezell Smith Jr. on drums, John Walden on bass, Chris Woyton on guitar, & lil ole me on guitar and vocals. Something old, something new, something borrowed, and of course the blues...Come on out and sit a spell. I think it's ladies nite but it's always ladies nite as far as I am concerned. See ya there.

Banks Street Bar

We're back at Banks Street Bar! Thanks to Richard for having us again. Totally cool Mid-City neighborhood music venue/bar. December 8th We're on at 9:00pm. Mat Suarez on before us at 7pm. Ezell Smith Jr. on drums, John Walden on bass, Chris Woyton on guitar and lil' ole me on guitar and vocals. We've got a new addition to the lineup...Mark Farmer on keys, he has agreed to come lend his talents to the mix! So excited! We will finally be able to perform my tunes with the instrumentation I envisioned and recorded them with along with a bunch of tunes written by songwriters way more talented than I. We start it sweet and end it out wailing & rockin. Come on by and pass a good time. Oh and BTW it's Ladies Nite so the feeling's right! Check out calendar for details.

The 9 Songwriter Series

I'm taking part in this singer/songwriter's evening at the Wolf (Den) October 24th 830pm check out calendar for more details.

Banks Street Bar

We'll be at Banks Street Bar Tuesday October 6th 9:30pm. Check out the calendar for more details.

Happy Hour at Cello's

We've added a few new musicians to the line up. We'll be doing a mix of jazz, country, blues, and my originals. Come on out and pass a good time should be fun. They are a restaurant bar so you you can bring along the kiddos. September 18th 7pm-10pm. Check out the calendar for more details.

Happy Hour at Cello's

We'll be doing our first Happy Hour at Cello's Restaurant in Metairie April 3rd 7pm-9pm. Should be fun!

The Rusty Nail

Just booked our first gig of the new year at The Rusty Nail on Constance. Cool bar & we are looking forward to playing there. It will be March 8th 8pm -11pm. Mark your calendar! It will be Steve Norton on guitar & keys, John Walden on bass, and me on guitar and vocal. Can't wait!

Happy New Year!

Wish you all Happy New Year! Looking forward to new music release in 2015. Stay tuned.

Catch me if you can.

Along with the Happy Hour gigs at the Little Gem doing my own material I'm back at it as lead singer with Juniper Row. Check out the Calendar for dates and times or friend me on Facebook.

Happy Hour

We've been performing at the Little Gem during happy hour and It has been great fun so far! I've picked out Jazz standards, some of my all time favorite tunes, and songs written by friends that I think help to round out my own original songs for the set list. It's very intimate just Steve Norton and I on guitar & piano. There is always a nice Happy Hour crowd on Fridays so stop on by if you get the chance. Check the calendar for dates and times or sign up for our email list and we'll be sure to send a reminder right to your inbox.

The Little Gem

Ok they loved us at the little Gem! We'll be back June 13th and we have two more dates in July the 18th and the 25th which happens to be Steve's Birthday! Come on by and enjoy this beautiful venue and the great food and drinks. The music isn't too shabby if I do say so myself. XOXO

Performing my own Songs again.

I've just booked two happy hour gigs at the Lil' Gem downtown New Orleans. I'm VERY excited to get back to performing my own songs / material. I'll be there in June on the 6th and the 13th. It's an early show 5pm-8pm. I'll be with Steve Norton on guitar and piano. It's a beautiful place. Back in 1903 the Little Gem was a popular watering hole and they have recently redone it to bring it back to original condition. Here's a link to their website Valet parking great food and drinks. Excellent musical entertainment :). Please come by and enjoy.

"Steady Gig"

I've got a semi-steady gig with the Juniper Row guys. We'll be at Evangeline II next to Houston's on St Charles every other Saturday for the next few months. Check the calendar for exact dates and times. The last of our run of gigs at this venue will be April 25th…the first friday of Jazz Fest. They have decided to try out DJs for the summer. So come on by and catch us if you can.

Friday at the Pour House

First time at this bar. It's at 3501 Jefferson Hwy. Should be fun not far from my hood. Come on by and pass a good time. Show starts at 9am.

Next Performance

Evangeline II Lounge November 2nd We'll be returning to the Evangeline II Lounge used to be called Whiskey Dix, 1753 St. Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130. We'll be starting at 9pm and there's no cover. Hope to see you there!

Next Performance

Next gig with the guys from Juniper Row will be August 10th 9pm @ the Wolf Den. It's a smaller bar attached to the Howlin Wolf. The address is 907 So. Peters St. New Orleans, LA 70130

Performing Again!

Some friends decided to get me up off my ass and out performing again. My first gig with them will be July 20th at Carrollton Station. Show starts at 9pm. The band's name is Juniper Row Come on out and pass a good time.

Almost Done

It's been a long time coming but the latest record is mixed & mastered. I'll be working on the design and pressing of the album next. I've put a preview of all of the tunes up on the site for now. What can I say it's tough to get things done when you are an independent artist financing your own projects. I'm very proud of the way it sounds. I want to get this finished before the end of 2013. Thanks to all of the people who helped to make this possible so far.

Back to the Studio

Finished laying the final 4 tracks last weekend. Now come the overdubs then mix & master. A few more months and we'll have the 2nd CD completed. UPDATE: It's in the can just need to mix and master and such hope to have it completed in spring 2011. What can I say good things don't come easy. Happy New Year! XOXO

Back to The Studio

It's been a while since the last recording but started work ing on our 2nd Studio release. The new CD should be ready in the fall 2007. We're all excited about it. UPDATE: Recording put on hold for now..we hope to get back to it fall of 2008...will keep you posted. ATB UPDATE: OK life had other plans but we are a go for finishing her up this fall 2009! Can't wait! Will so keep you posted. XOXO Nicole

Guest Singer

I'll be doing a few songs with an awesome band Half A Million Strangers. The show is on Jan 3, 2009 at the Parish at the House of Blues. They are the opening act so get there early if you want to check us out. They describe their sound as psychedelic brass rock. Check them out at

New Online Interview

A recent online interview for the website Voices to Hear has been posted online. Interesting site..lot's of great stuff..go check it out!

Ya Ya Sol

I'll be a backup singer/dancing girl (along with my friend Margie Perez) we're performing with Ya Ya Sol on sunday 12:45 - 2pm during French Quarter Fest. Should be a beautiful day and it's FREE! Come enjoy the good food, music, & people.

French Quarter Fest!

Hey the trio will be performing @ the Louisiana Music Factory during French Quarter Fest. Sat 2-3pm. Check out our calendar for more info.

Keep Giving

Please give of your time or money to help rebuild New Orleans & the Coast. There is still much to be done. We are far from back to normal.


We're all alive and well and refugees but out of harms way.

Back to the Studio

FYI we'll be heading back to the studio at the beginning of 2006 to record our follow-up CD. Preproduction has begun. Keep your eye/ear out for the new material with CD to follow.

Nawlins Sports Bar & Grill

We're celebrating Memorial day weekend at Nawlins. The show is Sunday May 29th from 7-11pm. It's a nice little place relatively new, open about 6 weeks. Come on out & help us make a good impression. They have nightly drink specials, food, & the show is $FREE. Check out our calendar for more info. May 30, 2005 Thanks to everyone who came out! A good time was had by all. We booked another show at Nawlins for the 12th of June. Come catch us live if you get the chance. Check out our calendar for more info.

In Store Performance At Louisiana Music Factory

We'll be appearing at the Louisiana Music Factory on May 7th at 3pm in the afternoon. If you're down that way, come on by and pass a good time. Paul Soniat in on at 2pm before us & Beth Patterson is performing at 4pm right after us. You can check out our calendar for more info. May 8, 2005 Thanks to everyone who stopped by to give us a listen! What a cool little record store.

Sat 12-1pm on TUL 91.5

For those of you who haven't had a chance to come out to hear us live, we're coming to you via TUL (91.5 on your radio dial in the New Orleans area) this Sat. March 5th between 12 & 1pm (in the afternoon for my late sleepers). Tune in and give us a listen we'll be remote from the PJ's on Tulane's campus. March 6, 2005 Hey, hope you tuned in and got to hear us. Thanks to the awesome people at TUL.

Happy New Year!

Hey, Just thought we'd start the new year off with a redesign of the site. We'll be adding song clips, lyrics, and bio/contact info for all of the musicians that we are curently working with as well as those that we have had the pleasure of working with in the past. If you have any other suggestions for the site please send them on. Thanks.

Welcome Aboard Adam

We've recently added our new drummer/percussionist Adam Coolsaet into the fold. He is new to town and originally hails from Canada. We're excited to be working with him and He is a welcome addition to the band.

Billboard World Song Contest

Hey everyone, The song "Simple" off of our debut recording "In my head" was entered in the 12th annual Billboard World Song Contest. Although it was not the winning song in the Country/Folk catagory it did place among the top 1500 entries. I received a honorable mention certificate suitable for framing with a nice letter from Billboard with kind words of encouragement.


Hey everyone, One of my paintings will be part of this show. Go by and check out the artwork on display, all of it was created by New Orleans & surrounding area musicians. IMPROVISATION: MUSICIANS AS ARTISTS UNO Downtown Theater (Scottish Rites Temple) 619 Carondelet Street. The opening will be held this Wednesday, April 21, from 6pm-9pm. The art will be on display daily, from 2-6pm through May 15. Sponsored by OffBeat . The number for the UNO Downtown Theater (Scottish Rites Temple) is 504-539-9580. Thanks to JoAnn Clevenger who bought my painting! If you guys want to check it out it is now a part of her huge collection on display in her restaurant, The Upperline, at 1413 Upperline St. New Orleans. If you didn't get a chance to check out the show I think they will be putting it on again next year.

Howlin' Wolf Show

I want to thank everyone for coming out to the big "rock" show @ the Wolf. We all had a great time & sounded awesome, if I do say so myself. If you didn't make it out, you missed out. Thanks also to Ryan Chatelain for all your hard work, great band & Otel you guys sounded wonderous!

Caffine Music Songwriters Nite

I'll be going it solo on May 29th @ carrollton station for Caffine Music Songwriters Nite, Check the calendar for details or go to

CD Release Party

7:05 pm CD Release Party in May!!!!! @ The Satchmo Room located above the Hard Rock Cafe 418 N. Peters St. New Orleans, LA 70130 The room is booked & the band is going to be great!!! I'm so excited to have such wonderful musicians: Mike Barras, Josh Kirin, Kristen Jensen, & Don Williams to work with! Don't miss it! Show Starts at 9pm sharp! (No opening band) Come party with the band! For more details check out our calendar Add your name to our email list!!!

Mo' Tunes and JPF present 15 Minutes

We got picked to be part of the Mo' Tunes concert series @ HOB Come check Don Williams & me out! Mo? Tunes and JPF present 15 Minutes featuring: Jon Autin Chris Benson Kim Carson Paul Christian David & Roselyn Burke Ingraffia Kristy Kruger Nicole Ockmond Bart Ramsey & Netti Vaan Alexandra Scott At The Parish at House of Blues (225 Decatur St.) 9 p.m., $10 admission, half-price Abita beer Co-sponsored by House of Blues, Hibernia National Bank, Gambit Weekly and the Abita Brewing Co.



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