Hotels that achieve the prestigious Gold Award represent the top 10% of hotels within each Choice brand. The awards are based on a ranking system that measures guest satisfaction, product quality, room condition and cleanliness, and staff service. These properties have a proven track record of providing exceptional guest service and facilities.
Supports Green Practices
"Supports Green Initiatives" designates a hotel's participation in an optional environmental program that includes the use of energy-efficient lighting, guestroom towel/linen re-use, and on-premise recycling. "Supports Green Initiatives" does not represent an official certification of any kind.
Earphunk is a jam band from New Orleans that is known for its high-energy funk sound. Founded in 2008, the band has built a fan base around the US through constant touring and sets at festivals such as Bear Creek Music Festival, The Purple hatters Ball and Wakarusa Music Festival. Earphunk began with late night jam sessions of long-time friends vocalist/guitarist Mark Hempe, bassist Micahel Comeaux, guitarist Paul Provosty and drummer Michael Matthews, and continues on in the same, but slightly more polished, spirit. The band released its debut album Comin' Up, in 2011.
The trio of Texans known as The Mighty Orq combines timeless sounding classic rock, catchy pop melodies, Matt R. Johnson's mashing drum lines and powerhouse guitar riffs. The group's music, led by surprisingly sentimental lyrics by guitarist Mighty Orq and bassist Terry Glen Dry, can be traced back to influences like ZZ Top and Kings X. The band's debut album, Milk Money, released in 2005, found critical acclaim in the United States and abroad in the UK. With the help of celebrated producer Ben Elliot, who has worked with legends Eric Clapton and Keith Richards, The Mighty Orq's sound was noticeably sharper on its 2008 album, To The Bone. After a 2011 release of a live recordings album, The Mighty Orq has continued to gain celebrity status in its hometown of Houston, while also reaching widespread audiences.