The Story of the International Special Sacred Shrine of Jon Bon Jovi
Established April 25, 2009
|Jon Bon Jovi Shrine Guestbook|
I'm Tara Jill, and I live on Maurepas Street and wanted to sell clothes during Jazz Fest.
My friend Amy wanted to sell necklaces.
I was dating a guy with long hair.
I was trying to raise money to buy a ticket to see Jon Bon Jovi. Hoping to get more people to visit my yard sale, and I decided to build a shrine to Jon Bon Jovi.
The guy I was dating helped me make a high resolution picture of Jon Bon Jovi.
On April 25, 2009, Tara Jill's constantly evolving International Special Sacred Shrine of Jon Bon Jovi welcomed enthusiasts to celebrate the cultural phenomenon of the man who wrote what is arguably the greatest power ballad of all time.
I was trying to make a poster, and this wonderful guest shared his appreciation for Jon Bon Jovi.
Guests from all over signed the guestbook.
|BonJovi NOLA Shrine|
These lovely ladies pranced down the street singing "I'll be there for you." I had not seen the last of them.
|BonJovi Fans New Orleans Jazz Fest|
|New Orleans Jazz Fest Bon Jovi Shrine 2009|
|BonJovi Shrine Jazz Fest 2009 New Orleans|
The girls from Baltimore brought a picture of Bon Jovi and kissed it at the shrine.
|BonJovi Shrine Jazz Fest Fans|
Simon and Sarah visited the shrine and suggested I make wreaths of roses like the one Jon Bon Jovi is wearing in the photograph.
|Fans at Jon Bon Jovi Shrine New Orleans|
|Tara Jill New Orleans Shrine Jon Bon Jovi|
He really did remind me of Jon Bon Jovi.
|Shrine Jon Bon Jovi NOLA|
Bic Lighters were popular items!
|Shrine Jon Bon Jovi Memorabilia New Orleans Jazz Fest|
Then, Chris Rose noticed the Shrine, and he tweeted about it during Bon Jovi's performance.
|Me on NOLA.com|
People came at night to see the Shrine and write lyrics to Bon Jovi songs on my steps with sidewalk chalk.
|Shrine Jon Bon Jovi NOLA|
Even Amy seemed to enjoy the shrine.
|BonJovi Fans at New Orleans Jazz Fest shrine|
Selling T-Shirts seemed like a good idea, and Rhonda at Funrockin helped me. Thank you, Rhonda!
|Shrine of JBJ NOLA|
Nicole contributed a pick and lovely energy. She described the shrine as having a "Zen like quality."
I began accepting donations, which people generously supplied. Even some Crown Royal.
|Shrine Bon Jovi New Orleans|
Watch the video of fans visiting the shrine after Bon Jovi's May 2 Performance at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
I finally got to go into the festival the day after Jon Bon Jovi's performance. I would later remember this as the happiest moment of my life.
|Jazz Fest 2009|
|BonJovi fan New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2009|