Final Night Party

NOLA’s own Harry Connick Jr. to headline at McKesson ideaShare

McKesson ideaShare is thrilled to announce that we will conclude this year’s show with a Final Night Party headlined by The Big Easy’s own Harry Connick Jr. on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

A native son of New Orleans, Harry Connick Jr. embodies the very essence of the vibrant city through his music and persona. He has become a musical ambassador—seamlessly intertwining the diverse cultural threads that define New Orleans—where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of five.  

Join Harry and his band as they perform from a repertoire to include influences that have shaped his remarkable career and reflect the rich tapestry of this beloved city. 

Just as this award-winning artist embraces the unique musical heritage of New Orleans, McKesson ideaShare echoes this spirit. By focusing on the importance of embracing the distinctive aspects of every community across the nation, McKesson ideaShare encourages attendees to embrace the unique strengths and perspectives that they bring to the table.

Prepare for an evening filled with music, camaraderie, and a touch of New Orleans magic. From Connick Jr.’s timeless classics to his latest hits, the night promises to be simply memorable. Attendees will also indulge in local flavors and create lasting memories in the heart of this iconic city.

As New Orleans is a city known for its resilience and ability to find joy in the face of challenges, so is the vibrant community pharmacy industry. McKesson ideaShare’s collaborative environment will celebrate the strengths of our industry while addressing its challenges head-on.

With an emphasis on community, diversity, and innovation, pharmacy teams will draw inspiration from the richness of the pharmaceutical landscape, much like Harry Connick Jr. draws inspiration from the cultural mosaic that is New Orleans.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of this extraordinary event. Registration will open in March. Get ready to be inspired, entertained, and immersed in the unique charm of New Orleans.

About Harry Connick, Jr.

Harry Connick, Jr.’s career has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world over the past three decades. He has received Grammy and Emmy awards as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, his achievements in film and television and his appearances on Broadway as both an actor and a composer. Connick continues to establish himself as a best-selling musician and singer, a composer, actor and legendary live performer, with millions of recordings sold around the world. 

The foundation of Connick’s art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of five. Highlights of his music career include several multi-platinum recordings such as When Harry Met Sally, Blue Light, Red Light, When My Heart Finds Christmas, Come By Me, and Only YouTrue Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter, was released in 2019 and followed by the Broadway show that he wrote (including arranging and orchestrating about 1100 pages of music) and directed.  The show, Harry Connick, Jr.- A Celebration of Cole Porter, honored the musical achievements of one of America’s most respected songwriters.  In 2020 as the world entered the pandemic lockdown, Connick retreated to his home studio and emerged with an album of songs of faith and inspiration. Alone With My Faith, released during the spring of 2021, displays the sheer breadth of Connick’s talents as he wrote new songs, arranged all songs, played every instrument, and sang every voice. Alone With My Faith earned Connick his 16th career Grammy nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album. 

Connick has appeared in 20 feature films with actors such as Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Renée Zellweger, Sigourney Weaver, and Morgan Freeman.  His work on television includes starring roles on Will and Grace, South Pacific and American Idol.  Following his very successful stint as a mentor on American Idol, Connick was invited to join Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban at the judges’ table for Seasons XIII, XIV and XV.  The Los Angeles Times noted that viewers should tune in to Idol, “if only for Connick.  He’s magnetic, as well as the most eager to hear new talent, the hardest to impress and the first to offer technical advice.” While Entertainment Weekly raved that he brings a “frank honesty but also lighthearted energy” to the show, “offering thoughtful critiques” resulting in a “fun, rollicking viewing experience.”  When Australia’s Seven Network rebooted Australian Idol in 2022, Connick happily joined the judges’ panel for the relaunch. 

In 2016, he launched Harry, a national daytime television show, which earned 11 Daytime Emmy nominations, including nominations for best host, and a Critics’ Choice nomination for best talk show.  In December of 2021, he stepped into the shoes of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in Annie Live! which aired on NBC.  Meanwhile for his appearances on Broadway, Connick has received Tony nominations as both a lead actor in The Pajama Game and as a composer/lyricist for Thou Shalt Not

Despite his busy career, Connick has always found the time to be charitable and has done some of his most important work in his efforts to help New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He, along with friend Branford Marsalis, conceived of “Musicians’ Village,” and its centerpiece the Ellis Marsalis Center.  Musicians’ Village provides homes for indigent musicians while the Center uses music as its focal point of a holistic strategy to deliver a broad range of services to underserved children, youth and musicians from neighborhoods battling poverty and social injustice.  Connick’s honors, including a star on the celebrated Hollywood Walk of Fame, induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, Honorary Doctorates from Tulane and Loyola Universities and the Jefferson Award for Public Service, have not led Harry Connick, Jr. to slow his creative pace; they only confirm his determination to apply his talents in ways that prove inspirational to other artists and public-spirited citizens.