New Orleans - French Quarter: Music Legends Park - Chris Owens
Chris Owens is performer, club owner and entrepreneur who bases her act out of the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been a French Quarter fixture and celebrity from the start of the 1960s through the early 21st century. Though perhaps not a name of world-wide recognition, Owens is extremely well known in Louisiana.
Details about Owens' past and career are sketchy at best. She was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1935 and arrived in New Orleans at the age of 19. She eventually met and married millionaire Sol Owens. They opened a nightclub on St. Louis Street in the French Quarter; it was originally intended to be a low-key sideline establishment, but business exploded. Realizing that Owens' performance numbers were a huge draw, they sold their home in 1977 and purchased the building on the corner of St. Louis and Bourbon. Soon the "Chris Owens Review" became a noted act in town. In 1979 Sol had a heart attack and died. Chris Owens took over management of the club and of the 30 apartments and 4 shops located within the building.
On April 22, 2006, Chris was inducted into the New Orleans Musical Legends Park.
Music Legends Park, at 311 Bourbon Street, is a pocket-sized park honoring Jazz legends. Cafe Beignet tucked in the back of the park serves up breakfast all day long, plus Cajun specialties and deli sandwiches.
Vieux Carré Historic District National Register #66000377 (1966)