Monday, May 16, 2011

Historical Monday with Freedom Riders and Treme'!

Happy Monday Everybody!

What a beautiful weekend....and what a beautiful Monday!
It's the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary - Come to the Ashe Cultural Arts Center to welcome the 2011 Student Freedom Ride into New Orleans. The trek retraced the original 1961 journey that never made it into the city with current college students and original freedom riders.  A street festival begins at 5:00 p.m. with a performance by the Young Audiences Brass Band....the bus is expected to arrive at 6:00 p.m. with a reception to follow.  At 8:00 p.m. in the center and on WYES (check your local cable/satellite provider for channel), a documentary titled "Freedom Riders" honoring the more than 400 individuals who participated in the protests will premier. 

This Evening the Louisiana Landmarks Society presents "Why Treme?" the 30th Annual Martha Robinson Lecture tonight at 6:30 at the Historic New Orleans Collection (533 Royal).  Lolis Edward Elie, a retired civil rights attorney, and his son, Lolis Eric Elie, a story editor for HBO’s Treme, have lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years, a decision they made independently as adults.  Both father and son will discuss why the neighborhood is important and why they chose to live there, and the younger Elie will discuss his 2008 film Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans.  A reception will follow, and this lecture is FREE!

And Frenchmen and Decatur are kickin' with lots of music tonight!

BMC (1331 Decatur) has a great early show at 6:00 pm with Fun in the Pocket featuring Mayumi Shara (drummer extraordinaire)...then stay on for the next show at 9:30 with Smoky Greenwell's Blues Jam!!

Head down Frenchmen Street to d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen) for two great shows!!  It's  the By & By String Band at 6:00 pm (no cover) and stay on for Glen David Andrews at 9:00 pm for the low low cover of $5.00!

Be sure to make a stop by the Spotted Cat (623 Frenchmen) early for this great line-up of music....Brett Richardson at 4:00 pm, Dominic Grillo and The Frenchmen Street All Stars at 6:00 pm and be sure to stay on for the Jazz Vipers at 10:00's sure to be another smokin' Monday evening show.

Head on down to Mid City for even more music at Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal) with piano player (and sometimes guitar man) John Cleary at 8:00 pm...and come hungry - the kitchen is open with amazing food from Taceaux Loceaux...Yum!!

And If you're lookin' for some bluegrass music tonight you don't have to go too far to find it....Check out the Hi Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude) and the Bluegrass Pickin' Party at 8:00 pm...there's no cover and FREE red beans and (veggie beans too)! 
Have a great one...and for more musical fun check out WWOZ Livewire ....until tomorrow.

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