"I'mma need y'all to stay with the group," says Music Director at Abramson Science and Technology Charter School, Erica Johnson, as she looks after some eager gradeschoolers who want to buy sno-balls."I can't let you guys walk by yourself, this is a big place; we need to stay together."
We had had a full day at Jazz Fest and were exhausted as we sat among 30 or so fellow Treme followers, faithfully keeping our appointment to keep an eye on how our self-portrait was coming along, dinners in our laps, in the front room of Bywater’s Country Club.
The experience was far different from any of Treme I’d ever seen before.
My approach to planning JazzFest: pick a bunch of shows that I absolutely can't miss, then when the night of the show comes around be open to going anywhere and doing anything. That being said, here's the shows I can't wait to see:
Check out photos of the Steppers' 17th annual Easter Sunday parade on April 24, 2011. Color and flash, smiles and showmanship, queens and kings - this was a beautiful and unforgettable second line parade.
Where did John Harris of Lilette get his lighter touch in cooking? When did Tee Eva graduate from making mud pies in the backyard to baking cakes in kitchen? And what is the tamale recipe that Holly Hawthorne got from her great grandfather? You’ll hear this and four sets of great music on this week’s program, featuring a mix of Blues, Cajun, Zydeco and Rock and Roll.
So many of the images in the opening episode of HBO’s 2nd season’s premier of Treme resonate with the pictures of New Orleans that I carry in my mind’s eye--an eye that has been richly provisioned by this city over a lifetime.
With the new season of Treme starting up, one thing that I fret about from time to time is: how many of us will start playing ourselves, instead of just being ourselves? When we start representing our culture and music (and not just living it), we start down the road that ends in Disneyland, or some variation of it, with a roped off area for the tourists to visit to see how “we live” - or, make that "lived".