New Orleans, Music in Exile

New Orleans, Music in Exile

DVD - 2007
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Examines how, in the weeks and months following the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005, New Orleans musicians attempted to re-establish the Big Easy's music scene. Features interviews and performances of Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, Marcia Ball, Kermit Ruffins, Cowboy Mouth, and the Iguanas. Discusses the shock, sorrow, and courage the musicians experienced as they struggled to return to their homes, rebuild their careers, and revive their community.

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Dec 15, 2017

Having participated in many post-Katrina New Orleans rebuilds, I really enjoyed the musical performances on this DVD as well as interviews with musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina. This DVD highlights the variety of different musical styles that come out of New Orleans as well as telling the stories of evacuations, loss of homes and belongings, disbursement of friends and fellow bandmates, and the struggle to rebuild their lives as well as the generosity of the music community in evacuation destinations.

Watching this DVD made me want to see these various musicians perform and I have since 2005 seen many of these musicians play both at home and in New Orleans; last year, I enjoyed the Iguanas' performance at their Wednesday night gig in the Circle Bar.

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