Here's a great reason to book a night in DC in June -- a concert of the music from the HBO series "Treme" at the Kennedy Center. And Wendell Pierce, aka Antoine Batiste, narrates this touring project of music, history and culture. Few people know the history, culture, music -- and politics of New Orleans -- as well as Pierce.
No mention of Batiste's house-rocking, old-school Soul Survivors. But I guess you can't have eveything. Read my preview of season 2 of "Treme," which is all about the music, here. And you can read an interview I did with Pierce last summer in connection with a Soledad O'Brien documentary on CNN about the rebuilding of New Orleans here.
Here's the release:
The Kennedy Center and The DC Jazz Festival will present A Night in TREMÉ: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans on June 13, 2011 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. The closing concert of the DC Jazz Festival, this performance will feature the legendary Rebirth Brass Band; Mardi Gras Indian Chief, alto saxophonist, and Music Director Donald Harrison, Jr.; singer and trumpeter James Andrews; historian and clarinetist Dr. Michael White; and funky trombonist Big Sam Williams. Wendell Pierce, who plays the smooth-talking trombonist Antoine Batiste on the HBO series Tremé, will narrate the history of the neighborhood and the struggle to repair and rebuild lives after Hurricane Katrina.
The Tremé (pronounced truh-MAY) neighborhood of New Orleans has been a source of African American music and culture for as long as cooks in the Crescent City have been serving red beans and rice on Monday nights. Birthplace of the great New Orleans brass band tradition and one of the first black neighborhoods in America, Tremé is the heartbeat of New Orleans and the home to Congo Square.
A Night in TREMÉ: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans is a national touring project, produced by Danny Melnick for Absolutely Live Entertainment in association with Wendell Pierce, in conjunction with the airing and promotion of the second season of the HBO series Tremé. From David Simon and Eric Overmyer (both of The Wire®), Tremé follows musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and ordinary New Orleanians as they try to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane and levee failure that caused the near-death of an American city.
Tickets for A Night in TREMÉ: The Musical Majesty of New Orleans can be purchased by visiting or calling the Box Office at (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324, or the Kennedy Center website kennedy-center.org.