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June, 2006: The Treme Brass Band plays at Vaughn's in Bywater on Sunday evenings.

So why do I have hope that New Orleans will come back. The hope is in the music and culture which will not die. Hundreds of local musicians have made their way back to the Big Easy to practice their trade.

Vaughns in Bywater is the place to hear music with the locals.

Charmaine Neville sings at the Freret St. Festival and Home Resource Fair which was sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans. The festival featured local musicians on 3 stages. I personally LOVE Charmaine and was thrilled to be able to hear and photograph her in such an intimate setting.
Treme Brass Band
Ayla Miller, a local young musician plays a jig she wrote for her teddy bear, Wilomena. New Orleans has many programs to mentor young musicians. Those programs are coming back.
It wouldn't be Nawlins without food at the festival.
Vavavroom plays at the Freret St. Festival. Later that night the band played a benefit for Common Ground at Donna's on Rampart St.
At the Freret St. Festival
We're back.
A young mom dances with her baby at the Freret St. Festival.
Tom Fitzpatrick and Turningpoint at the Freret St. Festival.
Lionel Batiste, an elder of the New Orleans music scene. is known fondly as Uncle Lionel. He plays at Vaughn's with the Treme Brass Band.
The Treme Brass Band jams at Vaughn's every Sunday. A bartender told us on Friday they started at 6:00. When we arrived Sunday at 6:30 there were alot of laughs at the bar when we asked when it started. This is Nawlins. It starts when it starts. They were rolling by 8:00.
While two enjoy the dancing at Vaughn's in the background is Bugsy Siegal, a jazz photographer. Almost everyone in New Orleans will tell you their Hurricane story. Bugsy, who grew up in Brooklyn, lost his cameras, darkroom and all of his negatives but got onto his roof with his two cats in a suitcase. Later he and other residents of Arabi broke into a Bank and created a shelter where a few hunderd people spent the next 3 days. Arabi borders the Lower 9th Ward and is known as the Bottom of the Ninth.
A girl and her dad dancing at Vaughn's
Uncle Lionel with fans at Vaughn's
Dancers at Vaughn's

We saw the New Orleans Jazz Vipers Friday night at the Spotted Cat on Frenchman St. in the Mariny. We saw that violin player several times over the weekend. Some musicians play 8 or 9 gigs a week, many without pay because they love to play.

Frenchman Street in the Marigny, east of the French Quarter has a hot music scene enjoyed by locals and tourists. Ten or twelve bars operate on the street and serve up booze and live music.

The Belly Dancer at Hooka cafe is back on Frenchman St.

Important New Orleans Websites:

http://commongroundrelief.org volunteers and donors, check out Common Ground

http://neworleansnetwork.org news and a good calendar

http://katrinaaction.org Katrina Information Network, emergency response network

http://peopleshurricane.org People's Hurricane Relief Fund

http://pisab.org People's Institute for Survival and Beyond

http://neworelansvfp.org New Orleans Voices for Peace; Veterans Issues, Peace Activism and Hurricane Relief

http://nolarises.com news and Information

http://neworleans.indymedia.org Indymeida New Orleans

http://nola.com The New Orleans Times Picyune online

http://kidcameraproject.org Fantastic photos from kids in the neighborhood.

http://wwoz.org Listen online to the great New Orleans jazz station.

http://www.savebigeasy.org/ Project about Levees

 
Rebuilding New Orleans

Katrina Anniversary Aug 2006

June 2006

March 2006

 

 

 

  New Orleans and Gulfport, MS Lower Ninth Ward March Hands around the Superdome and other events Gulfport, MS and Common Ground   Common Ground Public Housing Culture Aftermath   People and Houses Common Ground Walkin to New Orleans Vets and survivors march

 

 

 

 

 

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