January 05, 2013
By Karen Trahan Leathem and Michael Mizell-Nelson
The following post can also be found in the annual meeting supplement, both online and handed out during the meeting.
In New Orleans," says pianist, composer, and producer Allen Toussaint, "the music isn’t just in the clubs or on the dance floor, it’s in everything. You can feel it in the street, see it in the buildings and taste it in the food." AHA meeting attendees would do well to follow Toussaint’s lead and experience the Crescent City through its music. Walk around, and you’ll encounter it, especially in the French Quarter. On most days, a brass band performs in front of the Cabildo on Jackson Square and a jazz ensemble plays at the corner of Royal and St. Peter streets. As you wander, you’ll hear everything from a solitary accordionist to an eight-piece band.
Catching music in clubs has never been easier. Many performances begin in the late afternoon, particularly on Frenchmen Street, which is a healthy walk or a short cab or bus ride from the meeting hotels. Most places have either a modest cover or no cover at all, which is great for customers but not for musicians. Please support them by contributing to the tip jar and buying a CD. Read more…