Bicentennial Events

Now you can be at the heart of Treme's 200th anniversary celebration! Come celebrate the culture of New Orleans where it all began - from the earliest notes of jazz to the struggle for Civil Rights, New Orleans' Tremé neighborhood has long been at the heart of the African American experience. Review the events listed below, then plan to come and enjoy! 

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012 - OPENING PRESS CONFERENCE 

10:00 a.m. Perseverance Hall

SCREENING: Fauborg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

A film by Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Elie

6:00 p.m. Perseverance Hall

Host: Keith Weldon Medley



WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012 - THE STREET IS LIKE OUR FRONT ROOM: Family, Culture & Tradition in Tremé

11 a.m. & 5 p.m. at Perseverance Hall in Armstrong Park

Who are we 6th and 7th Ward New Orleans dwellers? Who are we, who capture the world’s attention and imagination with our observations, habits and ceremonies? Led by award-winning filmmaker, Lolis Eric Elie, this day of speakers and panels will take an introspective look into daily lives and community wisdom of the people of Tremé by the creators and inheritors of its culture. Joined by the likes of Sylvester Francis, Marion Colbert, Father Jerome LeDoux, Sabrina Mays-Montana, Brenda Marie Osbey, Arturo Phister, and Louis Charbonnet, Mr. Elie will use his documentary Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans as a launching point for the intimate discussions of family histories, community rituals, community spaces, and shared beliefs that identify and define life in Tremé.



WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012 - CANDLELIGHT BLOCK PARTY

5 p.m. at Robertson, Dumaine and St. Phillip Streets


Wednesday night in Tremé means the Tremé Brass Band at the Candlelight Lounge. With performances made poignant by the loss of “Uncle” Lionel Batiste, the band will host a traditional neighborhood block party kickoff to the Tremé 200 Festival in front of the lounge on Robertson Street, adjacent to the Tuba Fats Memorial Lot on the corner of St. Phillip. The band will be joined by Judah Clan and DJ Lonnie.


 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012 - LET ME DO MY THANG!: Music, Musicians, and Living a Tremé Life

11 a.m. & 5 p.m. at Perseverance Hall in Armstrong Park

Jazz music is credited with inciting social change everywhere from Nazi Germany to dictator-run Nigeria and is often described as America’s cultural gift to the world. Created, nurtured and perpetually innovated in New Orleans neighborhoods, this basis of much of the world’s contemporary music is a direct reflection of life in Tremé. World-renowned musician and Tremé resident Kermit Ruffins will host this day of discussions with the help of fellow musicians Shannon Powell, Benny Jones, Gregory Davis, Phil Frazier and Bill Summers. They will survey their musical heritage, from its Senegambian roots to its symbiosis with every musical genre, and explore how the rich culture of Treme’ makes such music and the life of a musician possible.



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012 - TREMÉ CLUB CRAWL AND BAR HOP

4 p.m. at Lil Dizzy's, Esplanade and N. Villere St.

Tune into 106.7 and find your way around Tremé’s live music scene with Kelder Summers. Identify neighborhood sites and symbols and become eligible to win prizes. Enjoy food, commerative cocktails and music, music, music! Venues include Kermit's Speak Easy, Candelight Lounge, Basin Street Lounge, Sidney's Saloon, Little People's Lounge, Mother-in-Law*, Bertha's Place, Seale's Lounge, and Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Kick things off at Lil Dizzy's with Kelder Summers and laissez les bon temps roulez!
*Due to uncontrollable circumstances, Mother-in-Law Lounge will not be a Treme' Club Crawl venue... we apologize for the inconvenience.



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012 - BRIDGING THE GAP

10 a.m at Congo Square, Armstrong Park

A day of fun and frivolity dedicated to the care of senior citizens and the physically and mentally challenged. Music performances by New Orleans High School choirs.

 



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012 - HOW A NEIGHBORHOOD SHAPED THE WORLD:  Tremé in Global Perspective

11 a.m. & 5 p.m. at Perseverance Hall in Armstrong Park

The history of Tremé is the history of America.  From the arrival of the first Africans to Port of New Orleans in 1719 until today, the neighborhood that officially became known as Faubourg Tremé in 1812 remains a cultural epicenter of Black life in America, This day of vigorous lectures, panels, and discussions will be hosted by Historian Freddi Evans, author of Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans. It will include scholars, activists, oral historians, and history makers, who will explore with the audience the social, political and economic impact the people and events of Tremé have had on our nation’s and humanity’s history, from the end of enslavement to the invention of jazz to the Civil Rights Movement to Hurricane Katrina and the flood of 2005.  Panelists and speakers will include Jerome Smith, Kalamu ya Salaam, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall with Freddie Evans moderating.



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012 - REJOICIN' IN TREMÉ: The Spiritual Legacy in Music

2 p.m. at Perserverance Hall in Armstrong Park

Facilitated by Dr. Dwight Webster.



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012 - BRASS UNDER THE BRIDGE: REBIRTH TRIBUTE

6 p.m. at LeMann Park, Lafitte St at N. Claiborne Ave.

There is nothing like a brass band blowout!  “Under the Bridge” is a communal gathering place for the people of Tremé, and the Tremé 200 Festival will blow it out with Hot 8, Dirty Dozen, Brass-A-Holics, The Original Pinettes, Baby Boyz and Rebirth Brass Bands. 



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2012 - TREMÉ 200 BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AND THE MAHALIA JACKSON "REJOICIN IN THE PARK" FESTIVALS

10 a.m & 11 a.m at Armstrong Park, 801 N. Rampart St.

GOSPEL STAGE
Highlighting the cultural richness and diversity of gosperl music in New Orleans with great food, games, and face painting for kids - and the kid at heart. Performances by James Williams and the Crown Seekers, Collage 3, Sold Out, Kelly & Kelly, Gospel Soul Children, Life Center, Watson Memorial Youth Choir, Guidance Light and Province Combine Choirs, Sixth Baptist Choir, Asia B.B. Choir, Edana Richardson, Nu Nayze and Gospel Diva Lois Dejean. 

TREMÉ 200 STAGE
This celebration of Tremé’s musical heritage, hosted by Oliver Thomas, will feature Corey Henry & the Tremé Funktet, Rebirth Brass Band, Tremé poet Arturo Phister, Chuck Perkins & Voices of the Big Easy, Doreen Ketchens, Shannon Powell and the Uncle Lionel Orchestra, headliner Kermit Ruffins and more!



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2012 - JAZZ MASS AT ST. AUGUSTINE CHURCH

9 a.m. at 1210 Gov. Nicholls St.

Founded in 1841 by free people of color, St. Augustine Church in Tremé belongs to the oldest African-American Catholic parish in the nation.  The congregation is known for its sociopolitical activism, its community support, and its music.  As part of Tremé 200, Father Moody will host a traditional Jazz Mass in remembrance of the War of the Pews, in which the free Blacks of Tremé provided the first exclusive place of worship for the enslaved in America.



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2012 - TREMÉ 200 UNITED SECOND LINE

11a.m. at 1210 Gov. Nicholls St.

In a first of its kind event, The Black Men of Labor, Tremé Sidewalk Steppers, Sudan Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Original Big Seven Secondline Club, the Dumaine Street Gang, Divine Ladies, Money Wasters, Keep-N-It-Real, the Young Men Olympian, Prince of Wales, Lady Buckjumpers, Nine Times, and Valley of Silent Men Social Aid & Pleasure Club will parade with the Rebirth, To Be Continued, Tremé, and Hot 8 Brass Bands in honor of this most exuberant and celebratory of Tremé community traditions. 


Special thanks to:
Historic Tremé Collection, Tremé for Tremé, Charbonnet-Labat-Glapion, L&R Security, National Park Service, Perseverance Hall, NOPD,  Vanguard Film & Video, Evamor, Sankore Trades and Art Center, and Satchmo SummerFest

 

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