The Tulane City Center and the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park will host and record “Sites and Sounds at the Old U.S. Mint” Saturday, September 21, 2-4 pm. Musical performances and discussion will focus on four sites within a small section of the city’s Uptown neighborhood: A. L. Davis Park, a celebration site for Mardi Gras Indian tribes and brass band parades; the Magnolia Projects public housing; the Dew Drop Inn, an early performance site for both African-American musicians and cross-dressers from the 1940s to 1970s; and Brown Sugar Records, a store that reflects a time when music was locally promoted and distributed. Participants include Amber Wiley, whose research covers the sites; Bruce Barnes, National Park Service Ranger; Littdell S. Banister, Big Queen of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians; the Paulin Brothers Brass Band; and Jamahl Washington, former owner and manager of Brown Sugar Records. This event will be a conversation of not only what has been, but also potential for these sites and their future.
This event is free and open to the public.
Image: The Dew Drop Inn ca. 1953.
Event Time: 14:00:00