Friends of the Cabildo Calendar of Events

Hidden Treasures: Carnival Edition

Monday & Wednesday, January 29th & 31st, 6:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. showings each night

Tickets: $25 | $20 FOC/LMF Members
LSM Collections Facility (1000 Chartres Street)

For all you hardcore Carnival fanatics, join the Friends of the Cabildo and the Louisiana State Museum for two-nights only as they open the impressive Carnival Collection for an exclusive behind-the-scenes viewing of historic costumes and other rarely seen artifacts.  Wayne Phillips, Curator of Costumes and Textiles for the Louisiana State Museum, will guide you through an in-depth, first-hand look at Carnivals of years past through a tour of the storage rooms of the State Museum, usually off limits to the general public. Only 20 guest per showing.

FOC 2017-2018 Concert Series

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint | 400 Esplanade Ave.
All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.

Created in 2013, the Friends of the Cabildo Concert Series has brought together some of the best musicians from New Orleans and Louisiana to perform and archive their music for the Louisiana State Museum’s music collection. Join us for a unique musical experience at the intimate 150-seat, state of the art Old U.S. Mint 3rd Floor Performance Hall. Single concert tickets: $25 General Admission, FOC/LMF Members: $20. Series Tickets: $150 General Admission, FOC/LMF Members: $120. A cash bar will be available at all concerts.
January 19: Marcia Ball (SOLD OUT)
March 16: Beausoleil

FOC 2017-2018 Film Series

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint | 400 Esplanade Avenue
Screenings at 5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (7 p.m. films will have commentary)

The Friends of Cabildo Film Series will bring some of the best films and documentaries that highlight New Orleans and Louisiana people, places and culture. Join us for an educational experience in the Old U.S. Mint’s 3rd Floor Performance Hall. Single film tickets: $15 General Admission, $12.50 FOC/LMF Members. Series Package: $65 General Admission, $57.50 FOC Members.

February 28: Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital
April 26: 1970 Jazz Fest Movies

New Orleans Jazz

Wednesdays: January 24th | 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Avenue gates)

This tour starts with the birth of Louis Armstrong in Black Storyville in 1901, and explores what influenced him during the early years of jazz. Then we explore how jazz continued to develop in New Orleans after Louis left in 1922. We will focus on the New Orleans jazz men and women who stayed in the city and continued to play here. This will include the “revival” of jazz in the 1940’s, the advent of Preservation Hall in the 1960’s, and will bring us all the way to the present. This tour combines several important, historical sites like George Lewis’ home, Preservation Hall, and the George H. Buck Foundation (the largest catalog of authentic jazz in the world) with a great playlist. The tour includes tunes from Louis Armstrong’s early recordings, recordings from New Orleans jazz greats from the past, and tunes from some of our greats that are alive and swinging in New Orleans.

New Orleans Rhythm & Blues

Saturdays: January 27th | 10 a.m.
Wednesdays: January 17th & 31st | 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Corner of Royal & St. Phillip streets (McDonogh #15 corner)

Between 1947 and 1965 Cosimo Matassa recorded 250 national charting singles, including 21 gold records in his three different recording studios in the French Quarter. This tour visits all three former studios and enjoy a huge playlist of best New Orleans rhythm and blues hits. Great history, great stories and wonderful tunes. Everything from Good Rockin’ Tonight by Roy Brown in 1947, to Tutti Frutti by Little Richard in 1955, to Tell It Like It Is by Aaron Neville in 1966. And, of course, lots of Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint. We’ll explore how R&B developed in New Orleans, and follow Cosimo’s career, all the way to the Matassa Market, the family business on Dauphine Street where he retired in the 1980s. Matassa was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, and his first studio, the J&M Music Shop, on Rampart Street is the 11th historic American rock ‘n’ roll landmark.

Irish Channel Tour

Saturdays: January 27th, March 24th & May 19th at 10:00 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission

Departure Point: St. Vincent’s Guest House (1507 Magazine St.)

Most New Orleanians have enjoyed a sloppy roast beef poboy at a legendary Irish bar off Magazine Street, or caught cabbages, potatoes and carrots at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But not everyone has stopped to consider the history of the immigrant populations who lived and worked near the docks along the Mississippi River, their culture and traditions forming the foundation of the area we now know as the Irish Channel. The Friends of the Cabildo’s Irish Channel Tour explores this diverse home of working class immigrants, natives and free people of color. From famous churches to Irish bars, unique architecture, famous historic figures and notable festivals, the Irish Channel Tour reveals the many facets of this neighborhood beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Battle of New Orleans Tour

Saturdays: February 10th, March 10th | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint (Esplanade Avenue gates)

The Battle of New Orleans was a defining event in America’s national identity. The Friends of the Cabildo Battle of New Orleans tour offers a fascinating look at the battle away from the battlefield, from lost locations of forts that protected the city, to Jackson’s headquarters, to events in the French Quarter related to the unfolding battle. First developed for the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, the tour continues to draw historians, locals and guests for a unique perspective on this turning point in American history.

South Market District Tour

Sundays: January 21st | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: Rouse’s Parking Lot (Corner of O’Keefe & Girod Street)

A booming area of revitalization of the Central Business District, Medical District and sports/entertainment corridor of downtown, the South Market District is experiencing a renaissance placing it squarely in the up-and-coming areas of the city. But what was the historical significance of the South Market before the construction projects? What are the stories behind the buildings being redeveloped as apartment, condominiums, hotels, and restaurants? Join the Friends of the Cabildo as we examine the fascinating mix of adaptive reuse, historic preservation and new construction in the “Old CBD.” The unique tour of rapid transforming South Market will provide a snapshot of techniques used to resurrect this district while preserving its historic character.

Garden District Tour

Sundays: January 28th | 10 a.m.
Tickets: $20 Members | $25 General Admission
Departure Point: 1452 Jackson Ave. (riverside corner at Prytania Street)

Most residents and visitors alike know of the Garden District as a stunning neighborhood full of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture, bounded by Jackson, St. Charles, and Louisiana avenues, and Magazine Street. But do you know who established the Garden District? What part did the NO & Carrollton Railroad play? Why do we always hear tour guides reference “Lafayette” and “Livaudais?” Discover the answers to those questions and more when exploring the Garden District with the Friends of the Cabildo. As we unveil the Garden District’s incredible architecture, and the influence of culture, climate, political events, and famous figures on the area, you will see these grand residences as more than just beautiful houses; they are the enduring statements of mid-nineteenth century Americans in New Orleans.

Second Thursday Lecture Series

6-8 p.m. | New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave.

February 8 (NOON PRESENTATION AT THE MINT): “Female Carnival Krewes of New Orleans” — Karen Leathem 

March 8: “Fest Before the Fests” — Dave Thomas & Al Jackson

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 504.523.3939.

Yoga at the Cabildo

Designed for all levels of practice, for travelers and residents alike, Yoga at the Cabildo is set in a light-filled gallery of one of the city’s most beautiful and historic buildings.

Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays
8:30am to 9:30am NOTE TEMPORARILY AT THE PRESBYTERE (751 CHARTRES)

$15 Donation (includes admission to Cabildo Museum) $10 FOC/LMF members

Mats are provided

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